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.