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Working at McDonalds: How to Get a Job

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Getting a Job at McDonald's

Working at McDonalds: How to Get a Job

Why Get a Job at McDonald’s

Working at McDonald’s has become a stigma. I have heard people say that it is below them to work at McDonald’s and that you should stay away from them because it will look bad on you and your resume.

Why is that? Working for McDonald’s should be a bright spot on your resume. The organization employees millions of people in over 150 countries around the world and has been in operation for over 60 years. They own more land around the world than any single organization except for the Queen of England.

But with all this, there are still strange feelings about working there. I want to change your mind and help you find a job with McDonald’s.

Let’s start with training. McDonald’s has one of the greatest training programs I have ever seen. They believe in systems. Simply put, they have created a series of systems and through those systems; there business runs on its own.

What this means for you, the employee, is that you always know what is expected of you, what you need to do to succeed, and how to move forward. One of the most interesting things to me is that 50% of all owner operators for McDonald’s started from behind the counter. Over 75% of the managers started out from behind the counter.

There is great opportunity working at McDonald’s. If you want to here a McDonald's crew podcast, check this out: McDonald's Crew Podcast.

McDonald's Hamburger and Fires

How To Get A Job At McDonald’s

The first thing you need to do is find the McDonald’s you want to work at. There should be more than one McDonald’s in your area, but if there is not, you need locate that McDonald’s and figure out how you will make it to work.

If you have a car than you have your answer. If you do not have a car, than you will need to find a bus route or car pool group to join.

Once you have an idea of how you will get there, the next thing you need to do is get a application. Go to the McDonald’s you want to work at and ask for an application.

Fill out the application with the correct information and turn it into the manager or manager on shift.

At this point, if they are hiring, they will call you back for an interview. Here are some tips for your interview. If you want to learn all you can about interviewing tips, look at Job Interviewing Tips: Interviewing Skills.

Plan ahead -  The more you know about your future employer, the better. Research the company and the position, and be ready to answer the question, “Why do you want to work here?”

Be on time - It’s really important to make your interview on time. In fact, you should try to be at least 10 to 15 minutes early. Oh, and remember to turn your cell phone off!

Watch what you wear - You want to make a statement, but not with a distracting outfit. Be you—but be professional.

It's about poise - Show your confidence. Sit up straight, make eye contact, then smile and relax. Try to speak clearly and confidently.

Sell yourself with facts - This is your chance to tell why you're perfect for the position. Highlight your successes and how you learned from any failures. Personality counts, so let yours shine.

Be positive - It’s important not to make negative remarks about your past employers or colleagues. Keep it upbeat, and show your enthusiasm for opportunity.

Go ahead—ask - An interview is a two-way street. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the job. It shows enthusiasm, curiosity and lets them know you’re interested

These are some tips right from the McDonald’s website. If they say that these are important, use these tips for your interview.

McDonald's Store Front

Here is some information about a scholarship program McDonald’s has:

McDonald's USA National Employee Scholarship Program

This program recognizes and rewards the accomplishments of McDonald's student-employees who excel in their studies, serve their communities and go the extra mile to deliver a thoroughly enjoyable experience for our customers.

Every academic year, McDonald's selects one outstanding student-employee applicant from each state and the District of Columbia to receive a $2,500 scholarship. In addition, three student-employees judged to demonstrate the highest commitment to school, work and community service are selected and named "McScholar of the Year" with a $5,000 scholarship.

When I was looking at a place to work, I wanted to know they had benefits. McDonald’s has some of the best benefits around.

Here is a list of some of the benefits you get for working at McDonald’s:

 Restaurant Crew Benefits

You don’t have to achieve upper-level management status to reap the rewards. When you’re a part of our restaurant crew, you’ll enjoy a competitive wage, a schedule that fits your needs, a team that’s there to support you in every way, and a workplace that’s close to wherever you need to be. It’s a great way to earn extra income for anyone, from students to moms and dads.

  • Competitive wages
  • Free uniforms*
  • Free or discounted meals
  • Flexible hours
  • Medical insurance*
  • Prescription drug coverage*
  • 24-hour nurse line access
  • Vision discount*
  • Available dental*

Additional Benefits

  • Short-term disability*
  • Term life insurance*
  • 401(k)*
  • Paid holidays*
  • Vacation*
  • Educational assistance*

When looking at all these benefits, it should be a no brainer. Working for McDonald’s is a privilege and in today’s work environment, having a job of this caliber is imperative for survival.

