Amazon Career Day includes informational and networking events in the tech giant’s hometown of Seattle, HQ2 winners Arlington and Nashville, as well as Boston, Chicago and Dallas. Amazon touted skills training for all positions through its $700 million push to retrain big chunks of its workforce and high wages, starting at $15 an hour, as major benefits of the jobs.
“Amazon has created more than 300,000 new jobs in the U.S. over the last decade — and we’re proud to continue investing and creating opportunities for people across the country,” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in a statement. “These are jobs with highly competitive compensation and full-benefits from day one, as well as training opportunities to gain new skills in high-demand fields such as robotics and machine learning.”
This isn’t the first time Amazon has held a massive recruiting in order to fill 10s of thousands of jobs. In 2017, the tech giant used an “Amazon Jobs Day” event to fill 50,000 new positions in its network of warehouses. Amazon is ramping up hiring of temporary warehouse workers for the busy holiday season, and this month’s event will help with that.
The event will also include help for people looking to start their own businesses using Amazon’s various platforms.
Amazon’s headcount has grown rapidly over the last few years, though hiring has slowed recently. Amazon finished the second quarter with a worldwide headcount of 653,300 people, up 13 percent year-over-year.
Amazon’s U.S. workforce totals more than 300,000 people “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 two dozen Amazon Go, 4 Star and Amazon Books retail stores,” according to a press release.