Hope­fuls turn out in droves for Ama­zon’s mas­sive job fair

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS - By Matt O’Brien Ama­zon

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-

DOUG STRICK­LAND / CHAT­TANOOGA TIMES FREE PRESS

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.

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