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Does 7-Eleven Hire Felons in 2021?

By Last update May 15, 2019
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We see their corner stores everywhere, but does 7-Eleven hire felons? If you’re here, you want to figure out what your chances are with a record.

Relaunch Pad knows all too well the struggles that come with finding a job, especially with a felony conviction. This is why we contact companies directly to ask them if they hire felons. While we have yet to make contact with 7-Eleven, we did a thorough investigation of our own.

Were you aware that our team is made up primarily of former felons? That’s right. We give such great advice because we relate to your experience and know what important questions to ask potential employers. We get it — you want to know how does 7-Eleven do background checks and when. You’ve got questions, and we’ve got answers.

Let’s take a look to see what we found about how to get a job at 7-Eleven with a felony.

Does 7-Eleven hire felons?

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Official company policy for hiring felons

While researching 7-Eleven’s career page, we found this statement:

“Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance and/or any other applicable law, 7-Eleven, Inc. will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. We will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative For Hiring.”

After reviewing this statement, we’d say that 7-Eleven is open to hiring someone with a felony conviction. We‘re going to continue digging to see what we can find about how to get hired at 7-Eleven with a felony and if or when does 7-Eleven hire people with misdemeanors, though, don’t worry.

Has 7-Eleven hired felons in the past?

There wasn’t an easy yes or no found to this question. It appears that 7-Eleven will consider hiring a convicted felon — but how do you get a job at 7-Eleven with a felony? We’ll cover that in a later section.

Does 7-Eleven hire people with misdemeanors?

7-Eleven makes it clear that they will consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. So it makes sense that they’d consider someone with a misdemeanor.

Is 7-Eleven on the Ban the Box list?

Are you aware that Ban the Box is designed to help convicted felons find employment? Yes! Their purpose is to give people with a criminal record a fighting chance at employment by getting employers to look at abilities instead of convictions. The campaign urges employers to remove all questions about criminal records from their applications.

There was nothing we found that indicated 7-Eleven supports Ban the Box. But that’s okay! They don’t ask about previous convictions on their applications, anyway.

The Fair Chance Business Pledge is a similar initiative. This is a vow made by companies to practice fair hiring practices for everyone, including those with felony convictions.

7-Eleven wasn’t found to participate in the Fair Chance Business Pledge, either. However, as we previously stated, 7-Eleven does support other initiatives that are similar. One of those initiatives supported is the Fair Chance Initiative/Ordinance. Be mindful that that 7-Eleven is a franchise, so this means each store is owned individually. This means the hiring process may differ from store-to-store.

Does 7-Eleven have special programs for hiring felons?

No, they don’t.

What are the odds someone with a felony will get hired?

Uncertain likelihood of being hired with a felony

Does 7-Eleven hire felons? The odds of getting hired at 7-Eleven with a felony are uncertain. Although 7-Eleven states they will consider hiring former felons, we weren’t able to find anything that shows that they had.

What are some entry-level jobs?

We were able to find a variety of positions that are deemed entry-level at 7-Eleven. The ones you should know about are:

  • Sales Associate
  • Store Employee
  • Food Service Associate

These positions all require basic skills, such as providing outstanding customer service, cleaning, stocking shelves, occasional lifting up to 50 pounds, and the ability to operate a register. A high school diploma/GED and good communication skills are also required for all of these jobs.

7-Eleven also offers corporate jobs and management positions. So if you have more specific abilities or experience, you may want to look over these positions as well.

How to get hired at 7-Eleven with a felony

We recommend you start with your resume. Our guide offers great tips on how to spice up your resume so all your customer service skills are highlighted. Once you’ve had your resume looked over by a fresh set of eyes, you are ready to begin the application process.

You should know that 7-Eleven does not require a resume, but we suggest you still have one to help you fill out the application. They ask things for a reason, so try not to leave anything blank. If something does not apply to you, simply mark it with N/A (not applicable). By filling in every blank, you’re showing attention to detail and also helps prevent you from overlooking something.

The interview process will be the last step. When arriving for your interview, we recommend you get there 10-15 minutes early. It shows good work ethic!

We would advise that you bring a copy of your resume to the interview for the interviewer. Make sure you are prepared to ask a few questions. Most companies like it when applicants ask questions because it shows interest in the position.

7-Eleven does not ask about previous convictions on their application, so the interview is the best possible time to address them (before a background check is done). Make your past a strength. Let them see that, even though you’ve made mistakes, you are using your record as a stepping stone, not a crutch.

Does 7-Eleven do background checks?

Yes, 7-Eleven will perform a background check.

Here is something to keep in mind about background checks:

There are some states that now only look at an offense if it’s less than seven years old. Here are those states:

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Kansas
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • Texas
  • Washington

The following states will look at only guilty convictions:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana (limited check)
  • Kentucky
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • New York

The states that will look at everything are as follows:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • DC
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Indiana (extensive check)
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Company ratings rated 7-Eleven with 3 out of 5 stars. This is not a remarkable score, but it’s not bad, either. 7-Eleven receives praise for being a fun place to work and they’re willing to work with you and your schedule. Their negative feedback is due to the poor work environment and lack of training.

What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?

There are two main types of convictions we feel might give you a harder time getting hired at 7-Eleven. They are:

  • Theft and/or fraudulent use of a credit card charges could be an issue since their jobs require you to deal with cash, credit cards and merchandise.
  • Violent offenses almost always have the hardest time because most entry-level positions require working with the public.

Does 7-Eleven drug test?

There was nothing concrete found in regards to a drug screen being done at 7-Eleven. However, when you are actively seeking a job, it’s always best to make sure you’re prepared for a drug test.

Have you applied for a job or worked here? Share your experiences!

So, what can you share with us about getting a job at 7-Eleven with a felony? We love feedback!

Kristin M
Reentry Educator

Kristin is a Reentry Educator for The Relaunch Pad. After serving 12 1/2 years in prison Kristin enjoys helping others overcome some of the obstacles she also faced after her release. She is an avid supporter of AIM ( Aid to Inmate Mothers) and in her spare time she enjoys making crafts and spending time with her dog Tydus.