Some people live for their children. They stay in a career they don't like because it pays well enough to provide the very best for their children. I think that is admirable. Don't get me wrong, I would give my life to save any of my kids, but I have a different outlook.
These things will make a manager put a resume in the "second look" pile.
I'm proof that a person with a conviction record can have business acumen and be extremely successful. Formerly incarcerated workers can bring a maturity, life perspective, and work ethic that is uniquely borne through overcoming obstacles.
I've been hiring people for my teams for over 15 years, so it's safe to say that I've seen just about everything when it comes to cover letters, resumes and interviews. At least, I thought I had.
While Ban the Box at first seemed to me like just more social activist and civil liberties intrusion into my life as a business owner, the discussion opened my eyes to an even bigger hurdle standing in the way of improving employee screening and selection.
Why did Richard Lewis write this book? A few years ago, he read cover letters and résumés from job candidates. And was stunned: "They didn't just all look the same, they sounded the same." He knew that couldn't work. You want a job, you must be interesting. Not fake interesting.