Does CVS Hire Felons?

You want to find a job, but you may not know where to look. If you have experience working in retail or in a pharmacy, you might consider applying at CVS.

Not so fast. Does CVS hire felons?

Let’s take a look and answer this question.

In this blog post, we’ll cover the following:

  • About CVS
  • Hiring Process
  • Background Check?
  • An Opportunity for Felons?
  • Does the Type of Felony Matter?
  • Can You Run a Background Check on Yourself?
  • Steps to Take

About CVS

CVS was founded in 1963 as Customer Value Stores in Lowell, Massachusetts, by Stanley and Sidney Goldstein.

CVS is one of the largest pharmaceutical stores in the U.S., providing essential prescriptions as well as selling various medical supplies and supplements. 

Their goal is to focus on helping people manage their health and well-being. Their products and services all involve this aim. CVS was the first pharmacy to ban tobacco products.

Today, there are more than 9,800 stores in 49 states throughout the U.S. with more than 246,000 employees. CVS prides itself in serving over five million customers daily across the nation.

Hiring Process

The minimum age to work at CVS is 16 years old. CVS looks to hire hardworking, dependable, and honest people. The company values customer service.

In order to apply for a job at CVS, you will be asked to create an account on the CVS website and complete the application online. The CVS application is simple and straightforward requiring approx. when 20 to 25 minutes to complete.  

The majority of the application is focused on collecting personal information, including your name, address, education history, and work history. References will also be required. After submitting your application, you will be scheduled for an interview if CVS is considering hiring you. An interview will be with a hiring manager. Questions in the interview will focus typically on why you want to work at CVS, what your previous experience is, and some views on good customer service. 

It would be helpful to answer positively with a good attitude. You can also benefit yourself by having some knowledge of CVS and its philosophy. Be ready to provide a job history with a current resume. Remember to be honest about your history and be open in replying to all questions.

While there are a number of positions available at CVS, most opportunities will be entry-level jobs, including cashier, stocker, and photo lab technician.

Background Check?

Yes, CVS does conduct a background check. You must consent to this pre-employment background check, which will look for any conviction the last seven years. 

You will also need to consent to a pre-employment drug test. Employment offers are contingent on passing this test along with the background check.

CVS has signed the Fair Chance Business Pledge based on the Ban the Box initiative. This agreement looks at what a person can do first and then they check your background record. 

The Fair Chance Business Pledge is an initiative for companies to remove the question about felonies until later in the interview process.

CVS will not deny an application just because you have a felony. Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

Important factors that CVS considers in this process are: 

  • Length of time since completion of your sentence
  • Type of felony conviction
  • Whether it was a violent or nonviolent felony
  • Hiring manager’s personal views and opinions
  • Presenting yourself and explaining the past
  • Being honest about any felony conviction

CVS does a background check to protect the company, its employees, and its customers. 

A routine background check at CVS takes approximately one week.

An Opportunity for Felons?

Yes, CVS does have a history of hiring felons, but CVS does not make it easy for you. They will help give you another opportunity in society.

Part of the company’s goal is to be of help to those in need, but they will definitely not hire all felons.

CVS will look for discrepancies between the report and your responses on the application when they evaluate your background check. They want to make certain that you are accurate in the information about yourself. They also look at the nature of any criminal offenses discovered by the report.

This is to get a fresh start if you are open about your history and present yourself honestly in a positive light.

Does the Type of Felony Matter?

The nature of the felony will make a difference in whether or not CVS may give you a chance at a job there.

As you might expect, CVS will not likely hire anyone convicted of a violent or sexual crime. This is because of the belief that crimes against persons are among the most serious of all. These show a complete disregard for other people, their lives, and their well-being. 

CVS is unlikely to hire you with a drug offense, especially in an area that could bring you into contact with the pharmacy

They typically don’t employ individuals with a conviction of theft or forgery. These crimes violate the trust of the company, if they can’t believe that you can be trusted to handle money or even to be around finances.

Other than these types of felonies, you may have an opportunity at CVS.

Can You Run a Background Check on Yourself?

You can run a background check on yourself. In fact, we recommend doing exactly that.

Running a background check on yourself before you apply at CVS will let you know exactly what they will find when they do their review. 

You can contact an attorney if you have any questions. Take action and don’t risk a chance on the results.  

Don’t let the opportunity pass you by. Your future is at stake. So why wouldn’t you want to know what would show up in a background check?

The more you know the better prepared you will be to answer any questions that could come up in an interview. It could also make a difference if you have a current resume to show your work history and skills. This also means being open with CVS about your past and your criminal record.

If you aren’t honest, you could end up back in prison because of fraud, which is a punishable offense. If you are eligible, you could have your record expunged. That would enable you to honestly state on an application that you don’t have any convictions on your record.

Steps to Take

You now know what to do to give yourself a chance to be hired at CVS. They are willing to help you in your efforts to reenter society.

If you are open about your past and don’t have a serious violent, sexual offense or a drug conviction, you could succeed here.

Take advantage of the opportunity and don’t let your past bring you down. Only you can decide how important getting a job is. No, it isn’t easy, but don’t get discouraged. Let CVS help you.

Even if you give it your best shot, it still may not work out. You could fail the background check and not be hired. If so, it isn’t the end of the world. There are other employers and jobs available.

Don’t be defined by your mistakes. Let your response to your mistakes define you, and control what you can in your future. Live a new, honest lifestyle with your family and friends helping you.

So what do you think about this blog post about whether or not CVS hires felons? Have you or someone you know tried to get a job at CVS? What was that like and what happened? Please tell us in the comments below.


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