Ever read the book Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson? In the book, there’s a pirate by the name of “Long John” Silver. The fast food chain Long John Silver’s is based off this character. If you’re interested in working with fast food and serving the finest seafood this industry offers, then keep on reading.
Today I’ll show you how to fill out the Long John Silver’s application so you can start your career with this company. We’ll also cover the history of the franchise and the hiring process. All of this will raise your chances of being hired and standing out from the crowd.
The Company’s History
The first Long John Silvers location opened on April 16, 1969 in Lexington, Kentucky. The very first location was located on 301 Southland Drive off of Nicholasville Road for those who are familiar with the location. This location had previously been a seafood carry-out restaurant called the Cape Codder.
The original building was designed by an architect named Druce Hen who also created the unique New England style of the original restaurants in the chain. Today this original location is now a styling salon, so you can’t exactly visit it, but the history is still there.
In the early years, the chain was part of Jerrico, Inc. This company also operated Jerry’s Restaurants which was a chain that also had its roots in Lexington. Jerry’s had locations in the Midwest and Southern United States. The concept for the original chain was developed as a collaboration between Jerrico and a Franchisee of Jerry’s.
The choices for the name varied between Limey’s, Barnacle Bill’s, and Long John Silver’s Seafood Shop. The company was solid in 1989 to a private corporation. At this point, the Long John Silver’s aspect of the company was by far the largest. The remaining Jerry’s locations were converted into Denny’s restaurants by the new owners.
The early locations were recognizable for their Cape Cod-style buildings. They had blue roofs with square cupolas, wood benches and tables, lobster pots, and ship’s wheels. Later on the company added more nautical decorations to solidify the theme. These early locations also had a lot of exterior elements as well.
The door handles, for example, were sword shaped, and the exterior had a walkway similar to a dock with rope handles running down each side. Newer locations eliminated some of the interior elements, but kept the theme intact. Today’s locations have a new element with a bell by the exit. Customers are encouraged to “ring the bell if we did well” on their way out.
There are over 1200 locations around the world today. Long John Silvers was formally a part of Yum! Brands, Inc. Today it is franchised to various owners after it was sold by Yum! Brands, Inc.
The menu consists of platters, sandwiches, and single menu items. The main course is typically seafood, but there are a variety of side dishes including, but not limited to the following options:
- Green beans
- French Fries (referred to as chips)
- Batter-fried onion rings.
In terms of seafood options, there are fish, clam, and shrimp choices along with chicken fingers that are referred to as “Chicken Planks.” Recently, Long John Silvers has also been offering baked cod as a low calorie option. The company also eliminated trans fats from the menu in January of 2014.
Fast food and seafood may not seem like a winning combination, but it most certainly is. If you’re looking to get into the food industry, try checking out Firehouse Subs. If you’re more of a chicken person, then try out Church’s Chicken. Finally, a trip to our Del Taco page may be in order.
Long John Silver’s Application Online
With over 8,000 employees on the payroll, Long John Silver’s is a healthy and growing company. The company offers a host of opportunities for entry-level candidates. If you show an interest in a career or in leadership opportunities, the company has plenty of those as well.
Since the company is franchised, you’ll need to head into the location nearest to you in order to showcase an interest in working for the company. Each location has a different owner and management structure, so you’ll need to make your first impression at the physical location.
If you’d like to track down your local Long John Silver’s or read more about the company, you can head over to the website to find all of this information. When you go into the restaurant to present yourself, be sure to dress professionally and showcase the information you learned about the company from resources like this one.
Now that you’ve learned all there is to know about the Long John Silver’s application, it’s time to head into your local location to introduce yourself and start the hiring process. Best of luck to you in your upcoming career!