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Restaurant chains work to fill thousands of positions as business starts to ramps up

IHOP, McDonald’s, Taco Bell recruit creatively

Restaurant companies are finding it hard to bring back employees. A frantic hiring back of restaurant team members is expected, as states and local ordinances continue to drop restrictions, and more consumers venture out due to increasing rates in vaccination. Meanwhile, many former restaurant workers may have transitioned to other industries, or may be reticent to return to restaurants due to perceived risks associated with COVID-19.

Taco Bell Hiring Parties

At Taco Bell, parking lots are being converted into job fairs for its Hiring Parties, to be held April 21. The one-day events will facilitate the hiring of some employees after on-the-spot interviews. The Yum Brands subsidiary announced that nearly 2,000 locations—both company-owned and franchised—will participate in these hiring events.

In addition to the parking lots, some candidates will attend Hiring Parties held in patio areas and others will have access to drive-up interviews. As part of COVID policies, six feet of distance will be maintained and masks will be mandatory. Taco Bell aims to hire 5,000 total employees through these Hiring Parties.

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Positions are open across the board, including food champion, general manager, and in some restaurants, even ‘bellhops’ for drive-thru operations with tablet ordering.

The company also has enhanced its benefits, it notes, with general managers accruing up to four weeks of vacation time each year. At Taco Bell company locations, general managers also receive four weeks of paid “baby bonding” time for new parents and guardians, as well as eight weeks of fully-paid short-term disability after the birth of a child. Plus, A Live Más Scholarship has awarded up to $2.5 million to crew members to pursue their educational dreams year-to-date.

Kelly McCulloch, Taco Bell chief people officer, commented, “This initiative continues to be successful for us year after year, and we welcome candidates to join in to learn more about what makes Taco Bell a great place to work. We’re eager to welcome prospective new hires into the family and show them why working at Taco Bell can be more than just a job.”

IHOP National Recruiting Day

IHOP will host a National Recruiting Day May 19. IHOP has various part-time and full-time opportunities at over 1,600 restaurants across the IHOP system. There are many open restaurant positions that need to be filled as in-dining service resumes.

The Glendale, Calif.-based family-dining chain encourages interested applicants to follow its social media channels in the upcoming weeks to read about National Recruiting Day details.

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McDonald’s hiring spree

In Texas alone, McDonald’s restaurants will hire 25,000 new employees. Kicking off the hiring spree in the state is a special hiring event from April 13 to 15. Over the three days, McDonald’s will take applications and hire for crew and management positions.

In addition to its role as an employer in communities, McDonald’s also contributes within its markets through its scholarship opportunities. The quick-serve burger chain oversees major scholarship programs: HACER National Scholarships, Thurgood Marshall Black and Positively Golden Scholarships and McDonald’s/APIA Scholarship program.

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