What Kind of Jobs Can I Still Get with a DUI on My Record or Found in My Background Check?

Review How to Get a Job With a DUI On Your Record

Job hunting with a DUI is not as devastating today as it was even just 5 years ago, since there are now more DUI friendly jobs available today under new 2020 laws and changes to many companies DUI employment policy. However, being convicted of a DUI is not only still emotionally difficult, but can also be damaging to your finances and professional life. While some employers will shake it off, others will consider it a serious lack of judgment on your part and depending upon your existing job, a DUI may even result in outright termination.

If you have been terminated because of a DUI or are looking for work and have been arrested for a DUI, you are probably wondering what types of jobs you can get with a DUI on your record. All hope is not lost, and more companies and job industries are still available to those with a DUI record today than most people are generally aware. One such example is to take advantage of applying to companies that participate in The Fair Chance Business Pledge.

The Fair Chance Business Pledge was recently signed by a large number of top American companies. This pledge consists of leading companies and employers who established their commitment to assisting people with a misdemeanor or felony criminal offense on a record such as DUI and DWI offenders, overcome a background record to obtain meaningful employment.

Some of the nation’s best businesses and companies such as Johns Hopkins, Prudential, Starbucks, American Airlines, Facebook, Google, Georgia Pacific, Hershey, Koch, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Uber, Unilever, Xerox, Under Armour, CVS, and several other employers – all follow their pledge to help those with a criminal record find not just a job, but a good career with a real second chance at putting the past behind them for good. (Source: https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/the-press-office/2016/04/11/fact-sheet-white-house-launches-fair-chance-business-pledge)

Other common examples of employment options and job fields that hire people with a DUI, DWI record:

  • Network Support Specialist
  • Software Engineer
  • Marketing
  • Graphic Designer
  • Architect
  • Receptionist
  • Flight Attendant
  • Electrician
  • HVAC Technician
  • Copier Technician
  • Pipeline Technician
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Carpenter
  • Welding
  • Military
  • Oil Industry
  • Wind Energy Technician
  • Commercial Truck Driver
  • Freelance Writer
  • Insurance Sales
  • Investment Manager
  • Retail
  • Restaurant
  • Home Inspector
  • Owning Your Own Business
DUI Employment - How to Get a Job With DUI Record
People with a DUI, DWI record are more limited in employment options than a person without a criminal record. However, people today that have a DUI in their past, still can get a new job or start a fresh career a lot easier than in previous years. Drivers who still have a recent DUI case pending in court, still have a chance at avoiding any problems with employment in the future by getting free online legal advice now to learn your best defense options before court.

Generally speaking, you are still eligible for most types of employment except for the obvious, positions requiring you to drive as part of the job description. However, just because you are qualified for the job does not mean you will get it, especially when a DUI shows up in your background check. While it may create some difficulties, it can also create a rather unique opportunity for you to show your growth during an interview.

If a DUI is fresh on your record, it may be a bit tougher to explain during an interview. Although, when a DUI, DWI charge is more recent and you are worried about the offense limiting what type of job you can get with the offense on your record, you may have options available to get rid of a DUI record faster than you might realize.

However, for someone that is past their license suspension and that has not had a violation for years, it may be a great opportunity to explain to the interviewer how you have grown, learning from this horrible mistake. This can actually give you an opportunity to “shine” during the interview and impress your potential new boss.

There are some mixed opinions regarding whether or not you should tell the employer about the conviction if the question is not on the job application. While it is not recommended to volunteer the information if the company does not conduct background checks, it would probably behoove you to inform the interviewer if a background check is mandatory. This shows honesty as well as preventing both parties from wasting time if this will indeed be a roadblock to employment.

Something else to consider at this point is your references. While it is always smart to provide your references with a copy of your resume so everyone is on the same page when they are called, you may also want to inform them of the arrest and possible questions that could ensue from your perspective employer. Have them focus on your maturity and work ethic, as this may negate the DUI that is on your record.

When looking for employment with a DUI on your record, you are more than likely already starting out behind the other candidates. Keep this in mind during the interview process and realize that you must instill confidence and overcome the negative impression the interviewer may have about you before you ever walk through the door. Getting a job with an arrest on your record can be difficult, but it surely can be overcome with the right attitude and taking action now to clean up your DUI arrest history online where and when you can.

How do I explain a DUI on a job application? Every individual’s own DUI, DWI situation is different with unique facts that require case-specific answers regarding how the charge relates to the job position a person is applying for, and how it may pertain to employment law that protects an applicant’s rights.

Job hunters seeking free legal advice to common questions such as how to best explain a DUI on a job application to increase the chances of getting hired, can also contact us for help and proper guidance for these concerns.

