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Jobs for Felons – Felon Friendly Employment


Below is our list of jobs for felons. This is always being updated to add and remove employers. Employers are added and removed from our felon friendly employer list frequently. The list we have is always changing. The hope is that ex-offenders seeking jobs with a felony will be able to find something here. If you’re an ex-offender looking for work, try some of the companies below. Let us know if you have any issues in a comment, and we’ll help the best we can. If this is your first time trying to find a job with a felony, I’ve written a guide for you to read. Just click here. This also goes for people having a hard time getting a job with a felony. Thanks for checking out our list of jobs for felons / felon friendly employment.

We’d recommend checking out Snagajob for more local, smaller business opportunities. Signing up is totally free, but not mandatory to use their site. Having an account does make it quicker and easier to apply to jobs. You can also have job alerts sent to you email, which will let you know when new jobs that match your criteria are posted. There are a decent amount of jobs for felons which are more local than we have on here. Three people currently maintain this site. It would be impossible for us to maintain a list of local small businesses and local companies that are known to hire felons. Smaller businesses are a lot better at hiring people with criminal records.

Please note that just because a company is listed here does not mean you have a 100% chance of landing the job. It’s not a list of jobs for felons you’ll definitely get.

There is a book called Jobs For Felons by Michael Ford that may be helpful as well. If you have a few bucks to spare, it may be worth picking up.

We’d also suggest following us on Twitter @Exoffenders for live updates on this section and others. We always tweet when we update the jobs for felons section.

We have no affiliation with these employers. You have to go to their hiring website through the link to apply. Leaving a comment for the employer will not get to them.

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479 Responses to Jobs for Felons – Felon Friendly Employment

  1. Jinger says:

    Hey Mike E. Congrats 4 real What state are you in? Im in Michigan and its a struggle

  2. Glenn says:

    Im a Ex- Felon and when II tell you I was having a very hard time finding a job that would pay me the money I desired I searched high and low until I decided that the only way for me to do it was to start my own so now im a storm chaser and I make a great living doing it.
    I own my own after 17 years in and drug addiction God will guide if you let him….So all of you who are fighting for your nitch just ask god and let him lead you in the right direction.

  3. Ebony J says:

    Mike E I just want to say thank you for the motivating words. My boyfriend is a convicted felon who has been putting in so much effort to find work he hits a dead end every time I remind him on a regular basis to keep at it….thanks again

  4. Marqus says:

    Uhm, I worked in Healthcare and I have a felony, so I really think it’s dependent on what position you are applying for.

  5. katwoman says:

    For Colorado and Arizona peeps, American Furniture Warehouse hires people based on their skills and / or level of motivation and sincerity. They ask on the co app about felonies but not the az. Either way, be straight up and honest, that’s valued more than anything. I got hired, been 3 weeks working now and $14 to start any position is great! Btw they do not check misdemeanors, only felonies. Apply, research the company, follow up about a week later about getting an interview. Show interest and you may end up with a good job. I have a computer programming background but was hired as a sales associate for the soon to open Glendale az store. Good benefits too. http://Www.afwonline.com

  6. ramona says:

    what dies it mean a level 2 background check…..i was convicted 7 yrs ago but finished pribation in 2012 which do they look at?

    • Tracy says:

      The clock starts the day you are off of paper. So if you just got off of probation in 2012, that’s when the clock started.

    • katwoman says:

      They look at everything…arrest, conviction, and probation end date. Level 2 background requires fingerprinting and an extensive background investigation because you are most likely going be working with and around vulnerable people (elderly in particular). Not all felonies disqualify you, primarily any violence related, elder or child abuse or endangerment, and anything related to sexual misconduct of any kind are the areas of main concern. Be honest, if you don’t have a disqualifying conviction, you’ve got a decent shot. Rehab and personal growth efforts are considered in eligible, non disqualifying convictions. Good luck!

  7. ladyj2010 says:

    I work at Subway. They always hire EVERYONE. White, black, hispanic, educated or not, rich, poor, disabled, felons etc

  8. Melissa says:

    I am a Welfare-to-Work caseworker and it’s my job to help felons on welfare seek, obtain and maintain employment. I think I can positively contribute to this forum by offering my perspective.

    The amount of time employers request on a criminal background check is based on the position, its salary and how much they’re willing to pay to see your criminal history, so while one employer may go back 7 years another may go back to your juvenile years. If an employer asks you to pay for a the back ground check and it’s under $30 it’s likely the check will go back 2-5 years. If asked to contribute to the criminal background check it’s a good indicator the employer is looking for an extensive history on you. However, most employers will not ask you for any amount of money, so the length of time is anyone’s guess.

    If your felony is okay with the employer, but a misdemeanor disqualified you that’s because employers look at how the charges relate to the specific position you’ve applied for. For example, if you have a felony drug charge and a misdemeanor theft charge and are applying at a retail store it’s likely the theft charge will carry more weight and possibly disqualify you. If you have a retail theft charge it’s difficult if not impossible to get a job at a retail location, unless the charge is so old it’s not caught in the background check. You’ll see more success in finding work if you consider this fact when choosing positions to apply for.

    Some careers require a perfectly clean record. Research and know what these jobs are so you aren’t wasting time. The health care industry is usually among these careers.

    We all make mistakes and all deserve a 2nd chance. Staying out of trouble ensures you aren’t asking for a 3rd and 4th chance as these chances are much harder to get than a 2nd. Even some of the most understanding employers frown on the repeat offender. While on the topic of an “understanding” employer you must understand this: these employers may see an opportunity to pay a lower wage to someone who’s desparate for work. As long as they meet wage requirements they can pay whatever they want. If they pay you .50 less than someone with a clean record they save a tremendous amount of money each year.

    In additiion, most of the positions for which a company will hire felons are those with little room for an employee to victimize the company. If you have a domestic violence charge and apply at a butcher shop, well the chances you’ll commit acts of violence against a dead cow are slim so there’s little to no risk for the employer. They can also pay you that lower wage knowing jobs are hard to come by for the average felon. These employers aren’t understanding or looking to give 2nd chances in most cases, but rather to reduce their payroll expense, which is, the largest expense most any company has. I’m not saying all are like this. We have some employers who truly want to contribute to an individual’s rehabilitation, but even those guys have the advantage of paying lower wages…a sweet little perk for their understanding, although I don’t foresee any employer admitting to this practice as it’s likely discrimination.

    I think with these things in mind finding work and keeping it may become a more achievable goal. The only other advice I can give is to smile, be sincere, positive and confident during the interview process. Protray yourself in a manner that allows the employer to see your integrity and trust you.

    If you’ve had little to no experience interviewing, or time served has kept you away from society for many years, you may find it helpful to visit your local career center and ask about classes that teach job seeking and other skills such as mock interviews, etc. Be honest with these folks because they will train you for your unique situation. Hope this helps. Great luck to each of you.

  9. mike e. says:

    Just did 6 months in county jail pleaded to a deal that is a felony and got out applied for 7 up and they hired me. To my peeps in the struggle don’t give up.

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