If you have any more questions, check out McDonald’s here. Good luck and I hope to see you at McDonald's.



Nov 6, 2011 9:48am
Very interesting...Your making me hungry!!
Nov 6, 2011 10:16am
Thanks. I feel like a lot of people are out of work right now and I want to help. People just need to know there are options out there, really good ones. They should not listen to other people.
Nov 6, 2011 10:28am
Really good article, and the advice you provide could help anybody trying to get a job, not only at McDonalds.

They have run a big campaign in the UK to show that working for them is not such a bad thing, and it's admittedly convincing. Especially if I didn't have a job.
Nov 6, 2011 10:36am
Who was it that said you should never consider yourself above flipping burgers? Oh yeah... it was BILL GATES. I think working at McDonalds is a very respectable job and I would have to agree that they do have 1 of the best training programs in the world. Employers look very highly on people who have worked at McDonalds.
Nov 6, 2011 11:50am
I agree completely. It should never be a bad thing to work. The neat thing about McDonald's is that they are very competitive when it comes to salaries and you can make a good living with them when you move into management.

The crazy thing is that 50% of the owner/operators started working behind the counter.

I like that Bill Gates comment. Also, Irene, I didn't know they were running a big campaign in UK. That's awesome. Thanks for all the feedback so far.
Nov 6, 2011 1:19pm
This was very thorough for its topic, and much of waht you included here can translate inot getting a job in other fields as well.

And to avoid the stigma of "flipping burgers" which I ahve never done, I purposefully got a job in a funeral home when I was in high school (making more money and with more dignity than flipping burger).

HOWEVER, statistically, the average McDonald's "burger flipper" makes MORE money in a year than the average street level drug dealer (there's the "glamour" of the drug world for you reduced to economics). These fast-food jobs are good, and they are often many people's first forays into the working world.

This article works, as I said, on two levels -- first as it relates to McD's and secondly for the common sense appliclations. So, feedback is "positive".
Nov 6, 2011 1:28pm
Thanks for the feedback. Many people don't realize how much money you can make and the benefits. I like your drug dealer remark. It sure is a lot safer and the food is better.
Nov 6, 2011 2:35pm
You make some excellent points in the interview section that would apply to any job interview. I think everyone should experience working in a restaurant or service industry. It's some of the hardest work out there, and makes you appreciate service a lot more.

Since you're asking for critiques...you have several instances of the wrong usage of some words like here-hear, their-there for example, and your last sentence does not make sense the way it is currently worded. A careful proofread and editing these things will make for a really excellent and informative article. Hope that helps!
Nov 6, 2011 2:57pm
Thank you for the feedback. I changed the last sentence and I will go through the rest of the article to find the wrong word usages that you mentioned.

Thank you for the feedback.
Nov 6, 2011 8:38pm
I have family that worked at McDonalds and had great experiences. Far from being a resume stain, working there should be a big career plus. How to get a job at McDonalds is a great article for many people looking for a fine job.
Nov 6, 2011 9:46pm
Thanks for the comment. I agree with you. I think it is a great place to start out or make a career out of. Thanks again.
Nov 7, 2011 2:36am
As an employer I look favorably on applicants with McDonald's experience. The training is top notch and the customer service skills drilled into the workers are great.
Nov 7, 2011 6:13am
It really does work. I love the systems and the employees learn how to be apart of it. Thanks for the comment. I agree with you. When I was hiring people, I looked for similar.
Nov 7, 2011 6:26am
Good article and yes it should help with getting any sort of job. But how can people eat that (I call it Dog food). These days parents cant even get their kids a bowl of cereal they take them to mcdonalds yuk....
Nov 7, 2011 7:03am
McDonald's has made an effort to offer more healthy food in the last few years but you are right, some people do not like the food. I personally love the french fries. I don't know why, but hot salted fries from McDonald's are the best around in my opinion.

Thanks so much for the comment. I think that you bring up a good point. Make sure that you know what you are getting yourself in and if you have issues with the business you are applying to, make up your mind to either not interview or keep it to yourself.

Thanks a bunch.
Nov 10, 2011 10:14am
Even if I say so, McDonald's offers a lot more benefits than what it used to way back in the 80's when I was a line supervisor there!.
Nov 10, 2011 12:20pm
Yes, I am so amazed at all they offered. And until this health care bill passed, they offered health insurance to part time workers. Thanks for the comment.
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