We understand how frustrating it is to find a job and want you to know that every month we have thousands of people just like you visiting our website looking for work with a felony on their record. The great news is that you've finally stumbled on the resource you need to get employed again. Our entire website is dedicated to helping you find employment and our job search has thousands of felony friendly jobs and employers added daily.
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Felon Friendly Jobs - Job Board
One of the unique offerings that we have here at Jobs For Felons Hub is our own job board. The beauty of this job board is that companies come to our website to post here directly and they're already aware that you have a felony and don't mind so long as you're a good employee. Every company you see on this job board is a felony friendly employer and all of these are confirmed as felon friendly jobs.
If you're an employer, please post your job opening here.
Disclaimer: We take no responsibility for the employers listed on this job board and have no relationship with them. We are simply acting as an intermediary and it's up to you and the employer to discuss payment and terms of employment. If you apply and find something suspicious, please contact us at Support@JobsForFelonsHub.com so we can investigate.
Common Job Seeker Q&A
Q: Should I Disclose my Felony(ies) on an Application?
A: This is purely a judgement call, but we advise you to disclose your record to your potential employers during the application process. The reason is because if you don't disclose a felony and get hired, they can revoke your employment at any time for lying on your application. This means that if they randomly run a background check on you six months from now, you can lose your job. Or, even worse, you'll be up for a promotion and the company may run a background check before the promotion is official. If that background check comes back with something your employer doesn't like, they'll be able to terminate you.
Q: What Types of Jobs Should I Avoid Applying to?
A: Typically you'll want to avoid job types that require licenses by the state or on a federal level as they aren't usually felony friendly. This is because in most (not all) cases, you won't be able to get approval for your license to pursue employment. Because of this, the applications you submit aren't worth your time because the governing body of your state won't let you work anyway.
Q: Will it be Difficult to Get a Job?
A: Yes, it's going to be difficult to get a job and there will be plenty of times when you'll want to quit. But notice we stated it will be difficult to get a job, not impossible. After years of being the leader in this niche, we've found that the best way to succeed is to be consistent and stay positive about your job search. Don't let one frustrating situation (having a job offer rescinded, being told no because of your felony, etc.) impact your mentality.
Q: Should I Apply to Large of Small Companies?
A: While we do have a list of large companies that hire felons, it's truly on a case-by-case basis and there are many variables at play. Our advice is to spend most of your time applying to medium and small businesses. This is because these businesses are more likely to skip the background check due to cost and typically don't have a HR department with policies in place. You can see our full list of companies that hire ex-offenders by clicking here.
Q: Can I Get a Job With a Sexual or Violent Felony Offense?
A: Yes, you can! But, it's likely that your job search is going to be more difficult than other types of felony charges. This is due to the nature of the felony and even many felony friendly employers will look at you as a potential threat to their employees. If this case describes you, anticipate having to fill out more applications and try to find jobs that don't require you to work in an office environment or with the public.
Q: Can a Felon Drive For Uber?
A: In most cases, no. A felon can not work for Uber because they won't pass the background check. However, we have seen many instances where people we've referred to the company to apply have been granted employment. (Read More)
Q: Can a Felon Work For the Government?
A: According to OPM.gov, having a felony conviction does not preclude you from getting hired by the government. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) or the government hiring agency determines the offenses you committed in determining suitability for employment. However, generally there are no prohibitions against employment. Factors that are considered include the duties that are related to the positions for which you have applied the nature and date for any misconduct and evidence of rehabilitation. (Read More)
Background Check Q&A
Q: How do I know What Will Show up on my Background Check?
A: A background check is typically the biggest hurdle you'll experience while going through your job search to find felony friendly employers. We know of many instances where individuals get job offers, but then the background check comes back and the offer is rescinded. The best way to understand your background check is to order one on yourself. This way, you'll understand exactly what employers see. You can do that by clicking here and filling out your information. While this resource isn't free, it's the most affordable way of reviewing what shows up on your background check.
Q: Will a Felony Show After 7 Years on a Background Check?
A: Non-convictions can be reported for up to seven years. Convictions can be reported without any time limitation, so it is likely to show up on a background check even if it’s been more than 7 years. The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) allows felony arrests to be reported on background checks for seven years after release from prison. Felony convictions can be reported as far back as the employer chooses to go. There are several states that do not allow the use of any case older than seven years whether there was a conviction or not. (Read More)
Q: Will a Felony Show After 10 Years on a Background Check?
