Amazon Career Day Attracts Over 208,000 Job Seekers

Posted: Sep 18 2019, 11:43pm CDT | by , in Technology News


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Amazon Career Day attracts over 208,000 job seekers

However, the company could lay off hundreds of customer-service roles in November.

More than 208,000 people have turned up on Amazon’s Career Day events across the U.S., hoping to land jobs in the U.S. e-commerce giant.

In Arlington, Virginia, where Amazon’s second North American headquarters is being built, more than 5,000 applicants were present. Other Career Day events were also held in Boston, Nashville, Dallas, Chicago, and Seattle.

During the events, recruiters conducted more than 4,500 interview-training sessions with candidates and reviewed over 7,000 resumes on site. Those who will be accepted will take up roles across Amazon’s offices and facilities in the U.S.

The tech giant has seen a massive response from job seekers after it raised its minimum wage last year to $15 an hour.

“People across the country understand the value of Amazon jobs with $15 minimum wage, full benefits from day one, and upskilling opportunities, and they demonstrated that by submitting more than 208,000 applications for careers at Amazon in the past week,” Beth Galetti, Senior Vice President of HR at Amazon, was quoted as saying.

Currently, Amazon employs more than 650,000 employees worldwide, ranging from office jobs to fulfillment positions. In the U.S. alone, the company has more than 300,000 full-time employees spread across two headquarters, 18 Tech Hubs, more than 150 fulfillment centers, sortation centers and delivery stations, and more than three dozen Amazon Go, Amazon 4-star and Amazon Books retail stores.

In 2018, Amazon has seen the fastest hiring growth in tech jobs. From 2014 to 2018, the number of data scientists at Amazon grew by 505%. Amazon also beefed up hiring solutions architects, network development engineers, web development engineers, cloud support engineers, applications development engineers, software development engineers, data engineers and more tech positions over the recent years.

With the number of tech offerings that the company is producing, there is indeed a need for a high number of tech talents to help it retain its lead in the tech industry.

Meanwhile, Business Insider reported that Amazon could soon eliminate its Virtual Customer Service Reserves program, a customer-service role that lets people work from home on a flexible schedule. The move could impact hundreds of jobs, according to the news outlet’s sources.

The program could reportedly be placed on the chopping block on November 10.

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