Amazon.com (AMZN - Free Report) announced on Wednesday that it will be hosting a giant job fair, called “Amazon Jobs Day,” on August 2nd. The giant retailer is looking to fill 50,000 new positions in the U.S. at 10 shipping sites.
Most of the jobs available will be at sorting centers. A majority of the jobs will be full-time positions, while 10,000 part-time jobs will be offered along with some supporting and managerial 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,” the company said in a statement.
For those who don’t see a job in shipping as an appealing prospect, John Olsen, Amazon’s Vice President of Amazon’s Worldwide Operations Human Resources, offers some words of encouragement. “These are great opportunities with runaway advancement. In fact, of our entry-level managers across Amazon’s U.S. fulfillment centers, nearly 15% started in hourly roles and were promoted into their current position.”
Back in January, Amazon said that it wanted to hire 100,000 full-time workers over the next 18 months. When it completes its goal in mid-2018, Amazon’s U.S. workforce will have grown to be around 300,000 people, compared to the 30,000 Amazon employed in 2011.
This job growth seems to be built around the expansion of Amazon’s offerings. The company recently announced adding Sears’ Kenmore products to its website. Amazon has also registered a trademark for a meal-kit business this month that allow it to compete with Blue Apron (APRN - Free Report) . Not to mention Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods (WFM - Free Report) and its increasing number of brick-and-mortar bookstores will require additional personnel.
Doors will be open on August 2nd from 8 a.m. to noon. Tours and information sessions will be available.
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