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McDonald’s Begins Effort to Hire 50,000 Workers

Aaron Katersky/ABC News(OAK BROOK, Ill.) -- McDonald’s is staging a National Hiring Day Tuesday in an effort to fill 50,000 new jobs.

The fast food giant says both full-time and part-time positions, as well as management opportunities, are available.  McDonald’s officials say additional workers are needed because the burger business is improving and more locations are staying open 24 hours.

Interested folks can apply at any of the company’s 14,000 U.S. locations or online.

Job placement expert John Challenger says the McDonald’s effort is a positive sign the economy is improving.  He notes that Home Depot and Lowe's have also announced hiring initiatives.

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Top 10 Companies Hiring for Job Seekers

TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With the U.S. economy gaining some traction at long last, big companies that had all but halted hiring in the past few years seem to be coming back in a big way by adding thousands of jobs.

McDonald's, Intel and Google are three of the 10 companies featured by online publication 24/7 Wall Street in a study of companies that are hiring this year.

The study by the publication and employment consulting firm Challenger Gray & Christmas analyzed data from the past year to create a list of companies that are adding the most jobs.

Take a look at the top 10 companies hiring:

1. Home Depot Increase: 60,000

The building supply company is gearing up for its booming sales season by adding seasonal and full-time employees.

2. McDonald's Increase: 50,000

The fast-food company will begin its new campaign to redefine the "McJob" by hiring thousands of workers in positions that range from entry level to management.

3. Lowes Increase: 10,000

In January, the company announced plans to add 8,000 to 10,000 to hourly and part-time jobs, mostly on weekends.

4. Ford Increase: 7,000

The company announced it will add 7,000 hourly and salaried positions over the next year in positions ranging from engineering to manufacturing.

5. Google Increase: 6,200

Earlier this year, the internet search giant announced plans to boost its workforce by about 25 percent.

6. Intel Increase: 4,000

The CEO of Intel, Paul Otellini, announced plans to add 4,000 U.S. jobs this year in product development and research and development.

7. Quintiles Increase: 1,700

The pharmaceutical company continues its hiring plans despite layoffs earlier this year.

8. Increase: 1,600

The mammoth online retail giant plans to add 1,600 jobs to its payroll.  The online shopping Web site has openings for software developers and advertising salespeople in its careers section.

9. YRC Worldwide Increase: 1,100

The transportation provider announced an initiative to hire more sales professionals in the U.S.

10. Wells Fargo Increase: 1,000

The banking institute is adding positions in the Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia area for jobs that range from teller to store manager at the previously acquired Wachovia bank.

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On McDonald's Menu: Burger, Fries and a Career

Tim Doyle/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Philip Birden loves his "McJob." He does everything from working at the cash register to making hash browns at a McDonald's in Chicago. And he has dreams of turning this job into much, much more.

"Your teachers tell you that at the beginning of time -- I remember being in eighth grade -- 'You don't want to work at McDonald's,'" the 20-year-old said. "But when you work here, you'll have a different feeling about working at McDonald's."

This month, McDonald's Corp. hopes to find thousands more like Birden. The company wants to fill 50,000 jobs in one day -- so if you like to smile, enjoy working with customers and are looking for a career, the company wants you to apply April 19.

Jan Fields, president of McDonald's USA, said that the move signaled the Oak Brook, Ill.-based company is in good shape and that officials were confident it would meet the hiring number.

"Franchisees and company-owned restaurants are geared up for this," Fields said. "We're excited about the future. We want to invest in our people. We have a great opportunity to do, unlike anyone else."

She said the company also was redefining the term "McJob," which may not be so easy because the term has become a sort of dirty word implying low wages and dead ends. To change that perception, McDonald's has launched a massive campaign in popular magazines and even on YouTube.

Fields said that of the 2,600 franchisees, 50 percent had started as restaurant workers, and 30 percent of the company's executive level once were part of store crews.

If the company reaches its hiring goal of 50,000 -- a nearly 7 percent increase in staff -- it will mean about four new employees per restaurant. Fields said the company's latest initiative would leave a lasting impact on communities across the U.S. A new study estimates that those added workers will pump more than $1 billion into the economy.

The jobs primarily are in the restaurants and cover a variety of positions. The company welcomed senior citizens, those looking for part-time work and students, Fields said. The flexible hours option allows people to work shifts from three hours a day to a full day.

Fields said the fast-food chain encourages employee development, sending workers to classes and offering up to 50 college credits.

People can apply online or in person. McDonald's will have employees conducting interviews and accepting applications April 19.

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UCLA Studies Show Stigma of Joblessness Is Immediate

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Economists have known for years that long-term unemployment can greatly reduce a person's chances of finding another job.  But researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, have found that the stigma of being unemployed begins the minute the person walks out the door.

