KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Unemployed workers flooded McDonald's restaurants in the Kansas City area Tuesday, hoping to be one of the thousands hired across the country as a part of the chain’s National Hiring Day Tuesday.
At the McDonald’s on 40 Highway and Blue Ridge, applicants were rotating through the interview table and booths were full with people and applications. Marlon Lowery sat with his notes and references spread out on the table, busily scribbling.
“I’m a laid off construction worker,” said Lowery. “I’m just hoping to gain employment…I’m not too old to flip burgers.”
Lowery and his fiancé Cynthia Barlow have both been searching for full time jobs, working part-time and temporary positions for two years.
“It is hard,” she said. “But don’t give up. I tell people to never give up. I’m 44 years old and I’m going back to school for culinary arts.”
Getting full-time jobs at McDonald’s for this couple would mean health insurance and a small wedding at the end of the year.
“There are a lot of people out of work,” said McDonald’s area supervisor Andy Powelson. “I talked to someone this morning who said ‘I never thought about McDonald’s but I need to provide for my family, put a roof over their head and put food on the table’ and some people are digging in to their savings and need to work odd hours alongside their day job.”
McDonald’s restaurants in the Kansas City area have 500 open positions. Company officials admit since advertising the National Hiring Day, walk-in applications and on-line applications spiked. If you’re hoping for a job, head to any local McDonald’s Tuesday or apply online.
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