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Job seekers can now apply for positions at McDonald’s using Alexa


McDonald’s is revolutionizing the way prospective employees apply for positions at their company, with job seekers now able to use voice commands on Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant to start their application process  The company announced the innovative new scheme – known as Apply Thru – on Wednesday  The function is available in the U.S., Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, with McDonald’s already exploring whether to add the feature in other markets  If users say, ‘Alexa, help me get a job at McDonald’s,’ the voice assistant will ask which country they want to work in and play McDonald’s catchy ‘I’m lovin’ it’ jingle   McDonald’s is revolutionizing the way prospective employees apply for positions at their company, with job seekers now able to use voice commands on Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant to start their application processAccording to the company’s press release that voice command will active McDonald’s Apply Thru, where ‘all users need to jump-start their application process is answer a few basic questions ranging from their name, job area of interest and location Potential applicants receive a short text message shortly thereafter with a link to continue their application process ‘ While some job recruitment companies have built voice-recognition systems on Google and Amazon’s platforms, both companies say McDonald’s is the first direct employer to use its platform in this way  McDonald’s developed the technology itself. ‘We must continue to innovate and think of creative, and in this case, groundbreaking ways to meet potential job seekers on devices they are already using, like Alexa’, said David Fairhurst, McDonald’s executive vice president and chief people officerFor the fast-food giant, voice-initiated hiring is a way to stand out in a tight job market The U.S. unemployment rate of 3.7% is near a 50-year low. Unemployment is also below 4% in the U K. and Germany.McDonald’s employs 2 million people at 38,000 restaurants worldwide, and its needs are constantly changing based on turnover and seasonal demands  Over the summer, the Chicago-based company said it was hiring 250,000 people in the U S. alone. McDonald’s is currently seeking 338 part-time crew workers in the New York area and 414 in Toronto, according to company hiring sites RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Meghan Markle gets South African women to join her on the Transcript of Donald Trump’s call to Ukraine’s president is. Share this article Share Applications by voice are also part of a broader effort to use technology to streamline every part of the restaurant, said David Fairhurst, McDonald’s executive vice president and chief people officer  For customers, that means digital ordering kiosks and mobile ordering; for employees, it means online scheduling and virtual reality games to train store managers ‘We must continue to innovate and think of creative, and in this case, groundbreaking ways to meet potential job seekers on devices they are already using, like Alexa,’ Fairhurst added in the official McDonald’s statement’Alexa has many of the qualities we look for on our teams — friendly, responsive and fun I am looking forward to having our application process simplified with Alexa.’   For the fast-food giant, voice-initiated hiring is a way to stand out in a tight job market

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