CHICAGO — McDonald’s is planning to hire 250,000 restaurant employees this summer, including 11,000 in the Chicago area.
The Oakbrook company — which is moving its international headquarters to the West Loop — hopes to hire the new employees between June and August, officials said in news release Tuesday. There are hundreds of restaurant locations in Chicago, the suburbs and northwest Indiana.
McDonald's is trying a new recruiting approach by using the app Snapchat and also Spotify and Hulu to reach potential job seekers.
“We’re always looking for new and innovative ways to find job seekers. We thought 'Snaplications' was a great way to allow us to meet younger job seekers where they are — their phones,” said Jez Langhorn, a senior director in human relations for McDonald’s USA.
Starting Tuesday, Snapchat users can watch a 10-second video ad of restaurant employees talking about working at McDonald’s. Viewers can then ‘swipe up’ to instantly visit the McDonald’s career webpage in Snapchat to explore the opportunities offered by McDonald’s and apply to local restaurants.
"As we see the younger generations seeking out their first jobs, we want to make them aware of the great opportunities available at McDonald’s, especially considering we’re committed to being America’s best first job,” said Tanya Lawrence, an owner and operator of McDonald’s in the Chicago area. “We provide restaurant employees with opportunity by offering flexible schedules, professional skills, and education.”
Job seekers can visit www.McDonalds.com/careers to learn more and apply.