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“It is our busiest season,” said Amazon spokeswoman Ashley Robinson, citing Cyber Monday and other deals the online commerce giant offers during the Christmas shopping season.
Amazon is not disclosing an exact number of job openings. It’s just saying “thousands” locally and 100,000 nationally.
The company does not have any hiring fairs scheduled for the Central Valley. Most hiring will be conducted through Amazon’s website or through staffing agencies.
The openings are for associates who work in the fulfillment center to “pick, pack and ship” orders. Prior experience is not necessary, but applicants need to have a high school diploma or equivalent, be able to read and take direction in English and be able to stand/walk for up to 10-12 hours with or without reasonable accommodation.
Robinson said wages were “competitive,” and that there were flexible scheduling options available for people who want to work full-time or part-time. In addition, she said the company tries to make working through the holidays fun, so there are special dinners, decorating, awards and contests at the fulfillment centers.
“The teams want to make sure everyone’s having a good time,” Robinson said.
Seasonal employment can also be a stepping stone to regular employment at Amazon. Robinson said nationally, tens of thousands of associates were brought on long-term after last year’s holiday season.
“One of the reasons we hire seasonal associates is to seek out that high-quality talent pool,” Robinson said.