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McDonald's Hopes to Hire 50K, Ease "McJob" Stigma

By Chuck Sudo in News on Apr 19, 2011 1:30PM

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McDonald's has been getting some traction in the news cycles regarding its nationwide job search today. The Oakbrook-headquartered company is looking to hire 50,000 people to jobs ranging from restaurant crew members to salaried management today. (Here is a list of McDonald's 1,500 open job availabilities in the Chicago area.)

In addition to hiring new people for the open positions, McDonald's is also using this as an opportunity to try and change the perception that a job with the company is a dead end, but one with room for advancement with long-term benefits. Many of McDonald's menu decisions in recent years have been made with an eye towards competing with Starbucks. McDonald's is hoping to emulate Starbucks' success in getting potential hires into believing that there's more to that job than slinging coffee and speaking in gibberish Italian for much of the day.

McDonald's will be accepting job applications until 5 p.m. today.