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150+ Jobs that Hire Felons: Get a Better Job Today!

150+ Jobs that Hire Felons: Get a Better Job Today!

Jobs that hire felons can be hard to find. Whether you just left jail or you’ve been out for a while, you’ve probably noticed that many companies won’t consider an applicant who has a felony on their record.

A felony may be on your record, but we don’t think you should be defined by your past mistakes. Fortunately, there are many companies that agree! We’ve found a lot of jobs that hire felons.

40+ Trucking Jobs that Hire Felons

Truck drivers earn their living by hauling goods, typically from manufacturing plants or distribution centers to retail stores. This is an essential service that keeps our economy running!

There are different types of trucking jobs. Some are very local and allow you to be home every night. Others are long-haul, requiring you to travel between states and keeping you on the road for days at a time. If you enjoy the open road and have a lively sense of adventure, this could be a great career option for you.

Trucking companies are often flexible about hiring felons but many of them have minimum time requirements. For example, Knight Transportation will hire a felon with a conviction that is at least seven years old, but CR England requires the conviction to be at least 10 years old.

These are the trucking jobs that hire felons with convictions that are least five years old:

If you have an even older conviction, then you can also consider these trucking jobs that hire felons. Some of them require the conviction to be at least 7-10 years old. Others consider felons on a case-by-case basis.

Unfortunately, there are some specific crimes that could disqualify you from working for trucking companies. These generally include crimes involving motor vehicles, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, extortion, bribery, smuggling, arson and kidnapping.

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30+ Restaurant Jobs that Hire Felons

Restaurants are also fairly accepting of past convictions. However, final decisions about hiring are often made at the local level and there may be some variation depending on where you’re located.

  • Applebee’s
  • Bahama Breeze
  • Baker’s Square Restaurant & Bakery
  • Baskin-Robbins
  • Bonefish Grill
  • Braum’s
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • The Capital Grille
  • Carrabba’s Italian Grill
  • Carl’s Jr.
  • Chilis
  • Chiloptle
  • Dairy Queen
  • Darden Restaurants
  • Denny’s
  • Dickey’s BBQ Pit
  • Domino’s Pizza
  • Dunkin Donuts
  • Five Guys’ Burgers and Fries
  • Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse
  • Golden Corral
  • IHOP
  • In-N-Out Burger
  • Jack in the Box
  • Jimmy John’s
  • Longhorn Steakhouse
  • Maggiano’s Little Italy
  • McDonald’s
  • O’Charley’s
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Red Lobster
  • Red Robin
  • Sonic Drive-In
  • Starbucks
  • Steak and Shake
  • Village Inn

Working in a restaurant doesn’t necessarily mean cooking or serving. It takes a lot of different jobs to keep a restaurant running. They need dishwashers, bartenders, servers, hosts, managers, cleaners and more.

20+ Manufacturing Jobs that Hire Felons

Manufacturing is a popular industry for people with prior convictions. This work typically pays very well and offers great benefits.

  • Abcor Industries
  • American Greetings
  • Andersen Windows
  • Boeing
  • Bridgestone
  • Brunswick
  • Campbell Soup Company
  • Canon USA
  • Carrier
  • Caterpillar Inc.
  • Coca Cola Company
  • Compaq Computers
  • Dell Corporation
  • Electrolux
  • John Deere
  • Fruit of the Loom
  • Hanes
  • International Paper
  • Packaging Corp of America
  • Rubbermaid Inc.
  • Georgia Pacific

20+ Retail Jobs that Hire Felons

If you thought your retail days were over, then think again! In fact, there are many companies that are understanding of your past mistakes. All of the companies listed below have given second chances to felons in the past.

  • Ace Hardware
  • Albertson’s
  • Bed, Bath & Beyond
  • Calvin Klein
  • Dillard’s
  • Dollar General
  • Dollar Tree
  • Eddie Bauer
  • Floor and Decor Outlets of America
  • Flying J
  • Goodwill Industries
  • Home Depot
  • Interstate Batteries
  • Kohl’s
  • Men’s Warehouse
  • Party City
  • PetSmart
  • Ross
  • Safeway
  • Sam’s Club
  • Target
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Walgreens
  • Wal-Mart

12+ Food Service Jobs that hire felons

These food service jobs are also felony-friendly! In addition to these popular, nationwide brands, there may be other food service companies in your local area.

