Finding a job is one of the biggest challenges felons face when they return home. After being away for so long, fitting into society is not easy.
If you have experience with arts and crafts, and especially if you also have worked in a retail environment, you might want to consider applying at Hobby Lobby.
Let’s take a look at whether Hobby Lobby hires felons.
In this blog post, we’ll cover the following:
- About Hobby Lobby
- Hiring Process
- Background Check?
- Does Hobby Lobby Hire Felons?
- What Felonies Might Not Be Considered?
- Can You Run a Background Check on Yourself?
- A Plan for Success
About Hobby Lobby
Hobby Lobby is mainly an arts-and-crafts store that includes hobbies, picture framing, jewelry making, home décor, and holiday supplies. Its corporate headquarters are in Oklahoma City.
The company is committed to honoring religious views and preferences. Hobby Lobby is a retail store with the focus on customer service and offering value to customers.
Hobby Lobby establishes and maintains a work environment that builds character and nurtures individuals and families.
Most entry level jobs at Hobby Lobby are in customer service. Positions involve running cash registers, stocking shelves, and assisting customers.
It is important to have a positive, outgoing attitude to deal with customers throughout work shifts.
Hobby Lobby offers a number of positions to qualified applicants. Most of these are basic, entry-level jobs, including cashiers and store stockers.
Of course, there are management positions also like assistant store manager and store manager. Most opportunities will be for lower-level positions though.
For those with more limited work experience or a not so strong work history as felons often exhibit, entry positions will be the most common jobs available.
Let’s take a look at the hiring process at Hobby Lobby to understand what is involved. While you can apply online at Hobby Lobby, the company requires filling out a paper application for all basic positions.
There’s a question on the Hobby Lobby application about ever having been convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony. If you answer yes, you must provide the offense, the date, location, and penalty. The application states that conviction is not an automatic bar to employment.
There is a question regarding having been discharged from previous employment or being forced to resign for any reason.
Hobby Lobby will schedule an interview for any applicants they might consider hiring. It is important to learn about the company, the location of the store, and the job duties.
Remember to prepare for the interview by arriving early with a resume, ready to answer all questions politely and honestly.
How about that dreaded background check? Hobby Lobby does run a background check.
Here are some facts to know. One of the main reasons Hobby Lobby completes a background check is to verify the information that has been reported on the application.
Hobby Lobby, like most employers, will review an applicant’s background because they don’t want someone who doesn’t succeed after starting a job.
They don’t want to hire someone who isn’t willing to work hard, who doesn’t have a positive attitude, and who isn’t honest.
Your criminal history can be a problem when applying at Hobby Lobby even if you are now committed to living an honest life. Hobby Lobby can look at various information, including criminal records and driving records.
Hobby Lobby 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, which will reveal all convictions and non-convictions, including cases not prosecuted or ones dismissed.
Does Hobby Lobby Hire Felons?
Hobby Lobby does not have an official policy for hiring felons, according to their website. They consider applicants on a case-by-case basis.
Hobby Lobby does hire felons according to the type and severity of the offense and how long ago the felony occurred.
It is important to know your criminal history, be honest in answering all questions, and focus on the positive.
What Felonies Might Not Be Considered?
Hobby Lobby will not hire all felons. One critical factor is the nature of the felony conviction.
There are several types of felonies that may make it extremely difficult enough to be hired at Hobby Lobby, including being convicted of a financial crime, which will make it challenging to be hired as a cashier.
Any felony involving a sex offense or a violent crime will probably result in your not being hired.
A theft or robbery will make it difficult to get a warehouse job. A conviction involving an automobile or DUI will likely eliminate you from any type of driving job at Hobby Lobby.
These are all felonies that the company will consider more negatively. Hobby Lobby will not place customers, fellow employees, and the company at risk of harm.
All of these are taken quite seriously.
Hobby Lobby does run a drug test for all applicants in whom they are interested.
Can You Run a Background Check on Yourself?
Doing a background check on yourself before applying at Hobby Lobby will allow you to know exactly what will be discovered when Hobby Lobby conducts its 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, you can run a background check on yourself. In fact, we recommend doing exactly that to know what Hobby Lobby will find out. It helps to be prepared.
A Plan for Success
You would have the best chance at getting a job at Hobby Lobby by having your record expunged.
Here are some tips for getting a job at Hobby Lobby, especially with a felony conviction.
Take your time in filling out the application so that you answer all questions honestly and completely.
Be readily available for an interview and available to work in different store locations. Be prepared to provide relevant work history, reliable references, and a current resume.
Take the time to introduce yourself to the store management if you get an interview.
Be professional, dress appropriately, and be polite and respectful. Remember to speak up clearly and show enthusiasm for the opportunity to interview.
Above all, be honest about all personal information and history.
It is important to let the hiring manager know that you would make an excellent employee. While it is a difficult process, it is important not to get frustrated and discouraged.
Not everyone who applies will pass the background check. It is not the end of the world to fail it. There are jobs available with different employers.
Learn from the 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, including any rehabilitation. Doing your own background check allows you to know what an employer will see on your record.
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 and ready to establish an honest life.
The best opportunity for success in a new life begins with having support from family and friends. After all, felons do make good employees.
So what do you think about this blog post about whether Hobby Lobby hires felons? Have you or someone you know applied for a job at Hobby Lobby? What was that like and how did that go? Please tell us in the comments below.