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RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Do you need a resume to apply at a McDonald's job fair?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (17476points) April 3rd, 2017

I have not worked in 7 years. Also most of my coworkers are gone or dead.

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MissDDG's avatar

You definitely need a resume to apply at McDonald’s @RedDeerGuy1. That serves as their basis and reference about you so make it as detailed as possible. Most people get hired because of their impressive resumes.

zenvelo's avatar

If you go on line to McDonalds Hiring, they have all the tools you need to apply on line, even a tool to write your resume. Check it out!

Seek's avatar

It’s always a good idea to bring I’ve if you’re applying in person.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

It would not hurt

LostInParadise's avatar

Put yourself in their place. What reason would you have for selecting one job candidate over another? Good looks?

LuckyGuy's avatar

You’re a smart guy. Make a resume. Yours will differentiate you from the rest.
Include Schooling, Previous experience (You don’t need to have detailed, exact dates. (Just years of experience is enough.) Skills, Interests. (Use one of the resume template from Microsoft word or grab one off the web. .
You don’t need to mention health conditions. Privacy rules so don’t bring it up.

In the interest of full disclosure I worked at McD back in the stone age when I was in school Seriously, if you are capable and stick around for even a year you will be the experienced old guy in the top 10% and on a management track. It is a huge organization and you can make it a legitimate career.
There are opportunities for travel and if you should decide to move you will have an almost guaranteed spot at the next location.
leg u You just need to show up a few minutes early when promised and do it every time. Come to work clean, be polite and speak properly. Be reliable and you will go far.
it is also a great place to meet interesting people. Honest!
And there are so many right in your area just a quick walk down Gaetz! No car necessary.

Get moving on it! The job Fair is April 5. If you want some help, don’t be afraid to ask.

Strauss's avatar

All the above, plus PM me if you want some help.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I thougth of another couple of Pro-McD items.
It is a standard. All McDs are virtually the same. Master one place and you master them all.
If you can make it though the 90 day probation period and stay for an extended time, say 1 year, it is hard proof you are a very good employee! One year at McD is worth a lot to an employer.
At one point 1 person in 7 in the US was either working for or had worked at McDs some time in their lives. It is kind of a club. And those 1 in 7 eventually graduate to responsible positions in other companies. If someone tells me they worked at McD for a year it forms a bond. i know they can work and we have something to talk about immediately. “Hey do they still use Taylors for the shakes?” They know that I know. And I know they can work.

The pay is minimum wage, but the experience is fantastic.

CWOTUS's avatar

I dare you to update your résumé. Then I double-dare you to apply for the job. And triple-dare you to take it and work it according to the rules, against which you will chafe.

Jeruba's avatar

What do you all suggest by way of accounting for the seven-year gap?

LostInParadise's avatar

He has two not very good choices:
1. Tell the truth
2. Fudge the dates in the resume and hope that the references are not checked

I am leaning toward the first option. McDonald’s has a reputation for hiring diversity.

zenvelo's avatar

@Jeruba @LostInParadise “On disability, no longer an issue keeping me from working”

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

I had help writing my resume as a skills focused resume. Is good. Will go to job fair tomorrow. Thanks for helping everyone.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

I have been on disability myself. He should definitely not lie about his time not working.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Good luck to you. One of my engineer mentors worked his way up into management at McD’s before returning to the university. He had nothing but good things to say about the experience.

JLeslie's avatar

I doubt it. Here’s the thing, they will probably have you fill out an application, and a resume can be a great thing to use as your own reference for when you worked, start dates and end dates, so I recommend putting together a resume. Also make a sheet with references.

You can decide when you’re there whether to turn in your resume or not.

I don’t expect the people I hire to have a resume, I certainly wouldn’t expect a McDonald’s worker to have one.

MissDDG's avatar

That’s right, RedDeerGuy1. Your resume should focus more on skills. I have a good feeling that you’ll be able to get it. Good luck! Keep us posted :)

LuckyGuy's avatar

If they ask why you are applying to McDonalds you can honestly say “a couple of friends worked there and felt it was a worthwhile experience.”
“And it is close to where i live.”

