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Old 02-18-2015, 12:54 AM   #1
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Applying online vs in person (fast food)

Okay I have no experience whatsoever in this field. If I wanted to apply at McDonalds, would I be better off applying online or in person? I'd rather not waste the cashier's time when they probably can't tell me anything, I also wouldn't know who to ask, but I've heard from some people that online applications get ignored a lot of the time.
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Old 02-18-2015, 12:57 AM   #2
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Fast food worker here. Sometimes management will forget that they have postings on the Internet. Go inside, grab an application, bring it back to a manager.

Also, fast food is a miserable job.
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Old 02-18-2015, 12:59 AM   #3
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Old 02-18-2015, 01:00 AM   #4
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The one time I applied to a Mc. Donald's was when they were having a walk-in, and I got an interview on the spot. So probably that.

But maybe not because I also got interviewed before the next guy who was black and giving me dirty looks because of it and something about racism.

I didn't get it anyways, lol.
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Old 02-18-2015, 01:02 AM   #5
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idk cuz i never had to work fast food
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Old 02-18-2015, 01:03 AM   #6
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Really an in-person appearance will make a big impression, and it's important to show that you really are interested in the job. However, a lot of those really big companies will require an online app. A suggestion might be to apply online then show up a couple of days later, up to a week, then ask about the application or something. Really seeming proactive without seeming desperate goes a long way in an interview process.
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Old 02-18-2015, 01:09 AM   #7
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Really an in-person appearance will make a big impression, and it's important to show that you really are interested in the job. However, a lot of those really big companies will require an online app. A suggestion might be to apply online then show up a couple of days later, up to a week, then ask about the application or something. Really seeming proactive without seeming desperate goes a long way in an interview process.

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Old 02-18-2015, 01:16 AM   #8
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The best way to get a job is to know someone who knows of a job opening at their workplace and they introduce you to the manager. This is 100x more effective than cold calls, internet apps, or cattle calls with 50 applicants. If this is your first job be willing to do almost anything and be as flexible with your schedule as possible. Fast food is a grind and pretty unrewarding so I would buss tables, wash dishes, wash cars, or almost anything before fast food but everybody's gotta start somewhere.

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Old 02-18-2015, 01:21 AM   #9
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It really just depends on the place. I worked at two different Subways, one through an online app, one in person. Basically, they just have to really need someone, and your name has to be on the top of the list. It's luck more than anything if you don't know anyone.
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Old 02-18-2015, 02:38 AM   #10
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Really an in-person appearance will make a big impression, and it's important to show that you really are interested in the job. However, a lot of those really big companies will require an online app. A suggestion might be to apply online then show up a couple of days later, up to a week, then ask about the application or something. Really seeming proactive without seeming desperate goes a long way in an interview process.

This is pretty good advice for any high-school level job applications.

Fast food REALLY sucks though, man. You sure you wanna get into that?
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Old 02-18-2015, 02:44 AM   #11
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Some big chains won't accept a resume over the counter.

I worked for Safeway (now Woolworths) when I was a teenager, and if people ever came in with a resume, we used to tell them to apply online because we couldn't do anything with their resumes.
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Old 02-18-2015, 03:13 AM   #12
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Okay I have no experience whatsoever in this field. If I wanted to apply at McDonalds, would I be better off applying online or in person? I'd rather not waste the cashier's time when they probably can't tell me anything, I also wouldn't know who to ask, but I've heard from some people that online applications get ignored a lot of the time.

You probably can't apply to mcdonalds in person, at least the local one here has stopped application sheets/booklets. There's just a webadress where they used to sit. They sat away from the cashier by the door.

Either way mcdonalds is a piss easy job, I worked there for a summer.
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Old 02-18-2015, 03:35 AM   #13
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Get a job as a pizza instore over anywhere that has a drive thru.

Fast food joints won't give you free grub as often and you will be doing double the work for the same little pay.
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Old 02-18-2015, 07:00 AM   #14
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I'm sure McDonald's applications are all online. Put in your application, then go in to speak to the manager.

Although if you really don't mind being in the food industry, get a job bussing at a restaurant. You'll make twice the money.
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Old 02-18-2015, 08:43 AM   #15
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Why would you want to work at fast food? It's ****ing horrible. Also, just give your application to the manager inside, ask for the manager to the cashier if you have to but don't give it to the cashier, just the manager.
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Old 02-18-2015, 11:14 AM   #16
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Old 02-18-2015, 11:19 AM   #17
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I suggest working anywhere else

maybe a coal mine or a crabbing ship?
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Old 02-18-2015, 11:27 AM   #18
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Old 02-18-2015, 11:39 AM   #19
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Most retail places now you'll go in with a CV and they'll just be like "oh look online please!" so you've just wasted printing out your CV + the time taken to go into the store.
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Old 02-18-2015, 11:42 AM   #20
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Gotta go in person. Even if they require that you apply online, if you go ask to speak with the manager and shake his hand (at a non-busy time) I think your messages are drastically improved.
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