When you have been convicted of any major crime, it’s usually classified as a felony. If you have been charged with and convicted of a misdemeanor, it can complicate your ability to find employment in the future, but it is far easier to have a misdemeanor charge expunged from your record so that potential future employers can’t see it if and when they run a background check.
If you’re wondering, “Does Walmart hire felons?” The answer is yes, but not everyone.
Walmart is the single largest employer in the United States. It continues to be the largest corporation in the entire world. In the United States alone, Walmart employs over 2.2 million people at their corporate offices, Sam’s Club retail stores, and their Walmart retail stores.
While Walmart tends to be covered in the press far too frequently when it comes to employee satisfaction, issues with customers, and alleged unfair hiring and payment policies, they continue to thrive and grow each and every year.
Many companies will not even consider hiring somebody who has a felony conviction on the record. This may not seem fair, especially to those who have served their time, but there is no law that states an employer can’t discriminate against people with felony convictions. Some states will not allow an employer to ask a question about whether or not the potential applicant has been convicted of a crime on the application itself. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t run a background check, find that information out, and no longer consider that individual for potential employment.
Getting back into life.
Reentry for an ex-con can be complicated. One of the most important aspects once a person is released from prison is to find adequate housing. Many states offer stipends, monetary assistance, to ex-cons for a set period of time after they are discharged from their sentence. This monetary assistance can help them pay for food and housing.
However, they will likely be extremely limited on the type of housing they can get because many apartments and homes will not even consider tenants who have felony convictions in their past.
Family members and friends may not be extremely supportive to somebody who was convicted of a felony in the past. No matter how difficult things may seem at the time, it’s important to not give up and focus on finding reliable employment in dealing with whatever housing situation you have to at the moment.
Remember, things will change over time and they will improve, as long as you are persistent and focused on building a positive and productive life for yourself and your family.
As for whether Walmart hires felons or not, they do, but not all felons. There are certain felonies that can cause somebody to not even be considered for employment at this retailer. It’s also important to understand that with a felony conviction, you’re not likely going to be hired into a managerial position and may have to start at the ‘bottom’ of the employment ladder, which can include working night stock jobs and as an assistant store associate. For some people, that may seem demeaning, but if you’re able to be hired by Walmart, it’s important to do the best job you can possibly do the entire time.
You may not climb the corporate ladder within that company, but when you establish that you show up on time, work diligently and hard your entire shift, and are honest and reliable, you become much more attractive to other employers whom you may want to work for more in the future. Here are some felonies that Walmart will not consider when it comes to hiring.
- Sex offenders.
- Violent crimes.
These types of crimes may cause you to be not hired by many other employers as well. There are certain circumstances that can change your likelihood of being hired by Walmart.
- The circumstances surrounding the crime you committed can certainly play a factor in whether or not an employer is interested in hiring you.
- How long ago the crime was committed will also have a bearing on whether you get hired. If the crime was committed five or 10 years ago, for example, and you have been out of prison for several years, that could increase your chances of getting hired. It shows that you have managed to stay out of trouble since you were released.
- The skills you have will certainly play a role in determining whether you get hired.
- Your experience is also important.
Whether or not you are serving your sentence still and are researching places to consider applying at when you are released or you have been released, focus on the experience that you’ve developed over the years, either through previous jobs or work you did on your own.
When you can highlight your experience and that it would benefit Walmart or some other company, it can certainly increase the chances of getting hired by them.