Amazon’s Career Day going virtual with 33,000 open corporate, tech job positions

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Amazon’s Career Day going virtual with 33,000 open corporate, tech job positions

By Marianne Wilson - 09/09/2020

Amazon is opening up its annual Career Day hiring event to all areas of the U.S. by moving it online. 

The virtual event, to be held on Wednesday, Sept. 16, will include workshops, speakers and one-on-one coaching as Amazon looks to hire for 33,000 corporate and tech jobs it has open across the country, including positions to support Alexa, Prime Video and operations – along with thousands of additional hourly positions in the company’s operations network to be announced soon. 

Amazon said 17,000 job seekers attended its 2019 Career Day events, which were held in six U.S. cities – and more than 200,000 people applied for jobs in the week leading up to the event.

As part of this year’s virtual event, Amazon will have 1,000 of its recruiters on hand to provide 20,000 career coaching sessions to attendees during the single-day event. The company said attendees will be able to select their fields of interest, from hourly roles and tech and non-tech positions at the company’s headquarters, corporate offices, and Tech Hubs to jobs for veterans and opportunities for students. Amazon plans to match the attendees with an appropriate recruiter. 

The event will also include three hours of mainstage programming with fireside chats, panel discussions and interviews with leading career-advice experts and Amazon executives. 

In addition, starting Sept. 9, Career Day participants can register for live software-code review workshops, as well as breakout sessions to learn more about jobs in Amazon’s growing logistics network.

“COVID-19 continues to affect millions of people across the country, and people are eager for the opportunity to get back to work,” said Beth Galetti, senior VP human resources at Amazon. “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. We are glad to be able to mobilize more than 1,000 experienced recruiters and HR professionals to help job seekers across the country learn about opportunities at Amazon and elsewhere.”

In announcing the virtual hiring fair, the online giant cited a  new Morning Consult survey on job-seeker insights (commissioned by Amazon) which found that 53%of the Americans currently looking for a new job have been forced to do so because of COVID-19, according to. A majority of those job seekers are trying to transition into fields such as healthcare and technology, sectors that Americans expect to continue to grow and hire, the report said.

The Morning Consult survey also found that more than one-quarter of American workers (27%) expect that some or all of their current skills will become irrelevant in the next five years, with nearly half of job seekers willing to quit their jobs to go to another company if that employer provides company-funded upskilling training. Of those looking for work, almost a third see learning technical skills as the most important tool to help them land their next job. 

With more than 875,000 employees worldwide, Amazon  more than 600,000 full- and part-time employees in the U.S., across more than 40 states and 250 different counties, two headquarters, 18 Tech Hubs, more than 150 fulfillment centers, sortation centers and delivery stations and more than 24 Amazon Go, 4 Star and Amazon Books  stores. 

For more information about Career Day 2020 – including how to register for the event and book a coaching session, visit amazon.jobs/careerday.
 

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