I understand your frustration, but remember your background is YOUR background no matter what state you're in. Your prior record of arrests, charges, convictoins and dismissals will follow you until you take care of the ones you can.
For the charges that were dismissed pursuant to probation, it sounds like you did some form of deferred adjudication in VA. If it is like Texas, then you can seal your record and the charges and dismissals will be hidden from the eyes of most, but not all entities. That said, the conviction is not going anywhere unless you can get a pardon.
If you want to seal your record you need to talk with lawyers in VA as they know the laws that are applicable.
Good luck to you
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Unfortunately, because of the economy, employers can be choosier with new hires. Did you disclose your arrests? If you are not disclosing them, could that be why you are failing?
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In a world where the number of job applciations is at an all-time high and the number of qualified candidates is staggering, competition is extremely high for every job. When employers have several equally qualified candidates, they begin removing some from the list based on such things as a criminal past.
Make sure you are honest with every potential employer out there as an after the fact background check could cost you yet another shot.
Good luck to you.
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