McDonald’s held its National Hiring Day two days ago and report are beginning to trickle in about the successful endeavor.
According to the Associated Press, thousands of people turned out to seek employment with the Golden Arches. This report on the event compiled by USA Today features a interesting video report on the occasion.
Experts say that all in all, the event was purely a job-hiring extravaganza. McDonald’s were also looking to recast its image as an innovative and exciting employer. To that end, everyone seems to feel the event was a rousing success.
“There are worse things an economic rebound could ask than, ‘Welcome to McDonald’s — may I take your order please?’” Jan Fields, president of McDonald’s U.S. operations, wrote in an opinion piece for the company.
But as the AP reported, McDonald’s franchisees were especially excited about the event, as they could bring in more staff to help them with their business ventures.
For Richmond, Va., area franchisee Sue Durlak, the event was an opportunity to expand the applicant pool for her 10 restaurants, and maybe find someone who can follow in her footsteps.
She started part-time in 1982 to supplement her income while working as a middle-school health teacher in Illinois. Now she owns several locations.
“I do look at anyone who applies, as well as the rest of my team, as the potential as a lifer,” Durlak said.