Have you ever considered employment in the restaurant industry? If you said yes, perhaps you’ve also wondered: Does Red Lobster hire felons?
That is a question we decided to look into. Why would we be interested? Here at Successful Release we’re dedicated to helping you transition back into the workforce. We even go one step further by contacting companies directly to ask them about their hiring policy for former felons.
The majority of our team is former felons or have worked closely with them, so we know the right questions to ask to make your job quest as simple as possible.
Here are a few of the questions we ask:
- Does Red Lobster do background checks?
- Do people enjoy working at Red Lobster?
- Does Red Lobster hire people with misdemeanors?
- Will my felony prevent me from being hired?
- Does Red Lobster drug test?
Does Red Lobster hire felons?
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Official company policy for hiring felons
Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to make direct contact. However, we’re determined to bring you answers! We’ve done our homework and will share what we uncovered in our research.
That said, Red Lobster doesn’t provide their hiring policy for former felons online. So, does Red Lobster hire felons? We’re going to have to comb through our online sources to answer that question.
Has Red Lobster hired felons in the past?
Everything we came across in our online sources supports that Red Lobster has hired felons.
It may vary for each location, as well as the type or recency of the conviction. With that in mind, let’s keep reading to see how to get hired at Red Lobster with a felony.
Does Red Lobster hire people with misdemeanors?
No one enjoys job hunting, especially if they have a criminal record. We looked to see if Red Lobster would hire someone with a misdemeanor, but we didn’t find anything that spoke on this.
Is Red Lobster on the Ban the Box list?
Are you familiar with the Ban the Box campaign or the Fair Chance Business Pledge? These are two wonderful resources that were designed specifically for individuals with a criminal record.
See, the Ban the Box campaign was created to try and make job hunting a fair process for anyone with a criminal history. The idea is to convince employers to remove any questions concerning criminal backgrounds from their applications. By doing so, this will prevent the employer from being distracted by an individual’s record and allow them to focus strictly on the applicant’s experience and skills.
Those who sign the Fair Chance Business Pledge are committed to practicing fair hiring for everyone — including those with a criminal past.
Red Lobster doesn’t support either of these campaigns, though. Remember, they don’t have to in order to be able to hire you with a felony!
Does Red Lobster have special programs for hiring felons?
Unfortunately, they don’t. But there are other options to get a job at Red Lobster with a felony.
What are the odds someone with a felony will get hired?
If you are applying at Red Lobster with a felony, the odds of you being hired are average. We didn’t run across anything mentioning them not hiring someone because of a felony. However, as with any job that is at a franchise, it may depend on the particular location as well as how recent the crime.
What are some entry-level jobs?
As to be expected for any restaurant, you’ll see jobs such as:
Server — Take and deliver orders while offering personalized customer service. You’ll need to be able to multi-task and have great listening and communication skills.
Host — You will be the first face and therefore experience a customer has with Red Lobster. An outgoing personality, ability to multitask and good communication skills will be needed.
Kitchen — This position will require working with and around food. Being able to follow directions and pay attention to detail will be important. Must be able to keep a neat and clean work area.
How to get hired at Red Lobster with a felony
In order to bring you the low down on Red Lobster, we went as far as filling out our own application. Everything you need to know to ace it is below:
Like most companies, you can fill out your application online at www.redlobster.com. You will need to set up an account. If you don’t have access to a computer or internet, don’t let that stop you! Head to your local library and use their computer service for free.
Their application only requires basic information, but they do ask for your days and times of availability. Let them know you will be available for as many shifts as possible.
Their application was easy enough, and we noticed they don’t request a resume. However, we would still recommend that you provide one — even if it’s at the interview. It won’t hurt, and it can definitely work in your favor.
Wait, you don’t have a resume? That’s okay, because we have that area covered too! We have an entire guide to help you and other former felons with your resumes. Just remember, your resume is like a snapshot of all your skills and work experience. We even show you how to include the experience you gained from jobs held while incarcerated.
How do we do that? Take that kitchen job you had, for example. You learned customer service, inventory, cleaning and restaurant experience. This is exactly what restaurants look for!
An interview with any company can be a bit intimidating. Relax, you got this! Be yourself and allow them to see the person they are considering for the position. Your personality can be enough to land you a job in this industry. So make sure you are smiling and being friendly.
Take care to use your manners and allow yourself to stand out. This is a great time to present your resume and address any questions you may have about company rules and regulations.
This is also when you should make them aware of your background. Doing so gives you a chance to answer questions and explain any appointments you will have that might interrupt your schedule. These include parole officer appointments and any mandatory classes you are enrolled in.
Does Red Lobster do background checks?
Yes, you can expect a background check with Red Lobster. Remember we told you we filled out an application to get the inside scoop? Well here’s something interesting that we saw:
A conviction will not necessarily exclude you from employment.
* Have you been convicted of a felony, or been incarcerated in connection with a felony, in the past 10 years? You do not have to disclose any convictions that have been annulled, expunged, erased, pardoned, or sealed by the court.
Here is something to keep in mind regarding background checks:
Some states will now look at an offense only if 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.
Red Lobster will only see convictions that are from the past ten years, even though some states will only see guilty convictions. They are as follows:
- Indiana (limited check)
- New York
Regretfully, there are some states that will still see everything. The following are those states:
- Indiana (extensive check)
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
Looking on glassdoor.com, we saw Red Lobster is rated with 3.4 out of 5 stars. They receive much of their praise for pay. But with the pay comes the long hours which require you to be on your feet.
What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?
Every job has certain restrictions in the hiring process. Sometimes those include specific convictions, even if the company is generally felon-friendly. Here are a few, in our opinion, that Red Lobster may not want to see:
- Any violent offenses will probably be looked at closely. Red Lobster deals full-time with the public.
- Any theft, fraud or identity theft conviction may make them hesitate. Most of Red Lobster’s positions will require you to settle bills and handle payments.
Does Red Lobster drug test?
We weren’t able to find a solid answer to this question. As a general rule, it’s always a good idea to be prepared for a drug screen when actively seeking employment.
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What do you know about how to get a job at Red Lobster with a felony? Have you known someone that worked here with record of some sort? Please let us know if our article helped answer your questions. We appreciate your feedback!