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Does iHeartMedia Hire Felons in 2021?

By Last update January 13, 2020
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Does the entertainment and media world excite you? Have you also wondered: Does iHeartMedia hire felons? This is a wonderful field to work in and we decided to see what we could find to help answer your questions.

Everyone knows that exploring job opportunities is especially difficult when you have a criminal conviction. Since most of us have a criminal record, or have worked with someone who does, we aim to make the job pursuit as simple as possible for you and other former felons. 

One way Relaunch Pad does this is by contacting companies directly to ask them about their hiring policies for former felons. 

We also ask important questions such as:

  • Does iHeartMedia do background checks?
  • Does iHeartMedia hire people with misdemeanors?
  • What are the odds someone with a felony will be hired?
  • Does iHeartMedia do drug tests?
  • What do other employees say about working here?

Does iHeartMedia hire felons?

does iHeartMedia hire felons in all positions

Official company policy for hiring felons

We are currently waiting to hear back from iHeartMedia for answers on their hiring policies for ex-felons. We turned to iHeartMedia.com to see if their hiring policy was listed online, but unfortunately we came up empty-handed.

In the meantime, we have done some digging of our own to find answers to questions like how to get a job at iHeartMedia with a felony. So let’s get going to see what was uncovered.

Has iHeartMedia hired felons in the past?

Unfortunately, we weren’t able to find anything that spoke on this subject.

Does iHeartMedia hire people with misdemeanors?

We hoped to find information on iHeartMedia hiring anyone with any kind of criminal record. Regretfully, we didn’t come up with anything.

Is iHeartMedia on the Ban the Box list?

As hard as it is for a former felon to find a job, we need more support groups like The Ban the Box campaign and Fair Chance Business Pledge. These two initiatives support offenders having a second chance in the working world.

Ban the Box sets out to convince employers to remove all questions about criminal history from their applications. Removing these questions provides all applicants with an equal chance at being hired.

The Fair Chance Business Pledge is a commitment that employers will use fair hiring practices for everyone, including former offenders.

Does iHeartMedia have special programs for hiring felons?

It’s unfortunate that iHeartMedia doesn’t have any of these programs to offer. While these programs are great, not many employers provide them.

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

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With very little information uncovered on iHeartMedia and their hiring practices, we have to say the odds of being hired here with a felony are uncertain.

Don’t give up, though! We’ve put together a section to help you learn how to get hired at iHeartMedia with a criminal record. So keep reading!

What are some entry-level jobs?

Does iHeartMedia hire felons? Since we weren’t able to provide you with an exact answer to this question, we’re going to look at some jobs with minimal requirements to give you the best chance of getting your foot in the door. Here are a few:

  • Promotions Assistant — Do you want a job that doesn’t have you stuck in an office all day? This job provides the opportunity to drive promotional vehicles and moving from site to site setting up banners and equipment. Experience and requirements needed include: Knowledge of Microsoft Office and Photoshop, customer service experience, and a valid driver’s license with proof of insurance.
  • Street Team Member — If you have great organizational skills and are dependable, this may be the job for you. You need to be able to coordinate meetings with managers and clients along with planning events. You will also be expected to perform basic office duties and assist clients. For this job, you’ll need advanced skills in Microsoft Office and Photoshop, a valid driver’s license and insurance, a high school diploma, and one to three years in customer service.
  • Part-Time Receptionist — If you have experience answering phones and greeting customers, this may be a great start. You will be the first face visitors see and make contact with. The responsibilities require a great customer service personality, professionalism, and being able to multitask. Although a four year degree is preferred, it’s not required. No experience needed.

How to get hired at iHeartMedia with a felony

We recognize that applying for any job can be trying. That’s why we have some suggestions to get the best outcome possible.

Applying will be done online, though this process differs from most. Once you have set up a profile to complete their application, iHeartMedia asks for the URL to your social media accounts. This is why it’s always a good idea to be mindful of anything you post online! Some employers use this information when making their hiring decision.

We understand how much harder it is to shape your resume when you have a criminal record. Well, we created a resume guide just for people like you! Our guide includes tips on the best ways to highlight strengths you have, based on the job you’re applying for.

Let’s have an example. iHeartMedia’s jobs require interacting with the public, so mention any jobs where you’ve looked after customers. Part-time jobs at a convenience or grocery store (like IGA) are excellent to share, or even the laundry attendant position you held while you were incarcerated.

When you’re contacted for an interview, make sure you set aside plenty of time before and after. Interviews can sometimes be short and sweet, but some can be lengthy. You don’t want to have to end an interview early to pick up children from school!

Also, practicing with a friend or in front of a mirror will help you be more relaxed and prepared for the real thing. Bring a few copies of your resume with you. Sometimes there’s more than one interviewer and you’ll want to make sure they all have access to your resume.

Make sure you arrive early. Interviewers pay close attention to this because it shows interest and dependability. Addressing your background is something we strongly suggest, and this will be your best chance to do so. Since we aren’t clear if iHeartMedia will hire felons or not, it’s best to tackle it head-on. The fact that you are upfront will speak loud and clear about what type of person you are.

There is always the possibility that they’ll give you a chance based on your experience and the fact you’re honest.

Does iHeartMedia do background checks?

It’s unclear if iHeartMedia will perform a background check. Go ahead and make them aware of your background so there aren’t any surprises.

Here are some things to keep in mind regarding background checks: 

The great news is we now have states that will see an offense only if it’s less than seven years old. They are as follows:

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

(*certain pay or salary bracket positions require a screening.)

Do you have things on your record that you weren’t convicted of? Well, luckily there are states that will see only guilty convictions. Here are those states:

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

While things are changing, we are sad to say the majority of the states will still look at everything. Such as:

  • 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

Reviewing glassdoor.com we saw that iHeartMedia was rated with 3.1 out of 5 stars.

Working here provides a great work environment with great people. However, there is little room for growth and the pay is often not that great.

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

Here are a few convictions we think may have a difficult time being hired:

Some positions will require a perfect driving record. That being said, any infraction involving a driving offense will limit your chances.

Since iHeartMedia will deal with media accounts, someone with a conviction involving a cybercrime or embezzlement may find it more difficult getting their foot in the door.

Does iHeartMedia drug test?

Our online source didn’t provide us with enough information to be able to say one way or the other. As always, we recommend you’re prepared for one . . . just in case.

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

We hope our article was helpful in answering your questions! Have you or someone you know worked here? What can you tell us about how to get a job at iHeartMedia with a felony? We appreciate your 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.