McDonald’s to hire over 100 new employees in our area

McDonald’s restaurants across the Bluefield/Beckley/Oak Hill area are expecting to hire over 100 new restaurant employees in the coming weeks.

This comes as many in the community find themselves facing financial hardships as a result of the effect of COVID-19 on the job market.

A job with McDonald’s offers restaurant employees a chance to learn transferable skills while on the job, such as teamwork, customer service and responsibility, as well as the chance to further their education.

McDonald’s provides a signature education and career advising program, Archways to Opportunity. Employees who work at least 15 hours a week are eligible for the program after 90 days of employment.  The ATO program allows employees to earn a high school diploma, receive $2,500 in upfront college tuition assistance, access free education and career advising services or learn English as a second language. This year alone, McDonald’s restaurant employees in the region’s franchise co-operative have received $205,106 in college tuition through the company’s ATO program.

“As a people business, being able to support our crews and our communities are top priorities,” said Whitney Cruells, West Virginia based McDonald’s Owner/Operator. “As local business owners, we’re proud to provide employment and educational opportunities to our team members.”

In addition to Archways to Opportunity, McDonald’s continues to invest in the communities in which it serves through two major scholarship programs, HACER® National Scholarships and Thurgood Marshall Black and Positively Golden Scholarships.

Job seekers can visit to learn more and apply to a restaurant near them. They can also start a job application by saying, “Alexa, help me get a job at McDonald’ to any Alexa device or saying, “Hey Google, help me get a job at McDonald’s” to any device with the Google Assistant built-in. Potential applicants will receive a short text message shortly thereafter with a link to continue their application process.

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