Working for a company that provides travel discounts sounds great, right? First, you’ll have to answer the question: Does Expedia hire felons? That’s where we step in!
In case you’re unaware, Relaunch Pad contacts companies directly to ask them about their hiring policy for former felons.
Our team has had some of the same issues in our job searches that you face today, so we know what to ask. See, most of us are convicted felons too! We use our experiences to guide you in your job search, so it can be a little less stressful.
The questions we aim to answer are:
- Does Expedia do background checks?
- Does Expedia hire people with misdemeanors?
- What job experience do I need?
- Does Expedia drug test?
- Does Expedia support the Ban the Box campaign?
Let’s take a look to see what we were able to find out about how to get a job at Expedia with a felony.
Does Expedia hire felons?
Official company policy for hiring felons
Since we were unable to make direct contact with anyone at Expedia to ask them about their hiring policies, we’re going to provide you with all the information we uncovered with our research.
Expedia doesn’t have their hiring policy for former felons online. We did see that they’re supporters of EEO, and while that’s not exactly what we were looking for . . . it’s a good start.
So, does Expedia hire felons? That’s a question we had to do some digging to find an answer to.
Has Expedia hired felons in the past?
Sadly, we weren’t able to uncover an exact answer to this question. Everything found from our online sources provided limited concerning felons.
We’re not giving up though. We promised answers, and that’s what we’ll provide. We think we know how to get hired at Expedia with a felony, so let’s keep reading to see what else we found!
Does Expedia hire people with misdemeanors?
Any criminal record can make it very difficult to find work — and this includes individuals with a misdemeanor. Unfortunately, we didn’t see anything that said one way or the other if Expedia would hire someone with a misdemeanor either.
Is Expedia on the Ban the Box list?
Not many people are aware of the many resources that have been created for former felons looking for work. You’re one? Great. Here are a few: The Ban the Box Campaign and the Fair Business Pledge. These initiatives were specifically designed for any former felon looking for a job. See, more support is becoming available as more people become aware of the difficulties former felons face finding a job after release.
The Ban the Box campaign’s purpose is to give anyone with a record a fair opportunity of being hired. If an employer is on the list, they are required to remove all questions concerning criminal convictions from their applications. By doing this, it means that all applicants will have a chance at securing employment based on what is seen: Their abilities and skills, not their past.
If an employer is committed to fair hiring practices for everyone — including those with a criminal record — they sign The Fair Chance Business Pledge.
Regretfully, Expedia doesn’t support Ban the Box or the Pledge. Remember, this isn’t a requirement in order for a company to be able to hire you with a felony!
Does Expedia have special programs for hiring felons?
Expedia isn’t a company that offers these programs.
What are the odds someone with a felony will get hired?
You can expect the odds of you being hired at Expedia as being uncertain. Why do we say this? Our sources didn’t really touch on this topic.
But, lucky for you, we’re not finished. We have some great tips to show you how to get a job at Expedia with a felony. So, come on!
What are some entry-level jobs?
Most of the jobs offered with Expedia require specific skills or certain degrees . . . including their administrative jobs. However, we are still going to provide you with a job that seems to require the least experience.
Customer Service Representative — As one would guess, this position will consist of handling phone calls and following up on emails to customers. The particular requirements will include: Strong customer service abilities, Microsoft office knowledge, being able to navigate customers through sites and troubleshoot issues.
If you have any of these, or other sales-specific skills, be sure to look over all their openings on Expedia.com.
How to get hired at Expedia with a felony
Since we’re not sure if Expedia will hire you with a felony, we’re going to take a look at a few things that will improve your chances.
A great way to stand out, with any company, is with your resume. You may be thinking that’ll never happen with your resume. That’s not true! For this very reason, we’ve designed an entire felon-specific guide to helping you with your resume. It’s a great tool.
We even show you how you can include some of your jobs from the inside. Remember that tutoring you did for the GED class? Well, you now possess customer service, attention to detail, computer skills and organizational abilities. Each of these skills are useful and should be highlighted on your resume.
The interview will be a way for the company to put a face with your resume. It’s always a good idea to dress business casual for an interview — even when they tell you the position requires casual dress. An outfit you would wear to a church event is a great choice. Also, until you know their policies, take the time to remove any piercings and cover your tattoos.
Since we were unsuccessful at sneaking a peek at Expedia’s application, you’ll need to be prepared to answer any questions concerning your background. However, if they don’t ask, we recommend that you’re forthcoming with this information. By being upfront it shows character and honesty. Those are two traits that, when added to your experience, that may be enough to get you in the door. By providing the information it’ll also allow you the opportunity to answer their questions, and explain what changes you have applied to your life.
References are always a great thing to have — even when they aren’t requested. But especially when you’re applying to a company that you’re not sure hires felons or not.
A reference is basically showing that you have people who believe in you and who’re willing to vouch for your work performance. This is why the names you provide should be professional references.
Does Expedia do background checks?
Yes, you can expect a background check with Expedia.
Here is something to keep in mind regarding background checks:
If the offense is less than seven years old, it will be seen by these states:
- New Hampshire*
- New York*
*Pay scale can impact what will show up on a background check.
The states that will only see guilty convictions are as follows:
- Indiana (limited check)
- New York
The following states will still look at everything:
- Indiana (extensive check)
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
Looking on glassdoor.com, we found that Expedia is rated with 3.0 out of 5 stars. So let’s take a look at why they got such a fair score.
It appears that employees are mostly happy with their salaries. However, there is always bad with the good. There were reports that the work environment could be somewhat hostile at Expedia.
What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?
We all know that most jobs will have a few offenses that will be looked at harder. Here are a few we think may cause you problems:
- Identity theft or fraudulent use of a credit card will probably be at the top of their list. This company deals with their customers over the phone and through email. That being said, the employees here will have access to all of the customers’ personal information — including credit card numbers.
- Violent crimes are usually frowned upon by any customer service position — but not all. Since customers will be their top priority, they don’t need anyone who might fly off the handle with a customer.
Does Expedia drug test?
Yes. It is pretty clear that you can expect a drug screen to be considered for employment.
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