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Does Weigel’s Hire Felons in 2021?

By Last update August 13, 2019
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Landing the right job can help you regain control of your life, so let’s look at the question: Does Weigel’s Hire Felons?

Weigel’s started out as a family dairy business and has developed into what is now a chain of convenience stores throughout eastern Tennessee. If you’re looking for a family-oriented work environment and enjoy customer service, let us help you get a job at Weigel’s with a felony. We’ll answer the following questions, plus more:

  • Does Weigel’s hire people with misdemeanors?
  • How do I apply?
  • Does Weigel’s do background checks?
  • Will my felony disqualify me?

It’s difficult finding work when you have convictions on your record. That’s why we directly contact companies and ask them if they hire former felons. We also do tons of research so we can bring you some helpful tips to use on your application and for the interview process. We do this because our team is comprised of former felons and professionals who have worked with them, so we know what will help!

Relaunch Pad wants you to be able to put your best foot forward, starting with a new job.

Let’s continue and see how to get hired at Weigel’s with a felony.

Does Weigel’s hire felons?

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Official company policy for hiring felons

Weigel’s will hire former felons on a case-by-case basis once the conviction is 10 years old. This is what Kurt Weigel had to say:

“We take each case as they come. However, in the state of Tennessee, we can’t hire a person who has a felony within the last 10 years for they can’t be in the presence of selling alcohol.”

Has Weigel’s hired felons in the past?

Yes, Weigel’s has hired felons in the past.

Does Weigel’s hire people with misdemeanors?

Since we know they’ll hire people with felonies, it’s a pretty safe bet they’ll hire people with misdemeanors too.

Is Weigel’s on the Ban the Box list?

What’s the Ban the Box list? It’s a list of companies promising to remove the checkbox that asks if you’ve been convicted of a crime. The Fair Chance Business Pledge is part of this, with companies pledging to look beyond a person’s criminal past and to see them for their skills and talents instead.

While Weigel’s isn’t on the Ban the Box list or the Pledge, don’t sweat it. Their application doesn’t ask if you’ve been convicted of a crime.

Does Weigel’s have special programs for hiring felons?

The company doesn’t have any special hiring programs for former offenders at this time.

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

Average likelihood of being hired with a felony

We’ve done considerable research and give your odds of getting hired at Weigel’s as average. They’ll hire people with felonies, but it’s done on a case-by-case basis once the conviction is 10 years old.

What are some entry-level jobs?

Since Weigel’s is a convenience store, there are two main entry-level positions: Customer service team member and food service team member.

A customer service team member is a cashier. Your main duties will be handling customer transactions, stocking the merchandise and keeping the store neat and tidy.

The food service team member will take orders and prepare food for the customers.

How to get hired at Weigel’s with a felony

You’ve decided this is the job for you, but where do you start? First, think about what Kurt said. Is your record 10 years old? If not, it’s a good idea to wait until it is. Then you’ll want to check out their careers page. This is where you’ll decide if you want to work as a customer service team member or food service team member and then fill out the appropriate application. But before you begin doing all that, you’ll need to create a strong resume. Here are a few helpful tips:

  • Include previous work history, including the names and addresses of employers.
  • List job titles and job description. Be sure to add any duties that include working directly with the public, especially in food service, retail or gas stations.
  • Mention any talents or special skills you have related to the position you’re applying for. For example, if you have customer service skills or experience handling and preparing food, now is the time to let them know. You should also include where you developed these skills, whether in prison, at school or at a previous job.
  • Check for any spelling and punctuation errors.

If you’re still not feeling confident about your resume, we’ve created a guide designed for felons for you to use.

Now that you’ve completed your resume and successfully submitted your application, here are our interviewing tips for Weigel’s:

  • Arrive 10-15 minutes early. It’ll show you’re capable of being on time and give you a chance to fill out any paperwork.
  • Dress nice. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy — khakis and a button-up shirt will be just fine.
  • If you have facial piercings, you’ll need to take them out. Cover all visible tattoos as well. This is a company policy.
  • Smile. Weigel’s is going to want to hire someone who is pleasant and positive.
  • Ask questions at the end of the interview. This will show you’re interested in a position with the company and that you were paying attention throughout the interview.

Above all, tell the truth. You don’t want to risk a possible job offer by hiding or lying about your past.

Does Weigel’s do background checks?

Weigel’s will perform a background check sometime during the hiring process.

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

Background checks vary from state-to-state. It’s important to know the law in your state. For example, if you live in one of these states, the background check only goes back seven years:

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

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

And these eight states won’t look at any cases with a not guilty verdict:

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

Some states, however, will look at your whole record, including the not guilty verdicts. So, be aware if you live in these states:

  • 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 did some digging to find out Weigel’s ratings. On glassdoor.com, they have 3.1 out of 5 stars. Of the 43 reviews, most were positive. Here’s what a few people had to say:

Pros

“This company has an engaged corporate office, great history, and a drive to succeed.”

“I love the people I work with! Great place to work.”

Cons

“Hours weren’t that good most times.”

“Frustrating when short staffed and have to work 60+ hours a week.”

While that may seem like a low number of reviews, keep in mind that Weigel’s is a small, family-owned company.

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

Does Weigel’s hire felons? Yes they do, on an individual basis after meeting state requirements. But there are certain felonies that might hurt your chances. Since you’ll be working directly with the general public, these felonies may make it tougher to get hired at Weigel’s:

  • Theft, because you’ll be handling cash and credit card transactions.
  • Violent crimes, since you’ll be dealing directly with customers.
  • Drug and alcohol related crimes, because they sell alcohol.

Does Weigel’s drug test?

Yes. It’s stated on their careers page that applicants must pass a drug screen before an offer of employment is made.

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

Did you use the information in this article to get a job at Weigel’s with a felony? We’d love to hear about it. It’s your chance to help others who are in your shoes while helping out our community.

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Leah Mailcoat
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.