Looking for Work? Make it McDonald’s!

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If you’re preparing to graduate from college in the coming weeks and are looking for full-time work, your local McDonald’s restaurant may have a job for you. No, you won’t be flipping hamburgers full-time and earning $7.25 per hour, but you’ll be supervising those who do, giving you the opportunity to build up your management skills and start tackling your enormous student debt.

Burger Management

McDonald’s is hiring and is looking for upwards of 50,000 new managers and crewmembers to fill available and future positions all across the nation. The world’s largest franchise chain is still growing and is now reaching adults with a fresh offering of salads and specialty coffees, quite different fare than what some may know the “hamburger chain” for serving.

Many McDonald’s restaurants are new as well, employing “green themes” to show that the company is serious at doing its part to preserve the environment. Lowering your cholesterol may not happen, especially if you stock up on burgers, fries and milk shapes, the staple of the traditional Mickey D menu. At least you do have a choice, something not offered a decade ago.

National Hiring

You may have missed McDonald’s national hiring day on Tuesday, but take heart: the chain is always hiring. On Tuesday, the company held a nationwide hiring event at stores all across the nation. You can also apply online at www.McDonalds.com/Careers.

The new positions will include a combination of both seasonal and sustaining full-time and part-time positions based upon individual restaurant needs. Seasonal opportunities spring up around popular vacation destinations including at the Jersey Shore in June, July and August.

Challenging Perceptions

For the college student looking to embrace big things in life, a stop at McDonald’s may seem like a big step backward. After all, who wants to work in a grease pit after slaving for four years on campus to make the grade?

That sort of thinking is based partly on customer perceptions and on rumors, but it doesn’t accurately reflect the skills McDonald’s restaurant managers acquire while on the job.

Pay & Benefits

The company is noted for training out managers who are skilled in areas of customer relations, personnel development, store management and meeting profit goals. Moreover, the pay is surprisingly competitive, with managers enjoying many of the same benefits offered to their peers elsewhere including health and dental benefits, matching 401(k), college accredited training program and vacation pay, among other benefits.

Some McDonald’s managers go on to become franchise owners, taking over one of 30,000 retail outlets located in more than 100 countries or adding to that total by opening up new stores in new markets themselves. Importantly, you get a five-day work week, although your days off may be during the week than on busy weekends.

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