McDonald’s raising hourly wages to $11-17 at company-owned locations

Kaitlin Gates  |  May 14, 2021

McDonald’s just announced a major change and the wallets of thousands of employees are going to be lovin’ it. The company says it is raising hourly wages by an average of 10% for more than 36,500 workers at select company-owned restaurants nationwide. The fast-food chain announced the wage increase on May 13, saying the new …

Amazon offering starting wage of $17 an hour plus signing bonus in bid to hire 75,000 employees

Tricia Goss  |  May 14, 2021

The products and services mentioned below were selected independent of sales and advertising. However, Don't Waste Your Money may receive a small commission from the purchase of any products or services through an affiliate link to the retailer's website.Amid a national labor shortage, Amazon is looking for 75,000 new employees throughout the country and is …

Chipotle is raising wages and hiring 20,000 workers

Kate Streit  |  May 12, 2021

In a bid to attract more employees, Chipotle is raising its average hourly wage to $15 per hour. The fast-casual Mexican chain plans to hire 20,000 workers and open 200 new locations this year. Chipotle will also offer a $200 referral bonus for crew members and $750 for apprentices or general managers. Starting pay ranges …

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Applebee’s is hiring 10,000 employees, from dishwashers to managers

Kaitlin Gates  |  May 11, 2021

Applebee’s is holding a National Hiring Day at all 1,600 of its restaurants nationwide on May 17. The restaurant chain is looking to hire 10,000 new team members, with starting positions ranging from full-time and part-time host, server, bartender, cook, dishwasher and management jobs. The chain is also offering an “Apps for Apps” deal to …

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This company will pay you $1,500 to take a nap every day for a month

Kaitlin Gates  |  May 10, 2021

Most of the time, falling asleep on the job is not exactly the way to become employee of the month. If you’re working for the website Eachnight, however, falling asleep is not only a welcome part of the job, but it’s actually required. The website, which creates guides and offers advice on how to get …

This McDonald’s is paying people $50 just to come in for an interview

Kate Streit  |  April 29, 2021

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the restaurant industry is experiencing a staff shortage. To incentivize new workers, a Tampa, Florida-area McDonald’s location is offering people $50 just to come in for an interview. Blake Casper owns that location and about 60 others in the area and says that a unique combination of increased …

Busch is offering $20,000 for a dog to taste-test dog beer

KRIS 6 News  |  April 16, 2021

Busch Beer is looking for a new right-hand man … but this taste tester will be a four-legged furry friend. The beer brand is launching a contest offering $20,000 for your dog to drink beer. Well, not exactly real beer, but the brand’s special brew for dogs. Busch first launched its Dog Brew, an alcohol-free …

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How to become a notary to make extra money on the side

Tricia Goss  |  March 20, 2021

A notary public is a person appointed by a state government as an official of integrity. A notary public can earn money in their spare time by ensuring that people signing important documents are who they claim to be, or declaring that information in a document is true and correct. Becoming a notary can also …

Lego is hiring its first-ever Kid Creative Director

Kaitlin Gates  |  March 17, 2021

It goes without saying that the past year has been hard on everyone — including kids. Whether they had school at home or in-person, chances are most children spent more time at home than usual, likely away from their friends. Inspired by the at-home creativity they saw during the last year, Lego is now conducting …

Wine country dream job comes with free rent, 30 cases of wine and a salary of $10K per month

Kaitlin Gates  |  March 12, 2021

If you’ve ever wanted to turn your love of wine into a career, there’s a job opening in California that you’ll want to check out. The dream gig includes $10,000 a month, free rent and, of course, plenty of wine! Wine brand Murphy-Goode is looking for someone to live out their ultimate dream job in …

Get paid $1,000 to watch 5 seasons of ‘Friends’

Kaitlin Gates  |  March 5, 2021

The products and services mentioned below were selected independent of sales and advertising. However, Don't Waste Your Money may receive a small commission from the purchase of any products or services through an affiliate link to the retailer's website.Ask any “Friends” fanatic and they will tell you they don’t need much convincing to re-watch the …

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Costco raising minimum wage for employees

Tricia Goss  |  March 1, 2021

Costco will raise its minimum starting wage to $16 an hour starting in the first week of March, CEO W. Craig Jelinek revealed during a Senate panel hearing on Feb. 25. “I want to note this isn’t altruism,” Jelinek told the U.S. Senate Budget Committee. “At Costco, we know that paying employees good wages … …

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Walmart is raising wages for 425,000 US employees

Kaitlin Gates  |  February 26, 2021

Walmart has announced it will be raising wages for about a third of its workforce following a hectic year in the industry due to the coronavirus pandemic. Beginning March 13, 425,000 of Walmart’s nearly 1.5 million employees will receive a raise, with starting rates moving to $13-$19 per hour, based on the store’s location and …

