It’s almost the year’s busiest retail season… and the world’s biggest retailer is getting ready.
By hiring an entire city of people.
That’s right: Amazon is hiring 120,000 seasonal employees — a little more than the population of Ann Arbor, Michigan, home to my wonderful alma mater.
Want to become the newest cadet in Amazon’s army?
Here’s what you need to know.
How to Get Seasonal Jobs With Amazon
Amazon’s offering seasonal positions in 27 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
It looks like most of the open positions are in fulfillment centers, where your main duties will be to “pack and ship orders” and “troubleshoot problems.”
To be eligible, you must be 18 years old and have a high-school diploma or GED. You should have a flexible schedule with night, weekend and holiday availability, as well as the ability to work overtime when required.
Details vary for each position, but it looks like most of them require you to work in various temperatures, lift up to 49 pounds and stand for long periods of time.
If you like it (and they like you), the role might not end with the holidays.
“Last year alone, more than 14,000 seasonal employees stayed on in regular, full-time positions after the holidays and we expect to increase that number this year,” said Mike Roth, Amazon Vice President of Global Customer Fulfillment in a press release.
Pay varies depending on location and role — but here are a few examples pulled from Amazon’s website:
To see what’s available near you, visit amazon.com/seasonal.
And if none of the positions are quite right, follow our Facebook jobs page for more opportunities in the near future!
Your Turn: Where are you working this holiday season?
Susan Shain, senior writer for The Penny Hoarder, is always seeking adventure on a budget. Visit her blog at susanshain.com, or say hi on Twitter @susan_shain.