Hopefuls turn out in droves for Amazon’s massive job fair
Hundreds of people showed up Wednesday for a chance to pack and ship products to Amazon customers, as the e-commerce company held a giant job fair at nearly a dozen U.S. warehouses.
Although the wages offered will make it hard for some to make ends meet, many of the candidates were excited by the prospect of health insurance and other benefits, as well as advancement opportunities.
It’s common for Amazon to ramp up its shipping center staff in August to prepare for holiday shopping. But the magnitude of its current hiring spree underscores Amazon’s growth when traditional retailers are closing stores — and blaming Amazon for a shift to buying goods online.
Amazon planned to hire thousands of people on the spot. Nearly 40,000 of the 50,000 packing, sort-
Job seekers wait to apply at the Amazon fulfillment center in Enterprise South Industrial Park on Wednesday in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Amazon held nationwide job fairs Wednesday to fill thousands of positions as the company sees a surge in growth.