If you’re a former offender with a professional background, you may be considering using a staffing agency to find work. Today, we’ll answer the question: Does Robert Half hire felons?
In this article, we’ll take a look at whether or not you can get a job at Robert Half with a felony. We’ll also answer questions like:
- Does Robert Half hire people with misdemeanors?
- What do I need to know before I apply here?
- Does Robert Half do background checks?
Finding a job with a criminal record is hard work. At Successful Release, several members of our team have first-hand experience looking for employment with a felony record. Others have worked with reentry programs and seen former offenders struggle to find work after their release.
Our goal with these articles is to help you increase your odds of finding employment with certain companies. We do this is by contacting these companies directly to ask them about their policy for hiring former felons.
So, let’s take a look at how to get hired at Robert Half with a felony record.
Does Robert Half hire felons?
Official company policy for hiring felons
When we asked Robert Half about their policy for hiring former offenders, this was their response:
Robert Half reviews each potential candidate’s criminal history consistent with local, state and federal requirements. Each disclosure of a criminal conviction receives an individual assessment.
Their statement does not confirm they hire felons, but it also doesn’t rule out the possibility entirely.
Has Robert Half hired felons in the past?
We were unable to confirm that Robert Half has hired former felons. It is possible they have, but we didn’t find any information to support this during our research.
Does Robert Half hire people with misdemeanors?
It is possible Robert Half will hire people with misdemeanors. However, since it’s unclear if they hire former felons, we can’t be sure they will hire people with misdemeanors.
With most employers, a misdemeanor is less likely to keep them from hiring you than a felony. This is because misdemeanors are generally less severe than felonies.
Is Robert Half on the Ban the Box list?
It doesn’t look like Robert Half is on the Ban the Box list.
Ban the Box is a campaign to get companies to remove questions about felony records from application forms. The goal is for applicants to be judged on their qualifications for a position, not their record. The Fair Chance Business Pledge has that same goal of giving former offenders a fair chance at employment. They also pledge to only consider a person’s offense in light of its relevance to the position they’re applying for.
We didn’t find a direct connection between Robert half and these movements. However, this statement was included in one of their job postings:
Robert Half will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.
Does Robert Half have special programs for hiring felons?
We didn’t find any information that indicated Robert Half has special programs in place for hiring felons.
However, the Job Seekers page on their website says they have “more than 8,000 free training courses” available for job candidates. These courses are designed to help applicants build on their professional skills.
What are the odds someone with a felony will get hired?
After researching Robert Half through our normal sources, we believe the odds of getting hired here with a felony are uncertain. We were unable to find any direct reports which prove they have hired former felons in the past. Their statement is also fairly generic and does not indicate an openness to hiring former offenders.
What are some entry-level jobs?
Robert Half is a staffing agency designed to fill professional positions on a temporary basis. Most of the positions they offer require some level of higher education or specialized training in a certain field.
It looks like the most accessible entry-level positions they have are in the areas of customer service, data entry or receptionist work. Previous customer service experience and knowledge of Microsoft Office programs will be extremely helpful when applying for these positions.
How to get hired at Robert Half with a felony?
Getting a job at Robert Half with a felony could be a challenge. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible. It just means you must put your best foot forward when working through the application process.
Here are some tips for doing that:
- Spend a lot of time on your resume. As we mentioned, Robert Half mainly hires for professional positions. If you’re qualified for one of those positions, that’s great! Be sure to put together a professional resume that shows you have the skills they’re looking for.
(We have an entire Resume Guide designed to help you with this).
- Stand out as the most qualified applicant. Highlight the ways in which you are uniquely qualified for the position. If you have previous experience in a similar job, be sure to talk that up.
- Show them you’re the perfect person for the job. You’ll be able to really sell yourself in the interview.Here’s how:
- Dress as though you’re stepping into the role you’re interviewing for that day.
- Be professional.
- Shake hands, sit up straight, and avoid inappropriate language.
- Talk about all of the work experience and training you have for that job.
- Also, be sure to mention past achievements. For example, did you break a monthly sales record at your previous job? Be sure to mention that.
- You want to get the person interviewing you to ask, “Can you start today?”
- Follow-up. If they don’t offer you the job on the spot, follow-up within a couple of days. That way you can find out if they filled the position or if they’re still interviewing other candidates. You might just find out they were planning to call you with some good news!
Does Robert Half do background checks?
Yes. This statement is included with their job listings: As part of Robert Half’s corporate facility employment process, any offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.
The information included in the background check may vary depending on the state that you live in.
Here’s some detailed information about background checks:
In some states, if your offense is over seven years old, it will not show up on a background check. Here’s a list of those states:
- New Hampshire*
- New York*
(* sometimes certain pay or salary bracket positions require more in-depth background checks).
There are also several states where cases in which you were found not guilty will not be held against you. These include:
- New York
In the end, there are still many states where your background check will bring up your entire record (this includes cases with not guilty verdicts). Those states are:
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
We went online to glassdoor.com to check out how employees rate working for Robert Half. They received 3.3 out of 5 stars, and over half of the employees who left reviews said they would recommend them to a friend.
Overall, the reviews on indeed.com tended to be positive as well. They were given a rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. However, we also came across a forum with the following statements which we found concerning:
“I say this from experience, I’ve been told by a recruiter of RHI that they are not allowed to work with/hire someone with a background. I don’t know if this is a right place to present this, but I do know that I have been shot down, or “ghosted” by RHI recruiters when I state that I have a felony.” Rathernotsay. Ambler, Pennsylvania
“They won’t hire because I have a simple misdemeanor.” Rob in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
These statements don’t necessarily reflect the company as a whole. However, we wanted you to be aware of the challenges other former offenders have faced when applying with Robert Half.
What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?
Does Robert Half hire felons? We could not confirm whether they do or not with our research. If they are willing to hire former felons, these types of convictions may make it harder to get a job here:
- Crimes like embezzlement or theft of any kind.
- Any crimes involving the misuse of a computer.
- Violent offenses.
Does Robert Half drug test?
None of the information we read answered this specific question. It’s likely that each company Robert Half hires for will have their own policy on drug testing. In our experience, it is always better to assume employers will do a drug test. That way you won’t run into any issues if they have you go through testing.
The last thing you want is to ace the interview and then miss out on a great opportunity because you failed the drug test.
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