A: Non-convictions are reportable for seven years, so those will not show up. Convictions can be reported without any time limitation. The so-called “seven year rule” came from the fact that arrests can only be reported for up to seven years. The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) allows felony arrests to be reported on background checks for seven years after release from prison. Felony convictions can be reported as far back as the employer chooses to go. That, of course, includes anything after 10 years. (Read More)
Q: Do Internships Run Background Checks?
A: As with most businesses, background checks on new employees are routinely done. In the case of interns there is no consistent regulation. Interns often have the same privileges and access to company resources as permanent employees so they are often held to the same screening standard. If the intern will be handling sensitive information, company assets, cash, or working directly with children, a background check is often completed. If the intern’s job is to “shadow” other employees and is not directly responsible for assets or cash, some companies may not do a background check. Instead, managers may provide strict supervision. The problem is that even if an internship doesn't run a background check, they may run one prior to actually hiring someone once the internship has completed. (Read More)
Q: Do Employers Run Background Checks before Interviews?
A: Typically employers will not run a background check before an interview. This is because they're likely to interview many candidates and it would be very cost-prohibitive to run background checks on all of those potential job candidates. Instead, they'll usually interview many potential employees and then they'll run a background check on whoever they decide they'd like to hire. (Read More)
Jobs That Hire Felons
When you’re trying to find jobs that hire felons, you need to realize that you’re going to have to be less picky about the position(s) you apply for and are willing to take.
Generally speaking, once you have a felony on your record, your potential employer pool will be limited. While the list below isn’t all encompassing, our years of experience in this industry has taught us a lot about the different industries and jobs that are more willing to hire felons. There are many companies that are felony friendly in these industries, so we encourage you to read through the whole list.
Trucking: One of the most common jobs that ex-offenders can get is jobs in transportation/trucking. Obviously, there is quite a bit of traveling involved in this industry as your main goal will be to move contents from one location to another.
That said, this is a good job for those that would like to see more of the country and don’t mind being by themselves for extended periods of time. There is of course downtime and you won’t be constantly on the road, but a good amount of your job will be spent traveling to move the contents in your truck. You can also review our full list of trucking companies that hire felons if you’re interested.
Construction: If you like working with your hands and can’t stand the idea of sitting in the office all day, this is a good option for you. Construction jobs are often felony friendly and while they are physically demanding and the skills needed vary wildly. they can be a great opportunity.
That said, it’s not uncommon for companies to train you on the job if you’re willing to work hard and open to learning new things. You can also review our full list of construction companies that hire felons if you’re interested.
Restaurants & Food Service: Becoming a server or working as a cook at a restaurant is a great way to get a job quick. The hours can be tough and you’ll need to have the patience to deal with customers, but it's a perfect fit for those that are willing.
With a job like this, it’s best that you have people skills and are willing to diplomatically solve problems when they occur. Sometimes customers are unhappy and can be downright rude, but if you’re able to control the situation and calm them down, you’ll be a great addition to any restaurant team. You can also review our full list of restaurants that hire felons if you’re interested.
Sales: While not every sales job is going to be open to you, this is one of those great feel that you can get into if you’re a people person. The key to sales is the fact that it drives a lot of company revenue and often times companies are willing to take a chance on someone that has a real knack for selling their product.
The reason? All of the sales equate to revenue for the company and if the individual is good at their job, it can help the company remain profitable. While there are a lot of different sales jobs available, we recommend that you find one that, at the very least, has a base salary to sustain you while employed. It’s not uncommon to find commission only positions and while some of those are legitimate, it can be pretty tough to make a living this way. Click right here to see sales jobs.
Technology & IT Services: It’s common knowledge that good programmers and folks in technology tend to be paid very well. While there is definitely a learning curve to this type of position, if you have experience or have always dabbled in the areas of technology, this could be a great job for you.
One of the best things about this position is that sometimes it can be done remotely. This is incredibly important because, in cases like this, your felony should be a non-issue. The reason being is that you’re not going to be interacting with the public so the viability of the company is much lower. You can also review our full list of tech companies that hire felons if you’re interested.
Grocery Stores & Supermarkets: No matter where you live, there are going to be a number of grocery stores in your surrounding area. After all, people need food and without the stores they would be able to get them. That said, usually these are great places to find work.
Frankly speaking, it might not be the most glamorous work but it’s something to get you started. It may be something as simple as being a grocery bagger, or someone who runs a register or possibly even helps with stocking products on the shelves. Regardless of the nature of the job, there are often positions available for those that are willing to apply. You can also review our full list of grocery stores that hire felons if you’re interested.
Hotels/Motels/Resorts: Something that most people don’t realize is that it’s not uncommon for hospitality companies to hire ex-offenders. This could be a job as a front desk person, but it could also be someone to help cook food for guests or cleanup rooms.
