|Published:||Aug 29, 2012 11:31 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 31, 2012 10:45 AM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - UPDATE: The totals are in for McDonald's "Hiring Day." In Southwest Florida, 2,652 applied for a job and 336 were hired.
In addition to its normal restaurant fare, McDonald's is serving up a chance to make your pitch to be hired right on the spot.
Deana Homsi, a McDonald's owner and operator, says it's part of a regional hiring day, focused on filling 300 open positions in 54 restaurants across Southwest Florida.
"With our area expanding and our hours of operation expanding we are looking for those people," Homsi says. "Plus we're going into season so it's important to be staffed and ready."
Until 8 p.m. Wednesday, applicants can walk in to a participating McDonald's, fill out an application, and wait to be interviewed at the restaurant.
That's what Edison State student Claude Forges did.
"I was just coming in to get food and saw they were hiring so I said, 'You know what? I think i'll fill out an application,'" Forges says.
The company wants part-time employees, as well as those looking to stick around for a while.
According to Homsi, half the company's employees make it up the corporate ladder -- a dream her father lived after starting as a janitor 40 years ago.
"Now he's an owner-operator of 6 restaurants and he also worked internationally for McDonald's," Homsi says.
McDonald's says locations in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, and Hendry Counties are offering applications, but certain ones are not doing on-the-spot interviews. It is suggested you call ahead to check.
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