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Does Michaels Hire Felons in 2021?

By Last update November 25, 2019
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Chances are if you have a thing for arts and crafts or home decor, you’ve heard of Michaels. They’re like a candy store for crafters, but does Michaels hire felons? If you have retail experience, allow us to show you how to get hired here — even with a record.

A large number of us at Relaunch Pad have walked in your shoes, so we know exactly what you go through when looking for a job. You’re probably thinking: Yeah right! Well, would you be shocked if we told you that most of us are felons too? It’s true. This is how we know the best questions to ask to help you in getting a job despite your felony.

Relaunch Pad contacts companies directly to ask them about their hiring policies for former felons in hopes of making your search easier. 

We’ll answer the following questions and more:

  • Does Michaels hire people with misdemeanors?
  • Do they drug test?
  • Does Michaels do background checks?

Does Michaels hire felons?

does Michaels hire felons in all their stores

Official company policy for hiring felons

We haven’t successfully made contact with Michaels just yet, but we aren’t going to stop trying. We’ve gone ahead and done our own research in order to get you answers, so let’s look at how to get hired at Michaels with a felony!

Has Michaels hired felons in the past?

Online sources reveal that they have! This is always great news to hear when you have a criminal record. There are a few dissenters, however, so chances are your specific record will play a part.

Does Michaels hire people with misdemeanors?

Honestly, there wasn’t anything uncovered on this topic. However, if they’re willing to hire a former felon, chances are someone with a lesser offense will be considered as well.

Is Michaels on the Ban the Box list?

Great strides are being made to help former felons have an easier time finding a job. An example of one is the Ban the Box campaign. Ban the Box was created to help individuals with a record have a fair chance at being hired. Employers that follow it remove all questions about criminal histories from their applications. The employer will at least view your application the same as any other.

Another support group is the Fair Chance Business Pledge. The Pledge is an agreement in the company’s own words to use equal hiring policies for all.

Although Michaels doesn’t support either of these groups, they still seem to hire former offenders.

Does Michaels have special programs for hiring felons?

No, Michaels doesn’t have any special programs for hiring felons to offer.

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

High likelihood of being hired with a felony

Does Michaels hire felons? Yes, so the odds of being hired here with a felony are high. Everything we uncovered points to them being a felon-friendly company. Online reports were strongly in favor of it, though there may be some offenses that get in the way.

So, let’s continue reading to see how to get a job at Michaels with a felony.

What are some entry-level jobs?

Michaels is a retail craft and hobby store. Most of their jobs will include assisting customers with their purchases and helping them locate items for a craft or DIY project. This is what a few of their entry-level jobs look like:

  • Cashier/Sales Associate — Assist customers with finding what they are looking for and provide a friendly and speedy checkout.
  • Merchandise Stocker — This is a great position for the early bird. You’ll be unloading merchandise from trucks and stocking shelves before store opening. You may also be helping customers find items.

How to get hired at Michaels with a felony

Are you ready to see how to get a job at Michaels with a felony? Here are some useful tips that will help you get from the application process to the interview stage.

Michaels’ application is pretty basic. Even though they don’t require a resume, it’s always a good idea to have it ready.  It will help you with your application and interview!

Wait, you don’t know where to start with putting your resume together? Well, we’ve got you covered. We’ve created a guide just for this purpose.

Better yet, it shows you how to include all of your experience on your resume.

Most people fail to include the skills they gained from previous jobs or from little side jobs. Some examples include: Helping your neighbor move, cleaning houses for extra cash, and even running errands for the elderly lady down the street. These show you to be trustworthy, dependable and responsible — attributes employers look for and should therefore be included on your resume!

Most people become nervous when interviewing. A great way to overcome this is by practicing with a friend or family member. There are only a few things to remember for a successful interview, such as:

  • Make sure you arrive early.
  • Don’t wear anything too flashy. A great choice is something you would wear to a church event.
  • Cover any tattoos and remove any piercings until you know their policy on these things.
  • Your manners and friendliness will make a lasting impression. This is a customer-oriented business and they will be trying to get a feel of how you will interact with their customers.
  • Tell them about your background. Remember they are felon-friendly, so being honest will work in your favor.

Does Michaels do background checks?

Yes, Michaels mentions on their application that a background check will be done.

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

The states that will see an offense only if it’s less than seven years old 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.)

There are also states that will see only guilty convictions. Here are those states:

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

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

We wanted to know what employees have to say about working at Michaels, so we looked at glassdoor.com. There we found that Michaels is rated with 3.2 out of 5 stars. We wanted a  better understanding of what it’s like to work here, so checked the comments.

Michaels seems to be a great place to work, especially if you enjoy crafting. All employees receive a 30% discount!

However, they don’t provide many opportunities for full-time positions. We all know that part-time positions come with minimum wage, so keep that in mind.

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

We know Michaels is felon-friendly, but there are a few felonies that may make it harder for you. Here are our top red flags for this company:

  • Drug or alcohol convictions since they drug test and the majority of the positions involve interacting with customers and money.
  • Any type of theft crimes if you are applying for any position that handles cash or credit cards.
  • Any violent or sexual offenses if the job requires contact with the public.

Does Michaels drug test?

Yes, Michaels even mentions on their application that there will be a drug screen. So be ready!

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

Were you able to get a job at Michaels with a felony? Did our tips help you or someone you know in applying? We appreciate any feedback you can provide!

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.