Are you an outgoing person with an interest in a sales career? Perhaps you’ve considered insurance sales and wondered: Does Allstate hire felons?
It’s no surprise that this is always the number one question a former felon asks when looking to apply with any company. We should know — a good number of us are former felons too and we want to help make your job search easier than ours was.
That’s why Relaunch Pad contacts companies directly to ask them about their hiring policies for former felons.
Here are a few of the many questions we ask:
- Does Allstate hire people with misdemeanors?
- Does Allstate drug test?
- What are the odds Allstate will hire me?
- Does Allstate do background checks?
Let’s see how helpful you find our information!
Does Allstate hire felons?
Official company policy for hiring felons
We regret that we were unable to reach anyone at Allstate to ask them about their policies for hiring ex-felons. However, we aren’t going to allow that to prevent us from bringing you answers.
We will continue trying to make contact, don’t worry. In the meantime, we did our own research in order to answer all of your questions.
Has Allstate hired felons in the past?
We reviewed our online sources and found nothing that indicates Allstate is a felon-friendly company.
But let’s keep looking to see what we uncovered on how to get a job at Allstate with a felony.
Does Allstate hire people with misdemeanors?
We saw nothing that specifically touched on this topic.
Is Allstate on the Ban the Box list?
Are you aware that the Ban the Box campaign was designed to equal the playing field for job seekers with a criminal background? It’s true. Ban the Box is geared at having companies remove all questions about criminal histories from their applications. By doing so, employers make hiring decisions from the applicant’s experience and skills — not their criminal record.
The Fair Chance Business Pledge is another program that’s known for assisting former felons. Companies sign the Pledge to commit to fair hiring practices for all, including former felons.
Unfortunately, like many companies, Allstate wasn’t found to support either of these initiatives. But it’s okay — being a supporter isn’t required in order to be able to hire someone with a criminal past!
Does Allstate have special programs for hiring felons?
No, they don’t. While these programs are great, most companies don’t offer them. Even though Allstate doesn’t have any of these programs, we saw they offer reimbursement for classes and licenses after two years of service.
What are the odds of someone with a felony will get hired?
Does Allstate hire felons and what are the odds if yes? It appears that they will, however the odds someone will be hired with a felony are low. Without hearing from Allstate directly, we can’t say for certain. More than likely there will be different factors that will be considered.
We will be looking at these factors in an upcoming section, so keep reading to see our pointers on how to get hired at Allstate with a felony.
What are some entry-level jobs?
Entry-level positions with Allstate include the following:
- Administrative Assistant — This is a full-time position that requires proficiency with Microsoft Office, as well as excellent verbal, written, and phone skills. You’ll be responsible for directing incoming calls, scheduling appointments, and putting together memos and letters.
- Customer Service Representative — This job involves answering multiple phone lines and providing customer service. You’ll also need to process insurance payments for existing customers, as well as perform other clerical duties.
- Entry-level Inside Liability Adjuster — Ability to document claims through active listening and use of data is required. An upbeat and friendly personality is necessary, as well as being a self-starter who can work independently as well as on a team. Great organization skills, being able to multitask, and a bachelor’s degree or prior customer service experience will be required.
- Administrative Assistant/Part-Time — Typing 30 words per minute and excellent written and verbal communication are a must. A friendly and upbeat personality is needed, along with a professional appearance. Requirements include one year of phone, administrative and customer service experience.
How to get hired at Allstate with a felony
Being hired with Allstate may be a little tricky due to the FCC guidelines. However, we know there is still a chance. So we’ve put together a few things for you to keep in mind when applying.
Pro tip: If you can, get a referral. Someone may be willing to go to bat for you to help you get your foot in the door!
Application & Resume
When you’re filling out the application, make sure you complete everything and are honest. A great way to take their attention off your background is with a remarkable resume. Impressing them with a resume can take the focus off your background.
This is why we put together an article that is just for helping you with your resume. Make sure you look it over to see if there are any tips we provide to highlight the skills you already have.
Since this is an insurance company, you’ll want to make sure you’re neat and professional. It is a good idea to remove and piercings and to cover any tattoos if possible.
This is a great example where references can help you. It is a good idea to have three to four references that can speak to your character and work ethic.
Since we know your background could possibly be an issue with Allstate, use this time to your advantage and make them aware of your record. It will give you the opportunity to see if your record will prevent you from being hired here!
Does Allstate do background checks?
Yes, Allstate makes it clear that a background check will be done.
Here are some things to keep in mind regarding background checks:
There are now states that will only see an offense if it’s less than seven years old. Here are those states:
- New Hampshire*
- New York*
(*certain pay or salary bracket positions may require a screening.)
We also have states that will only see guilty convictions. They are as follows:
- Indiana (limited check)
- New York
Most states will still look at everything. Such as:
- Indiana (extensive check)
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
We wanted to know what people had to say about what working at Allstate was like. We turned to glassdoor.com and saw that they are rated with 3.4 out of 5 stars.
Looking at the many reviews, most employees say Allstate is a great place to work with pretty good benefits. But with the good always comes the bad, and it seems that there are constant changes that make it stressful at work and there is little room for advancement.
What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?
There are a few convictions that will more than likely give you a difficult time when applying for a job with Allstate. Keep in mind any conviction that can cause car insurance rates to increase also appears to be a red flag on hiring. An offense that involves theft of personal information will make it more difficult since some positions will have access to customer information, as well.
However, some of their positions make it clear that there are strict Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules they have to follow. As such, you shouldn’t apply if you have any felonies related to theft, violence or drugs within the past seven years, or any past convictions concerning violation of the FCC.
Also, be aware that some of their positions require an insurance license, and certain convictions are barred from receiving this license.
Does Allstate drug test?
Yes, you can expect a drug test with Allstate.
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