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Some farmworkers now eligible for extra pay as frontline workers

Tricia Goss  |  February 24, 2021

California’s Coachella Valley is one of the state’s largest crop-growing regions, known for producing bell peppers, citrus, dates and grapes. In early February, when the Coachella City Council passed an emergency ordinance to provide an additional $4 per hour to essential workers such as employees of grocery stores, pharmacies and restaurants, they opted to include …

This company will pay you $30 an hour to eat candy

Kaitlin Gates  |  January 22, 2021

If your dream job involves something similar to working in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, get your resume ready. Canada’s largest candy distributor, Candy Funhouse, is looking for 10 official “candyologists,” also known as a candy and chocolate taste-testers! The jobs are open to anyone living in North America. Two full-time taste testers will be paid …

Companies that hire 14- and 15-year-olds

Marie Rossiter  |  January 17, 2021

If you’re a parent of a teenager, how many times have you heard this question: “Mom/Dad, can I have some money?” Those of us who are tired of feeling like an ATM with all the money withdrawal requests may find ourselves replying with this classic line: “Get a job.” But for younger teens, finding a …

In a rare move for the tech industry, Google employees have formed a union

Tricia Goss  |  January 6, 2021

A few hundred Google employees announced this week that they were starting a union — an unusual move in big tech. Alphabet, Inc., the parent company of Google and subsidiaries such as Sidewalk Labs, Waymo and YouTube, has more than 120,000 full-time employees and 130,000 contractors, The Verge reported. On Jan. 4, 226 of Google’s …

20 states are raising the minimum wage in 2021

Tricia Goss  |  January 4, 2021

Workers in 20 states got a pay increase at the start of the year, when minimum wage increases went into effect. In 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed America’s first federal minimum wage into law. At that time, it was 25 cents per hour, which would be about $4.61 today when adjusted for inflation. Just …

Tesla is on a hiring spree, including part-time jobs

Tricia Goss  |  December 1, 2020

At the end of 2019, Tesla had just over 48,000 full-time employees. That number appears to be on the rise, as the Palo Alto, California-based electric vehicle and clean energy company is reportedly on a hiring spree. According to Electrek, Tesla hired 1,000 new people for sales and delivery positions across North America during the …

Lowe’s is hiring 20,000 employees for the holiday season

Brittany Anas  |  November 9, 2020

Lowe’s will be hiring an additional 20,000 associates for its U.S. stores and regional distribution centers, becoming the latest mega-retailer to announce a hiring spree amid an unprecedented holiday season. In addition to hiring seasonal workers, Lowe’s is also filling permanent, full-time and part-time roles at its stores and adding 2,500 team members at regional …

Kohl’s is hiring 90K seasonal workers and you can interview via phone

Tricia Goss  |  October 2, 2020

Kohl’s is hiring for the upcoming holiday season and interested applicants can sign up to interview by phone. The department store retail chain is holding a one-day national hiring event with health and safety in mind on Oct. 3. Both store and distribution center positions will be available. Store positions include retail sales associates who …

Best Buy is hiring seasonal employees starting at $15 an hour

Brittany Anas  |  September 30, 2020

In preparation for the holiday season, Best Buy announced that it will be hiring thousands of seasonal employees across the country, with a minimum of $15 per hour in starting pay. Best Buy stores are hosting job fairs for its seasonal positions on Oct. 3-4, which may include same-day interviews and on-the-spot offers. You can …

Walmart and Target are hiring 150,000 seasonal workers and wages start at $15 an hour

Brittany Anas  |  September 30, 2020

As Target and Walmart brace for more online shopping this holiday season due to the coronavirus pandemic, the mega retailers have announced their seasonal plans — which include hiring a combined 150,000 employees with starting rates in the $15-an-hour range. Walmart announced it plans to hire 20,000 seasonal associates for its eCommerce fulfillment centers, with …

Get paid $50,000 to explore the national parks for 6 months

Marie Rossiter  |  September 21, 2020

Have you ever dreamed of getting in an RV and driving around the U.S. to experience our country’s national parks? What if you could actually get paid to explore the great outdoors, photograph the parks and drink some beer? If this sounds appealing and you have six months free, consider applying for Michelob’s newest position: …

Hobby Lobby is raising its minimum wage to $17

Tricia Goss  |  September 17, 2020

Hobby Lobby announced that as of Oct. 1, 2020, the company will increase its minimum wage for all full-time employees to $17 an hour. Founded in 1972, the arts, crafts and home decor retail chain first established a minimum hourly wage above the federal requirement in 2009. Over the past 11 years, it has raised …

