- Amazon is holding six networking events in Arlington, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Nashville and Seattle.
- The company's corporate, tech and customer fulfillment departments have open positions.
- The jobs come with at least a $15 hourly wage and "competitive benefits" and will be part of Amazon's $700 million Upskilling 2025 effort.
Getting your foot in the door at a major corporation often requires a combination of determination, skill, luck and knowing the right people. While the first three are entirely up to you, online retail giant Amazon will be making the introductions easier, as it's set to host Amazon Career Day in six U.S. cities next Tuesday.
More than 30,000 full- and part-time jobs will be available through the company's series of networking events. Officials said the opportunities are available to people of all skill levels, education and experience, from entry-level work at Amazon's fulfillment centers to openings in the tech departments behind Alexa.
"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," said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO, in today's announcement. "These are jobs with highly competitive compensation and full benefits from day one."
The search is on
During Amazon Career Day, there will be networking events in Arlington, Virginia – the location of the company's second headquarters – as well as in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Nashville and Seattle. The events are open to the public.
During the Sept. 17 event, candidates will meet with recruiters to discuss the open roles. The positions will be located in Amazon's 18 tech hubs and its customer fulfillment, delivery and retail locations.
While the positions available during Amazon Career Day span multiple departments within the company, Amazon says all of the full-time spots will come with at least $15 an hour in compensation, a competitive healthcare plan that starts immediately upon hire, a 401(k) with matching contributions and up to 20 weeks of paid parental leave.
In addition to the conventional benefits afforded to new hires, Amazon says every candidate who gets a job will receive on-the-job training and "upskilling opportunities" through the company's $700 million Upskilling 2025 initiative. The company said employees will be given the tools to learn new skills through paid apprenticeships and the Career Choice program, which "covers 95% of tuition for courses in in-demand fields, regardless of whether those skills are relevant to a career at Amazon."
Humongous business meets small business
Next week's events won't solely focus on boosting Amazon's internal operations. The company also plans to hold seminars for people who are interested in selling their own products on Amazon, becoming official Delivery Service Partners or self-publishing books.
This isn't the first time the massive online retailer has set its sights on small, independent businesses. Earlier this year, in a bid to reduce its shipping costs, Amazon encouraged individuals and its employees to start their own delivery businesses. It also announced Project Zero, which cracked down on counterfeit items and scammers and changed its policies for third-party sellers, providing more transparency to sellers on the platform.
With the advent of Amazon Career Days, the company said it hopes to continue creating "more than 830,000 (jobs) in the U.S. and 1.6 million worldwide" as it helps small and midsize businesses sell their products online.