More than one million people from more than 170 countries applied for jobs at Amazon during its virtual Career Day 2021, the Seattle-based retail behemoth said on Friday (Sept. 17).
The event featured more than 2,000 Amazon recruiters doling out career advice to people through more than 30,000 individual coaching sessions, including advice on starting, transitioning and growing their careers at Amazon or elsewhere.
“We know a lot of people are looking for work right now, and many more are hoping to change their careers,” said Beth Galetti, Amazon’s senior vice president of people experience and technology, in the company announcement. “We are paying close attention to this and we feel uniquely positioned to help — not only because of the tens of thousands of jobs that we have open, but also for the opportunity we offer people to build a meaningful career. We think Amazon is a great place to work for those who crave the freedom to invent, the chance to make a big impact and an inclusive workplace to do so.”
More than 220,000 job seekers logged onto the Career Day 2021 site and got advice from, among others, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy, top Wall Street executive Carla Harris and New York Times best-selling author David Epstein.
Amazon has seen more than 500,000 people apply for jobs in corporate, tech and hourly roles in the U.S. since announcing Career Day 2021 on Sept. 1, with software development, IT, support engineers and operations management among the most popular for job seekers.
Amazon is looking to fill more than 40,000 corporate and tech roles across the U.S. and about 125,000 hourly positions in its operations network as part of the company’s first hiring spree since Jassy took over as CEO from Founder Jeff Bezos in July.
Amazon has about 1.3 million workers across the U.S., making it the second-largest private employer in the country behind Walmart.