According to a new survey by Career Builder, 51% of employers have hired an applicant with a criminal history. Since more than 92 million individuals have a criminal history on file in state databases, according to the Justice Department?s Bureau of Justice Statistics, employers will have applicants that have a criminal past. The key for employers is to run a background check so that they know about any criminal past activities and can make an informed hiring decision. Having a past conviction should not be a bar to employment but employers have the right to know and then to consider factors such as time since the offense, the age of the offender at the time of offense, efforts at rehabilitation and if the criminal offense is relative to the job. A background check is just one tool employers should be using to make sure they hire the right person for the right job but it is a very important tool.