Today many young people are finding that their past is effecting their future, at least as it relates to employment. Most employers who are willing to invest in an employee are also willing to pay the small sum required to perform a background check. If you have a criminal record this could exclude you from the job of your dreams.
Fortunately, most jurisdictions have provisions in their laws allowing those with criminal records to petition the proper court to seal the record of conviction or arrest. However, in most jurisdictions this provision is not without limitation. In Ohio for example, the individual petitioning the court to seal their record must demonstrate that they have not been convicted of more than one felony, not more than two misdemeanors, or not more than one felony conviction and one misdemeanor conviction in this state or any other jurisdiction. (R.C 2953.31) Additionally, certain convictions can not be sealed.
Contact a lawyer in your jurisdiction to determine if you qualify to have your criminal record sealed. If you are eligible, invest in yourself. Sealing your record allows you to enter the workforce with a clean slate and the confidence to go after that job you always wanted but were afraid you would never get.