[UPDATE] Locals Look to McDonald's For Jobs

By: AP, Lanetra Bennett Email
By: AP, Lanetra Bennett Email

[UPDATE] by Lanetra Bennett - Tallahassee, FL - April 19, 2011

There were a lot of "happy" meals at McDonald's Tuesday, April 19th.

The fast food chain is gaining a lot of points--not from kids, but from those who are looking to enter or re-enter the workforce.

McDonald's applicant, Atantay Henderson, says a lot is riding on his interview.

Henderson says, "Financially, it would help me a lot. It'll be really a blessing to have something that can come in and help me out when I really do need it in bad times."

April 19th is McDonald's National Hiring Day.

The company plans to bring 50,000 people on board at its 14,000 restaurants across the United States in one day.

Tallahassee applicant Sharva Mitchell said, "I'm hoping I will get the job."

Jasmin McMillian says she got her job on national hiring day two years ago.

McMillian says, "I love McDonald's. It's a great experience. I meet a lot of new people, make a lot of friends. It's great."

The company also wants to change the negative perception of working at McDonald's.

The term "McJobs" is even in the dictionary which defines it as "a low-paying job that requires little skill and provides little opportunity for advancement."

Erika Rojas says that definition is far from the truth and says the job is more than flipping burgers.

The single-mother started working at McDonald's in West Palm Beach as a crew member in 2001. She is now a store manager in Tallahassee.

Rojas says, "I never imagined that I would be here. But, now my goal is being a vice president or something like that of McDonald's. That's my real goal. I want to stay at McDonald's definitely for a long, long time, until I get retired or I get my own stores."

The company says the average pay for the new jobs is $8.30 an hour.

Compare that to the federal and Florida minimum wage of $7.25, and $5.15 in Georgia, and a lot of new hires will be saying, "da da da da da, I'm Lovin' It."

The company's hiring goal equals between three and four
new hires per restaurant.


April 19, 2011 -- OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) --

McDonald's Corp., seeking to change by the stereotype that working in fast food is a dead end, is holding a hiring blitz.

The company is making a well-publicized push to hire 50,000
workers Tuesday. However, McDonald's usually staffs up for summer
anyway. A spokeswoman says last year, McDonald's hired 50,000
employees throughout April.

The burger chain is also eager to change the perception of the
term "McJobs." It might be a tall order for a word that even the
Oxford English Dictionary defines as "an unstimulating, low-paid
job with few prospects."

The company says its jobs teach important skills and that many
of its executives started as crew members.

McDonald's, based in Oak Brook, Ill., says franchisees will set
wages but most pay more than the $7.25-an-hour federal minimum.


April 4, 2011 --

McDonald's Corp. plans to hold its first national hiring day
April 19 to fill 50,000 openings at its restaurants nationwide.

The company says it is making a concerted effort to add staff as
its business improves and as more of its restaurants stay open 24
hours a day.

The company's hiring goal translates to between three and four
new hires per restaurant.

McDonald's says turnover slowed because of the weak economy. The
company sees an opportunity to attract employees in a tough job

McDonald's held a similar event in its Western region last year.
More than 60,000 people applied for the 13,000 positions.

Those who are interested can apply in stores or online. Some
restaurants will hold events and interviews that day.

McDonald's is based in Oak Brook, Ill.

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