Hospitality companies need a lot of people to help run their businesses efficiently and this is a great opportunity to get a job with a place that’s likely somewhere in your local area. You can also review our full list of hotels that hire felons if you’re interested.
Manufacturing: Assembly-line workers and those that help in the manufacturing process are almost always needed. These are the types of jobs that require someone to help in completing the creation of different products.
With a job like this, you’ll probably spend most of your day on your feet as you’ll be assisting others and assembling products. But, there are also opportunities for those that work hard to end up being a supervisor or to help maintain the machines that assist in the manufacturing process. You can also review our full list of manufacturing companies that hire felons if you’re interested.
Housekeeping: If you don’t mind cleaning for a living, housekeeping can actually be a pretty good job to get into. While it may seem like this wouldn’t be a fit because of the nature of the job, surprisingly this is one of those industries that has a lot of opportunity for those with a record.
In an ideal world, you’ll create your own housekeeping company and find clients. But, if that isn’t possible, you can apply to other companies and they may be willing to hire you. Even better is if you can find a company or temp agency that will allow you to clean properties for commercial buildings. These usually pay more and the liability of the company is much less. You can also review our full list of housekeeping companies that hire felons if you’re interested.
Janitor: Cleaning houses isn’t the only job available to those with a felony. Becoming a janitor is another job that’s usually more forgiving to those that have a checkered past. While much of the job will be focused on cleaning, the good news is that you’ll usually be left alone and just be given a routine to fulfill as your primary job.
It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to work at a school doing this due to your record, so you’ll need to find a company that’s willing to give you a chance. But there are plenty of them out there. Click here to see janitor jobs.
Food Production/Processing: Being involved in food production is a great job for those that don’t mind moving around all day. While some of these jobs are simple quality assurance, there are other positions that require folks to maintain machinery and manage workers.
For a job like this, you’ll need to be okay with doing work that can be repetitive at times and you should always have safety and quality in the back of your mind. After all, people will consume the product(s) you’re helping to create. Click here to see food production/processing jobs.
Airlines: Most people wouldn’t think that airlines hire felons, but that’s actually not true. While you may not be able to be a airline pilot because that requires licensing, there are a lot of other positions you can do for the airline. If you were convicted over 10 years ago, it’s still possible to even be a flight attendant.
But if that’s not you, it’s okay. They still need baggage handlers, maintenance mechanics, folks to keep the airport clean, and more. Click here to see airline jobs.
Retail: Though this one also takes patience because you’ll always be dealing with the public, there are a lot of jobs available in the retail space. Retail responsibilities change quite a bit depending on the position you’re in, but you could be a warehouse worker, a retail associate, merchandiser, or more. You can review our full list of retail companies that hire felons if you’re interested.
Ride Sharing (Uber): We know, you’ve likely heard that Uber doesn’t hire felons and while that’s generally true, we’ve found that sometimes that actually DO hire felons. We don’t know why, we can’t give you any reasoning about how this happens. We just know that it does happen and we feel like it’s worth it for you to apply. If you get turned down, that’s fine, at least you know. But sometimes this does work, so we urge you to apply to find out. You can do so by clicking here.
Automotive: Working in the automotive field is another good choice for those with a record. Generally speaking, mechanics don’t deal with customers too often and are more focused on fixing the vehicles that arrive. This makes it a great opportunity if you have the skills required because liability for your potential employer is limited.
Like many other manual labor jobs, you’ll have to be okay with being on your feet most of the day and performing physical tasks in order to fulfill the job requirements. You can review our full list of automotive companies that hire felons if you’re interested.
Freelancing and Online Jobs: Most people associate “online jobs” with the word scam. While this is warranted in some capacity, there are actually a lot of online jobs that are available that are completely viable. This can be something like a remote writer, copywriter, researcher, virtual assistant, graphic designer, and more.
The thing about these jobs is that they’re competitive and you’ll have to lower your hourly rate in the beginning to build up a client base. But, once you have a number of clients, it’s likely that you’ll be able to work comfortably from home for years to come. To find legitimate online jobs, we recommend that you check out Upwork. Most of the job openings placed here are for those that will work remotely and you’ll usually just need a computer, internet connection, and skills relevant to the job posting.
Warehouse: Probably one of the most common jobs that felons get accepted to is to work in a warehouse. In fact, even Amazon has been known to hire former offenders in an effort to staff their gigantic warehouses. While this job is physically demanding, it allows you a steady paycheck while exercising to keep yourself fit.
