If you’re familiar with Tim Hortons, you’re probably Canadian. That’s not meant to be rude, this restaurant chain is based primarily in the great north where it has done a number on the competition.
If you live up north, you’ll have no problems finding a location to apply to. Even if you live in the United States, they’ve managed to expand into here as well.
So, before you go rushing to fill out a Tim Hortons application, let’s find out what this company is all about, why you should work there, and how you can apply. Let’s not waste another moment, time is money after all.
A Brief Company History & Why You Should Work Here
Tim Hortons is a Canadian multinational fast casual restaurant. They are known for their coffee and doughnuts so immediately I’m getting a Starbucks meets Dunkin Donuts here, but we’ll have to wait and see I suppose.
By the end of 2013 it had become Canada’s largest casual restaurant actually, beating out all major competitors (of which there are many).
There are over 4,000 locations in Canada, 800 in the United States, and 38 in the Persian Gulf region of the world. The company was founded in 1964 in Hamilton, Ontario by, you guessed it, Canadian hockey players. Rough on the ice, but they still enjoy a classy breakfast. Tim Horton and Jim Charade tried to open a hamburger restaurant and decided it wasn’t for them.
In 1967 Tim partnered with an investor by the name of Ron Joyce. Ron took control of the company in 1974 after Tim passed away and exploded the chain into a multi-million dollar franchise. Jim left the company in 1966 but came back again in 1970 and stayed until 1996.
The franchise locations in the company spread like wildfire, soon overtaking even McDonald’s as the largest food service chain in Canada. In the end, Tim Hortons has twice as many locations as the hamburger giant.
Among the baked goods and coffee markets, the company sells 76% of the former and 62% of the latter Starbucks is the closest competitor with a 7% market share in Canada.
After this transaction, Tim Hortons became a subsidiary of Restaurant Brands International as of December 2014.
Well, who knew that one of the largest coffee and doughnut shops would be founded by someone from the National Hockey League by the name of Miles G. “Tim” Horton?
So why should you work here then? Well, the company promises plenty of opportunities, flexibility, and new challenges every time you work.
Beyond that though, you get to work in a fast paced environment with a variety of different tasks and responsibilities to keep you engaged and on your toes at all times.
The company is very proud of its team dynamic. Everyone supports each other and upper level management is meant to encourage and do their part in making every day the best it can be. A quote from Rita, one of the company’s assistant managers reads: “Everyone helps everyone, which makes everything run smoother. It’s a fun, friendly environment to work in.”
The company also promises flexible scheduling, consistent hours, and plenty of locations to work in.
When life gets in the way, they promise to work with you to do whatever it is you need to outside of your work. Finally, the best reason is their promise to promote from within and grow their employees. You’ll find plenty of opportunities for higher level pay and positions in the company.
Even though the company was bought out by them, it wouldn’t hurt to also apply to Burger King for a similar fast paced approach to fast dining. McDonald’s seems to be on every corner, and while Tim Hortons beat them in Canada, they are incredibly strong in the states. Finally. another major competitor here in the U.S. is Starbucks, who is always looking for great people to work with them.
Tim Hortons Application Online
The process of applying online to Tim Hortons is nice and easy, thankfully. You can start by heading to their online portal. From here you’ll create an employee profile that allows you to provide your personal and background information. The standard information is requested of you:
- Background information
- Personal info
- Prior experience
The best way to make yourself stand out from the rest of the faceless applicants online is to answer the questions in terms of the company’s outlook and focus (which you can conveniently find above). In addition, focus on prior work experience or personality traits that are relevant to the company.
If you’ve never had a job before, remember to showcase a great personality, strong work ethic, and a passion for the industry in your online forms answers.
This will go a long way towards landing you an entry-level position with the company. Just remember to keep the information relevant and accurate regardless of your experience level.
While You Wait For the Call…
Most applicants will hear back within a week after they’ve finished applying. So, what is there to do in that week? Here are some helpful tips to make the most of your time and your potential to work with the company:
1. Polish up a Resume
This applies even if you’ve never worked before. A resume is essentially a document showcasing your skills, experience, and goals. It doesn’t require a list of prior jobs, anything relevant works. Even if you volunteered at your brother’s baseball games working in the concession stand, that’s experience!
You don’t need years of experience to give great customer service or build those skills. If you’re a coffee connoisseur, put that down as one of your skills. Resumes aren’t just for the rich and famous, anyone with any level of skill can, and should have one prepared.
2. Visit the Location in Person
This one is very, very important. Applying online gives the hiring manager nothing more than a name and a bunch of information attached to it.
They don’t know you, your personality, or even what you look like. The best thing you can do is dress up nice and stop in while it’s slow to introduce yourself to the store’s hiring manager.
A quick conversation, a handshake, and a resume is all you need for this recipe. A great impression on a hiring manager can always turn the tides and make the difference between a interview and moving on to another prospect.
Networking is another one of those things that is assumed to only be needed if you work in the corporate world as a stockbroker or a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist. Not so my friends, networking know no age, experience, or stature. Spreading your wings, meeting the right people, and making yourself known works in any career at any level.
So, how do you do this? Well, stopping into the store to introduce yourself is a basic form of it, but let’s take it to the next level.
Post online on job boards and forums. Create a LinkedIn account on the professional social media site to connect with other Tim Hortons employees as well. Attend job fairs and regularly dine at the restaurant to meet additional people in the company.
Working for Tim Hortons is a great opportunity for people living in the great north where locations can be found all across Canada.
With a strong focus on flexible schedules and great opportunities, there’s a lot to love about this company. Thanks as always for reading and best of luck to you in your career!