Jobs For Felons

Having a criminal record directly impacts your job search, and not in a favorable way.  Though difficult, finding a felon friendly company that's willing to give you a second chance isn't impossible.  

The difference between our website and our competitors is that the accuracy of our list of companies that hire ex-felons is EXTREMELY important to us.  Aside from utilizing internet research, we're the only website that has our own felon friendly job board where employers can post jobs for felons directly. 

This approach has allowed us to compile a current list of 1137 companies that hire those with a criminal background and it continues to expand every single day.  

PLEASE REVIEW THIS ENTIRE PAGE, this is the #1 resource on the internet for convicted felons to get the second chance they deserve.

Please share this page so that we can help as many people as possible

Felon Friendly Job Board

We've created this job board in an effort to allow employers to come to us directly and post job listings for those with a criminal history.  These employers have submitted these job listings to give you a fair chance and whether the job listings are full-time or part-time, they're specifically tailored to ex-convicts who are trying to get a job to support themselves and their families.  

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 so we can investigate.

Filter by tag:

Companies That Hire Felons

We take pride in the fact that we have the most accurate list of companies that hire those with a criminal record on the internet.  We've created this list by compiling data between our own job board and internet research.

As of now, we have a list of 1137 companies that hire felons on our website.  Because this list is so large, what you see below does not include ALL results.  If you want to see a list of all companies organized by city/state please click here.

Automotive: The automotive industry is great for those that like to work with their hands and spend time fixing vehicles.  This is hard work and it's considered manual labor, but for those that enjoy this type of work, it's a great opportunity doe a second chance.  Plus, this is one of those industries that pay relatively well compared to others.

Building and Personnel Services: There are a lot of situations where a company needs help in maintaining their facilities or cleaning the facilities of a client.  This is a great job to get into quickly if you're having a hard time finding a new job.  You'll spend most of your time cleaning residential or commercial services and though it isn't glamorous, it's a job with high demand that has a lot of opportunities.

Commercial Services:  Just like residential buildings, commercial buildings need help to keep maintained as well. Jobs in this area might be cleaning commercial buildings, helping with property management, maintaining plumbing, concrete, roofing, and more.

Community Organizations:  The purpose of community organizations is to improve the community that they're a part of. These are places that are usually very open to working with those who have a record because they understand that helping the local community is how you make the location a better place for everyone.

Computer Hardware & Software:  If you are interested in tech, this is a great place to start. Most of the jobs you'll perform at these companies will be focused on the assembly and delivery of hardware products or helping create software in different capacities.

Construction and Trade:  Manual labor trade jobs are not for those who can't handle a lot of physical activity day in and day out. That said, these types of jobs are some of the best paying opportunities you're going to find and because the work demands so much, you can often find a position in the field. If you like the idea of working on job sites and working with your hands all day, this is the right industry for you.

Consumer Products Manufacturing: Manufacturing companies often need labor to help inspect, package, and deliver products that they're trying to get to consumers. The jobs here are typically related to getting your hands on the product itself and helping deliver the final product to a consumer.

Department, Clothing and Shoe Stores: If you enjoy working with the public and don't mind spending time managing the inventory of a location, this area is a great fit. Most of the jobs here you'll find are in warehouse or inventory, but once in a while, a position for a sales associate that helps customers presents itself.

Financial Services: Contrary to popular belief, there are opportunities for those with a record to work in the financial industry. However, it's not necessarily the jobs that everyone thinks of when they think of finances. Financial institutions, like most companies, often need help with customer service responsibilities. You won't need any certifications to handle these types of jobs other than passing company training.

Grocery Stores: In order to run effectively, grocery stores need people day in and day out to stock shelves, help customers, clean the store, and handle the warehouse inventory. This is a job where most of your time will be focused on maintaining the locations and assisting customers as needed.

Healthcare Services and Hospitals: Working in Healthcare is very difficult after a felony, but not completely impossible. Crimes that tend to be most problematic involve drug-related crimes, sexual crimes, or ones involving violence. But, if this isn't you, you may still have a chance if you've been able to renew or be granted certification for your medical position. These are jobs like a certified nursing assistant, registered nurse, phlebotomist, and caregiver. These are considered on a case by case basis, but this is an industry lacking in labor, so it's an opportunity to consider.

Home Centers and Hardware Stores: While retail locations aren't always willing to hire those with a record, it seems that a lot of the large home centers and hardware stores like Home Depot are a great place for a second chance. This is likely because the trades are felon friendly, so the two industries complement each other. Here you'll be focused mostly on stocking, warehouse management, customer service, and consulting with customers to help them with projects.

Home Furniture and Houseware Stores: Like home centers and hardware stores, home furniture and houseware stores are a great place to begin to work with a record. Most of the jobs will be focused on customer service or sales and will help you bring home a paycheck every month.

