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Amazon to Hire 33K, Host Online Event to Kick Start Recruitment


Amazon to Hire 33K, Host Online Event to Kick Start Recruitment

Amazon is looking to fill 33,000 permanent positions in the coming months. Photo courtesy of Amazon

As companies begin announcing their seasonal job openings ahead of the fall and winter holidays, Amazon is doing things a little differently. 

The tech behemoth has ditched the flashy six-digit temporary hiring figures and opted instead to hire tens of thousands of permanent workers.

Through the rest of the year, Amazon is looking to fill 33,000 permanent job openings, with “thousands” of additional hourly delivery and warehouse positions available, according to a company announcement. 

To kick start recruitment efforts, Amazon is also hosting a virtual career event, available for free anywhere in the U.S. The “Career Day” virtual event begins Sept. 16, at noon Eastern time. At the event, job seekers can learn more about the available positions, attend panels and workshops and chat directly with Amazon recruiters.

“COVID-19 continues to affect millions of people across the country, and people are eager for the opportunity to get back to work,” Beth Galetti, Amazon’s senior VP of human resources, said in the announcement. “We’ve created more jobs in the U.S. over the past decade than any other company – and we are continuing to hire people from all backgrounds and at all skill levels.”

33,000 Full-Time Jobs, ‘Thousands’ of Hourly Gigs

Amazon is starting to be more intentional with whom it hires. As of last September, the company stopped recruiting seasonal workers en masse like it used to — and like several major seasonal employers like Target and UPS still do. 

Instead, it’s offering 33,000 permanent, full-time tech and corporate jobs that come with benefits. The openings span a variety of departments: HR, marketing, finance, Alexa, Prime Video, engineering, data science and more.

A spokesperson told CNN Business that the average salary for these permanent positions is $150,000 when factoring in the entire benefits package. Benefits for full-time employees includes stock options, 401(k) retirement plan with company match, health insurance available on day one, up to 20 weeks of parental leave and more.

“Thousands” of hourly jobs and on-demand gigs are also available. Amazon didn’t release a hard number but said another announcement is coming. 

Hourly positions are open at Amazon warehouses, Whole Foods locations and cargo bays. Decentralized delivery gigs through Amazon Flex, an app for gig workers, are also available. According to job listings for delivery and warehouse jobs, no work experience is required, and the positions may start in as little as seven days of a completed application.

All positions at Amazon — even the app-based gigs — have a $15 minimum wage.

Amazon’s Virtual Career Day Event: Sept. 16

Due to the pandemic, Amazon is going virtual for its second annual “Career Day” event.

At the event, attendees will get the chance to hear from career experts, Amazon executives and recruiters — even Karamo Brown of the hit TV show “Queer Eye.” The speakers will be hosting fireside chats, workshop panels, live Q&As, breakout presentations and, by reservation only, one-on-one interview-coaching sessions.

The event begins 12 p.m. Eastern time Sept. 16. Breakout events and individual coaching sessions are expected to last until 10:30 p.m.

A recording of the main events will be available through the end of September. Breakout and career-coaching sessions are only available during the live event.

“Career Day is designed to support all job seekers, regardless of their level of experience, professional field, or background — or whether they are looking for a job at Amazon or another company,” the announcement stated.

Adam Hardy is a staff writer at Codetic. He covers the gig economy, entrepreneurship and unique ways to make money. Read his ​latest articles here, or say hi on Twitter @hardyjournalism.

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