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By ELIZABETH STEVENS
Business Journal editor
PATTERSON — Amazon.com is on a hiring mission to take advantage of leadership skills military veterans have learned during their service.
“Amazon values what military veterans bring to the company,” said Dan Fay, general manager of Amazon’s fulfillment center in Patterson. “Culturally they’ve been a really good fit.”
Fay, himself, is a veteran of the Gulf War. He served in the Army for eight years and was a tank commander. He has worked for Amazon for more than 10 years and said the skills he learned in the military have translated well to the online retailer.
“The way the Army and military approaches leading and caring for people meshes well with Amazon’s approach,” Fay said.
Amazon launched its military talent recruitment program in 2010.
“We actively seek leaders who can invent, think big, have a bias for action, and deliver results on behalf of our customers,” said CEO Jeff Bezos on the company’s website, referring to Amazon’s leadership principles. “These principles look very familiar to men and women who have served our country in the armed forces, and we find that their experience leading people is invaluable in our fast-paced work environment.”
According to Fortune magazine, 25 percent of Amazon’s new hires in 2011 were former military personnel. In 2012, GI Jobs magazine named Amazon the most veteran-friendly company in the United States. In 2013, Amazon hired more than 1,900 military veterans and hosted 50 military hiring events, Bezos reported to stockholders last year.
Amazon has a military recruitment team and hold hiring fairs throughout the year.
Fay said now is a great time to join Amazon.
“Our positions offer a great value proposition for candidates as far as wages and benefits,” Fay said. “Because we’re growing so fast, that translates into a great opportunity to grow your career.”
The company also seeks to fill positions in its distribution centers for the holiday shopping season.
At its fulfillment centers in Patterson and Tracy, hundreds of associates will be taken on, Fay said.
Anyone seeking a job at Amazon can learn more on the company’s website www. amazon.jobs.