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Does Navajo Express Hire Felons in 2021?

By Last update August 15, 2019
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Do you have truck driving experience or a CDL? If so, you’ve likely seen Navajo Express has several jobs to offer, but immediately thought: Does Navajo Express hire felons?

Maybe you’re unaware, but Relaunch Pad contacts companies directly to ask them about their hiring policy for former felons. You heard us correctly!

See, many of us at Relaunch Pad have the experience of walking in your shoes — we’re former felons too. Remembering the struggle allows us to ask the best questions in order to make the path for you and others back into the workforce as simple as possible.

Here are a few questions we will be answering:

  • Does Navajo Express hire people with misdemeanors?
  • Will Navajo Express do a drug screen?
  • Does Navajo Express do background checks?
  • What is the best approach at applying here?
  • Does Navajo Express offer programs for felons?

Does Navajo Express hire felons?

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Official company policy for hiring felons

When we contacted Navajo Express, here is what we were told:

“I have very good success working with various pre-release programs to help to get former felons working.”

So does Navajo Express hire felons or not? Yes, they told us they do!

Has Navajo Express hired felons in the past?

When digging around, various online sources showed that they are willing to hire felons, but there was nothing we could find that says they have. We did find that there are some conditions and we’ll be going over the criteria in an upcoming section. So, keep reading to see how to get a job at Navajo Express with a felony!

Does Navajo Express hire people with misdemeanors?

Their website confirms they’ll hire people with misdemeanors! However, they do say that it’s on a case-by-case basis. This is still great news.

Is Navajo Express on the Ban the Box list?

The Ban the Box campaign is a group created by civil rights groups and advocates for ex-offenders. This campaign strives to get employers to remove the check box asking if applicants have a criminal record. The purpose is to give ex-offenders the opportunity to display their skills in the hiring process before being asked about their criminal history.

The Fair Chance Business Pledge represents those committing to improve their communities by eliminating obstacles for those with a criminal history, but instead are paving a path for second chances. The Pledge represents a call-to-action for all members of the private sector to improve their communities by eliminating barriers for those with a criminal record and creating a pathway for a second chance.

Unfortunately, Navajo Express isn’t a supporter of either of these initiatives, but that’s okay because we already know they will hire a former felon. They will also ask about criminal history on their job applications, where it’s applicable.

Let’s keep reading to see what is recommended on how to get hired at Navajo Express with a felony.

Does Navajo Express have special programs for hiring felons?

Navajo Express told us that they work with various pre-release programs to help to get former felons working, but we were unable to find anything on these programs.

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

High likelihood of being hired with a felony

The odds of getting hired at Navajo Express with a felony are high. They were upfront in letting us know that they will hire former felons and that they even work with special programs to hire them! However, after reviewing their website, we see it depends on the conviction and how long ago it was. Keep reading to see what those guidelines are.

What are some entry-level jobs?

Navajo Express is a trucking company that provides temperature-controlled freight transportation, mainly in the western U.S. When observing Navajo Express’ website and other online sources we found there were a variety of jobs they have to offer.

Here are a few of their entry-level jobs and some requirements:

Parts Counter Person — This position is responsible for ordering parts for the truckers.

  • Fill requests for part orders
  • Monitor requests for parts
  • Customer service skills will be required since establishing a relationship with vendors will be required.
  • High school or equivalent, technical school preferred
  • An understanding of parts and supplies commonly used on diesel engines, tractor, trailers and refrigeration units.

Building Maintenance Worker — You will be assisting the maintenance manager with indoor and outdoor upkeep at the main office. This will require yard work and fixing stuff.

  • Building Maintenance experience preferred, but not required
  • High school diploma/GED not required.
  • A good fit for applicants with gaps in their resume, or who have been out of the workforce for the past six months or more

Trainer-CDL — This job will require you delivering freight and picking up freight while being able to arrive at each destination on a set schedule.

  • Training for drivers who are new to the industry and have obtained their CDL-A license.
  • Two Years tractor trailer experience
  • Good driving record
  • Tanker/hazmat endorsement and CDL license preferred, but not required
  • One year of truck driving experience preferred but not required.

How to get hired at Navajo Express with a felony

Navajo Express told us they will hire you with a felony conviction, but there are a few things you will need to be prepared for:

Research — Research the company to see what jobs they have that interest you. Make sure the job you chose is one that you are qualified for. Also, we recommend looking at their guidelines for those who have a criminal history. An individual with little or no experience has a chance at getting hired here . . . even with a criminal record.

Application — Applications, as we all know, can be intimidating — but that’s why we’re here to help. Here are some suggestions to remember when filling out an application.

  1. Make sure you have time set aside to complete the application properly. You don’t want to rush through the application, because rushing can lead to errors.
  2. Take care not to leave anything blank. Putting a simple N/A (not applicable) in a blank lets the employer know that it doesn’t apply to you.
  3. Provide as much information as possible when it comes to past employment. Skills, experience and contact information should be up-to-date.
  4. If you are asked about your criminal history, be honest! Chances are if they’re asking they are going to conduct a background check anyway.

Resume — You’re not sure your resume is done correctly? We can help in this area too! We have an entire article set aside just for the resume. We’ll show you some different ways to include all your experience and skills that associate with the position you’re applying for.

Interview — Interviews can cause the most confident person to be nervous. If you remember a few key points you will do fine.

  1. Arrive early. Being prompt is something all employers look for.
  2. Smile often. A smile makes you memorable in a positive way.
  3. Remember your manners and upbeat personality, these too can make a lasting impression.
  4. Be honest about your background. This is your opportunity to explain the circumstances of your past, so take advantage of it! Let them know how you’ve learned and grown from the situation. Letting them see the positive side will help you.

Does Navajo Express do background checks?

They told us they do, but not until after an offer has been extended.

Something to keep in mind regarding background checks:

Did you know there are states that will look at an offense only if it’s less than seven years old? They are as follows:

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Indiana (limited check)
  • Kansas
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • Texas
  • Washington

These states only look only at guilty convictions:

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

The states that will still look at everything are as follows:

  • 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

Glassdoor.com reviews have Navajo Express rated with 2.5 out of 5 stars. We took a closer look to see exactly why. Lack of direction and leadership seem to be the number one complaint. However, we did notice that the company was praised for being a great beginners trucking job.

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

Navajo Express makes it pretty clear on their application about what convictions will have a difficult time getting hired here.

Here is what we found:

  • Controlled Substance charges or convictions within the past 10 years will not be accepted. Only one in a lifetime.
  • All criminal misdemeanor/felony convictions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • DUI/DWI charges in the last five years will not be accepted. Only one in a lifetime.
  • No felonies in the last 10 years. Misdemeanors will be reviewed.

Does Navajo Express drug test?

Yes. You can expect to have a drug screen and they will also perform random ones as well.

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

Do you have experience with Navajo Express? Have you or someone you know worked or applied here with a felony? We are grateful for any feedback you 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.