Overqualified? Not For McDonald’s

McDonalds job adAre you sure you want to reject that former CFO who applied for an accounting manager job because she’s “overqualified” for the job?

In Massachusetts, a McDonald’s franchise advertised for full-time cashiers who “smile while serving lots of guests daily” and have at least a year of experience. And, oh yes, a B.A is required.

That’s what the ad said, though after the Huff Post got a hold of it, the franchise owner insisted it was all a big mistake by some job board.

The irony here is that although a college degree for a fast food cashier would seem to be overkill — and was —  it surprised almost no one. The Wall Street Journal, quoting government data, reported that last year almost 300,000 college graduates were working at minimum wage jobs.

Hmmm. The Huff Post says the average starting wage for a Mickey Ds cashier is $7.67 an hour. In Oklahoma, you can get $9 an hour, and college is not required.

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Staffing Branding

Tired of accidentally answering the phone only to hear yet another pitch from a staffing or search firm? Steve Hutson must have been equally tired of making them. He’s taking his UK staffing firm in a bit of a different direction. He did away with commissions and fees. His Superstars firm is based on a subscription program. and he’s telling clients about it on You Tube.

You can probably tell in less than 10 seconds if you want to listen to a phone pitch. Knowing that, Hutson is betting on video to hook you for a full 2 minutes and 25 seconds.

John Zappe is the editor of TLNT.com and a contributing editor of ERE.net. John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

You can contact him here.


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