Getting a job is never an easy process, but it is made more challenging when you have a felony conviction. If you have experience working in a retail store, you might think about applying at a place like Family Dollar.
The issue is whether or not Family Dollar hires felons. Let’s provide an answer to this here.
In this blog post, we’ll cover the following:
- About Family Dollar
- 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 Family Dollar
Family Dollar Stores is an American variety store chain. It was founded in 1959 with its first location in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The company started with a single store, aiming to provide as many products under $2 as possible to allow those with a lower income to be able to buy what they needed at reasonable prices.
Family Dollar’s goal is to be the best small value and convenience retailer that serves the needs of neighborhood shoppers.
The company places a high value on customer service and sales. It is always looking for hardworking and dedicated people who want to be part of a team and who share the values that Family Dollar wants to promote.
You must be at least 18 to work at Family Dollar. For felons, this should not pose a problem.
As is common with many businesses these days, you must complete an application online. The application includes basic questions about age and eligibility to work in the United States. It will include detailed information about skills, job history, and shift availability. The application will request a current resume. It would be helpful if you had one available.
There is not a question on the Family Dollar application about your criminal history. The company follows the ban the box initiative that waits until further in the hiring process to inquire about criminal convictions in order to keep an open mind until a later point in the process.
If the company may be interested in you, they will schedule a single in-person interview with a store manager.
Questions to expect in this interview will focus on why you want to work for Family Dollar, why you think you would be a good fit for the company, and your previous experience.
From this, if Family Dollar is considering you, they will request that you comply with a background check along with a drug test. Of course, you will need to consent to this or you will not be considered further.
While there are many types of positions available at Family Dollar, the majority of them will be entry-level jobs. This includes store clerk, cashier, stocker, and positions in the distribution center.
It would be to your benefit to be positive and open-minded in an interview if you get one.
How about a background check? Does Family Dollar run a background check?
Yes, of course Family Dollar runs a background check. One of the main reasons Family Dollar does a background check is to verify the information that you report on the application.
A Family Dollar background check will cover the most recent seven years. A background check will be run on any applicant who is being strongly considered for a position.
Family Dollar, like most employers, will review an applicant’s background because they don’t want to hire someone who isn’t willing to work hard, doesn’t have a positive attitude, and isn’t honest.
Your criminal history can be an issue when applying at Family Dollar even if you are now committed to living an honest lifestyle.
Remember that Family Dollar can look at various information, including criminal records and driving records for anyone considered for a driving position at the distribution center. Family Dollar wants to look at your past mistakes and character to identify hiring risks for security and safety issues for the company.
The criminal record review conducted of a background check includes examining criminal history files for any criminal offenses for convictions and even dismissed cases.
An Opportunity for Felons?
Family Dollar is known for frequently offering positions to felons, taking into consideration your criminal history during the application process.
The company does hire felons depending on the type of felony conviction and length of time since completing your sentence.
If your offense is a single crime on your record, it will give you a better chance than if you have a long criminal history.
A drug test could be administered depending on the store. It may take up to a week to complete the process.
Does the Type of Felony Matter?
Yes, this does make a difference in being hired at Family Dollar.
Not all felons will be hired by Family Dollar. One of the critical factors is the nature of the felony conviction.
There are several types of felonies that may make it extremely difficult to be hired at Family Dollar. As a company that values customer service, any felony involving a sex offense or a violent crime will probably eliminate you.
If you have been convicted of a financial crime you may have difficulty getting a job there working as a cashier. If you were involved in a theft or robbery and difficulty getting a distribution center job. A conviction involving an automobile or DUI will likely eliminate you from any type of driving job.
These are all felonies that the company will consider more negatively and are ones that Family Dollar views as placing customers, fellow employees, and the company at risk of harm. All of these are taken quite seriously.
Can You Run a Background Check on Yourself?
Yes, you can run a background check on yourself. We recommend this as it will allow you to know exactly what will be discovered when Family Dollar does their review.
If you have any questions, you can contact an attorney. Be proactive and don’t take a risk on the results.
There are different kinds of personal background checks that you can run, including from the court in which you were charged along with a credit report and driving records.
To help you be on top of things, remember to run a background check on yourself.
Steps to Take
You would have the best chance at getting a job at Family Dollar by having your record expunged.
Be readily available for an interview. Be prepared to provide relevant work history, reliable references, and a current resume.
Above all, be honest about all personal information and your work and criminal history.
Not everyone who applies at Family Dollar will be hired or even pass the background check. It is not the end of the world. There are jobs available with other employers.
Learn from your experience. Consider what went well in the interview and what didn’t. Use that to your advantage next time.
Take responsibility for past actions and explain how you are putting your life in order. You need to remember that you are not defined by your crime. We are not defined by our mistakes but in how we recover from them.
You must be willing to see yourself in a different light, ready to establish an honest life. The best opportunity for success in a new life begins with having support from family and friends.
So what do you think about this blog post about whether Family Dollar hires felons? Have you or someone you know applied for a job at Family Dollar? What was that like and what happened? Please tell us in the comments below.