Have you ever seen those distinctive delivery trucks around town and wondered: Does FedEx hire felons? If you have, then you’ve come to the right place. We’re going to talk about how to get a job at FedEx with a felony. We’ll also answer some other vital questions you may have, such as:
- Does FedEx drug test their employees?
- Are there any entry-level positions?
- Does FedEx do background checks?
- Does FedEx hire people with misdemeanors?
We spoke with FedEx directly and also did research of our own so we could bring you accurate answers. At Successful Release, we want you to be armed with all the information you need before you apply for a job at FedEx. At Successful Release we also hire felons. We practice what we preach. Alright, let’s find out how to get a job at FedEx with a felony.
Does FedEx hire felons?
Official company policy for hiring felons
We asked FedEx about their policy regarding hiring felons. Here is what they told us:
“FedEx Office is an equal opportunity employer. FedEx Office will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.”
They went on to say:
“The existence of a criminal record is not an automatic or absolute bar to employment and a candidate’s criminal record will be considered individually based on factors such as the relationship between the job sought and the criminal offense, the timing of the offense, the nature of the offense, and any other relevant information.”
Have they hired felons in the past?
FedEx did not say specifically that they’ve hired felons in the past, but in our research we saw that they have.
Does FedEx hire people with misdemeanors?
Yes, considering that they hire felons, the same measures will apply to those with misdemeanor convictions.
Is FedEx on the Ban the Box list?
Over the last decade, the Ban the Box campaign and the Fair Chance Business Pledge work to help those with criminal records gain more work opportunities.
Ban the Box has encouraged employers to remove criminal history questions from their applications and the Pledge has gone further, encouraging employers to give more opportunities to former felons beyond the initial application. It aims to get them into jobs and contribute to company success.
FedEx does not ask about your criminal history on their employment application.
Does FedEx have any special programs for hiring felons?
FedEx did not say whether they have any programs designed specifically to help felons, but we know that there are likely programs available at your local unemployment office and job placement agencies.
What are the odds someone with a felony will get hired?
We think that the chances are high that a person with a felony conviction will get hired at FedEx. We base our assessment on the answers the company gave us as well as on our research. Across many job discussion boards, we saw cases of people saying they were hired by FedEx with a felony. We see all of this as positives for you.
What are some entry-level jobs?
When we browsed the FedEx job website, we came across many entry-level jobs. We also noted that the pay is pretty good for these jobs. Here are a few examples:
- Courier/Truck Driver
- Material Handler
- Warehouse Worker
- Shuttle Driver
- Retail Associate
- Package Handler
- Customer Service Agent
Their entry-level jobs have many shift opportunities, so you can likely find a job that fits your life scheduling needs.
How to get hired at FedEx with a felony
Like most major companies, the hiring process for FedEx is all done online. Search for the jobs you think you are qualified for and apply to all of them. When you click apply, the first thing that comes up is an option to upload your resume. They say you can skip this part, but we don’t think you should.
What, you don’t have a resume?
That’s fine, because we made a guide for you so you can create an incredible resume. We realize that you may not have much “real-world”, professional experience. This may make you hesitant to even make a resume. We are here to tell you that you have more experience than you realize.
How many learning opportunities did you have in prison? Think of all the jobs you held:
- Kitchen staff
- Maintenance worker
- Chapel worker
- And more
Everything you do in prison gives you skills and experience. The very nature of prison means that you likely gained some valuable negotiating skills.
Did you take any self-improvement or trade classes? Those count and should be included on your resume. Yes, you have had different life experiences. Use these to your advantage!
If you are a match for a job opening, FedEx will contact you for an interview. Be ready for all that entails. Practice some basic interview questions with a friend, like:
- Why do you want to work for this company?
- How can you bring value to the company?
- What experiences do you have that compare to those required for this position?
You also need to be ready to make a good first impression. That means looking the part. When you walk in the door, you want them to see a professional. Cover as many tattoos as you can and make sure you are in a nice set of clothes. Make sure your hair looks nice and trim your beard if you have one.
The interview is your time to shine. It is also your chance to explain your criminal record. FedEx told us that each hire is based on a case-by-case basis. That means an interview is your chance to explain what happened. It is a time to admit you made mistakes, and reassure them you are ready to be a part of their team. This is a company willing to give former felons a chance. Make them believe you will be invaluable to them.
Does FedEx do background checks?
Yes, FedEx does use background checks as part of their hiring process.
Here’s what you need to know about background checks:
There are many states that only perform a background check that goes seven years back. Do you have a conviction older than that? You’re in luck in these states:
- New Hampshire*
- New York*
*sometimes certain pay or salary bracket positions require one.
Some states only show the convictions you were found guilty of on their background checks and leave off not guilty charges. Here is a list of those states:
- Indiana (limited check)
- New York
Unfortunately, there are still plenty of states that show everything on their background checks. This includes the charges you were convicted of as well as charges you were found not guilty of. These states are listed here:
- Indiana (extensive check)
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
FedEx fares pretty well on the rating site glassdoor.com. Overall, they have a 3.7 out of a possible 5. Not only that, but 72% of people would recommend working there to a friend.
People loved the work-life balance offered by the company, as well as job stability. They said the income was good and the benefits were above average. People also said the workplace culture was fantastic. We even saw that they offer tuition reimbursement, so those of you looking to further your education may find that a plus.
The main complaints centered on delivering in bad weather conditions and the need to work through holidays. Hey, if that’s as bad as it gets, this could be a great opportunity!
What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?
We know you may still be wondering: Does FedEx hire felons? We think they do, but we want you to be aware of some convictions that may make it harder to gain employment.
FedEx employees deal with a bunch of valuable items. Because of that, people with multiple theft convictions may have a hard time gaining employment.
We also need you to be aware that those with sex crime convictions may be passed over if you are looking for a delivery driver job. This is because you will have plenty of contact with the public and FedEx may want to be cautious. That does not mean you shouldn’t apply here, however. There are many jobs that require no interaction with customers.
Does FedEx drug test?
FedEx confirmed that they do drug test as part of their hiring process.
Have you applied for a job or worked here before? Share your experiences!
Okay! Have you ever worked for FedEx? If you have, we would love to hear from you and help our readers understand how to get hired at FedEx with a felony. Our readers are men and women looking for an opportunity to gain employment and start fresh with their lives. Any information you can give them will go a long way towards achieving that goal.
Thanks for reading!