The American-style "neighborhood grill and bar" announced Monday that it is hosting a national hiring event in May.
According to a company news release, the one-day event will be hosted across 1,600 restaurants. The chain’s current recruitment goal is aiming to onboard 10,000 restaurant workers.
To incentivize candidates, Applebee’s is offering people who secure interviews a voucher for one free appetizer – which the chain is calling an "Apps for Apps" program.
The vouchers will only be given to interview candidates who are 18-years-old or older.
Applebee’s National Hiring Day event is scheduled to take place on May 17 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Jobseekers who are interested can visit a local Applebee’s during that timeslot and apply for full-time or part-time roles in management or restaurant operation.
Available positions include hosts, servers, bartenders, cooks, dishwashers and to-go order preppers. Same-day walk-ins and interviews are welcome, and "enhanced health and safety measures" will be followed to keep restaurant staff and guests protected from the novel coronavirus.
"At Applebee’s, we see guests as neighbors and team members as family, and we’re looking forward to welcoming thousands of new team members to the neighborhood this summer to start their career with us," said Applebee’s Chief Operations Officer Kevin Carroll, in a statement. "Our restaurants offer team members the flexibility to write their own story, be themselves and have fun – if this sounds like the right fit for you, head to an Applebee’s restaurant near you on May 17 to see why you belong here and get that free appetizer!"
Restaurants throughout the country have been hosting mass hiring events as the U.S. gets closer to fully reopening.
In the last month, chains like Taco Bell, McDonald’s, KFC and Firehouse Subs have launched national hiring events that aimed to hire thousands of workers.
Despite hiring and vaccine distribution efforts, restaurants and many other service sector jobs are struggling to attract workers while COVID-19 unemployment benefits and moratoriums are in effect.