200 ‘McJobs’ Coming to the Midlands

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — For Lisa Barr, getting a job means everything.

“I’ve been homeless for a little while.  I’m ready to get off the streets, change my life, and go back to living like I was before.”

Barr was one of about 400 people to show up at the Gervais St. McDonald’s Tuesday, taking part in the restaurant chain’s National Hiring Day.  Folks filed in line not to place an order but to fill out a job application and be interviewed right on the spot.  It’s the corporation’s attempt to hire 50,000 people across the country. 45 Midlands stores are participating in the one-day event, seeking to put 200 people to work.

“In this economy you hear conversations about job loss, people not hiring,” said Vincent Houston, consultant for McDonald’s Corporation.  “We’re looking to grow our business and find the best people for this time and they need to hear there is light at the end of the tunnel.”

This is the very first time in the Midlands.  The event garnered so much attention 800 online applications were received prior to today.

Jamie Felder knows first hand the importance of looking for a job against all odds.

A former high school dropout, now a college student in his mid-20’s, he’s in management, conducting interviews, hoping to give others the chance he got years ago.

“It’s not about how much education you have or what your background is, it’s about how well you do your job. They have training implemented to allow you to get the job done.”

And Lisa Barr, like all the rest, wants the opportunity to prove what she can bring to the table.

“I hope I can succeed at what I’m trying to do.”