Do you have home health care experience? If so, you may have wondered: Does ResCare hire felons?
We wanted to know, too. This is why we contact companies directly to ask them about their hiring policy for former felons.
The Successful Release team has experienced the same frustrations that most convicted felons face when trying to find a job. In case you didn’t know, many of us are convicted felons ourselves! This is why we know the best questions to ask and are able to provide excellent tips for your job hunting.
Here are a few key questions we will be looking to answer:
- Does ResCare do background checks?
- Do people enjoy working at ResCare?
- Does ResCare hire people with misdemeanors?
- Does ResCare drug test?
Let’s move ahead to see what we found about how to get a job at ResCare with a felony.
Does ResCare hire felons?
Official company policy for hiring felons
Unfortunately, we were unable to make direct contact with anyone at ResCare to ask about their hiring policies. We will however, continue trying to make contact. In the meantime, we did our own research to see what we could find.
There was nothing found that indicated ResCare has a policy for hiring felons. We did, however, learn that ResCare is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
So, let’s keep digging to see . . . does ResCare hire felons?
Has ResCare hired felons in the past?
Our research supports that they have.
But how do you get a job at Rescare with a felony? Let’s keep reading to see what was found.
Does ResCare hire people with misdemeanors?
People often forget that those convicted of a misdemeanor have a difficult time finding a job as well. We looked to see what we could find about ResCare hiring people with misdemeanors, but there wasn’t anything that directly touched on this particular question. Since it appears that ResCare has hired convicted felons, we assume they’d hire those with a lesser charge too.
Is ResCare on the Ban the Box list?
Have you ever heard of the Ban the Box campaign or the Fair Chance Business Pledge? These initiatives were created especially with the former felon in mind.
The Ban the Box campaign makes the job search easier for those with previous convictions. It urges employers to remove all questions concerning convictions from their applications. This, in turn, gives the former felon a fair chance at gaining employment based on their abilities.
The Fair Chance Business Pledge is a promise made by employers who are committed to fair hiring practices for all applicants, including those with a criminal history.
ResCare was not found to be a supporter of Ban the Box or the Pledge. Don’t let this worry you, though. This is pretty common, but doesn’t mean they won’t hire someone with a record.
And remember, our research already told us that they are willing to hire felons!
Does ResCare have special programs for hiring felons?
No, we are sad to tell you they don’t. But let’s keep reading to see how to get hired at ResCare with a felony despite this.
What are the odds someone with a felony will get hired?
If you are applying at ResCare with a felony, the odds of you being hired are average. There was a little back-and-forth in regards to how current the conviction could be, but they’ll hire people with records as long as it doesn’t impact the job.
Let’s continue to see what was found on how to get hired at ResCare with a felony.
What are some entry-level jobs?
Due to the nature of the company, they only really have one entry-level position:
Caregiver/Home Health Aide — This position requires assisting patients with their daily living needs, preparing meals, housekeeping and providing transportation. You must be 18 years of age, have a valid driver’s license and be able to work independently.
There are several positions that require more specific skills or experience. So if you have some health care-related qualifications, be sure to look at all the positions on ResCare.com.
How to get hired at ResCare with a felony
Research and apply
When applying for any job, it’s always best to research the company online before jumping headfirst into the application. Make sure you have the necessary requirements for the job that catches your eye.
Creating your resume and cover letter will be the next step in applying. Your cover letter is your first opportunity to tell them about you and why you are the best fit for the position. Your resume tells them why you’re qualified, so make sure you stand out by using our resume writing guide to highlight all your abilities and experience.
For the application, you’ll need information such as: Work history, education and references. ResCare requires three professional references. This means someone who you work with now or have worked with in the past — not your bestie. Also, it’s very important that your information is up-to-date so someone can contact you.
How to do the interview
- Set aside time for the interview that will not interfere with any other responsibilities you have.
- Take care in your appearance to make sure you are neat and presentable.
- Arrive 10-15 minutes early.
- When introducing yourself, make sure you are making eye contact and give a firm handshake. (Just don’t squeeze them to death — this isn’t a power play!)
- Don’t have gum or candy in your mouth as this can prevent you from being able to speak clearly.
The interview is always the best time to address your background. You can explain the circumstances and answer any questions they may have about your record. You’ll want to phrase your answers so they see what you learned from your past. This is also a great time for you to ask them any questions you may have about the company or the position you are applying for.
Does ResCare do background checks?
Yes, you can expect a background check. ResCare will also pull your credit report and look at your driving record.
People report that ResCare only goes back ten years on their background checks. However, they also have to follow state guidelines and those can differ greatly.
Here is something to keep in mind regarding background checks:
Some states will look at an offense only if it’s less than seven years old. They are as follows:
- New Hampshire
- New York
The following states only see guilty convictions:
- Indiana (limited check)
- New York
Unfortunately, there are some states that still look at everything. They’re as follows:
- Indiana (extensive check)
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
ResCare was rated 2.7 out of 5 stars on glassdoor.com. This isn’t a top score, by any means. Their score was most affected by their low pay and few raises. However, individuals do seem to enjoy working here because they’re able to help others and make a difference in the world.
What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?
ResCare mentions on their application that there are a few convictions that may have a harder time getting hired. They are as follows:
- Drug convictions of any kind will be looked at closely. You’d have access to a ton of medications, so ResCare might have some rules about this.
- Violent offenses will definitely be looked at. ResCare is health care organization and most positions require you to work with the elderly or disabled — individuals who are considered vulnerable.
- Any incident that includes dishonesty. Most of the positions require you to be in the patient’s home, so you’ll need to show you have integrity.
- Driving offenses because you’ll be transporting patients.
Does ResCare drug test?
Yes. ResCare makes it known that you must consent to a drug screen in order to be considered for employment.
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