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Does NFI Hire Felons in 2021?

By Last update February 4, 2020
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Have you considered a career with a trucking company? If so, you may have wondered: Does NFI hire felons?

Relaunch Pad contacts companies directly to ask them about their hiring policies for former felons. 

Why would we do this? Many of us are former offenders or have worked alongside them. And since we have a clear understanding of the struggles you face, we do what we can to make the job hunt easier for people with criminal records.

In this article you’ll get answers questions like:

  • Does NFI hire people with misdemeanors?
  • Will my felony prevent me from getting hired here?
  • Does NFI do background checks?
  • Does NFI do drug tests?
  • What do other employee’s say about working here?

How about we get started! Read on to see what we pinned down on how to get a job at NFI with a felony.

Does NFI hire felons?

does NFI hire felons as truckers

Official company policy for hiring felons

We reached out to NFI as promised, however we were unsuccessful. Don’t worry, we’ll continue to try and make contact. In the meantime, we’ve done some research of our own to bring you answers. While we’d hoped to have something specific for you, our online sources came up empty as well. The company doesn’t seem to have a strong stance about ex-felons.

Has NFI hired felons in the past?

While investigating NFI, we looked to see if we could uncover anything about previous felons being hired here. Since we couldn’t find any evidence of this, it doesn’t look like it. However, there was nothing concrete, so let’s continue reading to see how to get hired at NFI with a felony.

Does NFI hire people with misdemeanors?

Nothing was found that spoke on this specific topic.

Is NFI on the Ban the Box list?

Have you ever heard of the Ban the Box campaign or the Fair Chance Business Pledge? These groups advocate on behalf of former offenders in order to make getting jobs less difficult.

Ban the Box has recognized that the hiring process is biased against people with criminal records. This is why Ban the Box set out to persuade employers to remove all questions surrounding criminal histories from their applications.

If the employer can’t see your record, they can’t use it as a reason not to interview you.

The Fair Chance Business Pledge is an agreement the companies make when they’re dedicated to putting fair hiring practices to use — for everyone.

Does NFI have special programs for hiring felons?

NFI doesn’t provide any of these programs.

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

uncertain likelihood of being hired

Applying at NFI with a felony? Your odds of being hired here are uncertain. Since we weren’t able to make contact with them directly, we won’t be able to answer with authority. Also, without finding anything of substance from our online sources, it makes us unsure how your record will impact you.

What are some entry-level jobs?

Does NFI hire felons? Well the verdict is still out on that question. But we know the best way to get started in any company when you have a criminal record is in an entry-level job.

That’s why we’ve selected a few positions to help you along the way. Remember, just because it’s a trucking company, doesn’t mean it will be just driving positions.

Let’s take a look at a few of NFI’s entry-level positions:

  • Forklift Operator — If you have previous experience driving or operating a forklift, this may be the ideal job for you. You will be responsible for moving, stacking and counting materials. You’ll also fill and check orders, so attention to detail will be a plus.
  • Office Coordinator — This person is in charge of answering phones, filing, receiving and sending mail, invoicing, and some payroll.
  • Material Handler — Store, ship and receive products.
  • Truck Driver — Most trucking positions require a CDL, however some companies are willing to assist you in obtaining the license. Trucking positions typically require delivering and picking up freight while being able to maintain a set schedule.

How to get hired at NFI with a felony

Okay, we’ve provided you with a few entry-level positions, now we’ll provide you with some advice on how to seal the deal.

  • Keep your application simple. Answer all questions and make sure you’re using proper grammar and spelling. It needs to appear professional . . . like you.
  • Take the time to highlight and polish your work history. If you have a certification (like for using a forklift), it should be easy to spot on your resume.
  • Have three to four references. Think about people you respect or worked well with before, such as a former supervisor, pastor or a mentor. They should be able to speak to your character and work ethic.

Having an up-to-date resume is necessary to get your foot in the door. We put together a guide to help you build the best resume a former offender can have.

We’ve also prepared a few reminders for when you make it to the interview stage. Such as:

  • Be early. This is something all employers look at closely. If you’re late to the interview, it also lets them know you’ll more than likely be late for your shift.
  • Dress professionally. An outfit that is business casual is a great choice. For example, choose something you would wear to a church event.
  • Be neat and clean. Good hygiene is something all employers want to see in their employees.
  • Take the time to do some research on NFI and have a few questions prepared for them about the company or the position you’re applying for.
  • Be open and honest about your criminal history. Even if it hasn’t come up yet, go ahead and address it!

Does NFI do background checks?

All of our online research turned up the same answer: Yes, NFI requires a background check.

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

There are states that will see an offense only if it’s less than seven years old. Those states 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 now eight states that will see only guilty convictions. Here are those states:

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

While changes are being made, 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

Turning our interest to glassdoor.com and their employee review system, we saw that NFI was rated 3.2 out of 5 stars. Even though NFI has only a few hundred reviews, let’s take a closer look to see what employees have to say about working here.

For the most part, employees say the pay and benefits are a plus to working here. On the flip side, the most common complaints include upper management and the high turnover rate.

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

We aren’t 100% sure that NFI will hire felons, but we do believe there will be a few convictions that may have a tougher time getting hired here if they do. Here are some examples:

  • A driving offense of any type if you’re applying for a trucking position. Previous offenses can cause them to hesitate since you would be driving for them on company time.
  • People with violent convictions will more than likely have a hard time getting their foot in the door. The majority of positions here interact with the public or are in close contact with other workers.
  • Identity theft cases may receive a closer look for office positions. You’ll have access to payroll and employee files.

If you’re thinking NFI might not be a fit for you at this point (or you want to have a few more options), check out our list of trucking companies that hire felons.

Does NFI drug test?

According to our online sources, you can expect a drug test.

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

Have you or someone you’ve known worked at NFI with a felony? If you have any feedback on how to get a job at NFI with a felony, we’d love to hear it.

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.