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Target is America’s second largest big chain retail outlets with over 1,800 stores nationwide. To go along with their distinct red and white bulls-eye logo, they label themselves as an ‘upscale discount retailer,’ providing ‘high-quality, on-trend merchandise at attractive prices.’ Target is known for maintaining clean, open retail space and focusing on friendly customer service. Besides front-line customer support, behind the scenes they have numerous positions for warehouse workers, truck drivers, corporate jobs, and many other options. The only question is, does Target hire felons or not?

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Does Target Hire Felons?

Yes, Target stores will hire felons depending on the type and time since the felony conviction. In the past, Target was known for preferring to not want to take on convicted felons onto their workforce. However, over the years they seem to have reversed this stance. In fact, in 2013 Target led the pack in removing criminal background questions from application questionnaires.

Target understands that felons need the ability to get gainful employment in order to prevent their potential slide back into a life of criminal activity. Hiring felons helps the economy and public safety. So Target and the ‘Ban the Box’ movement was a progressive step forward.

That said, they still do run background checks on applicants and drug tests later during the hiring process. So felons with convictions for physically violent acts may run into a snag, especially if you are working front-line with customers.

Like any major retailer, Target has warehouse work for those who are capable of lifting heavy objects, but if you were involved in a robbery or theft, you may be declined for that reason unless you can demonstrate examples of your rehabilitation. As a store selling a product, they will need to know everything there is to know about your crimes, especially if they involved theft.

For driving jobs, they’ll pay very close attention to convictions involving automobiles, or driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs.

Be honest with yourself and with them during them. Put yourself in the hiring manager’s shoes, and have answers ready to give them that can help sway them…especially if your crime is unrelated to the duties of the job you want. Help them see the reasons why they should look past your prior conviction, so they can see you as a person who did their sentence and is ready for a new chance.

So yes, Target does hire felons in some, but not all, cases! Best of luck with your Target application!

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Background Check Limits

It is important to understand that some states have laws regarding how far back a criminal background check can go. This can have an impact on whether Target will hire you or not. Here are the laws for each US state.

Twelve states do not allow any felony conviction information older than seven years to be reported.

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

(* exceptions based on pay/salary)

Some states will not report court cases where you were found NOT guilty: Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Alaska, California, New York and Michigan.

These states will report unlimited numbers of years back of felony convictions and also report NOT guilty verdicts: Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, DC, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

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Why Work for Target?

The company, founded originally as Goodfellow Dry Goods in 1902, and currently based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, employees over 341,000 personnel. They offer a competitive benefits package for employees, including:

‘One of the best 401(k) plans in retail;’ vacation, national holidays, personal days; 10% discount at Target; 20% off fruits and veggies; Daycare Flexible Spending Account; Childcare discount; Life insurance; Disability insurance; Accident, Critical Illness and Hospital Indemnity Insurance; Commuter benefit; Parental leave; Annual bonus program; and Tuition reimbursement…to list only a few!

You can check out the full scope of targets benefits here.

In addition, their website indicates a progressive outlook on employee health:

‘Feeling happy, challenged and fulfilled at work is the essence of career well-being. It’s also about getting opportunities to learn and grow, being recognized for contributions, and feeling comfortable in the workplace.’

Target certainly sounds like a company worth working for!

Felony Expungement – In a number of states it is possible to have your felony conviction either expunged or sealed. Imagine having your record swiped clean! Learn more here.