This is a great job for those that don’t mind walking quite a bit during the day and moving light packages by hand or using heavy machinery to adjust inventory. You can find warehouse job listings here.
Companies That Hire Felons
We're proud that we have the most accurate and concise list of companies that hire felons on the internet. We've created this through exhaustive research to confirm multiple instances in which each listed company has hired a felon in the past, or have posted a job listing on our website directly. We've also segmented our list by state to give you the best results for your geographic area. As of now, we have a list of 837 companies that hire felons on our website.
Because this list is so large, we've created a different page for the information as it's simply too much to put here. Please note that this list grows every week because all of the companies that post job openings with us are added to our company listings.
Temp Agencies That Hire Felons
Oftentimes those who have been released don't realize that Temp Agencies can be an amazing place to find new employment opportunities. In fact, it's not uncommon for a former felon to be able to be hired from a temp agency and work at a company that they otherwise would never get a job at. Wondering why this is?
Well, when a company uses a temp agency they typically rely on the agency to do all of the background check information. So, the company itself never actually does a background check and sometimes the temp agency doesn't either. The result? You're able to work at a company through the temp agency without a problem.
Self Employment Resources
Have you ever thought about the fact that you don't need to have an employer to make your own money?
Sure, when you have an employer it's nice because they provide you with a consistent paycheck and job security, but how many extremely successful people can you name who have gotten that way by working for other people?
The answer is not many and maybe this means it's time for you to consider becoming your own boss, or at least become a consultant.
The beauty about this lifestyle is that your felony is no longer an issue because YOU are the boss and YOU determine your own work hours, hourly pay rate, and more. Below is a list of resources to help.
Upwork.com: This is the largest freelancer website in the entire world. Odds are that you have some type of skill that would be valuable to someone else and people are more than willing to pay those that are hard working. If you have technical skills that's ideal, but this website also works for people who are writers, sales and marketing (work at home, over the phone), administration, and so much more. Heck, people even hire voice overs for their videos on this website.
Udemy.com: This website, or should I say marketplace, is absolutely awesome for people trying to learn or teach new skills. Simply put, this is a HUGE marketplace with over 50,000 courses. Some courses are free and others cost money, but the neat thing is you can actually create your own course for free and charge others to take it.
Craigslist: Odds are that you know of Craigslist, but if not, it is a great place to find jobs quickly that typically don't require background checks if you look in the right areas. If you look in the "Jobs" section and search under "General Labor" or "Customer Service", you'll often find jobs that won't put too much emphasis on your record. Remember, most companies that post here need something pretty quickly and are usually local small businesses looking for talent. The big companies tend to use places like Careerbuilder.com and Monster.com, so this is a great place to start a job search.
Job Training Resources
For some felons, it isn't necessarily their record that is prohibiting them from getting a job. Instead, it is their lack of knowledge and training that employers notice which disqualifies them from becoming employed again. This is a very common issue, so we have compiled a list of different resources that you can use to get the skills you need to find a new job, or even try to make your own business.
Some of the job training resources below are free while others cost money, but we are confident in the platforms we are recommending and hope that you find them helpful.
Please note that some of the resources below are affiliates of our website. This means that you are supporting our website by using these links because if you choose to use these resources, at no additional cost to you, we will be given a small commission. Note that we never list resources here unless we are sure that they will help you and encourage you to only use them if you think they will help you too.
Our FREE Guide: Getting employed with a felony isn't a simple task and we've created this guide to help. Whether you are looking to work for others or want to become self employed, this guide will explain your options and provide you with tips along the way.
Lynda.com: Lynda was recently purchased by LinkedIn.com and, in our opinion, has the highest quality courses out there. The platform has over 3,500 courses available that focus on topics which will give you highly sought after job skills from employers.
The best part? You can access everything for free with a 10-day trial.
Udemy Course Marketplace: Udemy currently has over 7 million students and over 30,000 courses. This platform allows industry specialists to create their own courses and give them away for free, or sell them. The platform often has sales where courses cost $10-$15 each, but make sure you sign-up as a member and give a valid email address so that you are notified when these sales happen.
Free Employment Guide
Getting employed with a felony isn't a simple task and we've created a FREE guide to help. Whether you are looking to work for others or want to become self employed, this guide will explain your options and provide you with tips along the way.
So, what does the guide cover?
- The Importance of Mindset and Stories of Success
- Deciding Your Career Path
- The importance of Social Networks
- Tips to get Employed by Traditional Employers
- How to get Job Skills With or Without Traditional Schooling
- How to Become a Freelancer and Work for Yourself
- Starting Your Own Business With Very Little Investment