Amazon.com announced that it seeks to hire thousands of U.S. veterans for its fulfillment network. There are both full-time and temporary positions available. This is good news considering that G.I. Jobs magazine named Amazon as the “#1 Top Military Friendly Employer”. Dave Clark, Vice President, North American Operations, has this to say on their military recruiting website www.amazon.com/military:
We value the leadership experience that military veterans have brought to Amazon, and we’re honored that G.I. Jobs has named Amazon the #1 Top Military Friendly Company. We have a dedicated military program that has helped hundreds of veterans transition into the civilian workforce and build their careers at Amazon, and we’re actively recruiting for even more veterans to join our company.
There will be many soldiers returning home this year from Afghanistan and Iraq. Amazon wants to offer them a place to work. They actually have a dedicated military recruitment team made up of veterans from all branches of service. The team works with veterans to help them translate their military skills into job opportunities within the company. Amazon also offers an internal network of military veterans to provide mentoring and support as new veterans transition into the company.
Job opportunities in the Amazon fulfillment network include management positions in operations management, safety, and corporate operations. There are also hourly roles in picking, packing, and shipping/receiving. According to Dave Clark, Median pay inside our fulfillment centers is 30% higher than that of people who work in traditional retail stores and this doesn’t even include the stock grants that full-time employees receive, which over the past five years have added an average of nine percent to base pay annually.
All I can say is hats off to Amazon and others like them for recognizing the need for opportunities like this. Transitioning to civilian life after long deployments can be difficult. Not having to worry about a job, and actually getting to work with fellow veterans, will surely make this transition easier.
If you are a veteran and are interested in learning more, then go to Amazon’s military recruiting page located at www.amazon.com/military. Good luck in your job search and most of all, thank you for your service.