Ama­zon turns to job fair to fill more than 50,000 posts

10 ware­houses across U.S. to open doors for events Wed­nes­day

USA TODAY Weekend Extra - - TECH - Ed Baig ebaig@us­ato­day.com USA TO­DAY

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.

TED S. WAR­REN, AP

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.

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