Dear Huddie

Dear Huddie: Getting a Job after a Conviction

August 16, 2013

Back for installment 16 of Dear Huddie – a bi-weekly column to assist engineer job hunters in their pursuit of happiness.  Personal vacation is just around the corner, hope all of you have had a chance to take some time off and unwind!


Dear Huddie,

I am addicted to my job; I eat sleep and drink my career.  In fact, my company is forcing me to take some time off, why would they do that?




Quite frankly, employees are better when they are utilizing their vacation time.  Take the time, you have earned it.  As employees we all need to unwind, let our hair down and put the work away for a week.  The company was most likely there before you started, and will be there when you are gone!


Dear Huddie,

I am a recent college graduate, good grades and I even minored in specialized manufacturing – future looks bright, no?  However, I made a critical error back when I was 17, which ended with me having a felony on my record.  

How can I overcome this?  Better yet, can I overcome this?



Well Outlaw, this is a tricky situation, but there should be a way to pull out some positives.

First – yes, you made a mistake and paid the price, most likely a fine and a record, but you paid the price.

Second – After this issue you moved forward and obtained a 4 year degree, very positive – last I checked career criminals do not take time to get a college degree.

Third – you will have to sell yourself once in the interview room.  I can assure you there are people on the other side of the desk that have had issues in their past, and if not them then a son, daughter or loved one.  Make no mistake about it, you will be asked about the felony, explain that it was a mistake that you have turned into a wake-up call.  This mistake, as much as you hate it, kicked you in the butt and pushed you into getting a degree.

Fourth – Focus on who you are today in the interview, not the 17-year-old you.  You are who you are today, not who you were 5 years ago.


Thank you again for listening, that’s it for now, next installment in two weeks – don’t forget to send your “Dear Huddie” questions to