Here’s how you can have it your way for lunch.
It’s not easy to bounce back after you’ve been fired from a job. However, Burger King announced on Tuesday, August 29, one delicious way it plans to provide some comfort to the unemployed—by offering them free food.
Yes, you read that correctly. The fast-food chain, renowned for its char-grilled burgers, is giving away up to 2,500 Whoppers until September 1 to customers who’ve been fired recently. So, what’s the catch besides being jobless? Well, turns out, you can’t just walk into any chain and alert the person at the counter that you’re in between jobs. No, you have to be willing to admit your newfound “out-of-work” status publicly on the employment-driven social networking site, LinkedIn, as part of Burger King’s "Own Your Fire" promotion.
According to the official promotion rules, you must “own your fire” by posting the following message on LinkedIn: "I got fired. I want a free Whopper. #WhopperSeverance."
Once you share your story and make the post public, The King will respond in the comment section with a link to register for your "severance package," which includes a flame-grilled burger topped with all your usual suspects (lettuce, tomatoes, mayo, and ketchup). Because as Burger King states on their website, "fire should always be a good thing."
While it may be problematic to admit you were fired on an open job-networking forum, this particular risk does have a couple of advantages. It signals to employers that you’re actively searching and available. In addition, the first 100 entrants to post on LinkedIn will also receive valuable career-related advice from online resource, The Muse.
Of course, these benefits aren’t necessarily as palatable as a juicy beef patty on a sesame seed bun. But they may prove to be useful at some point on the job hunt.
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With this tasty offer, you won’t have to shell out any money for lunch while you’re unemployed. Nor do you have to worry about creating your resume on an empty stomach.