"We're finding that people actually judge the unemployed as not good people compared to the employed," Geoffrey Ho, a doctoral candidate in human resources who led three studies of the psychological burden borne by the unemployed, said in a telephone interview.

It's not new that potential employers tend to shy away from hiring someone who has been unemployed for a long time.  The longer a person is out of work, the less likely it is that he or she will ever find another job, according to many studies.  That's partly because of "skill decay," especially in high-tech fields where the game can change on a daily basis, but it's also because of nagging doubts over the abilities, competence and confidence of a person who is unable to find work for months or even years.

What's new, however, is the finding that a worker's stock begins to decline immediately.  It's not a huge drop, at least initially, but it's significant, according to the UCLA studies.

The first two studies drew from UCLA databases, and most of the participants were students, who presumably have little or no experience in hiring people.  But the third was from a national database maintained by Amazon and widely used by researchers.  It is believed to be representative of the nation as a whole.

Participants in all three studies were given resumes from job seekers which told much about their lives, such as education, work record, experiences, and other factors.  Some of the participants were told the applicant was still employed.  The rest were told that he or she had been unemployed for just a few days.  The only difference was whether the person was still employed.

The participants were asked to rate the applicant on competence, including whether the person seemed confident, capable, efficient, intelligent, and skillful.  They were also asked if the person is friendly, good natured, sincere, trustworthy, warm and well intentioned.

"We were surprised to find that, all things being equal, unemployed applicants were viewed as less competent, warm and hirable than employed individuals," Ho said.  "We were also surprised to see how little the terms of departure mattered.  Job candidates who said they voluntarily left a position faced the same stigma as job candidates who said they had been laid off or terminated."

Only when the job loss was in no way attributable to the individual, such as bankruptcy by the employer, did the disadvantage of being unemployed disappear, the researchers said. 

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McDonald's Seeks to Fill 50,000 Positions

Tim Boyle/Getty Images(OAK BROOK, Ill.) -- McDonald’s is going on a hiring spree on Tuesday, April 19, when the fast food giant and its franchises hold a one-day event across American to fill 50,000 positions.

Jan Fields, the president of McDonald's USA, said Monday, "Our national hiring event is an opportunity to invite more people across the country to join our team, and learn that a McJob is one with career growth and endless possibilities."

To bring on all these new hires, which includes managers as well as counter and kitchen help, McDonald's plans to invest an extra $518 million to pay out the salaries and wages in the coming year.

Those interested in a career with McDonald’s are encouraged to visit their participating local restaurant or apply online at 

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Getting Back to Work: US Employers Hiring, Labor Department Numbers Show

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- American companies are adding workers at the fastest pace in five years, new government numbers showed Friday. According to the Labor Department's March jobs report, 216,000 jobs were added, bringing unemployment down to 8.8 percent, the lowest rate in two years.

Across the country, the stories behind those numbers give new hope that the nation may finally be turning the corner on unemployment.

Just four months ago, for example, Sharon Walter was out of work, a victim of the recession. Now, she has found work at a Siemens plant in Charlotte, North Carolina, assembling steam turbine engines.

"To meet somebody and say, 'Well, I'm unemployed,' it takes something away from you," Walter said. "Every morning, I get up, I know I have someplace to go. I know I have a job to go to. I'm going to work hard, it's appreciated."

Data from the Labor Department shows that the optimistic numbers spread across a variety of industries. In March, 17,000 new jobs were added in manufacturing, 37,000 in health care, and 78,000 jobs in professional and business sectors. For private sector industries, there have now been 13 straight months of growth.

"I think fundamentally, our economy is in a much better place than it's been in many, many years," said Mark Zandi, chief economist for Moody's

At a job fair in Reno, Nevada, companies have been hiring new workers on the spot. And in Philadelphia, manufacturers like Boathouse Sports are starting to overtake their Asian competitors and start hiring again.

The news is good, but the reality for so many others remains grim. All told, 13 million Americans still don't have work. That figure is equivalent to the population of Illinois.

One of those Americans, Joseph Cappelluzzo, has been out of a job for two years. The father of five from Florida has gone to extreme measures to find work, even standing by the side of the road with a sign. Today, Cappelluzzo has worked enough odd jobs to buy a new house for his family, but he still has no stable employer.

"I'm working six and a half days a week," Cappelluzzo said. "I'd work in a bar. I would work in a Laundromat. I would do whatever it took to feed my family."

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Stocks Up at Wednesday's Close; Hiring Up for Small Businesses

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Telecommunications companies led a broad midweek stock rally while a couple jobs reports helped things along.  The Dow closed up 72 points, the Nasdaq added 20 and the S&P gained nine on Wednesday.

