General Dynamics is a global aerospace and defense company. But does General Dynamics hire felons? We decided this was a question worth looking into.
We can relate to what you deal with when you’re looking for a job. Many members on our team are convicted felons, and we also have people who have worked closely with former felons. This is why we put in such an effort take some of the stress away.
Successful Release does this by going one step further — we contact companies directly to ask them about their hiring policy for former felons.
Here are a few questions we ask:
- What is General Dynamics’ hiring policy?
- Does General Dynamics hire people with misdemeanors?
- Does General Dynamics do background checks?
- What job experience do I need?
How about we get started and see what we uncovered on how to get a job at General Dynamics with a felony?
Does General Dynamics hire felons?
Official company policy for hiring felons
When we reached out to General Dynamics, we were unable to make contact. However, we didn’t let that stop us. We did some of our own research to bring you answers.
In our online search for General Dynamics’ hiring policy for former felons, we found that they will conduct background checks and that top-secret clearance is required for a great deal of their jobs. But, this doesn’t mean all jobs!
We dug around a little more to see what we could learn about how to get hired at General Dynamics with a felony.
Has General Dynamics hired felons in the past?
Regretfully, we didn’t find anything that gave us an answer to this specific question.
Does General Dynamics hire people with misdemeanors?
Let’s face it. No one enjoys looking for a job, especially if you have a criminal record of any kind. Our goal is to be as thorough as possible, that’s why we also look to see what is said about misdemeanors too. Unfortunately, our search didn’t uncover anything about General Dynamics hiring someone with a misdemeanor. So, we can’t say for sure if they will or won’t.
Is General Dynamics on the Ban the Box list?
A group that advocates for people who have been impacted by the criminal justice system created the Ban the Box campaign. This group is trying to make finding a job easier for you! They know that if they can convince employers to remove all questions asking about criminal histories from their applications, then you have a way better chance getting your foot in the door. All the employers will have to base their decision off of is your skills.
The companies practicing fair hiring practices for everyone are signing the Fair Chance Business Pledge.
These initiatives aren’t supported by most companies, including General Dynamics. But don’t let this worry you. Supporting these resources isn’t a requirement for hiring a former felon.
Does General Dynamics have special programs for hiring felons?
No, General Dynamics doesn’t offer these programs.
What are the odds someone with a felony will get hired?
Applying at General Dynamics with a felony? The odds of you being hired here are uncertain. Online reports make it very clear that a background check will be done, but there was nothing we saw that indicated they’ve hired someone with a felony before. We can’t say for sure if they will or not, since we didn’t speak with General Dynamics directly.
What are some entry-level jobs?
But does General Dynamics hire felons? You’ll have to apply to find out! To help with that, we looked to see which entry-level jobs will give you the best chance at employment — even with a record.
General Dynamics has customer service positions in their call center. This was the only position we came across that doesn’t require security clearance.
The call center jobs will need customer service and computer skills. You’ll need to be able to communicate verbally with customers, perform data entry, provide product knowledge and know customer support processes.
If you have experience in this field and feel you still want to take a shot at working here, make sure you give all of their positions a glance on General Dynamics.com.
How to get hired at General Dynamics with a felony
What if we told you a few helpful hints to help you get your foot in the door, despite your criminal record? Well, here they are!
Application, Cover Letter and Resume
When completing an application, you want to be as thorough as possible. If something doesn’t apply, simply mark it with N/A for not applicable. This prevents you from skipping over something that does apply.
The resume and cover letter are tools that get you to the next step — the interview. A cover letter doesn’t need to be long. Typically it is a brief overview of your experience and interest in the position. Your resume, however, will require more detail.
If you aren’t sure about your resume, check out our complete resume guide. We put this together in order to help you know how to include all your skills — including the ones you gained while you were incarcerated.
The GED tutor or librarian job you had equipped you with skills like organizing, computer knowledge, customer service and attention to detail.
Since you’re applying for a call center position, you’ll need to make sure you’re speaking with a clear and friendly tone . . . even when they call to set up the interview!
We suggest wearing a nice outfit that you would wear to a church function, nothing too flashy. It’s a good idea to remove piercings and cover tattoos you’re not sure they’ll appreciate as well.
Remember all that hard work you put into your resume? Don’t be afraid to show it off! Bring two or three copies of your resume with you to the interview. There is always a chance that the interviewer hasn’t seen what you’re capable of.
We already know that General Dynamics will perform a background check. So it’s in your best interest to take control and let them know about your record, before they ask. Honesty is always the best policy, so use it in your favor. This will also give you the opportunity to explain the circumstances instead of letting them draw their own opinions.
Does General Dynamics do background checks?
Yes, you can expect a background check before being hired with General Dynamics. And we also know that many of the positions will require a security clearance. Here is the information we found surrounding security clearances for felons.
Here is something to keep in mind regarding background checks:
Different states now have different requirements concerning background checks. Some states will only see an offense it’s less than seven years old, such as:
- New Hampshire*
- New York*
*Pay scale can impact what will show up on a background check.
Luckily, there are states that will see only guilty convictions. They are as follows:
- Indiana (limited check)
- New York
But keep in mind that there are states that will still look at everything. They are as follows:
- Indiana (extensive check)
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
Review site Glassdoor has General Dynamics rated at 3.4 out of 5 stars. That looks like a really good score. Let’s see why!
It looks as though you can expect some really good benefits and reasonable hours. However, the top complaints were about upper management and the lack of room to grow or advance.
What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?
Considering the type of work available at General Dynamics, it’s likely that some felonies will prevent you from finding work here.
Crimes dealing with dishonesty such as credit card fraud, identity theft or embezzlement will work against you. General Dynamics requires security clearance for most of their positions and they pride themselves on their ethics.
If you have technology-based crimes on your record, you can expect greater scrutiny as well.
Does General Dynamics drug test?
Yes. All of our online sources said that General Dynamics will require a drug screen in order to be considered for employment.
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