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Does Circle K Hire Felons in 2021?

By Last update February 27, 2019
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It’s not exactly a secret that former felons have a rough time finding work. Today we’ll take the time to find out how to find the right job, starting with: Does Circle K hire felons?

Circle K is part of the convenience retail industry and is known for their fuel, coffee and fountain drinks. If you are interested in assisting customers with service for their quick, everyday needs, this article with help you get a job at Circle K with a felony. Together we will look at the following questions:

  • Does Circle K hire people with misdemeanors:
  • How do I apply?
  • Does Circle K do background checks?
  • Will my felony disqualify me?

Many on our team here at Success Release are former felons or professionals who have worked closely with them. We know it’s difficult out there when looking for a job with a criminal background. That’s why we directly contact companies and ask them if they hire former felons. Our goal is to make job searching a bit easier for you so that you’re able to achieve a normal life.

So, without further ado, let’s look at how to get hired at Circle K with a felony record.

Does Circle K hire felons?

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Official company policy for hiring felons

While we were unable to contact Circle K to ask them if they hire former felons, our research doesn’t stop there. We will continue trying to make contact, though.

Right now, the short answer to this question is uncertain. Although it’s generally left to the discretion of the individual store managers and circumstances, online research shows Circle K typically does not hire felons.

Has Circle K hired felons in the past?

Circle K has hired former felons in the past. It depends on the store manager at the location you are applying to and the situation surrounding the offense.

Does Circle K hire people with misdemeanors?

Circle K does hire those with misdemeanors. The company’s hiring practices are the same for misdemeanors as they are for felony convictions.

Is Circle K on the Ban the Box list?

Ban the Box is a campaign set out to do exactly that: ban the box on employment applications that asks if a person has any prior misdemeanor or felony convictions. The Fair Chance Business Pledge, created during the Obama Administration, says businesses that have signed the Pledge will give former felons a shot at creating a normal life for themselves.

Both the Ban the Box list and Fair Chance Business Pledge allow employers to look at an application based on the applicant’s prior work history and skills before judging them because of a previous offense.

Circle K is not on the Ban the Box list, and that pesky box is included on their application (we checked). They also have not committed to the Fair Chance Business Pledge. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get hired at their company with a felony. It’ll just depend on the particular location and position you’re applying for.

Does Circle K have special programs for hiring felons?

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like Circle K participates in any special programs for hiring felons. This is likely because receiving an offer of employment is dependent on the individual store managers.

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

uncertain likelihood of being hired

Our research at Relaunch Pad gives your odds of getting hired at Circle K with a felony as uncertain. While our attempts to contact the company have gone unanswered and they aren’t on the Ban the Box list, online research shows they’ve hired employees with a criminal past.

What are some entry-level jobs?

At Circle K, the main entry-level positions are in customer service. This will include such duties as greeting customers as they come into the store and up to the counter, running the cash register, and credit card machine, stocking merchandise and general store upkeep.

Starting off as a customer service representative allows you to learn how the store functions, enabling you to move up in the company to assistant store manager, store manager and/or a corporate position.

How to get hired at Circle K with a felony

We know they’re not on the Ban the Box list, but you’re wondering how do you get a job at Circle K, right? Well, let’s take a look.

First, you will want to fill out an online application or submit a resume. If you struggle with creating your resume, Relaunch Pad has come up with a guide to writing resumes for felons to help you.

Either way, you’ll want to make sure to use proper grammar and punctuation. If you still aren’t confident, go to a local job placement agency and they can assist you further!

The next phase is the interview. Here are a few pointers on how to nail the interview process:

  • It’s always advisable to be on time, even early.
  • Dress for success. Have clean, wrinkle-free clothes and appropriately styled hair. If you have any tattoos or piercings, try to cover them up or take them out. Company policy on these things can be addressed at the end of the interview.
  • Answer all questions honestly. The truth will come out eventually, so it’s best to be upfront about everything.
  • Highlight your skills and previous work history. Have you worked at a convenience store in the past? Let them know. Operated a cash drawer and credit card machine? Talk about this. If you haven’t, that’s okay, too! Assure the interviewer that you are willing to train and are up for the challenge.
  • Informing the interviewer of any classes, training, volunteering or community service you’ve participated in will also be a great talking point during the interview. This will show that you haven’t been sitting around doing nothing and that you’re working on getting back to a normal life.
  • Ask your own questions. If you need a paper and pen to make notes throughout the interview, take them with you. At the end of the interview, speak up. Ask any questions you have about the position or the company. This will show Circle K that you have been paying attention and that you are interested in working for them.

Does Circle K do background checks?

Because we were unable to reach a Circle K representative, there’s no definitive answer to whether or not they do background checks. Most companies do perform a background check at some point during the hiring process though. Online sources show that some Circle K locations will conduct a background check, while other locations do not.

Here’s what you need to know about background checks:

If your felony conviction is seven years old or more, these states won’t look at them in the background check:

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

(* sometimes certain pay or salary bracket positions require one.)

These next eight states won’t consider court cases where you were found not guilty:

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

Be prepared if you live in the following states. They will look at everything on your record, including not guilty verdicts.

  • 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

We took the time to check out Circle K’s ratings. On, Circle K’s rating is 2.7 out of 5 stars. Mixed reviews come from both past and current employees. Many of them say upper management is decent, pay is favorable and hours are flexible. The majority of employees also enjoy the customer interaction experience. Downfalls tend to be about relationships between co-workers and store policies on lunches and breaks.

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

Does Circle K hire felons? It looks like the answer to this is yes, but there are some felonies to be aware of:

  • Theft charges may make it difficult when dealing with cash or merchandise
  • Identity theft could pose a problem when working with a credit card machine
  • Violent or hate crimes could interfere because you will be in direct contact with the general public.

However, this is where being honest and upfront will work to your benefit. Using the interview process as your platform, you will be able to let the company representative know about any prior convictions and the steps you’ve taken to overcome them.

Does Circle K drug test?

We don’t know firsthand if Circle K conducts drug tests. When applying for any position, it’s best to play it safe and move forward as if they do. Nothing good comes from going through the interview process just to fail a drug screen!

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

Did this article help you get a job at Circle K with a felony? We’d love to hear the details. This is your chance to help others with similar circumstances get back to living a healthy, productive life!

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Leah Smith
Reentry Educator

Leah is a Reentry Educator with The Relaunch Pad. A recovering addict and mother of three, her two oldest adult children are dealing with their own addictions and problems, one being recently released from prison and the other is currently incarcerated. Her goal is to give hope to not only her own children, but to others in similar situations.