Jobs you can get with a DUI, DWI record March 2020 additional resources & references:

http://dui.drivinglaws.org/resources/dui-and-dwi/getting-a-job-after-a-dui-clearing-your-record.htm

https://webapps.dol.gov/elaws/elg/

6 thoughts on “What Kind of Jobs Can I Still Get with a DUI on My Record or Found in My Background Check?”

  1. I had a dui Over 5 years ago. I no longer drink and I gave up my car. I rely on lyft or Uber to get to work. Am interested in working for a company that can accept your past. I’m looking for entry level position with possibility of improvement and advancement. I am a sr citizen in good health. Looking for part time and moving to full time. I am retired and my employers of 20+ years is no longer in business.

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  2. I have a pending DUI charge with drugs. If I was on meth I sure wouldn’t be passing out, right?! But the cop lied and he’s a corporal, so I know they wont believe me. I have never been in trouble b4. I have no money. I have to apply for public defender and I’m scared I’m gonna lose everything.

    Well, this same cop asked where I worked and I told him. He went to my job and told them, and the next day they sent me for drug test. I was there 5 hours and couldn’t urinate for them, but I offered to come back in next morning first thing. They said my job said no. So I knew I was gonna be fired. Now I’m jobless and since I get help thru section 8 with rent, I’ll be homeless. This DUI charge is total bs like I said. I have a clean record until now, and I have no idea what to do.

    Its 1-5-2020 and my preliminary hearing is the 22nd. I have no money and the public defenders around here could care less. I’m scared and considered doing things I never would have b4. I don’t know what to do and I’m freaking out! The police officer never even read me rights told me I was in trouble or anything! Just seems like the whole thing is unfair and they won’t even care about my side of story! 😭

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    • First things, first. Sounds like we are only hearing a part of the story…the part where this the fault of a “lying cop”.

      Take accountability. You’re in your situation because you put yourself there, through past and present actions. Until you come to grips with that, you’re always going to blame someone else, while repeating your same actions.

      If what you’re saying about the cop is true, this case will be dismissed and you may even have grounds for a civil suit. Regardless of what it costs, get a REAL attorney. Doesn’t matter how you pay for it (Credit cards, bank loan, personal loan, turning tricks, etc). The few cents you save today for a Public Defender, will cost you a lifetime of aggravation.

      Chalk this up as a lesson learned. Don’t do it again. In fact, quit drinking altogether. You’ll be amazed how differently you view life OFF the sauce.

      It’s a mean, cruel and judgmental world that constantly judges what it sees. If you want the world to see you differently, it’s a whole lot easier to change yourself, than it is to change the world.

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  3. I was driving home at about 5am after a night of hanging out with my girlfriend. I only had 2 drinks & I smoked a small amount of marijuana throughout the night. I’m a regular marijuana smoker so it doesn’t affect me as it would a person who doesn’t smoke often.

    After last call at 2am we went back to her house & I waited hours to drive home specifically for the reason of not wanting to get a DUI. Even though I was nowhere near drunk, I know the police can exaggerate so I wanted to be safe. I was about 5 blocks away from my house when I saw the flashing lights behind me. I pulled over & was very cooperative with the police. I was pulled over for my car not being registered. I was not working at the time & couldn’t afford to pay my registration.

    The officer didn’t ask to see my license or anything, he detected an odor of marijuana coming from my car , only because I smoked in my car whenever I would smoke because I had no other place to do it. He asked me if I had smoked I was honest & I told him I did about 2 hours ago. Right away I was asked to get out of the car to perform a field sobriety test. I was asked to go to the hospital to take a chemical test. I refused. IT WAS 6AM. I was driving home, not bothering anybody. I made no traffic errors. I wasn’t warned of the consequences of refusing the test. I wasn’t read my rights.

    I was taken to jail for about an hour. I submitted to a PBT test while there. My Results were a .05 BAC. Under the legal limit in my state. They treated me like a criminal. I wasn’t allowed to get any of my belongings from my car before it was towed. I wasn’t even told my car was going to be towed.

    The cop who gave me a DUI is notorious for giving people DUIs. I wasn’t even high. I wasn’t impaired at all. I have never been arrested or charged with any other crimes before. I now lost my license for a year, going to be 2 years. Because The SAME COP pulled me over for driving while suspended while I was driving TO WORK.

    I live in a very small town with no buses. There is no work in this town , in order to have a good job you need to drive at least 25 minutes outside of here. I have nobody to give me rides to work. My life is now on hold for 2 years all because a power hungry cop wanted to get another DUI under his belt.

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