One of my goals here at TeensGotCents is to research some of the best part time job opportunities out there for teenagers. It just made sense to me to take a look at Chick-fil-A because it is one of my favorite places to eat, the employees are always genuinely polite and friendly, and they are closed on Sundays.
Joe Mayo, a Chick Fil A operator, graciously agreed to allow me to interview him recently. We covered the general topic of how to get a part time job and specifically the opportunities that Chick-fil-A offers to teenagers.
What is Chick-fil-A Looking For?
One of the first things I wanted to know was what specifically Mr. Mayo was looking for in a teenage applicant. Sometimes it can be difficult to know exactly what an employer wants! Above all else, Mr. Mayo emphasized that he wants applicants with a passion for serving other people, as that is what his business is all about.
Going hand-in-hand with passion, a positive attitude and energy are key factors as well. A great way to show your passion and leadership abilities on an application is involvement in school extracurriculars such as sports or clubs. Mr. Mayo and other operators/owners love to see these sort of activities on applications.
Mr. Mayo also mentioned something a little surprising: the main thing an applicant has to do to stand out is complete the application thoroughly! It’s as simple as that!
Considering they get 8-10 applications every day, Chick-Fil-A probably won’t even look at an application that has not been fully completed.
Something else to remember is the way you dress, Mr. Mayo explained. It’s extremely important to come dressed professionally for an interview, and it’s even a good idea to dress nicely when you turn in your application!
First impressions really do matter.
Once you are at a job interview, it can be pretty nerve-racking. Mr. Mayo suggested role-playing with a friend or family member so you can practice what you might say. This a great way to help you feel more relaxed once you’re actually there! But as much as practice is important, it’s also essential to be yourself.
Have confidence in yourself and your answers. You can even flip the script and ask your possible employer some questions! This not only helps you get more information, but shows that you have put research into the company and gives you the opportunity to direct the interview.
If you’re looking for a great job, Mr. Mayo is clearly passionate about Chick-Fil-A being the place to be. He even believes that Chick-Fil-A can go from a first job all the way to a full time professional career!
After all, 65% of their owner/operators come from within, which means that people want to stay and work their way up in the company.
There are also tons of different opportunities in a variety of fields, such as accounting, marketing, consulting, in their home office in Atlanta, Georgia.
And even if you don’t pursue a higher-level professional job at Chick-Fil-A, they offer tons of great benefits for their part-time employees. For example, they have a very flexible schedule and are closed on Sundays!
And, Mr. Mayo added, all employees have the opportunity to qualify for a scholarship. In the past, Chick-Fil-A has given over 31 million dollars in scholarships to team members!
The final thing Mr. Mayo wanted to remind me of was that the application process at Chick-Fil-A is extremely competitive. They get many, many applications every single day.
His recommendation is to not get discouraged, be patient, and be persistent. He even mentioned that Chick-Fil-A has had applicants who have patiently turned in an application every 30 days. And this went on for months before they were given a position!
Those are the kind of employees they are looking for. An applicant may even be interviewed by several different members of the team, but the key is to remain persistent and have patience.
I really enjoyed the time I spent with Mr. Mayo and learned a lot from what he told me. It has really helped me see exactly what it takes to be a teenage employee at Chick-Fil-A, and I hope it helps you out too!
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