Need A Side Gig? Amazon is Hiring 50,000 People Right Now

August 2, 2017

12:20 pm

Making extra money is always a great thing to have for a rainy day or help to save for something important. For people looking for a side gig, or maybe a full-time job, Amazon is holding a massive job fair today and plans to hire 50,000 people around the country for their warehouses.

According to the company’s press release, “Amazon Jobs Day will open 10 fulfillment centers across the U.S. for candidates to take a tour, learn more about working at Amazon and see the jobs in person.”

“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.”

What Kind of Jobs

The majority of jobs will be full-time opportunities at their fulfillment centers for employees who will pick, pack, and ship customer orders.

They will also have supporting and managerial roles within its facilities including human resources managers, IT specialists, operations leaders, and more.

Out of the employee pool, 10,000 of these jobs will be part-time a the company’s sortation centers, and these employees will sort and consolidate customer packages for fast shipping options and Sunday delivery for customers. The part-time jobs offer a flexible schedule.

The Benefits

In terms of benefits, these full-time jobs will offer highly-competitive pay, health insurance, disability insurance, retirement savings plans and company stock. According to the press release:

“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.”

 

“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.”

Where Are the Jobs?

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

Time reported there is a dress code for these tours and has more information about what’s involved in the guided tour. Find your city and Amazon job here.

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Tishin is a technology journalist and correspondent. She has written for TechCrunch, Demand Studios and Fitness, and has regular network segments on local Phoenix affiliate stations. She holds a Master's degree in Clinical and Sport psychology, and has covered many areas of technology ranging from 3D printing and game development to neurotech and funding for over 15 years.

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