Government jobs and your criminal record

By |2018-04-30T11:14:44+00:00June 10th, 2016|Categories: General Blog Posts - AllCleared Criminal Record Services|14 Comments

Government jobs are competitive career choices. The pros are compensation, job security, and benefit plans. Jobs available are available with cities, provinces and the Government of Canada. Government jobs aren’t political. The public service includes roles in statistics, finance, parks, policing, maintenance and more. You can even work abroad for the government. There are positions in foreign consulates around the world. Overseas jobs include military or support personnel. Government positions encompass just about every type of job out there! Even if you have a criminal record, you can apply for government jobs.

Careers that require a background check

Receiving a granted Record Suspension means your Canada criminal record is sealed. A Record Suspension is a pardon. Your future employment or education goals will not be hindered by your past. If you have not yet received a Record Suspension, you may be concerned about background checks. But don’t be dismayed; this doesn’t mean that you aren’t eligible! Employers may look at:

  • The nature of the position,
  • The gravity of the offence
  • The recentness of the offence

Applying for government jobs

Understand your criminal record. Cross check it with the job description. The federal government has a centralized system for looking up positions. This is the Public Service Commission website. Check out the list of current opportunities. In particular, look at the information on what is exactly required when applying for these positions.  Also, visit the websites of the federal departments that interest you. The RCMP, for example, lists their job postings. They also display details on how to apply and eligibility requirements.

Understand any restrictions and how they might impact your application. Find out if your record is relevant to the position. Don’t assume that a criminal record will disqualify you from an application. Do some research. Then eliminate jobs that would likely disqualify you. These could include jobs with security clearances or jobs working with children. Have you discovered you are ineligible for a job you really want? Research if there are similar roles. Not all jobs will be directly impacted by your record.

Completing your government job application

Job descriptions and qualifications are just the start. Improve your chances by putting time into the application. Write a thorough and well-constructed cover letter. Tweak and update your resume. Rock the interview! Simple things such as arriving on time, dressing for the part, and making eye contact are all important. Don’t overlook them. In the end, it’s who you are now, not what happened in the past, that counts.

Are you ready to explore new job opportunities? Learn about Record Suspensions or call us toll-free at 1-866-972-7366 to speak to our client advisers about putting your criminal record behind you.

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  1. zibal miller February 3, 2017 at 10:54 am - Reply

    If someone has a recod suspension can he/she apply for a job that requires top security clearance like RCMP or CSIS jobs?

    • Paul Pardons February 3, 2017 at 1:04 pm - Reply

      Hi Zibal,
      Yes, you can apply for any position that requires a top security clearance as your record would be sealed.

  2. zibal February 3, 2017 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    Thank you very much for your quick reply.
    That lead to another question if they ask whether you have or had a criminal record what do you say and cant they find out upon doing top security clearance like fingerprints etc? Your reply much appreciated.


    • Paul Pardons February 3, 2017 at 4:52 pm - Reply

      Hi Zibal,
      It’s possible that a person high up in the RCMP could check to see if you were ever fingerprinted. However, the Canadian Human Rights Act does not allow them to discriminate based on a conviction for which a pardon or Record Suspension has been granted.

  3. zibal February 5, 2017 at 7:03 am - Reply

    Thanks so much Paul.

  4. zibal February 8, 2017 at 8:27 am - Reply

    Hi Paul.
    If it voilt the human rights then why on one of federal government website says “must have no criminal record” i find it weird. It may be that particular job need higher security clearance.

    • Paul Pardons February 8, 2017 at 9:12 am - Reply

      Hi Zibal, If a person has a Record Suspension they do not have a criminal record. This page describes Security Clearance in detail and says that a record for which a Record Suspension has been granted should not be disclosed except with special permission from the Minister of Public Safety (or for the purpose of a Vulnerable Sector Check).

  5. zibal February 8, 2017 at 11:02 am - Reply

    Thanks. I will read it through. The job i saw was on CSE website.

  6. Tatiana February 15, 2017 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    Last year I was caught shoplifting. I was not charged but a police report was filed.
    Will this affect me if I want to apply for an accounting position with the government?

    • Paul Pardons February 17, 2017 at 2:17 pm - Reply

      Hi Tatiana,
      Technically they are only allowed to look at convictions, but you might want to ask for a police check at your local police station. This will tell you if anything will come up that might affect your job search. If there is something you can make a request to have it removed.

  7. Michelle June 2, 2017 at 7:02 am - Reply

    If someone has a criminal record of theft, which job would she be able to apply to.
    Please help me please

    • allcleared June 2, 2017 at 3:43 pm - Reply

      Hi Michelle,
      There are many jobs you may be qualified for even if you have a criminal record. Remember that not all employers will do a criminal record check. If they do a criminal record check then they should not exclude you if the record is not related to the position. For example, you may not be able to get a job as a cashier, but you could do something where you don’t have to handle cash or valuables. If you are looking for an entry level job, you might consider kitchen staff, landscaping or factory production. This does not mean that you cannot apply for jobs where you need to handle cash such as cashier or restaurant server. Not all employers will conduct a record check and some will decide to give you a chance after you give them some explanation. Consider booking an appointment at a government career office to discuss your options. Service Canada will have the addresses and phone numbers in your area.

  8. alga June 9, 2017 at 6:42 pm - Reply

    Hey I haven’t yet finish my 10 years to remove my record only 7 what must I do to remove it (shoplifting )

    • allcleared June 9, 2017 at 8:45 pm - Reply

      Hi Alga, Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do right now if you have an indictable offence. However, if you need a waiver to enter the United States, you could apply for that.

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