UPS is hiring 100,000 seasonal employees

Marie Rossiter  |  September 14, 2020

The holidays may not be high on many people’s priority list right now since it’s still technically summer and we’ve all had other things to worry about lately. However, UPS has its eyes on the upcoming busy season and is looking for 100,000 new employees to handle the rush. The company made the announcement this …

These states are now giving an extra $300 to $400 in weekly unemployment benefits

Kate Streit  |  September 8, 2020

As part of a federal lost-wages assistance program, 45 states will provide an extra $300 in weekly federal unemployment benefits for at least three weeks, and five states will provide a total of $400 in weekly benefits to those who qualify. As of Sept. 2, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) — which is administering …

Amazon to add 3,500 jobs in U.S. tech hubs

Kate Streit  |  August 24, 2020

Amazon has announced that it will add 3,500 tech and corporate jobs in six major U.S. cities. The new positions span a number of the company’s divisions, including AWS, Alexa, Amazon Advertising, AmazonFashion, OpsTech and Amazon Fresh. Amazon will invest $1.4 billion in expanded and new offices for these positions, which will include roles from …

Uber Eats driver earned $8K in one month and filmed it all for TikTok

Marie Rossiter  |  August 14, 2020

Many people look at working for food delivery services like Uber Eats as a side hustle — a way to earn a little extra money on the side. And, with the COVID-19 pandemic limiting many restaurants to takeout or delivery only, taking on some hours delivering food could be a good way to put a …

Kodak is creating at least 360 new jobs

Tricia Goss  |  August 7, 2020

In 1880, a hobbyist photographer named George Eastman began manufacturing dry plates commercially. He formed the Eastman Dry Plate Company a year later with the goal of making photography as convenient as the pencil.  By 1900, the company was known as the Eastman Kodak Company. Kodak became a household name in easy-to-use cameras, allowing everyday …

Free contact tracing course could help you land a job

Marie Rossiter  |  July 23, 2020

The products and services mentioned below were selected independent of sales and advertising. However, Don't Waste Your Money may receive a small commission from the purchase of any products or services through an affiliate link to the retailer's website.Johns Hopkins University recently launched an online class that could help you get a new job to …

Target Corp. Reported A 4 percent increase in second-quarter profits

Target is officially raising its minimum wage to $15

Kate Streit  |  June 18, 2020

Target announced that as of July 5, it will permanently raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour for team members at stores throughout the United States. In its announcement on June 17, the big-box retailer announced additional benefits it’s rolling out, including/ a one-time bonus of $200 for the “frontline store and distribution hourly …

Tech company is hiring work-from-home customer service representatives

Tricia Goss  |  June 9, 2020

If you have a knack for helping others solve problems but would rather not work in a call center or retail setting, a virtual customer service job might be ideal. A company called OneSupport Technology Advisors has supported remote employees for two decades and is currently seeking new work-at-home representatives. Virtual Customer Care Representative Positions …

Get paid $20,000 plus free beer to hike the Appalachian Trail

Kate Emswiler  |  June 8, 2020

If these past few months of hunkering down at home and binge-watching every Netflix series available has caused you to go a bit stir-crazy, we’ve found an opportunity that may appeal. Devil’s Backbone Brewery is offering both the perfect antidote to cabin fever and a new job all in one with their hunt for a …

Magic Johnson is loaning $100 million to minority- and women-owned small businesses

Kate Streit  |  May 27, 2020

NBA legend Magic Johnson announced his insurance company will provide $100 million for loans for minority and women business owners who are struggling in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The former Los Angeles Lakers superstar made the announcement during an appearance on MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton” on May 17. The funds will be …

States are hiring thousands of contract tracers for up to $30 an hour

Marie Rossiter  |  May 13, 2020

Unemployment is at a historic high in the U.S., but there’s high demand for more workers in one job: contact tracer. To help keep the public safe as businesses reopen and more people venture out, health experts are calling for states to hire more contact tracers, who are more formally known as disease intervention specialists. …

Come up with a new beer flavor and you could land a $40/hour internship with Natty Light

Kaitlin Gates  |  May 8, 2020

While COVID-19 has affected pretty much every part of our lives, it’s even more stressful for anyone looking for an internship or summer job. If you’re currently trying to find employment during the pandemic, Natural Light has a work-from-home opportunity that will not only help you pay your bills, but also sounds pretty fun! The …

Here’s how to file for coronavirus unemployment if you’re self-employed

Tricia Goss  |  April 30, 2020

Typically, if you work for yourself and lose your income, you are out of luck. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted nearly every fundamental aspect of our society, and unemployment is undoubtedly one of them. As a result, self-employed Americans now have the chance to receive unemployment benefits. Non-traditional workers are now allowed to apply …

