I'm 23 years old and no work experience and I also got arrested a couple of years ago for a misdemeanor. Even though I didn't get convicted and my arrest was expunged I still see it as I still have a criminal record. I was wondering do I have job options now or is my life over?


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Of course you still have options but you're going to have to start at the bottom to prove you are reliable. Get a job working at a gas station, in the kitchen of a restaurant washing dishes, or some similar menial job. Those places tend to have such high turnover that they will take basically anyone willing to work. If you see a Help Wanted sign, you submit an application. You don't have the luxury of being picky.

Apply, apply, apply. You may have to apply for dozens of jobs but it only takes one to accept you and then you can start building that work history. Maybe you can advance to a supervisor position or start getting an education in your spare time. If you are willing to show up on time and work hard, you've already got an advantage over many people out there.

At this point, it's totally up to you whether you sink or swim, but nobody is going to give you a job if you don't start looking.

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    I concur with all of the above. Also, you are in charge of your own story. If your arrest was expunged, at least in the USA, you can truthfully answer "nope, no criminal record" on any job application. Jun 29, 2018 at 22:54

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