When was the last time you heard that hiring was up and firing was down?  Payroll processor ADP says private employers added 200,000 positions from February to March, many at small businesses.  Meanwhile, employment firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas says layoffs hit their lowest level in 16 years.

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Market Report: Stock Averages Up in Midday Trading

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- After last week's solid gains, the stock market continues to head higher with hopes for more economic growth.

Three new reports point to a stronger jobs market.

The payroll firm ADP says more than 200,000 new jobs have been added in the past month and that comes despite cuts in government and non-profit jobs. ADP says there's been a solid gain in small business jobs.

Employment firm Challenger Gray & Christmas says layoffs in March have fallen to the lowest level in any month since 1995.

A survey conducted by the Business Roundtable of chief executives says most big companies plan to boost hiring in the next six months.

President Obama is calling for a one-third cut in U.S. oil imports over the next decade. The president also wants a stronger push for alternatives including biofuels as well as energy efficiency and more natural gas production.

Oil prices were down slightly at midday – sweet crude going for $104 per barrel.

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Employer Turns to Facebook Friends for Hiring

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A potential employer wants to ask your friends a few questions about you before offering you the job of a lifetime. What would you do?

"Don't worry, it'll be fun. Trust us," the website of R/GA says.

The branding company whose clients include Nike, Verizon, L'Oreal Paris and Nokia has a new approach for the job application process: interviewing your friends. The company is merging friends and digital media in the job hunt to make "The Social Interview."

"As a part of the application process for the R/GA internship program, we'll be posting questions on your Facebook wall for your friends to answer," the company's website explains. "First, you'll apply through our Jobvite site. Next, you'll schedule your Social interview. Then, we'll post three questions -- one per day -- starting on the scheduled date."

Not everyone is impressed.

"It's foolish," says Dan Schawbel, personal branding expert and author of Me 2.0. "What happened to the old job references? A lot of people's friends don't know them on a professional level or know how you would behave in the workplace like your coworkers or bosses would know."

Job applicants interested in the paid internship at R/GA can opt-in or opt-out of the round of questions aimed at family, friends, frenemies, associates, childhood schoolmates and gawkers of the applicant's Facebook wall.

But some people are leery of the opt-out/opt-in component. "They say the process is 'optional' but is it really?," John Millikin, a professor at Arizona State University's W. P. Carey School of Business, asks. "If you decline to participate, does that come down as an indicator that you not the 'innovative and creative thinker' that they are seeking?"

R/GA's Moorman said the "decision will primarily be based on a candidate's technical skills and portfolio and in-person interviews, but this is a new way for them to demonstrate sophistication around using social media."

The buzz word is "social media," a common theme among employers. The company is not the first employer to use Facebook as an entree into the lives of job applicants. Facebook, the website that boasts 600 million users, is a popular scouting ground for employers that oft-times search the site for background on a candidate.

But also at issue is whether the process is necessary or relevant to the job.

"If you're looking to check the facility of the applicant to manage the type of tool, then that might be relevant," professor Millikin said.

The social interview may be seen as creatively relevant to some, or a breach of privacy to others.

What is known is that the company is hoping the process will galvanize job applicants to show a more strategic side and not as a means to sift through their underwear drawer.

The company's attempt to spread the word about its summer internship program has resulted in more than 100 applications and is gaining traction. The digital media agency is hoping applicants "can demonstrate their creativity by motivating their friends to answer," R/GA's Moorman said.

And, for applicants worried about what their friends will say, there's always delete.

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Signs Point to Increased Hiring, Experts Say

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- "It feels like a light switch is about to go on," said one optimistic economist to ABC News.

Key indicators suggest the economy is moving in the right direction:

Jobless claims are at the lowest levels in two years, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Consumer confidence is at a seven-year high, an ABC News poll shows.

Forty-two percent of companies expect to increase hiring in the next six months, according to a quarterly survey conducted by the National Association for Business Economics.

Mark Zandi of Moodys Analytical believes that the positive tone is being written in black ink. "I think the most important reason for optimism is that businesses are very profitable."

Corporate profits are at pre-recession levels and companies are sitting on nearly $2 trillion in cash.

ABC News spoke to 35 leading economic experts. Most said they expected hiring to improve over the next six months, and a few suggested the government do more to turn this spark of economic momentum into a fire of economic growth.

"You need a lot of growth," said Diane Swonk of Mesirow Financial. "We're starting to see more growth. That's the good news. The question is, is it really enough to be the job generator we need?"

For financial consulting giant, Deloitte, growth has come quickly. The company is ready to increase its payroll by 10,000.

"We are projecting return to our pre-recession hiring levels," said Deloitte CEO James Quigley. "So I'm delighted in the U.S. we are going to be increasing that hiring plan by 60 percent."

Despite the promising news, economists say that for a real turnaround America will need small and medium size business to pick up hiring as well, and that is just not being seen yet.

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