Company plans career day for nearly 750 corporate and tech jobs open across Illinois
Virtual event on Sept. 16 open to all job seekers; attendees can learn about open Amazon jobs including developer, customer service, and business development positions supporting AWS and Amazon GO; interested participants can register here
Amazon will host a Career Day 2020 on Wednesday, Sept. 16, in an attempt fill jobs across the country, including in Illinois, where 80 positions need to be filled in Edwardsville.
The virtual event will give attendees the opportunity to learn about the 33,000 corporate and tech jobs currently available at the company, with thousands of additional hourly positions across the company’s operations network to be announced soon.
Of the total available jobs, 743 are in Illinois and 392 in the city of Chicago. A spokesman told the Illinois Business Journal this week that there are currently 80 jobs to be filled in Edwardsville, where the company operates out of a warehouse in Gateway Commerce Park.
All Amazon jobs include a minimum wage of $15/hour, health insurance, up to 20 weeks of parental leave, and company-funded upskilling opportunities.
The Career Day event includes three hours of mainstage programming that will feature fireside chats, panel discussions, and interviews with leading career advice experts and Amazon executives. Starting today, participants will also be able to register at www.amazon.jobs/careerday for interactive code reviews and fulfillment center workshops, on top of the 20,000 individualized career coaching sessions with an Amazon recruiter.
Last year, 17,000 job seekers attended Amazon 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. Building on that success, Amazon is taking the event virtual and opening Amazon Career Day 2020 to everyone, regardless of their location.
Many job seekers are out of work because of coronavirus.
Nearly half of Chicago job seekers (47 percent) have been forced to do so because of COVID-19, according to a new Morning Consult survey on job-seeker insights commissioned by Amazon. A majority of those job seekers are trying to transition into fields such as health care and technology, sectors expected to continue to grow and hire. Research shows that 61 percent of seekers are looking for a job in a different industry than they currently work, while 37 percent feel their current job does not utilize their main skills or training.
The Morning Consult survey also found that nearly half (48 percent) of Chicago job seekers are willing to quit their job to go to another company if that employer provided company-funded upskilling training. Of those looking for work, nearly one third (29 percent) see learning technical skills as the most important tool to help them land their next job.
Since 2010, Amazon has created more than 23,000 jobs in Illinois and invested more than $8 billion across the state, including compensation and infrastructure (from fulfillment centers to delivery stations to a Prime Now hub). These investments have contributed an additional $8 billion to the Illinois economy and have helped create an additional 20,500 jobs on top of those that the company directly employs – from jobs in construction and logistics to professional services. Currently, more than 50,000 independent authors and small and medium businesses in Illinois are growing their businesses with Amazon.
PHOTO: Edwardsville Amazon facility. File/IBJ