McDonalds aims to fill 50,000 jobs

Associated Press / April 5, 2011

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McDonald’s Corp. will hold its first national hiring day on April 19 to fill 50,000 openings at its restaurants nationwide.

The company, based in Oak Brook, Ill., says it is making a concerted effort to add staff as its business improves and as more of its restaurants stay open 24 hours a day.

McDonald’s is hiring restaurant crew and management for full-time and part-time positions.

McDonald’s sees this event as an opportunity to attract employees in a tough job market.

It is also trying to shed the negative connotation of employment at the fast-food chain, once dubbed “McJobs.’’ About half of its franchisees and more than 75 percent of its managers started as store workers.

Those who are interested can apply in stores or online. Some restaurants will hold events and interviews that day.