September 20, 2019
E-Commerce giant Amazon held six job fairs across the U.S. this week as part of an initiative to fill around 30,000 positions across the nation. Thousands attended these fairs in the hopes of landing a job at the company.
In Seattle, where Amazon is headquartered, there are more than 10,000 positions available. The job fair there, which was held at South Lake Union, saw lines stretching around the block with wait times that reached an hour and 20 minutes just to get inside.
At the event, Amazon employees provided information on a wide array of open jobs. Available positions include everything from roles as contract delivery drivers, warehouse workers, coders and corporate positions at the company’s headquarters, as well as positions at Amazon’s 18 tech hubs across the country.
The national employment rate is at a historic low, but a number of applicants at the event described a tougher job market than statistics indicate.
While attendees were given information as well as tips on interviewing and resumes, no offers were extended at the event. Amazon reportedly has more than 53,500 employees in the Greater Seattle area.
“What’s attracting me is the number of employees that they’re supposedly hiring, and hopefully not just 30-something techs,” a woman looking for information about jobs in corporate finance told the Seattle Times. “Hopefully it’s people of all walks of life.”
The woman took time away from her career as an actuary to raise children, and currently teaches part time at an area community college.
A man in line who currently works in supply-chain management at Boeing said he was exploring all options after recent turbulence at the company.
“With the 737 issues, it’s looking like maybe it’s time to look for different opportunities out there,” he said.
A woman from Spokane, where Amazon recently built a new fulfillment center, made the trip across Washington for the job fair. After a career that includes stints in radio, commercial production and warehousing, she said she is looking for a position to take into retirement.
“I just need one last stable job, man. That’s why I’m here.”
Another woman, who recently graduated with a degree in human development, said the job market is difficult. She is looking for positions in human resources, logistics or operations.
“Everyone wants experience,” she said. “Amazon is somewhere that’s great for growth and I could have a career.”
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