Good Luck!

LuckyGuy's avatar

Today’s the day!!!! McDonalds National hiring Day April 5th! . They were voted one of the best workplaces to work in Canada in 2016!
From their website.

Crew and Restaurant Management Opportunities
At our restaurants, we offer the following positions:

Restaurant Manager
First Assistant Manager
Second Assistant Manager
Shift Manager
Guest Experience Leader
Team Leader
Crew Member
Facilities
Please apply at your local restaurant

Go for it! Get dressed and take a short walk. It is a beautiful, 10C, outside in Red Deer now. Seize the day!

JLeslie's avatar

I’m so excited to hear how it goes. Whether you get hired or not it’s great practice.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Had intake. Went well. Will find out by Sunday at 8pm. : )

LuckyGuy's avatar

Congratulations!!! Of course you did well! You are a smart, intelligent guy. (It’s a fact .)

Did you have to give them a resume? Except for the 3 retirees who were looking to pick up a few hours per week, you were the oldest. Right? That is good. That would put you on the fast track to be a team leader / manager if you perform counter work well.

You can do this! And if you get it, it will change your life for the better. Honest!

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@LuckyGuy No but they took mine anyway, I filled out an application form and did a multiple choice test. Went well.

LuckyGuy's avatar

The resume was still a good thing. It helped you get your thoughts together. And it differentiated you from the others!
Good job!

LostInParadise's avatar

It is always a good idea to bring your resume. Sometimes when you get an interview based on the resume that you previously sent, they ask you fill out an application requesting the same employment history which you already included in the resume. Having the resume keeps you from having to rack your brain trying to remember the dates you worked, the managers you worked for, and company address and telephone information.

Let us know if you get hired. I have a good feeling about this.

zenvelo's avatar

Yay @RedDeerGuy1 ! Best news out of you in a long while! Be proud of venturing out here!

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@all Thanks for the support. I’ll keep everyone updated.

MissDDG's avatar

That’s good to hear! If it went well, that means your resume is effective. Will they give you a call or an email if you’re shortlisted?

LuckyGuy's avatar

@RedDeerGuy1 Were there many people at the store?
If you’ve been following the news about McD you know that their management is trying to turn the company around. Customer visits are flat or have declined over the last couple of years so they are changing things to draw in more people. Sure, the product is important. But so are the people working there. McD can have the best supply chain and production system in the world but if the counter and support people are rude or dumb or sloppy or whatever, customers will not come back. There are so many other choices available.
This is a good time to be working there – especially for someone with your smarts. Recognize that even for this “lowly” job the competition is great. But it is definitely worth the effort.
I wish you well. (A graduate of McDonalds many years ago….)

MissDDG's avatar

I agree on that LuckyGuy. I have worked as a Marketing Officer in McDonald some years ago. People come and go so there’s really a good chance to be hired if you’re one of the few who tend to stay long in their jobs.

LostInParadise's avatar

@RedDeerGuy1 , Well what happened? Did McDonald’s make you an offer or schedule an interview?

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@LostInParadise I have 4 hours left. No offer yet.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

One hour left.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

36 minutes. left.

JLeslie's avatar

Don’t dwell on it. It’s awesome you sent and tried. They still might get back to you.

Getting a job is a numbers game. You go out and try 10 times, then 2 times you get called back, and then hopefully at least one offer. Don’t get discouraged.

Can you call tomorrow to follow up?

JLeslie's avatar

Don’t call first thing, give them some time to catch up if they are behind.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I agree with not calling first thing, but I would call today. I’d aim for 10 am or 2 pm. They probably received many applications. Many more people apply for a limited number of open spots.
Don’t be discouraged Some of the people they contact will not be available, some will take another job, some will change their minds, some just found out they are moving, etc.
The HR person will continue down the list.
A call or email to that person will show you are serious and are still interested.

MissDDG's avatar

I agree. Making a follow-up call or email is perfectly alright. When I applied in McDonald’s before, they called me after two weeks and it’s supposed to be within just a week according to the interviewer.

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