If you have a felony conviction and are struggling to find steady employment, try applying for a job at Home Depot. Did you know that the big orange box store is one of the largest employers in the US, and its actually a felon friendly company?
Depending on the type of felony you have, there may be a number of entry level jobs that you may be able to get at Home Depot. If you are into tools, machinery and home improvement project, this may be a perfect job opportunity for you, that may even grow into a real steady career.
Learn about the benefits of working at Home Depot, how much you can earn, how to pass their background check and start applying! You have nothing to loose and everything to gain.
Your chances of getting hired will greatly depend on the type of felony you have, how long it has been since you got out of prison, and your honesty about the conviction during the interview process.
What type of job can a felon do at Home Depot?
Most felons that were hired by Home Depot previously, report working as a retail associate, merchandising execution associate (either in-store or at a distribution center), a warehouse associate, or a freight associate. You can also work in a particular department, such as paints, lumber, or plumbing.
Its important to keep in mind that you will be a applying for entry-level positions. Most of these will require lifting and moving merchandise, and other forms of physical labor. Working as a warehouse associate will require you to learn how to operate a forklift to load and unload products.
To get started, search jobs that are available at your local Home Depot Stores.
Even if you don’t find any positions open today, keep checking back frequently – new positions come up all the time. This is especially true, during busy holiday seasons, and you may be able to land a part time job at that time. If you do a good job, you may be able to transfer to becoming a full time employee.
What is the starting pay at Home Depot?
Depending on the state you are in, the average starting salary of an associate at Home Depot is $9.50-9.80 per hour. This is about $19,000-19,600 a year. Freight and warehouse workers earn about $10 – 10.25 per hour. Sales associates and merchandisers that help customers in various departments can earn around $11.20-11.65 per hour.
With time and experience, workers in these positions can start to earn $14-15 per hour.
In addition to a decent salary, a full time employee at Home Depot would be entitled to benefits, such as health insurance (including vision and dental), sick days, vacation time, and a 401K. There is an awesome tuition reimbursement program if you want to get a degree, and even part time workers qualify for it. Moreover, part time workers also qualify for sick and vacation days.
In fact, most employees say that one of the biggest perks of working at Home Depot is the generous benefits package you get.
Do employees get an in-store discount?
Home Depot DOES NOT offer a discount on in-store merchandise and services to its employees. However, workers get other perks, in the form of movie ticket, plane ticket, car insurance, and electronics discounts, just to name a few.
Does Home Depot run a background check?
Yes! Like all other big companies in America, Home Depot hiring policies require every applicant to go through a background check.
As you may have experienced in the past, a background check is usually what kills the chances of getting hired for most felons. Unfortunately, Home Depot is no different, and many felons have been rejected employment when they fail the background check.
This can be a disappointing experience, and one you need to mentally prepare yourself for. The bad news is that at Home Depot, running a background check is the LAST step of the hiring process. This means that you would have to first fill out an application, pass a round of two interviews with hiring managers, and pass a drug test, before getting to the background check.
Realistically, felons who have been convicted of theft, violent and sex related crimes will most likely not be hired by Home Depot. If this is your situation, you should consider other job opportunities for felons.
Unfortunately, there have been many cases, where a felon passed all the steps, and was even verbally offered employment, and then got a rejection letter, stating that they failed the background check. Such is the reality in many cities and states. However, this should not prevent you from applying anyway, because there are felons who have been able to get a job at Home Depot.
A lot will depend on what state you are in. Some states only release criminal records that go back 7 years, others go as far back as 10 or 20 years. So if your felony was prior to the time that the state rules set forth, you will be good to go. Learn how far background checks go in different states, so you can be prepared for all future job hunting.
Overall, its very important to be completely honest about your felony both on your application and during the interview. Since they will run a background check anyway, its best to show good character by being open about your past.