Amazon turns to job fair to fill more than 50,000 posts
10 warehouses across U.S. to open doors for events Wednesday
SEATTLE Want to work at Amazon? Your best chance may come Wednesday.
That’s when the e-commerce giant plans to open its doors to job-seekers at 10 shipping sites around the country, all part of a companywide initiative to fill more than 50,000 U.S. positions.
Most of the job openings will be for full-time positions, though Amazon said in a statement that more than 10,000 part-time roles at its sorting centers will also be available. There will also be some openings in management.
Amazon’s announcement of this job fair comes at a time when the labor market is growing tight, with back-to-school shopping already underway and holiday shopping around the corner. That means other employers will likely be competing for many of the same potential hires.
Amazon plans to invite jobseekers to warehouses in 10 locations between 8 a.m. and noon local time Aug. 2. Warehouses are in Baltimore; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Etna, Ohio; Fall River, Mass.; Hebron, Ky.; Kenosha, Wis.; Kent, Wash.; Robbinsville, N.J.; Romeoville, Ill.; and Whitestown, Ind.
The company also plans to host off-site “Job Day” events in Buffalo, N.Y., and Oklahoma City.
“We are excited to host interested candidates to come learn more about the technology we utilize in our operations, see our dedicated onsite classrooms, meet employees and, if interested, apply for a job at our site and receive an on-the-spot job offer,” John Olsen, vice president of Amazon’s worldwide operations human resources, said in a statement.
Olsen said that of Amazon’s entry-level managers across its U.S.-based fulfillment centers, nearly 15% started in hourly roles.
Would-be candidates who can’t attend in person will be able to watch Amazon’s Job Day in real time via Facebook Live.
Amazon has gone on a hiring spree ever since January, when the company said it wanted to fill 100,000 full-time positions over the next 18 months. Earlier this month, Amazon announced plans to open a new fulfillment facility in Orlando, adding 1,500 jobs. Amazon previously said it would add 900 workers in Boston and 1,600 in Michigan.
Bolstering the number of fulfillment centers nationwide is part of Amazon’s ongoing efforts to provide the shortest wait times for products, analysts say. Amazon Prime members typically get products shipped for free within two days of purchase, though sometimes they’re delivered within one day or even on the same day. By moving inventory closer to where customers are located, costs are kept in check, and the likelihood of speedier delivery times increases.
Amazon said its jobs offer “highly competitive” pay, along with health insurance, disability insurance, retirement savings plans, tuition and company stock benefits. Other benefits include up to 20 weeks of paid leave and programs such as Ramp Back, which give new mothers more control over the pace at which they return to work.
Mark Oldenburg processes outgoing orders at an Amazon fulfillment center in Washington state. On Wednesday, the online retail giant is looking to fill more than 50,000 positions.