Amazon seeks to hire 33,000 people; announces virtual career day

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SEATTLE (NewsNation Now) — Amazon is looking to hire 33,000 people. The company announced Wednesday it’s holding a nationwide virtual career fair on Sept. 16 for corporate and tech positions.

It’s the largest number of job openings it’s had at one time, and the Seattle-based online giant said the hiring is not related to the jobs it typically offers ahead of the busy holiday shopping season.

Amazon said in a statement it will mobilize 1,000 of its recruiters to provide 20,000 career coaching sessions to attendees in a single day.

The jobs will be centered around Amazon’s offices across the country, including Denver, New York, Phoenix and its hometown of Seattle. The new hires will work from home at first, but the company said it does want employees to return to the office eventually.

“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 vice president human resources at Amazon, in the statement. “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.”

Ardine Williams, Amazon’s vice president of workforce development, said plans to build a second headquarters near Washington, D.C., are going as planned, despite the pandemic, with 1,000 workers already hired.

The average salary of corporate or tech jobs at Amazon is $150,000, Williams said. Those not interested in a job at Amazon can also get resume help, the company said.

Last year, about 17,000 people showed up for the in person career fair. Amazon said it received more than 200,000 applications for 30,000 jobs.

Amazon said thousands of additional hourly positions within the company will be announced at a later date.

Interested participants can register here and book an appointment with an Amazon recruiter.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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