Hotels, Motels, and Resorts: Big locations where people come to visit often need a lot of people to maintain the facilities. Whether it be a maid to clean rooms, a handyman to fix broken objects, or customer service to assist guests, the lack of labor to fill these locations is a great place to start for someone with a record. Companies like Hilton Hotels and other big hotel chains can often be a great place to find a new job.

Industrial Manufacturing: Just like consumer products manufacturing, companies need labor to help inspect, package, and deliver products that they're trying to get to consumers. Industrial manufacturing usually has a little bit of a higher health risk because the products are often chemicals or other potentially dangerous items, but the lack of labor in these facilities is a good opportunity to find felon friendly employers.

Metal and Mineral Manufacturing: Precious metals and natural minerals need companies (and people) to extract and mine them in order to be brought to their final locations where they can be used in development projects.  Jobs like these are considered skilled labor and require a lot of hard work, but they pay very well and are usually felon friendly.

Oil and Gas Services: Sometimes considered one of the more dangerous professions, working in the oil and gas industry is a challenge both mentally and physically. You'll find yourself working long hours and your body will take a beating from the physical labor, but the pay is some of the highest available for felons and it's a great way to get into a career that cares more about your performance and less about your past.

Residential Services and Maintenance: Like working with your hands and don't mind going to homeowner locations to help install/demolish/ or working on different projects? These companies are a great list of places to get started. Positions here are manual labor, but the pay is competitive with many other areas and it's great as there is typically always a need for skilled craftsmen.

Restaurants and Food Service: One of the quickest and easiest types of jobs you can get are in foodservice/restaurants. In this industry, you'll usually find a job as a server/chef/dishwasher, and your choices don't stop at McDonald's or Starbucks. While it may not be your ideal choice, these jobs are a great start if you're looking to try to quickly get a job and usually only require a high school diploma to get started.

Retail: Even though companies like AmazonWalmart, and Kroger dominate the retail landscape, there is a large number of companies that need assistance in stocking their stores and assisting their customers. The companies below have a lot of locations and are more open to hiring those with a felony record than other retail companies.

Staffing and Outsourcing:  Many staffing and outsourcing companies are willing to hire felons for positions because the employers they work with are focused on getting a job done in a hurry. The below list of staffing/outsourcing agencies is willing to work with those who have a felony and help them find a position that fits.

Telecommunication Services: Like many other manual labor jobs, most telecommunications companies are willing to hire felons because they need people to help build and maintain their networks. It takes tens of thousands of people to maintain these incredibly large technological infrastructures, so these are great places to work if you want to assist in that goal.

Transportation: Many rental companies and airlines need help to continually clean and maintain their vehicles.  This isn't always easy to do and becomes a challenging job with time, but it's a great place to get started as someone with a felony.  

Trucking and Logistics: Easily one of the most felon friendly industries, trucking companies, and logistics focus on the movement of products or goods from one location to another.  In a job like this, you'll find yourself transporting goods or helping to navigate the logistics of these products.  Either way, these jobs pay a good salary and should be something that can sustain you for years to come.  To become a driver, you'll need to get a Commercial driver's license along with training.  If you aren't sure where to start, you may want to check on this post we wrote.

Waste and Sanitation Services:  The old saying goes that one man's junk is another man's treasure.  While we're not advocating the idea of garbage picking necessarily, the point here is that sanitation is a good area for those with a record to get a second chance.  The job will be dirty and you may come home each night smelling a little rough, but the pay is good compared to other industries and there's a lot of opportunity to grow.

Common Job Seeker Q&A

Q:  Should I Disclose my Felony(ies) on an Application?

A:  This is purely a judgment call, but we advise you to disclose your record to your potential employers during the application process. The reason is that 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, regardless of if the company is hiring people.

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 jobnot impossible.  After years of reviewing jobs that hire felons, 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 always 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 Human resources department with policies in place.  You can see our full list of companies that hire felons 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.  While that may not be the truth, anticipate having to fill out more applications than others.  We know this isn't the positive news you're hoping for, but second chance jobs still have restrictions at times.

Q:  Can a Felon Drive For Uber?  

A:  In most cases, no.  A felon can not work for Uber (of Lyft) 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.  Sometimes they have a misdemeanor, and other times a felony, but we've been surprised what's gotten through before.  (Read More)

Q:  Can a Felon Work For the Government?  

A:  Having a felony conviction does not preclude you from getting hired by the government.  The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) (This is the government hiring agency) determines the offenses you committed to 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)

Q:  What are the Highest Paying Jobs For Felons?

When people have a criminal background they think that the jobs they're able to get have to be low paying.  While it is easy to get a low paying job, with or without a felony record, there are many high paying jobs for felons that most people would be envious of.  While it will require hard work, we've created a list of 11 ideas to help you find something that'll make you financially stable for years to come. (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)

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. 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. 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.

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 was recently purchased by 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.