Fast-food chain looking to hire late-night workers

McDonald’s has placed its order to satisfy the restaurant chain’s craving to fill about 1,500 positions across Western Canada.

Christine Buckingham

Christine Buckingham

McDonald’s has placed its order to satisfy the restaurant chain’s craving to fill about 1,500 positions across western Canada.

Earlier this month, the corporation held a one-day hiring blitz to fill positions behind the serving counter. McDonald’s wants to hire about 150 people on Vancouver Island and some of those positions are in Nanaimo, said Christine Buckingham, manager of Terminal Park McDonald’s.

Buckingham said she wants to hire about five people to complement the 60-person staff it takes to run the restaurant, which is Nanaimo’s second-busiest McDonald’s after the Nanaimo North Town Centre outlet.

“We’ve had about four or five interviews this morning,” Buckingham said. “I’ve had a lot of applications come in online also, so we can check over those if they’re interested in coming in.”

Buckingham said she gets several applications each week, mostly from young people

The restaurant is open 24 hours a day and the hardest positions to fill are full- and part-time positions for late night, graveyard or early morning shifts, which are usually accepted by older employees who don’t have the pressures of high school and university.

“The big thing for us is finding full-time employees, people that can work weekends or evenings where it doesn’t make sense to have a young person going to school, working the late shift,” said John Gibson, McDonald’s Canada spokesman.

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