Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) is once again announcing that it has job opportunities for those who are currently unemployed and want to earn a living as the holiday season is fast approaching.
Amazon announced that it is hiring 100,000 seasonal workers to help fulfill customers’ orders at its warehouses across the United States and Canada during the holiday season.
The seasonal workers will be responsible for picking, packing, and shipping customers’ orders, complementing the e-commerce giant’s regular full-time and part-time employees.
Most of the available seasonal positions are available in California, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, and Texas.
The e-commerce giant its “seasonal jobs offer opportunities for pay incentives, benefits, and a path to long-term career, or can simply provide extra income and flexibility during the holiday season.”
Amazon did a hiring spree over the past several months
In September, Amazon started hiring 33,000 workers to fill corporate and tech positions supporting various areas of its business including Alexa, AWS, Operations Technology, and Prime Video across the United States.
In March and April, the e-commerce giant hired a total of 175,000 warehouse workers and delivery drivers across the country because of the sudden increase in online shopping during the outbreak of the COVID-19.
It is currently recruiting professionals to join its telemedicine service called Amazon Care. The available positions include Business Development Manager, Finance Manager, Security Engineer, Software Development Engineers, and more.
Amazon is among the companies that are flourishing amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Many companies in almost all industries— from the airlines, entertainment, hotel, to restaurants— were negatively impacted by the pandemic, forcing them to layoff dozens, hundreds, and even thousands of employees. Currently, there are 12 million unemployed workers in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Shoppers are expected to do most of their holiday shopping online to prevent getting infected by the deadly virus. More than 8.8 million people are infected with COVID-19 and over 227 people lost their lives because of the disease s of October 29, according to data from Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.
There is no doubt that Amazon will be very busy during the holidays since the United States continues to experience an increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases across the country.
In fact, health experts are saying that the U.S. should prepare for more deaths this winter. The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) predicted that COVID-19 could kill over 2,900 people a day in the country.
Amazon Career Choice upskilling program
Aside from the seasonal job opportunities, Amazon also announced it achieved two other important milestones in 2020.
The e-commerce giant promoted 35,000 Operations employees and 30,000 employees participated in its Career Choice upskilling program.
Its Vice President of Global Customer Fulfillment Alicia Boler Davis said, “At Amazon, we believe in providing our employees with great jobs and better futures. We’re proud to see our employees grow through promotions to the next level at Amazon and also through programs like Career Choice, which help them pursue careers in high demand fields.”
On the other hand, Darcie Henry, Vice President of Global HR for Amazon Operations, said, “Career Choice is one way we help people think big about their careers, and we offer training across a wide variety of skills needed for high-demand fields.
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