For some of these jobs, applicants can start working the same day they apply.

By Mike Pomranz
Updated April 01, 2020

Remember a time before the coronavirus? The restaurant industry had other big stories: things like plant-based meat, curbing plastic use, and the explosion of delivery. Those changing delivery dynamics were a big deal for pizza companies—the previous delivery kings. The question became should they continue to go it alone with their own drivers or should they partner with emerging online delivery apps like DoorDash and Grubhub?

In 2017, Pizza Hut made its choice very clear, announcing plans to hire 14,000 new drivers. Now, in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak—when delivery is one of the few options for enjoying a restaurant meal—it turns out Pizza Hut was ahead of the curve. Recently, all four of America’s largest pizza chains have announced they’re hiring to deal with increased demand. Domino’s, Pizza Hut, Little Caesars, and Papa John’s said they need new employees to cover every aspect of their business to serve housebound customers.

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On March 19, Domino’s led the charge saying the chain needed both full-time and part-time workers in “helping to feed America.” Overall, the company is reportedly looking to hire about 10,000 people including “delivery experts, pizza makers, customer service representatives, managers and assistant managers,” as well as workers for supply chain centers—a move that will increase the staff of the 6,000-plus location chain by over eight percent, according to numbers from Nation’s Restaurant News.

“Our corporate and franchise stores want to make sure they're not only feeding people, but also providing opportunity to those looking for work at this time, especially those in the heavily-impacted restaurant industry,” CEO Richard Allison said in a statement. Interested applicants are pointed towards jobs.dominos.com.

A couple days later, Little Caesars—which after decades of offering only carryout, finally started delivering this past January—said it was looking for applicants as well. “We are glad that our service is one that the community deeply appreciates during these times, and we are happy to continue offering employment to those who wish to work,” Rick Muse, senior vice president of field operations, stated. “In fact, we are hiring more workers to keep up with the demand, particularly for delivery."

Then, yesterday, both Pizza Hut and Papa John’s got in on the fun, saying they were looking for 30,000 and 20,000 people respectively.

Pizza Hut is in need of “cooks, shift leaders, restaurant managers, and virtual call center agents”—as well as “more drivers to meet an increased delivery demand”—in an effort to “serve America through contactless delivery, carryout, and curbside pickup.” Amazingly, the company said that its “new process aims to have delivery drivers trained and on the road safely in five hours, which is nearly 3x quicker than the previous training procedure.” The chain also added, “Most importantly, these are permanent positions.” Applicants can head to jobs.pizzahut.com.

At the same time, Papa John’s announced intentions to “hire 20,000 new team members immediately,” adding, “In most cases, applicants can expect to have an interview and potentially start the same day.” “For anyone looking for immediate ways to earn an income, we’re making it quick and simple to apply, interview and be hired at Papa John’s,” Marvin Boakye, Papa John’s chief people and diversity officer, stated. Papa John’s says that to learn more or apply, you can go to jobs.papajohns.com or text JOBS to 47272.

Meanwhile, pizza chains aren’t the only food companies that are actually hiring during these turbulent times. The grocery delivery service Instacart is apparently looking to hire a whopping 300,000 more workers, while Amazon, Walmart, Albertsons, Kroger, Meijer, Dollar General, PepsiCo, 7-Eleven, and CVS are also hiring.

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