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Amazon Seeks Warehouse Workers Ahead of Holiday Shopping

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Amazon warehouse workerDespite its increasing use of robotics at warehouses, Amazon is seeking 50,000 warehouse workers to help out in fulfillment centers across the US as it gets ready for the holiday shopping season, it announced on Wednesday. Amazon Jobs Day will open 10 fulfillment centers across the US on August 2nd for candidates to take a tour, learn more about working at Amazon, and see the jobs in person. Amazon will cover the event via Facebook Live.

Press release follows:

Amazon today announced it has more than 50,000 roles available to fill across its U.S. fulfillment network. For anyone who has ever been curious about what working at Amazon is like and how the retailer fulfills customer orders at superfast speed, the company is opening up 10 of its fulfillment centers on August 2 from 8 a.m. to noon local time for its first Jobs Day with tours and information sessions. Candidates can come on-site to learn more about working at Amazon and the technology it utilizes in its operations. The company plans to make thousands of on-the-spot job offers to qualified candidates who apply on-site as part of Amazon Jobs Day.

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“We’re excited to be creating great jobs that offer highly-competitive wages, benefits starting on day one and the chance for employees to go back to school through our Career Choice program,” said John Olsen, Vice President of Amazon’s Worldwide Operations Human Resources. “On August 2, 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. These are great opportunities with runway for advancement. In fact, of our entry level managers across Amazon’s U.S. fulfillment centers, nearly 15 percent started in hourly roles and were promoted into their current positions.”

Amazon is hiring for tens of thousands of full-time opportunities at its fulfillment centers across the U.S. for employees who will pick, pack and ship customer orders. These opportunities offer highly-competitive pay, health insurance, disability insurance, retirement savings plans and company stock. The company also offers up to 20 weeks of paid leave and innovative benefits such as Leave Share and Ramp Back, which give new parents flexibility with their growing families. Leave Share lets employees share their Amazon paid leave with their spouse or domestic partner if their spouse’s employer doesn’t offer paid leave. Ramp Back gives new moms additional control over the pace at which they return to work.

More than 10,000 of these opportunities will be part-time jobs at the company’s sortation centers throughout the US. These positions will sort and consolidate customer packages to enable superfast shipping speeds and Sunday delivery for customers. Part-time positions offer flexibility for individuals looking to earn money during windows of availability in their schedules. Employees who work more than 20 hours per week receive benefits, including life and disability insurance, dental and vision insurance with premiums paid in full by Amazon, and funding towards medical insurance.

Full-time and part-time hourly employees are both eligible for Amazon’s innovative Career Choice program that pre-pays 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a future career at Amazon. The company has built dedicated Career Choice classrooms at more than 25 fulfillment centers to make it easier for employees to go back to school by offering classes onsite. More than 10,000 employees have participated in Career Choice and more are signing up every day.

Amazon Jobs Day events will be held at the company’s fulfillment centers in the following locations:

Baltimore, Maryland
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Etna, Ohio
Fall River, Massachusetts
Hebron, Kentucky
Kenosha, Wisconsin
Kent, Washington
Robbinsville, New Jersey
Romeoville, Illinois
Whitestown, Indiana

Additionally, Amazon will be hosting off-site Jobs Day events from 8 a.m. to noon local time at the following locations where applicants will be able to walk in and interview for part-time opportunities and walk out with a job offer.

Buffalo, New York
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

For those interested in watching the excitement of Amazon Jobs Day remotely, the company will be covering the event via Facebook Live with updates, behind-the-scenes activities and candidate stories. To watch the action in real-time, visit one of the company’s Facebook pages at www.facebook.com/amazon, www.facebook.com/insideamazon or www.facebook.com/amazonfulfillmentjobs. You can also follow the event on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amznfulfillment for real-time updates.

To learn more about working at Amazon and apply online if you’re unable to attend a Jobs Day event, visit www.amazon.com/JobsDay.

In addition to hourly fulfillment center roles, Amazon also has supporting and managerial roles within its facilities including human resources managers, IT specialists, operations leaders and more. Interested candidates are welcome to attend Amazon Jobs Day to see the work environment and talk to Amazon representatives in person. To learn more about supporting and managerial roles within fulfillment centers and to apply, visit www.amazon.jobs.

SOURCE: Amazon Press Release

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