  • Aramark Food Services
  • ConAgra Foods
  • Dave’s Killer Bread
  • Del Monte Foods
  • Dole Foods
  • Dr. Pepper / Seven Up / Snapple
  • Food Services of America
  • Frito Lay
  • General Mills
  • Hershey Company
  • Hillshire Brands
  • Kraft Foods
  • Niagra Bottling
  • Pepsi-Co

12+ Hospitality Jobs that Hire Felons

Surprisingly, there are many hotels that are felon-friendly. I found these hotels all listed on various felon-friendly job boards, so they’re worth trying!

  • Best Western
  • Candlewood Suites
  • Choice hotels
  • Comfort Inn & Suites
  • Doubletree Hotels
  • Embassy Suites
  • Fairfield Inn
  • Hampton Inn
  • Hawthorn Suites
  • Hilton Hotels
  • Holiday Inn
  • Homewood Suites
  • Hyatt Hotels

12+ Technology Jobs that Hire Felons

Amazon, Apple and Sony are just a few major brands that are also known to be felony-friendly. If you are looking for a technology-based career, then these companies may be able to help.

  • Amazon
  • Apple Inc.
  • AT&T
  • Casio
  • CDW
  • Epson
  • FujiFilm
  • IBM
  • LG Electronics
  • Molex
  • Motorola
  • Sony
  • Sprint
  • US Cellular
  • Verizon
  • Xerox

10+ Transportation Jobs that Hire Felons

Love working with cars? Dream of working on a rail line? We’ve found more than 10 companies that hire felons to do transportation-related work, from transmission care to railroad maintenance to airport jobs!

  • AAMCO Transmissions and Auto Care
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Greyhound
  • Dunlop Tires
  • Goodyear
  • Jiffy Lube
  • Loram
  • Mobil Oil

There are so many rental car companies that hire felons! If you know one that isn’t on this list, then let me know in the comments!

  • Avis Rent-A-Car
  • Budget Rent-A-Car
  • Enterprise Holdings (Alamo, Enterprise, National)
  • Dollar Rent-A-Car

5+ Health Care Jobs that Hire Felons

There are many health-related jobs that are discriminatory against felons. However, these agencies all provide services related to health care and are known to be felon-friendly.

  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Aetna
  • Baxter
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System
  • Philip Morris

5+ Temp Service Jobs that Hire Felons

If you need something a little more temporary, then these agencies can help! These temp services and job placement agencies can serve people with prior convictions. Some, like AeroTek, require that your conviction be at least seven years old before you can be considered for employment, though.

  • Adecco Staffing
  • AeroTek Staffing
  • Automation Personnel Services Inc.
  • Labor Ready
  • Manpower

Help us add to this list!

If you know of a company we’ve missed or if you know one of these companies is no longer hiring felons, then please let us know in the comments! We certainly want to keep this list as accurate and up-to-date as possible.

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Jeff Perkins

Tuesday 10th of January 2023

There are two temp services in Glasgow, KY that hire felons. They are Quality Personel and Ahead Staffing. I know this because I am a felon and I have worked for both companies. Just trying to help. Thanks for your help and information.


Sunday 19th of December 2021

UPS also hires felons with records as old as three years. So long as it's not for theft!

Edward Ketcher

Wednesday 24th of February 2021

Pei Wei and PF Changs


Tuesday 29th of September 2020

Awsome post

Hannah Benge

Saturday 3rd of October 2020

thank you!!

Hannah Benge

Saturday 3rd of October 2020

thank you!! -Hannah

sunshine torres

Saturday 22nd of February 2020

Is there any felony friendly jobs that I can work at home I have not been in any trouble for over 10 years and it is so hard to get a second chance,


Saturday 29th of February 2020

Hi Sunshine. I do not know of many. Amazon is on our list and they have pretty large remote workforce. I don't know what there specific qualifications are for the work from home program. You might consider applying there. -Stephanie