11 Things You’ll Understand If Your First Job Was At McDonald’s

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11 Things You’ll Understand If Your First Job Was At McDonald’s

Straight-up, McDonald's is a pretty awesome place to work. Whether it's your first job ever, something to grab a little part-time cash, or a final stop on the career train, McDonald's is an incredibly solid place to work.

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However, if your first job was at McDonald's, or even if you've ever worked there before, there are a few key questions that you'd know the answer to. Like, what exactly makes the Special Big Mac sauce sooo freaking good? 

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Whatever you learned during your time as a McDonald's crew member, there's for sure one thing everyone has in common: getting a job at McDonald's is a really great idea, especially since being able to say you once worked there is worth a whole lot to future employers. 

And if you've never worked at the world's tastiest burger join, get this, on October 4 McDonald's is looking to hire over 5,200 people during their National Hiring Day event! Going down for one day only, you can apply online or in-store (at any participating McDonald's) - and you might even get interviewed right there, on the spot!

I mean, what could be better than joining a team that offers incredibly flexible shifts, teaches you tons of valuable job skills, and is so close they might as well be fam? Nothing? That's exactly what I thought!

Just take it from me, working at McDonald's was the bomb.com. Need a little more proof? Check below!


Move over chicken and waffles, hellooooooo McNuggets and hot cakes!

1. Flexibility is the key to life.

Working at McDonald's is all about being flexible. Sure, you have to adapt to different situations on the daily - which, BTW, is a skill you carry with you for life - but that also means people are super flexible right back at you.

So, can't make it in one shift because you need to study for a test? Or, need to change up time slots because of school? No worries: McDonald's has your back.


2. Sometimes, coworkers can turn into family. 

McDonald's is more than just a job - it's an actual community. The people who work there work together to make sure everything goes well and that kind of teamwork can only mean one thing.

Your McDonald's colleagues are a whole lot more than just colleagues. You hang out with them on your shift, communicate with them, joke with them, and chill with them afterward. They'll quickly become your friends: and even more than that, they'll turn into fam.


3. Real talk: regular guests are. The. Best! 

Dealing with guests is actually one of the most rewarding things you could do on the job. Okay, it might seem difficult at times - but the satisfaction of getting someone's order up and ready for them is huge.

Plus, there are always those regular guests who stroll up and make your whole day special. Getting to know someone's daily order by heart is cool, but having a micro chit-chat over both your lives as you're handing off their change? Priceless.


4. A little bit of work will take you very, very far.

Showing and growing your work ethic at McDonald's is actually incredibly rewarding.

Not only does McDonald's help you develop your dedication to that work life (which is a really key skill to carry with you through life!), but you get rewarded for it too (raises and promotions, here we come).


5. It never hurts to know you've just brightened up someone's day with a hamburger.

If good food is the bright spot in an otherwise uneventful day, then McDonald's workers are the light-bringers.

Seriously though, can you imagine a better feeling than seeing the smile on the face of someone as they first bite into a hamburger that you've cooked, crafted, packaged, and handed off? The satisfaction is way too real.


6. "Ability to work under pressure" is your shining skill on your resume. 

If you've ever worked in the service industry then you know that it's no walk in the park. Especially during a lunch rush when suddenly the entire neighbourhood is walking through the doors of the establishment you work at.

Well, McDonald's is exactly like that. There is always a rush, I mean, how could there not be when the food is just so good? Thanks to this though, you've mastered the art of working under pressure which means you're basically set to succeed all your future endeavors.


7. You're never too young - or too old - to learn how to manage your time properly. 

True, working at McDonald's can be incredibly fun... but it's also work. You've got to make sure you get there on time, then make sure everything else you do is in a timely manner, so things for you - and your coworkers - can go as smoothly as possible.

Thankfully, time management is something you 110% learn at McDonald's. If your first job was at this restaurant, chances are you've probably gotten a grip on your time management skills for life. Those types of lessons just stick with you.


8. Having a McDonald's job on your resume is actually worth gold. 

McDonald's teaches you some super key skills that pretty much every employer is looking for. Working for McD's teaches you to be reliable and customer-focused... plus it teaches you how to have a really good work ethic and how to properly deal with customers.

All of that looks really, really good on a resume. In fact, according to a recent survey, 70% of employers said that seeing McDonald's on someone's CV is a really good sign!


9. You can test out your flare for delicious creativity.

Who hasn't dreamed of concocting their own menu item?


10. Free school? Ok, almost free.

McDonald's believes that school must always come first, which is pretty great if you think about it! They're actually so devoted to helping further their employees' education that they even have an amazing scholarship program totalling more than $2 million!


11. McDonald's has tons of positions available - like Guest Experience Leaders! - all super key to making sure things go smoothly.

You might think a job at McDonald's means either working the cash or cooking the food. And while those are two incredibly important positions, there's actually a rich world of job options!

Working as part of the McDonald's team means you could work as a manager, crew member, Guest Experience Leader, or so much more! Plus, don't forget, McDonald's always offers opportunity for growth. So you might start off somewhere small today, but end up somewhere huge tomorrow!

For more information on National Hiring Day on October 4, check out McDonald's website and Facebook page!

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