McDonald’s is everywhere. It is the largest fast-food franchise that now has thousands of part-time workers. Everyone’s heard of it, and the chances are good there is one in your town. Their food might be the same everywhere, but the people and the experiences vary greatly. However, working at McDonald’s can be a great starting point for your career no matter where you’re from. It can help you gain useful skills you might need later in life and on other workplaces – it’s full of learning opportunities. Many current and former employees shared their experiences, and we can now present those to you.
For starters, you’ll learn a lot about how a fast-food restaurant works giving you the experience and knowledge you need to work in any other fast-food place. You’ll get a taste of what’s it like to be operating and maintaining restaurant equipment.
Also, working in McDonald’s means working in a team. You’ll learn a lot about working in a team and gain useful communicational and organizational skills. You’ll need to be able to prioritize tasks properly as well and learn to be fast and efficient.
Since you’ll be working with people constantly, whether it’s the customers or your team, you’ll learn a lot about customer service and get used to being a part of a team. Some customers can give you a hard time, and it will be expected from you to deal with them and serve them. You will learn to simply put on a happy face and engage with a customer in a way that will dispel any possible tension.
McDonald’s will teach you to work under pressure, and that is a shining skill on your resume. There, every hour is rush hour. After a while working there, you will become a reliable and customer-oriented worker who will have no problem with scoring a different job.
Applying for the job isn’t even that difficult since you can simply apply for McDonald’s online application.
Many students work at McDonald’s as part-time employees as a way to support themselves during studies. It’s paid well enough for them to be able to be independent and not ask parents for money every day, and yet it leaves them with enough of free time for them to stay focused on studying.
At McDonald’s you can find people with disabilities, overweight people, people that don’t speak English very well, younger or older people, everyone is welcome as long as you want to learn, be responsible and take your job seriously.
The answer to a question about how to get hired isn’t a long one. Make sure you are prepared for 15 minutes of face-to-face interview in case you’re applying for crew positions, and for a 45 minutes long interview if you’re applying for manager positions. Try to give answers to two major questions before your interview: why you want to work there and how will they benefit from having you there.
Dress for the job you want. For crew positions, you want to look casual, yet professional, while those applying for manager positions, should dress business casual.