I grew up eating a lot of chicken. My mom, bless her heart, made chicken almost every night. I grew up thinking that I had tried it all, and I was done with chicken because I had eaten it every single day for most of my childhood. Then, I discovered Chick-fil-A and everything changed. It was like they had somehow discovered a new species of chicken, one that was instantly better than all the rest. I used to imagine they had some sort of golden species at their disposal.
Besides great food, the people working there are always so friendly. No matter how many times I say “thank you” the response will always be “my pleasure!” I didn’t know they made people that nice. I’ll bet you’d be perfect here dear reader, so let’s find out how you can fill out a Chick-fil-A application and join their team. One benefit too is that you’ll always have your Sundays off for church, football, or both, because the company’s locations are closed on Sundays.
Company Overview & History
You know, they call Chick-Fil-A fast food, and while it is indeed fast, the quality is just out of this world. I’ve been to restaurants that served me chicken that I’m fairly certain contained anywhere from 10-40% rubber. This “fast food” place as it is categorized has only ever shown me the best chicken sandwich that money can buy. No grease, no oddly shaped patties, just sweet, sweet breaded chicken.
Chick-fil-A is an American fast food restaurant chain headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, in the suburb of College Park. The company was founded in 1946 and is consistently associated with the Southern United States. There are over 1,700 locations in 38 U.S States. The company is currently seeking to grow its influence in the American Midwest, the Philippines, South Korea, Canada, and Southern California.
The company’s culture is centered on the Southern Baptist beliefs of the COO Dan Cathy. This is why the stores are all closed on Sunday. The origins of the company date back to the Dwarf Grill which is now known as the Dwarf House, a restaurant opened by S. Truett Cathy, Chick-fil-A’s former chairman and CEO, in 1946. This location was settled in Hapeville, a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. This location is near the now demolished Ford Motor Company Atlanta Assembly Plant which was a source of customers for many years.
In 1961, after 15 years in the business, Cathy discovered a pressure-fryer that cooked the chicken sandwich in the same amount of time it took to cook a hamburger. This was when he filed the trademark name Chick-Fil-A. This was also when the signature slogan appeared. Come on, we all know you mumble it in your sleep. You know the one: “We Didn’t Invent the Chicken, Just the Chicken Sandwich.” Yes you did Mr. Cathy, yes you did.
The name came from the fact that Cathy wanted to create an appealing name for what he described as a “chicken steak sandwich.” Since the fillet is the best cut of beef, he decided to refer to the chicken in his sandwiches as a fillet, which is where the company’s name comes from. The capital “A” is supposed to bring about connotations of high quality.
The first Chick-fil-A location opened in 1967 in the food court of the Greenbriar Mall. The company quickly expanded interior locations and into the realm of stand-alone restaurants. In addition, the company is also found on university campuses, hospitals, airports, anywhere you can cook chicken really. We’ve all probably had food here, so now it’s time to take the next step. You need a job here, and I’m going to show you how to get it.
Chick-Fil-A Application Online
When you head on to the Chick-fil-A careers page of the website, you are treated to a short, but informative explanation of how the hiring process is going to work. The explanation informs you that the operators of restaurant locations are empowered to recruit, hire, train, and manage their own employees This of course means that the experience is going to be somewhat personalized based on the location you’re applying to.
The store locator is really designed to help you find a local Chick-fil-A to apply to. The actual process of applying is done through an in-store visit. You can read about prospective positions online and familiarize yourself with the responsibilities before you go in to apply for the job. Ultimately though, you will need to visit the location yourself and pick up a paper version of the employment form.
There are plenty of benefits to having a paper application though. For one, you have the flexibility of taking your time to fill out the form. Another benefit is the ability to turn in the form and provide a good first impression to the team and to the owner of the location.
They may have perfected the chicken sandwich, but chicken has a lot of varieties. Consider applying to Bojangles for a classic southern style similar to this one. Filling out an employment form with Popeyes will also give you access to the secret recipes of old. If you’re more in a burger mood, you should apply to Burger King or McDonalds as well.
Available Positions and Job Benefits
The positions available at Chick-fil-A, specifically in one of the store locations, start at a basic level and offers opportunities to grow from there into leadership positions. The starting age to be hired with the company is sixteen in most states. Here is a quick overview of the positions available at the restaurant level:
1. Team Member
This is the entry-level position with the company. The role here requires customer service, food prep, and sanitation duties. As a team member, you will manage the drive-thru window, handle transactions, take orders, and prepare them.
2. Team Leader and Manager
At the team leader and manager levels you will be setting schedules, keeping track of the restaurant’s inventory, communicating policies and standards, and handling customer issues. A leadership role like this is going to require either prior experience, or sometime in the role to familiarize yourself with the qualities and responsibilities of the position.
The benefits of working with Chick-fil-A begin with a family-oriented work environment full of people who all share the same values as the rest of the company. The company offers competitive options for compensation, as well as paid training, access to career development opportunities, and discounts on the food and beverages that the restaurant offers.
Full-time workers will also enjoy a number of benefits including medical, dental and vision coverage. Life insurance, short-term, and long-term disability coverage are also offered. Paid-time off, tuition reimbursement, and leave of absence round out the package. Truly, this is a fine suite of benefits for working with the company.
Tips when Turning in Your Employment Form
The two things you’re going to need here are patience and a healthy level of persistence. Once you’ve turned in your form, you will most likely go through up to three rounds of interviews. When you are filling out the Chick-fil-A application, you need to be honest and complete in all of your answers. Remember the values of the company as you fill out the forms and exemplify the values yourself as you meet and greet with the members of the staff.
Go forth and pick up your employment forms, it’s time to learn the secret to the world’s perfect chicken sandwich. Thanks for reading, and we wish you the best of luck.