Pizza Hut is hiring 30,000 workers for contactless delivery, carryout and curbside pick-up

Kaitlin Gates  |  March 24, 2020

If you’re out of work right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic or are just wanting some extra cash and some time out of the house, Pizza Hut is looking to fill more than 30,000 open positions nationwide as they implement curbside pick-up and contactless delivery and carryout. Pizza Hut says the positions are permanent …

Kroger is hiring 10,000 workers amid the coronavirus pandemic

John Matarese  |  March 20, 2020

Kroger is making changes in its stores, effective immediately, to help shoppers get the basics they need and prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Kroger spokesperson Erin Rolfes said the biggest change shoppers will see is the closing of all personal-service meat and seafood counters, as well as salad bars. “You will see closures of …

Grocery stores are hiring to keep up with demand amid coronavirus outbreak

Kate Streit  |  March 18, 2020

The products and services mentioned below were selected independent of sales and advertising. However, Don't Waste Your Money may receive a small commission from the purchase of any products or services through an affiliate link to the retailer's website.Although most businesses are negatively affected by the global coronavirus outbreak, one sector that can scarcely keep …

Walmart is hiring 500 truck drivers

Tricia Goss  |  March 12, 2020

If you have a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and experience on the road, you’re in luck. The most recent report released by the American Trucking Associations shows that the trucking industry needs more than 60,000 additional truck drivers to meet the country’s demands for freight services. Walmart is one of the companies in need of …

Reddi-wip is looking for an amateur barista to work just one day for $15,000

Kaitlin Gates  |  March 11, 2020

If you’re not a barista but you love to watch these coffee magicians whip up lattes and cappuccinos like works of art at your local coffee shop, Reddi-wip is looking for you. Now through March 22, Reddi-wip is on the hunt for a special someone to become the brand’s first-ever Everyday Barista. The ideal candidate …

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Planters is hiring NUTmobile drivers

Kaitlin Gates  |  February 6, 2020

If you’re a soon-to-be college graduate and would rather spend the next year traveling the country than looking for a typical 9-5 job, Planters Peanuts has an exciting opportunity you may want to check out. After his death and eventual rebirth at the Super Bowl last year, Mr. Peanut is back and is looking for …

You can make money narrating audiobooks

Kate Streit  |  January 30, 2020

Love to read and talk? You may want to consider a calling as a narrator for audiobooks. Thanks to the advent of podcasts and the ability to listen on the go in your car, on the train or while you work out, listening to books as opposed to reading them the old-fashioned way has become …

145th Kentucky Derby

Here’s how you can become the first official Kentucky Derby menu taste tester

Kaitlin Gates  |  January 29, 2020

If you consider yourself a “foodie” and spend a lot of your time thinking about food or perhaps cooking it up yourself, Churchill Downs Racetrack has a contest you’ll want to consider entering. The racetrack is looking for someone to be their first-ever “Official Menu Taste Tester of the 146th Kentucky Derby.” Now through Feb. …

Oscar Mayer is looking for a college senior to drive the Wienermobile for a year

Kaitlin Gates  |  January 8, 2020

If you’re a soon-to-be college graduate and would rather spend the next year traveling the country than landing a desk job, Oscar Mayer has an opportunity you may not want to pass up. Submissions are now open for the 2021 class of “Hotdoggers,” which, if you’re accepted, will put you behind the wheel of their one-of-a-kind …

You could get paid $5,000 to live in a castle for a week and drink coffee

Kaitlin Gates  |  December 11, 2019

The products and services mentioned below were selected independent of sales and advertising. However, Don't Waste Your Money may receive a small commission from the purchase of any products or services through an affiliate link to the retailer's website.If you’ve ever wanted to live like royalty — and let’s be honest, who hasn’t? — Gevalia …

Hilton is hiring 700 work-from-home employees

Kate Streit  |  December 10, 2019

Working from home definitely has its perks. If you’ve ever dreamed of being able to work in your pajamas, now may be your chance. Hilton is hiring 700 work-from-home employees to fill a number of customer service and reservation positions. These jobs are year-round and full-time. The positions come with full benefits, including a 401k, …

Get paid $1,000 to watch 24 Hallmark Christmas movies in 12 days

Kaitlin Gates  |  November 15, 2019

If you love Hallmark Christmas movies — and I mean really love Hallmark Christmas movies — you have a chance to win $1,000 and a prize package this year just by kicking back and watching the channel’s holiday romcoms. CenturyLink is looking for someone willing to watch 24 of Hallmark’s cheesiest Christmas movies in 12 …