McDonald's well-publicized plans to hire 50,000 workers Tuesday attracted a great deal of interest in Central Kentucky, the fast-food chain said.
"Close to noon, just at Versailles Road, we had almost 50 people sign up — and that's just in person," said McDonald's franchisee Joe Graviss. "We've had dozens go online and apply that way."
To apply, visit your local McDonald's or go to McKentucky.com.
The company's goal of 50,000 new hires nationwide comes at a time that the chain typically staffs up anyway, but it has promoted the day as a boost to the economy. The burger chain is also eager to change the perception of the term "McJobs." It might be a tall order for a word that even the Oxford English Dictionary defines as "an unstimulating, low-paid job with few prospects."
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The company notes its jobs teach important skills and that many of its executives started as crew members. Indeed, Graviss began working for the chain at the age of 14. He went on to college, became an accountant and "then got back into it as an owner/operator," he said. He now owns eight restaurants around Central Kentucky.
The goal of 50,000 nationwide equates to about 230 new jobs in Central and southeastern Kentucky, said Lauren Greathouse, who handles publicity locally for the chain.
Wages are flexible based on the type of job and location, but the company, based in Oak Brook, Ill., says most pay more than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.
Graviss said he saw people of all ages come in Tuesday to apply.
"What's been really rewarding is the number of moms," he said. "They can work from 11 to 2, see the kids off at the bus stop and meet them there when they get back and make some money in between.
"That's been real rewarding to see the amount of folks who are just looking for a few hours a day, a few hours a week that we can accommodate rather nicely."