The right job for you just might be at a drugstore, despite your record. Have you ever thought: Does Rite Aid hire felons?
If you’re interested in assisting customers at the retail level or would like to work in a pharmacy, this article will tell you how to get a job at Rite Aid with a felony. We’ll take a look at these questions, and more:
- Does Rite Aid hire people with misdemeanors?
- How do I apply?
- Does Rite Aid do background checks?
- Will my felony disqualify me?
- Do they drug test?
Successful Release knows it’s tough finding work with a record. That’s why we directly contact companies and ask them if they hire former felons. We also do extensive background research to give you some helpful application and interview tips as well as find out the company’s ratings.
Are you wondering why we care? It’s because we’ve been in your shoes. Our team is mostly comprised of ex-offenders and professionals who’ve worked closely with them for a number of years. It’s our goal to help you get your life back on track after a conviction.
Let us show you how to get hired at Rite Aid with a felony record.
Does Rite Aid hire felons?
Official company policy for hiring felons
While we’ve tried contacting Rite Aid, we haven’t received a response. We did find their Notice of Non-Discrimination statement on their website. What this means is that anyone can apply.
Has Rite Aid hired felons in the past?
We can’t say for sure, but our sources say Rite Aid doesn’t hire felons.
Does Rite Aid hire people with misdemeanors?
Unfortunately, we don’t have enough information to know whether or not Rite Aid will hire people with misdemeanors.
Is Rite Aid on the Ban the Box list?
Ban the Box is a list of companies who’ve committed to removing the questions from their applications asking about criminal convictions. The Fair Chance Business Pledge states employers will look at your previous experience and skills instead of focusing on your past. Both of these programs are aimed at giving you a fair shot at a normal life after a felony.
Regretfully, Rite Aid doesn’t participate in either of these programs. However, we found this on their online application:
“Applicants shall not make any disclosure on this application or to the hiring manager, whether written or verbal, regarding the applicant’s criminal history, prior to receiving a conditional offer of employment from Rite Aid.”
Does Rite Aid have special programs for hiring felons?
Rite Aid doesn’t offer any special programs for hiring felons.
What are the odds that someone with a felony will get hired?
We give your odds of getting hired at Rite Aid with a felony as low. This is mainly because we haven’t received a response from the company and our sources say they don’t hire former felons.
The good news is that even though they aren’t on the Ban the Box list, we found out they don’t ask about convictions on their application. So, if your crime is for something small, you should consider an entry-level position at Rite Aid.
What are some entry-level jobs?
The main entry-level jobs at Rite Aid are cashier and Pharmacist Tech-In-Training. The cashier’s main duty is to assist customers with their transactions, perform general maintenance and stock merchandise. A Pharmacist Tech-In-Training shadows the Pharmacist and assists in the pharmacy.
An entry-level job is a great place to start after a conviction. It gives you a chance to prove that you’re a hard worker while learning your way around the store. This will put you in a good position for promotions later down the line.
How to get hired at Rite Aid with a felony
So, you want to try your hand at getting a job at Rite Aid with felony. That’s great! We have some tips to help you create an application that will stand out from the rest:
Rite Aid’s application is pretty straightforward. Start by listing previous employers, complete with names, addresses and phone numbers. Don’t forget to include job title and duties.
If you hold any pharmacy-related professional, vocational or technical license, be sure they know the type of license and the issuing state along with the date. This is especially important if you’re looking for a job in the pharmacy.
List the days and hours you’re available to work. Be sure you’re truly able to work at these times, with no attendance problems.
It’s best to have a resume on hand to fill out your application accurately. If you need help creating a resume, check out our Complete Guide to Making an Incredible Resume (For Former Felons).
You’ve got a callback and landed an interview! But, now what? Let’s look at some helpful tips to get you through the interview process at Rite Aid:
If hired, you’ll be representing the company, so be sure to wear something business-casual to your interview. Khakis or dress pants and a button-down shirt for men and a nice dress or pants suit for the ladies will work just fine. If you don’t have anything, check out a local clothing pantry for options.
If you have any tattoos or piercings, hide them or take them out, if possible. You can find out the company’s policy on these things at the end of the interview or before you accept an offer of employment.
During the interview, talk up your skills, talents and experience. For example:
- Have you worked at a retail store before?
- Do you have experience in a pharmacy?
- Can you operate a cash register?
- Are you familiar with stocking and general upkeep of stores?
And then tell them where you picked up this information, whether it was while in prison, school, a previous job, or if you’re self-taught.
Be sure to keep in mind that Rite Aid stipulates on their application not to disclose any criminal convictions on your application or to the hiring manager, written or verbal.
Does Rite Aid do background checks?
Yes, online sources say Rite Aid will do a background check before an offer of employment is made.
Here’s what you need to know about background checks:
Some states don’t go back further than seven years:
- New Hampshire*
- New York*
(* sometimes certain pay or salary bracket positions require one.)
And other states don’t consider any not guilty verdicts:
- Indiana (limited check)
- New York
However, some states will look at your entire record, including those cases where you were found not guilty. Be aware if your state is included in this list:
- Indiana (extensive check)
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
We did some research on Rite Aid’s ratings. Glassdoor.com gives them 3 out of 5 stars. The top positive influencing factor about working for the company is the flexible hours. However, many say there’s no real opportunity for promotion unless you’re a Pharmacy Tech-In-Training.
What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?
Does Rite Aid hire felons? It doesn’t look like they do, but there are certain felonies that will make it impossible. Since you’ll be running a cash register, stocking merchandise or working in the pharmacy, these crimes will make it tough to get hired at Rite Aid:
- Drug-related charges
- Violent crimes
Does Rite Aid drug test?
Our sources say you will be required to take a drug test after the interview.
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