McDonald's Embarking on 50K Hiring Spree

During a national job fair in April, the Oak Brook-based company looks to fill 50,000 positions

By Lisa Balde
|  Monday, Apr 4, 2011  |  Updated 12:37 PM CDT
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Need a job? Mark you calendar for April 19.

That's when Oak Brook-based McDonald's Corp. hosts its first nationwide hiring day to fill 50,000 jobs, the company announced Monday.

The openings are for full- and part-time restaurant crew and management positions, which translate to about three or four new hires per restaurant and an extra $518 million in wages. Applicants can apply in store or online.

The move ups the company's ante on its current McJobs program and represents an upswing in employment opportunities after turnover slowed in recent years. 

When McDonald's hosted a smaller hiring day last year, more than 60,000 people applied for 13,000 positions in the western region, the company said. The April 19 round of hiring is timed just before the busy summer season.

Some restaurants will hold interviews and career days on April 19. Call ahead to find out if your local restaurant is taking part.

McDonald's boasts about 1.7 million employees worldwide. This hiring spree would increase its U.S. workforce by 7 percent to 700,000.
 

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