I have 16 year old felony for possession w/intent to distribute marijuana. It is the only time I have ever been arrested or convicted in my life of anything. I have many years on tour and casino boats with my 100 ton. I have AB unlimited and RFPNW. I plan to take BST also. Before I start taking classes I would like to know if you think it would make it unlikely for me to be hired due to my past crime?
I am sure there are some mariners in my situation but I also realize that it is something we are not proud of, and don’t expect a lot of comments for this very reason. However this being a good anonymous site I hope that I will get some encouragement. It is a hard chore to find gainful employment as a felon, I have struggled my way since 1999 with not many doors opening for me. Of course I will be totally honest on my applications and interviews as I always have, as hard as that is for me and I imagine any other felon that has been refused honest work because he made a stupid decision in his life. The Coast Guard has renewed me three times since this incident of 16 years ago and I would hope that if they are willing to give me another chance so would an employer.
I would also hope that some of you HR Ladies and guys that are lurking here would also voice your opinion as well, even if it is under the usual guise of; “I used to be with HR for another company, etc”.