Amazon just announced that it will host a virtual Career Day on September 16, open to anyone in the U.S. who is interested. The event will feature career workshops, panel discussions, and 1,000 Amazon recruiters who will hold 20,000 career coaching seminars–all free. The event could help job-seekers snag one of Amazon’s 33,000 open tech and corporate positions that feature an average compensation package of $150,000, “including salary, stock-based compensation, and benefits,” Amazon told CNNBusiness.
The tech giant also revealed on Monday that it will hire 100,000 additional full and part-time positions across its fulfillment and logistics facilities. Its Career Day will offer “smaller breakout sessions for those interested in hourly opportunities at Amazon’s fulfillment centers and physical stores, led by staffing specialists, and live coding reviews with senior Amazon software development engineers.” The Seattle-based company currently employs over 600,000 people in the U.S.
All new hourly employees will be paid a minimum of $15 an hour, will be eligible for healthcare, a 401(k), a maximum of 20 weeks of paid parental leave, and access to its Upskilling 2025 program, “Amazon’s $700 million commitment to upskill 100,000 employees for higher-wage, in-demand jobs,” according to the company’s press release. “Our virtual event will be aimed at supporting all job seekers, regardless of their level of experience, professional field, or background—or whether they are looking for a job at Amazon or another company,” the company said in an Amazon Day One blog post.
The online retailer held a Career Day last September–its first, the event was limited to six U.S. cities including Nashville, Dallas, and Seattle, and 17,000 people attended. Amazon said in a press release that in the week leading up to last year’s event, more than 200,000 people submitted applications for positions at the company. While Amazon’s Career Day site says that its career coaching sessions have reached capacity, those who are interested can still register on the site for general access to the live programming, which begins at noon EDT.
The technology company emphasized the increased importance of the event in light of the Coronavirus pandemic. “With many people left unemployed by the economic impact of COVID-19 and searching for new jobs, Career Day is designed to support all job seekers, regardless of their level of experience, professional field, or background – or whether they are looking for a job at Amazon or another company,” the company said in its press release.
“COVID-19 continues to affect millions of people across the country, and people are eager for the opportunity to get back to work,” said Amazon’s Senior Vice President of Human Resources Beth Galetti. A Morning Consult survey commissioned by Amazon found that 53 percent of Americans currently seeking a job have had to do so because of the pandemic, according to Amazon’s press release. The study also found that the coronavirus “has prompted 61 percent of job seekers to look for a job in a different industry than they currently work.”
Amazon has made headlines in the past year for its major sustainability endeavors. Last September, the company, alongside Global Optimism, co-founded The Climate Pledge–a promise to reach the net-zero carbon goal of the Paris Agreement ten years early in 2040. This July, Amazon announced a $2 billion Climate Pledge Fund and said it expected to reach 100 percent renewable energy by 2025–five years ahead of its initial plan. The company also revealed a few months ago that it would add five solar projects to its lineup of global renewable energy projects which total 91.