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Amazon to host virtual career day as it seeks to fill 33,000 positions

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Posted at 9:18 AM, Sep 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-16 09:18:21-04

The COVID-19 pandemic has lead to layoffs across all kinds of businesses, but Amazon is ready to start hiring.

The company announced Wednesday that it will host a virtual career day on Sept. 16. It’s seeking to fill 33,000 open corporate and tech positions. More than 1,300 of those will be in South Florida. These include warehouse workers as well as delivery drivers, according to Amazon's website.

Amazon says it will mobilize 1,000 recruiters to provide 20,000 career coaching sessions to attendees, who will be able to select their fields of interest: hourly roles; tech and non-tech positions at the company’s headquarters, corporate offices, and Tech Hubs; jobs for veterans; and opportunities for students and recent graduates.

The “career day” will also include three hours of main stage programming that will feature fireside chats, panel discussions, and interviews with leading career-advice experts and Amazon executives. Life coach and “Queer Eye” star Karamo Brown and former pro-football player and NASA astronaut Leland Melvin will headline the event.

Last year, Amazon says 17,000 job seekers attended its career day events in six U.S. cities – and more than 200,000 people applied for jobs in the week leading up to the event.

Anyone can participate in the career day by going to amazon.jobs/careerday to register and book an appointment with an Amazon recruiter.

According to Amazon, the jobs start at $15 an hour with comprehensive benefits.

Job candidates must be 18 years or older and have a high school diploma or equivalent to be considered. All interested candidates can learn more and apply online at www.amazondelivers.jobs.