The biggest challenge felons have after their release is finding a job. Many employers won’t hire felons or at least make it difficult for them to be hired there. A felon with driving and delivery experience might consider applying at Postmates.
This blog post will cover whether or not Postmates runs background checks.
- What Is Included in a Background Check?
- Postmates Application and Background Check
- Can You Run a Background Check on Yourself?
- Tips for Getting a Job at Postmates
What Is Included in a Background Check?
Like many employers, Postmates reviews an applicant’s background because they don’t want someone who doesn’t succeed after starting a job. Typically, employers look at an applicant’s background not just for criminal offenses, but to avoid a, “bad hire.”
A, “bad hire,” is someone who:
- Doesn’t produce quality work
- Has a negative attitude
- Doesn’t work well with other employees
- Doesn’t deal well with customers
- Doesn’t have the skills they stated on an application
- Has attendance problems
- Is dishonest on the job
The last quality is the biggest challenge for felons. Their criminal history can be a problem when applying at Postmates even if they are now committed to living an honest lifestyle.
An employer might view at least some of the following:
- Credit reports
- Driving records
- Educational records
- Criminal offenses
Background information helps an employer like Postmates to determine a candidate’s:
- Past mistakes
- Financial fitness
This allows an employer 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. Convictions can be reported with no time limit while a non-conviction will show up for seven years. A crime will not show up on a background check if a felon has his or her record expunged.
Postmates Application and Background Check
Postmates is a goods and food delivery service that allows customers to order personal items, groceries, and restaurant meals. Postmates was founded in San Francisco in 2011.
A delivery driver for Postmates must have a drivable vehicle that allows him or her to pick up and deliver orders. A candidate to become a Postmates driver also must:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Own a smartphone
- Have a valid driver’s license and valid insurance on the vehicle
- Provide a Social Security Number
- Pass a background and driving record check
- Be a U.S. citizen or be authorized to work in the U.S.
An applicant will have to sign onto the Postmates website and fill out a Fleet Agreement outlining the rules for drivers. Then, he or she will need to authorize and pass a background check. A background check will take from 3 to 10 days.
A background check is done at Postmates because a candidate has to deal with driving and handling Postmates prepaid cards. Also, Postmates wants customers to feel safe when a delivery driver brings their order to their residence.
A background check will require:
- Date of birth
- Social Security Number
A background check involves a national, county, and law enforcement agency review. The background check looks for:
- Violent crimes
- Sexual offenses
- Drug-related offenses
- Sexual misconduct
- Property damage
If any of these is revealed in a background check, then Postmates will deny the opportunity to drive for them.
An applicant must also undergo a driving record check through the DMV, looking for:
- Hit and run
- Property damage from operating a motor vehicle
- Excessive moving violations
- Other crimes involving a motor vehicle
Any of these offenses will make an applicant ineligible to drive for Postmates if any disqualifying offense occurred in the last seven years.
Can You Run a Background Check on Yourself?
Yes, anyone can run a background check on themselves. Doing a background check on yourself before applying for a job with Postmates will allow you to know exactly what will be discovered when the review is done.
Waiting is taking a chance on the results. If there are any questions, they can contact an attorney.
Different kinds of personal background checks that can be done are:
- Through the court in which they were charged to provide records
- A credit report will help determine how financially responsible an individual is
- Driving records for any job involving driving, such as a truck driver
- An educational report through the National Student Clearing House
- Social media accounts
For someone wanting to do a background check on themselves, there are places that specialize in such searches. This is a great way to find out what Postmates will view about them.
Tips for Getting a Job at Postmates
A few tips for getting hired at Postmates include:
- Be flexible in working different hours
- Have reliable references if requested
- Be ready to provide a job history with a current resume
- Be honest about all personal information and history
- Be polite and respectful
Don’t hide the fact that he or she has a felony conviction if it comes up. Instead, explain the facts about that conviction without being emotional.
It is never a good idea to lie about your past on an application. This could result in not being considered for a job if Postmates finds out about it. Highlight skills and abilities that qualify you for the job; focus on them during the interview.
Take responsibility for past actions and explain how you are putting your life in order. Doing your own background check allows a felon to know what Postmates will see on his or her record.
Remember that you are not defined by your crime. Be willing to seeing yourself in a different light and 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 Postmates runs background checks? Have you or someone you know had Postmates run a background check? What was that like and was he or she successful in being hired? Please tell us in the comments below.