McDonald's Corp. will hold its first national hiring day April 19 to fill 50,000 openings at its restaurants nationwide.
The company, based in Oak Brook, Ill., says it is making a concerted effort to add staff as its business improves and as more of its restaurants stay open 24 hours a day.
Up to 1,200 of those workers will be hired in North Texas, including at least 80 in Dallas. Overall, about 4,000 jobs are expected to be filled in Texas. Those jobs will be largely part-time, but some full-time and managerial slots will be available, the nation's largest burger chain said.
The company's hiring goal translates to between three and four new hires per restaurant.
Turnover slowed in the past few years because of the weak economy, the company says. McDonald's sees the event as an opportunity to attract employees in a tough job market.
It is also trying to shed the negative connotation of employment at the fast-food chain, once dubbed "McJobs." About half of its franchisees and more than 75 percent of its managers started as store workers.
McDonald's held a similar event in its western region last year. More than 60,000 people applied for the 13,000 positions. Texas applicants can visit www.mctexas.com to see available positions.