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Fired from job for DUI

by Lee

I was fired from my job because of a DUI and have been unemployed for a year. I can't find a job anywhere. I'm worried that no one will ever hire me now. I feel like such a loser.

What can I do to find a job and get this behind me?

Mike Petras comments:

Sorry to hear of your job loss and your struggle to find a job. Here are a couple of suggestions to help you move forward.

First, your whole life should not be defined by your DUI. You made a mistake. Learn from it and move on.

Second, you may be able to get your DUI conviction reduced to reckless driving or another non-alcohol related offense. Your best bet is to hire an attorney. My guess is it will cost you about $1500-2000 to get this done, but there are no guarantees the judge will go along with it. Even so, it's definitely worth a shot. If you can't afford an attorney right now, here is a website that may be able to help you accomplish the same thing,

In the meantime, the best way to find a job is by networking with people who know and trust you.

Are you on LinkedIn and Facebook?

If not, sign up for a free account. I wrote an article about job hunting on these 2 sites in one of my newsletters, Job Brick Wall - Social Networking for Job Seekers.

If you're already on Facebook, make sure you don't have any embarrassing pictures or comments accessible to the public. Future employers will look up your profile on these sites and form an opinion about you. So, creating a professional profile is paramount.

Connect with as many people as possible... past school chums, old neighbors, friends of your parents, relatives, past work associates. Let all of them know you are struggling to find work and ask for their help in the way of leads, ideas, or referrals to others who may be able to open a door for you.

Don't tell them about your DUI, unless one of them offers to help you get in the door with their company; then you should tell them about it. The reason you should share your DUI at that time is because your contact may be able to diplomatically share your situation with senior management to relax any "no DUI hires" policy.

Follow up at least every 30 days with your connections to let them know you are still looking. If some of your connections are not on Facebook or LinkedIn, call them up and talk to them directly.

If you are still young and want to change career directions, can you move back in with your parents, relatives, or friends to save money and focus on your training for your life's work?

Consider going to college or trade school and just working part time until you graduate.

Buy the book, What Color Is Your Parachute? 2011: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers, by Richard Bolles. This is by far the best book ever written about selecting your life's work and the best ways to go about finding your dream job. It will definitely lift your spirits and give you positive insights into yourself.

Remember... your job search struggles are not all related to your DUI. The economy is still weak and jobs are scarce. It's going to take more effort to find work.

Make finding a job a full time job. Get up early and start your job search by connecting with as many people as possible vs just surfing the net. One of the worst ways to find a job is applying to job postings on the Internet. Eighty percent of all job openings are not advertised. The only way to find these hidden jobs is by networking.

Don't give up, Lee. You're not alone.

See if you can find a local networking group and meet with them often. Check with your local unemployment office for information on networking groups in your local area.

All the best to you. You'll get through this and will be working again in no time.

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Oct 07, 2015
by: Ludie Printup

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Aug 07, 2012
Try being a pilot with a DUI
by: Anonymous

The book "Flying Drunk" tells the real-life story of three commercial airline pilots who worked for Southwest Airlines. All three got charged by the FAA for operating commercial aircraft (think 100 plus passengers) under the influence and all three went to prison. Joe Balzer, one of the three convicted pilots, managed to get his job back. The book is essentially Balzer's life story. If he can get his job back after endangering thousands of lives and potentially costing Southwest billions, you can too.

The key to success is to not let the DUI define who you are. I kid you not, I let my first DUI define me for five years. I was so obsessed with it being on my record that I lived in a state of continuous self loathing until that behavior caught up to me and I ended up getting a second six years later. I didn't even take a second to reflect on how much I had accomplished since my first DUI.

I think this site offers some very good advice to DUI offenders: don't let it define you.

Jun 05, 2011
Police Officer Fired DWAI
by: Bill

To all than have experienced the same fate. Remember we all make mistakes, it is called being human. Every day when I wake I regret what took place on that May 2008. I did not realize I had a little more to drink than I did.

As a new Police officer on probation and celebrating my new position never thought this could ever happen to me but it did, got into an accident took down a utility pole and a fence, I thank got nobody got hurt. I was convicted of a DWAI by way of a bench trial and not reduced as a plea deal from the DAs office...not a crime but a traffic infraction.

Yes to all that think we are not held to a higher standard we are! Lost a dream job and I should have. I know my chances of becoming a Police Officer again will be the biggest challenge of my life. To all: hang in there, I since have been hired as a Police officer. If I can do it so can YOU! Good Luck to all be safe and learn from your mistakes.

Jan 16, 2011
Hang in there
by: Anonymous

Hang in there....I was impacted similar to you recently but found a new role in 9 days. The key is realizing you're not unemployed. You're new job is building a business plan for yourself and being self employed marketing and positioning yourself for new opportunities. The key is to let all the people you trust know your situation. They will talk to others they trust, the word will spread quickly, and you will be contacted. It's critical to let all these people know your cell phone and e-mail address quickly.

Good luck!

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