Before creating Taco Bell, Glen Bell opened Bell’s Drive in and Taco Tio in the San Bernardino area in 1954. In 1962, Bell unveiled the first Taco Bell restaurant in Downey, CA, serving what his customers liked to call “Tay-Kohs.”
Taco Bell became a franchise in 1964 when a retired L.A. Police Officer named Kermit Becky opened a store in Torrance, CA. Taco Bell’s profits climbed to 141 million as of May 2017, an increase from last year’s 118 million. There are more than 7000 locations around the U.S. and the world. They just opened 54 more new restaurants in the first quarter of 2017, with plans to add more.
Taco Bell’s core operating profit rose 19% year-over-year as of May 2017, topping an overall 9% growth for parent company Yum Brands Inc. The Mexican-themed fast food chain’s same-store sales grew 8%, while system-wide sales grew by 12% and they are currently opening more stores.
Taco Bell’s goal is to add 2000 more restaurants and 100,000 more jobs by 2022.
GETTING THE JOB
Types of Jobs
Taco Bell breaks down their job site into two categories: Restaurant Jobs and Corporate Management. Here are many jobs from those categories:
Administrative – Receptionist, Administrative Assistant, Executive Assistant, Expeditor, Operations Associate
Banking & Finance – Cashier, Account, Shift Managers, Assistant Managers, Closers, Supervisors
Childcare – A position open for a Baby sitter/Nanny
Cleaning & Sanitation – Cleaner, Custodian and Janitorial Services
Construction – Construction Workers, Laborers
Customer Service – Customer Care Assistant, Specialist, Service Manager, Supervisor, Team Lead and Member Services
Drivers – Delivery, Driver, and Owner Operated Driver
Education & Instruction – Trainer, Trainer Manager
Food Preparation & Service – Chef, Cook, Cook/Dishwasher, Dishwasher, Food Preparation Worker, Fast Food Attendant, Food Manager, Fry Cook, Grill Cook, Head Cook
Hospitality & Tourism – Porter
Human Resources – Human Resources Assistant, Manager, Assistant Manager, General Manager
IT & Helpdesk – Help Desk Analyst, Technical Support
Installation & Maintenance – Facilities Technician, HVAC Technician, Maintenance Person
Loading & Stocking – Handler, Stocker, Team Member
Logistics – Expeditor, Freight Team Associate
Management – Area Manager, Assistant Manager, Closing Manager, General Manager, District Manager, Executive Manager, Regional Manager, Quality Assurance Manager
Production & Manufacturing – Assembler
Retail – Cashier, Lead Cashier, Front End Associate, Customer Service Associate, Retail Sales, Retail Manager, Service Crew, Service Associate, Store Manager, Team Supervisor.
Sales – Crew Manager, Market Manager, Sales Representative
Sports – Coach
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Minimum wage for servers/cashiers. Salary and benefits bump up with advancement
Must be 16 years old, some franchise require 18 year old age minimum
Hours of Operation
Varies from franchise-to-franchise. Please check your local listings.
Application Process – What to Expect
It depends on how busy they are, time of year and what position they are hiring for. You can apply online or in person. The online process is simple just enter your zip code and positions nearby will pop up on your screen.
One applicant reported that he was interviewed on the spot when applying in person. Some franchise will hold open interviews on a Sunday from 2-4pm. Be prepared for anything.
Tips For the Interview
You been selected for interview! What next? Do your research on the company. There is a tons of information on the Taco Bell site and the internet. When preparing for the interview, here are some things to keep in mind:
· Arrive on time and be prepared. You want to make a good first impression. Dress appropriately. No shorts, t-shirts or flip flops.
· Make a mental checklist before walking in. Do you have everything you need? Go over your research. Double check your resumes. Did you bring extras? Keep an open mind and don’t stress. Give yourself a pep talk and remind yourself that you have what it takes.
· Anticipate questions they might ask and how you would answer. They often ask, “Why Taco Bell?” – be honest about why Taco Bell may resonate with you. Saying why you like to eat there may score more points than empty data. What makes you special? Be sure to have an answer and know your strengths. Some other questions that may be asked: “How do you handle an angry customer?”, “How do well do you get along with your fellow co-workers?”, “Do you have any past experience in fast food?”. Practice your answers
· Remember to ask questions! First, feel free to ask if they’ll be the ones conducting the interview. You can ask them what the job is like on any typical day, benefits, the team dynamic, suggestions about how to get ahead and what the best path would be. Always good info.
· Introduce yourself to everyone in the room – make eye contact with each person. Bring copies of your resume and something to take notes with – and take notes. Take a deep breath and smile. You will want to keep your answers short and point out anything you might want to add that would apply to you and the job you are seeking. Try to look relaxed – even if you are feeling nervous.
· Research the job you are applying for. Check you the company’s social media accounts like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube Channel. Check out the articles that apply to Taco Bell or people who have worked there. Check out the Taco Bell Press Releases to get the latest information on the company and how it might apply to you. Your knowledge may impress someone enough to snag the job.
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Tips From An Expert:
WHY YOU WANT THE JOB
Employees report Taco Bell had a fun and fast-paced environment, flexible schedule, discounts on meals and room for advancement.
· Taco Bell offers Employee Awards
· Grateful Rallies
· First to Try New Menu Items
· Funding for GED Prep and Testing
· Excelsior College Partnerships
· Glen Bell and Live Mas Scholarships
· Training for General Managers, Shift Leads and Area Coaches
Employees reported good training, opportunities for advancement in positions such as Assistant Managers, Shift Managers. Some had aspirations for their own franchise.
The Taco Bell Foundation, Inc. is a 501 ©(3) public charity that helps the youth of America to pursue the educational goals and career aspirations. Since its inception in 1992, the foundations has reached more than 3 million kids and awarded more than $60 million in grants and scholarships.
Live Mas Scholarship was launched in 2016, aimed at empowering the next generation of dreamers, innovators and creators, not your conventional “academic” or “athletic” qualifying categories. IN 2017, the foundation has already awarded more than 150 young people with $1.3 million in Live Mas Scholarships and given more than $5 million to youth-serving organizations.
Feed the Beat is Taco Bell’s music program that introduces fans to new bands and introduces bands to new fans.
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