CHICAGO (CBS) – After sifting through about one million applications, McDonald’s hired more than 60,000 workers nationwide, and over 1,000 in Chicagoland, in conjunction with its National Hiring Day earlier this month.
The Oak Brook-based fast food giant is hoping to recast the image of dead-end, low-paying “McJobs” as part of the hiring initiative.
The Chicago jobs include both new crew members and managers, said Nicole Curtin, McDonald’s communications manager for the Chicago area.
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The 62,000 jobs nationally exceeded the company’s goal of adding 50,000 new workers. The company said they added the 12,000 jobs because of an expected busier summer season.
With 14,000 stores in the United States, the hires equal to an average of four or five people at each location.
“We were really pleased with not just the number of applicants, but also the quality of applicants,” said Danitra Barnett, vice president of human resources for McDonald’s USA. “It left us with a great pool of candidates we can continue to draw from going forward if we need to hire more.”
Approximately 1,000 of the hires were for management positions.