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Does FOREVER 21 Hire Felons in 2021?

By Last update July 18, 2019
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The right job can help you get your life back on track and make you feel like a productive member of society again, so let’s figure out: Does FOREVER 21 hire felons?

Founded in 1984, FOREVER 21 is a specialty retailer for apparel and accessories. If you enjoy fashion and customer service, we’ll help you get a job at FOREVER 21 with a felony. We’ll start by answering the following questions:

  • Does FOREVER 21 hire people with misdemeanors?
  • How do I apply?
  • Does FOREVER 21 do background checks?
  • Will my felony disqualify me?

Here at Relaunch Pad, we know it’s difficult for former felons to find work. That’s why we directly contact companies and ask them if they hire people with felony convictions. Knowing is half the battle! We also do tons of research so we can give you some resume and interviewing tips.

Are you wondering why you should listen to us? It’s because our team is mostly comprised of former felons or professionals who have worked closely with them for a number of years. We’ve been there and know what it’s like.

Relaunch Pad is dedicated to helping those with criminal records get back to a normal life.

Without further delay, let’s learn how to get hired at FOREVER 21 with a felony conviction.

Does FOREVER 21 hire felons?

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Official company policy for hiring felons

We’ve been unable to contact FOREVER 21 to ask if they’ll hire felons. We’ll continue trying and bring you updates when they’re available. In the meantime, keep reading to learn more about how to get hired at FOREVER 21 with a felony.

Has FOREVER 21 hired felons in the past?

Our online sources are inconclusive as to whether or not FOREVER 21 has hired felons in the past. It may depend on the circumstances and charges.

Does FOREVER 21 hire people with misdemeanors?

We don’t know at this time if FOREVER 21 will hire people with misdemeanors on their record. It looks like they might hire on a case-by-case basis.

Is FOREVER 21 on the Ban the Box list?

Ban the Box is a campaign to rid applications of the checkbox that asks if you’ve been convicted of a crime. The Fair Chance Business Pledge is part of this, asking businesses to look past your criminal record and focus on what you can offer their company instead.

While FOREVER 21 isn’t on the Ban the Box list and hasn’t signed the Pledge, but they hire on an individual basis so you still have a shot.

Does FOREVER 21 have special programs for hiring felons?

FOREVER 21 doesn’t have any programs for hiring felons at this time. But don’t be discouraged, because most companies don’t. If you’re interested in finding one of these programs, contact your local employment agency or workforce development office for information.

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

uncertain likelihood of being hired

We have done extensive research and found out that the odds of being hired at FOREVER 21 are uncertain. This is because they’re not on the Ban the Box list and firsthand accounts differ about whether or not they’ll hire people with a record. However, depending on your charges, you may still be able to get an entry-level position.

What are some entry-level jobs?

There are two main entry-level positions at FOREVER 21: Store associate and visual merchandiser. Both positions include dealing with customers so having previous customer service skills will be a plus.

A store associate is responsible for assisting customers with product location, availability, prices and returns. They’re also responsible for customer transactions and operating the cash register.

A visual merchandiser’s main duties are to oversee the styling, processing and placement of merchandise according to company standards and guidelines.

There are plenty of advancement opportunities with FOREVER 21. Starting off in one of these positions will give you a foundation to move forward within the company.

How to get hired at FOREVER 21 with a felony

Since we’re not sure if they’ll hire former felons, you’ll want to have a resume that really stands out from the others. To do this, we’ll start by customizing your resume to match what FOREVER 21 is looking for:

  • List your previous work history, especially if you’ve worked in a customer service position before. Don’t forget the company name, address and dates you worked there.
  • Make note of any special skills or talents you have that pertain to the job you’re applying for.
  • Check for spelling, grammatical and punctuation errors. It’s a great idea to have a family member or friend look it over as well.

Keep in mind that if you need help with your resume, Relaunch Pad has a guide specifically designed for people with criminal records. Once you’re happy with your resume, go to FOREVER 21’s careers page to fill out an online application. You also have the option of taking your resume with you to the store and filling one out in-person.

Now that you’ve scored an interview, let’s take a look at some interview tips we have for FOREVER 21:

  • Arrive 15 minutes early. This will give you time to fill out any paperwork and show you can be on time for a job.
  • Dress in business-casual attire. While you don’t need a fancy suit or dress, jeans and a sweatshirt are not appropriate for a job interview.
  • Stand and sit straight. Having good posture will show the company representative that you are interested in what he or she has to say.
  • Ask questions. This will show you were paying attention throughout the interview and gives you a chance to address any questions or concerns regarding company policies.
  • Be honest. Tell the company representative the truth about your past. It’s not necessary to give them every last detail, but don’t lie about anything, especially if they’re the ones asking about it.

Does FOREVER 21 do background checks?

Our sources say FOREVER 21 will perform a background check sometime during the hiring process.

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

Not all states view background checks the same. Know the law in your state. For example, the states on this list won’t look at any convictions more than seven years old:

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

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

The next eight states don’t bother with any cases in which you were found not guilty:

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

But, be aware if you live in these next states. They are able to see your entire record, including the 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

Our team did some research on FOREVER 21’s ratings. On, the company has 2.8 out of 5 stars rating. Of the 5,124 reviews, 291 past and present employees liked the fast-paced work environment. The biggest complaint was that the employee discount is only 10%.

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

Does FOREVER 21 hire felons? That’s hard to say for certain, but some offenses will definitely hurt your chances more. Since you’ll be in direct contact with customers, the following felonies may make it more difficult to get a job at FOREVER 21:

  • Fraud or theft charges since you’ll be running a cash register and handling credit card information.
  • Violent crimes because you’ll be dealing with the public on a constant basis.

Does FOREVER 21 drug test?

According to our online sources, FOREVER 21 doesn’t drug test. However, it’s always best to be prepared, just in case they do.

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

Were you able to use the information in this article to get a job at FOREVER 21 with a felony? We’d love to hear about it. You’d be helping others in our community and it’s important that we stick together!

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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.