Today is the big day when McDonald's sites all over the country plans to hire 50,000 workers, which could improve the national unemployment rate in less than 24 hours. Many who are unemployed are considering applying, regardless of status, field or experience level.
The new positions will include a combination of both seasonal and sustaining full-time and part-time positions at all levels, based upon individual restaurant needs. Career coach John P. Strelecky, author of the inspirational best-seller 'The Why Café,' says if you're unemployed but having doubts about whether you want to work for a fast-food joint, it's time to swallow your pride and head for the golden arches -- it could be the best thing that ever happened to you.
Strelecky gives several reasons why you should consider a job at McDonald's:
- Jan Fields, McDonald's North American president, actually started working for the company in 1978 behind the counter. A huge corporation like this has plenty of room for growth and has proved it rewards internally. In fact, 50 percent of owner-operators started behind the counter as did 75 percent of managers.
- If you think you are overqualified, prove it! $8.25 per hour is more than you're making right now, so go bring a ton of value to your local restaurant, stand out from everyone else and land a quick promotion.
- While it's not necessarily fair that some companies won't hire the unemployed, here's your chance to get back in the game. Even if you're not "lovin it" at McDonald's, all of a sudden you'll be considered hire-able by many companies that previously wouldn't even look at you.
- Being employed is better than not having a job. It gives you a sense of purpose, importance and responsibility, and working at McDonald's can give the impression that you're a team player.
- Look at it as a new path on your road to finding your purpose. At any given time you never know who you'll be working next to, who you'll be serving or meeting. You could find your potential spouse, future employer or learn some new skills that will make you more marketable and employable.
Some wonder if this is nothing more than a massive, feel-good publicity stunt for McDonald's, and question how many of these positions will be filled and how long the will last. That's not the case, according to franchise owners. This is the real deal.
"Our business is strong and our customers are responding positively to the variety of choices on our menu and the value and convenience we provide," said Mason Smoot, vice president and general manager, McDonald's New York tri-state. "As our business continues to grow, we want to provide our customers with an even better experience in all of our New York tri-state restaurants. And every employee plays a vital role in helping us fulfill that goal."
"I'm going down there today -- Why not give it a shot?" said Laurie, a 42-year-old business manager who has been out of work for 18 months. "I figure it's a paid internship learning the fast-food business, and if I can manage an office, I should be able to manage a restaurant in no time. What have I got to lose?"
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