NEW YORK—It can be tough to find a job with a criminal record, but hiring an ex-con may be less threatening for companies that let employees work in a virtual office in New York, Chicago, or some other city.

Indeed, a new CareerBuilder study shows organizations are open to giving people who have had run ins with the law a second chance. Specifically, 51 percent of human resource managers reported that their organizations have hired someone with a criminal record.

“The number one recommendation hiring managers have is to own your past and focus on what you learned from it to grow professionally and personally,” says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of Human Resources at CareerBuilder. “You also want to stay active. Taking classes, volunteering and tapping into social networks can be good ways to help overcome obstacles associated with job hunting with a criminal past.”

Although the study didn’t point out how many of those employers let workers set up in virtual offices, it makes sense that employers would be more likely to give someone with a criminal record a chance to telecommute from a virtual office. Likewise, job hunters with criminal records should look for virtual office opportunities.

Virtual office jobs often include freelance or temporary assignments, which is one of the recommendations CareerBuilder makes for job hunters with criminal records. All in all, the good news is people with criminal records have less of a stigma today than they did in the past, whether they work in a traditional or virtual office.