If you are a Toys “R” Us kid, you’ve probably wondered: Does Toys “R” Us hire felons? We were curious in knowing the answer as well.
That’s why Successful Release contacts employers directly to ask them about their hiring policies for former felons. We try and help make the transition back into the workforce as easy as possible for you and other former offenders.
Why is Successful Release so concerned, you may ask? Well, Successful Release is made up primarily of former felons and those who have worked closely with them. And since we have a clear understanding of what you’ll be faced with, we ask all the questions that need to be asked so your job search can be less stressful.
Some of the questions we feel need to be answered are:
- What is their hiring policy?
- Does Toys “R” Us hire people with misdemeanors?
- Does Toys “R” Us do background checks?
- Do they drug test?
Does Toys “R” Us hire felons?
Attr: Wikimedia Commons. Author: Mike Kalasnik
Official company policy for hiring felons
We attempted contacting Toys “R” Us, but unfortunately we were unable to make contact. Don’t worry, we’ll continue to try and reach them. But in the meantime, we’re determined to get you some answers. This is why we’re researching them thoroughly — so we can bring you all the insight.
Let’s get started to see how to get a job at Toys “R” Us with a felony!
Has Toys “R” Us hired felons in the past?
Unfortunately, we can’t give you a concrete answer since we weren’t able to ask them directly. When researching there wasn’t anything we saw that gave us a definite answer one way or the other.
Keep reading because we’re going to outline some tips to help you apply and to show you how to get hired at Toys “R” Us with a felony.
Does Toys “R” Us hire people with misdemeanors?
Looking over our online sources, it’s pretty clear that any type of conviction will be a red flag. However, we didn’t see anything that touched on misdemeanors specifically.
Is Toys “R” Us on the Ban the Box List?
Believe it or not, Successful Release isn’t the only organization that supports former felons. A group of advocates who support ex-offenders came together and formed the Ban the Box campaign. They strive to convince employers to take away all questions about criminal records from their applications. Think about it. If companies do this, then their decision to hire you would be formed off your abilities and skills, not your past.
Companies that are willing to commit to equal hiring guidelines for all are also signing the Fair Chance Business Pledge.
Toys “R” Us wasn’t found to be a supporter of either of these campaigns. Luckily, it’s not a requirement for being able to hire a felon.
Does Toys “R” Us have special programs for hiring felons?
No, Toys “R” Us doesn’t have any of these special programs. These programs are rare, but great when they’re offered.
What are the odds someone with a felony will get hired?
Does Toys “R” Us hire felons? Honestly, the chances of getting a job here are low if you have a felony record. Nothing in our research proved that they have previously hired a former felon. Plus, a lot of our sources say a criminal background will work against you when applying. Since we were unable to make contact with them, though, we can’t say more than that.
But we aren’t throwing in the towel just yet! Let’s keep looking to see what was uncovered about how to get a job at Toys “R” Us with a felony.
What are some entry-level jobs?
Toys “R” Us is famous retail toy store that has been around since 1957. The positions they’ll have to offer will be the basic retail positions such as:
- Seasonal Cashier/Off-Hours Stock Crew
While experience is always a plus for any job, it won’t be required for these entry-level positions. You will be required to work various shifts each week, including weekends, though.
How to get hired at Toys “R” Us with a felony
We’ve put together a few tips to help increase your odds of being hired at Toys “R” Us, even with a criminal history. They are as follows:
Here’s a twist: You’ll be directed to LinkedIn to finish the application, so if you don’t have a profile with LinkedIn already, you’ll want to do this first.
Resume, Cover Letter and References
When applying for any job, we recommend that you’re prepared to provide a resume, cover letter and references. No need to get overwhelmed, though, we’re here to assist!
Remember, a cover letter is a snapshot of your abilities and your interest in the company. It should be short and sweet.
Your resume will need to be more detailed. It needs to include all the skills that relate to the position you’re interested in. Take the time to check out our resume guide. It was designed to give advice on how to make your skills and resume stand out.
One of the benefits of our guide is that it shows you how to include the experience you gained from the jobs you had while incarcerated.
The canteen job you had means you have retail, stocking and customer service skills, for example. As luck would have it, these are what jobs at Toys “R” Us need!
We aren’t sure if Toys “R” Us will request references or not, but there is always that possibility. It’s a good idea to have three or four references on hand. Good examples are: Someone you attend church with, a parole officer, or a mentor.
The interview generally makes everyone nervous, but there’s no need to be. If you’ve reached the interview, they want to get to know you! This means talking yourself up and not shying away from their questions.
You have all the information on your resume already! You just need to talk specifics and how you’ll apply the skills you have to a job here.
Some companies frown on tattoos and piercings, so it’s a good idea to downplay your art until after you know their policy.
The interview is your chance to make them aware of your past, as well. Look at it this way: By addressing this topic first, they’ll your integrity and willingness to succeed.
Does Toys “R” Us do background checks?
Yes. Toys “R” Us says right on their job postings that a background check will be performed. It’s required before you can be hired.
Something to keep in mind regarding background checks:
The good news is that there are now states that will only look at an offense if it’s less than seven years old. They are:
- New Hampshire*
- New York*
(*certain pay or salary bracket positions may require a screening.)
We also have eight states that’ll see only guilty convictions. Here are those states:
- Indiana (limited check)
- New York
Unfortunately, we still have states that will look at everything. Check them out here:
- Indiana (extensive check)
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
Looking over the reviews on glassdoor.com, Toys “R” Us is rated 3.4 out of 5 stars. So, let’s see why they were scored this way.
As you can imagine, Toys “R” Us is praised for being a fun environment to work in with a flexible schedule. However, it seems they tend to be overly focused on getting customers to sign up for the store’s credit card, plus the jobs require long hours.
What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?
Since Toys “R” Us is a retail toy store and their customers include children, we’re positive that there will be some convictions they may not allow to work here. They are as follows:
- Any violent or sexual charges — Their customer base is primarily children, so these offenses may have an extremely hard time getting hired here.
- Fraudulent credit card use — Most of their positions will have access to cash and credit cards. Since this will be required for most positions (not all), these charges may give them pause.
- Theft — Some of the merchandise (yes, even toys) can be expensive. So these types of crimes will probably be looked at closely.
Does Toys “R” Us drug test?
Toys “R” Us doesn’t provide anything we could get our hands on that spoke on this and our online sources were conflicted. It appears that it may depend on the particular location to which you’re applying. A good rule to live by is: When actively looking for a job, you should always be prepared for a drug test.
Have you applied for a job or worked here? Share your experiences!
What can you tell us about working at Toys “R” Us? Do you know someone who has worked here with a felony? We welcome your feedback!