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Amazon is hiring 55,000 people, here's how to get a job

Audacy logo Audacy 9/2/2021 Lauren Barry
a sign on the side of a road: General view of Amazon logo on Amazon Headquarter on June 03, 2021 in Torrazza Piemonte near Turin, Italy. (Photo by Stefano Guidi/Getty Images) © Provided by KRLD Radio Dallas General view of Amazon logo on Amazon Headquarter on June 03, 2021 in Torrazza Piemonte near Turin, Italy. (Photo by Stefano Guidi/Getty Images)

Amazon Chief Executive Officer Andy Jassy told Reuters this week the company plans to hire 55,000 employees worldwide in the coming months.

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According to the outlet, 55,000 employees is close to Facebook’s entire workforce and is equal to about a third of Google’s roster. Amazon already employed approximately 1.3 million people as of July, said an NBC News report, and the new hires would represent a 20 percent increase in its tech and corporate staff. Around 275,000 people already work in those area of the company globally.

Jassy, took over Amazon’s top post from founder Jeff Bezos in July. In his first interview since stepping into the role, he said the company needs to hire more employees to keep up with demand areas such as retail, technology and advertising. Additionally, Amazon needs employees who can work on the launch of Project Kuiper, a plan to launch satellites into orbit to widen broadband access.

Of the more than 55,000 jobs announced, more than 40,000 will be in the U.S. Others will be in countries such as India, Germany and Japan. Positions up for hire include engineering, research science and robotics roles. Reuters said these postings that are mostly new to the company, not jobs others have quit.

With more than 1 million employees, Amazon is already the second largest employer in the U.S, said the outlet, and it has been consistently hiring.

Last year, the company hired more than 500,000 people, mostly in warehouse and delivery positions. This area has significant turnover, according to Reuters.

Amazon also announced in 2017 – when the company searched for new headquarters – that it would hire 25,000 technology professionals over a decade-long period. Arlington, Va., was selected as the headquarters location and it currently has about 2,800 openings, said Reuters. There are another 2,000 for Amazon’s location in Bellevue, Wash.

As it looks to hire more employees, Amazon is also dealing with criticism of its labor practices as well as opposition by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and others. Legislation proposed in California would force Amazon to reveal its productivity quotas, which unions contend are “onerous and put workers at risk,” according to the New York Times.

“Everybody at the company has the freedom - and really, the expectation - to critically look at how it can be better and then invent ways to make it better,” said Jassy of Amazon’s approach to labor conditions.

Those interested in getting one of the new positions at Amazon can check out the company’s annual global job fair, which is scheduled to begin Sept. 15. Around 22,000 people tuned in last year from India along with other places outside of the U.S.

All can register for free to attend the virtual event. Attendees can participate in one of more than 20,000 personalized career-coaching sessions with an Amazon recruiter. Current employees will be offered coaching sessions as well.

Jassy thinks current conditions will be ideal for hiring, according to Reuters.

“There are so many jobs during the pandemic that have been displaced or have been altered, and there are so many people who are thinking about different and new jobs,” said Jassy, who cited a U.S. survey from that said 65 percent of workers wanted a new gig.

“It’s part of what we think makes ‘Career Day’ so timely and so useful,” he said.

Some companies, as well as retail and hospitality businesses that require on-site work, have struggled to hire and keep employees as the U.S. economy deals with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Amazon, has offered some workers the opportunity to spend just three days a week at its offices in person starting next year, said Reuters.

The company is also invested in its warehouses and increasing pay to attract workers so it can keep up with demand from shoppers who want products delivered to their homes.

Jassy said Amazon has been “very competitive on the compensation side,” he said. “We've led the way in the $15 minimum wage,” or, in some places, $17 an hour.

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