Amazon Is Filling an Additional 100K Jobs. Here’s How to Land One of Them

A man works in an Amazon warehouse.
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It seems Amazon just won’t stop growing. The once humble bookseller is on a hiring spree — the second one in September alone.

The company’s latest recruitment initiative seeks to fill 100,000 part-time and full-time positions. The jobs are primarily related to its delivery and logistics operations and are available across the U.S. and Canada.

“We are opening 100 buildings this month alone across new fulfillment and sortation centers, delivery stations, and other sites,” said Dave Clark, a senior vice president at Amazon, in the recruitment announcement. “We are proud to be hiring 100,000 new associates with pay of $15 per hour or more across those buildings and in our network.”

In select areas, Amazon will pay signing bonuses of up to $1,000. Full-time, W-2 workers are eligible for benefits, including health and dental care that start on day one; paid time off; a retirement plan with company match; parental leave and more.

This latest hiring initiative is tailored toward warehouse, shopping and delivery positions. According to several job listings, most openings require no related work experience — in many cases, not even a resume. You may start working in as little as seven days after completing an application.

Pro Tip

Apply for part- and full-time jobs using Amazon’s job board. Flexible delivery gigs are also available through the Amazon Flex app.

Work history aside, the jobs do have some requirements. Most positions available through this hiring initiative are physically demanding. For warehouse or shopping jobs, you’ll need to be on your feet and may be required to move or carry heavy packages and orders. To qualify for a driving position, you’ll need to have a valid license, and you must be at least 21.

Shopping jobs involve collecting customer orders at Whole Foods and Prime Now locations.

According to Amazon, workers are especially in high demand in these states:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • New Jersey
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

Several jobs listings indicate that pay for warehouse and shopper positions start around $15 an hour, whereas the delivery driver jobs tend to skew higher, starting at $16, $18 or more.

Gigs through the Amazon Flex app are also guaranteed to pay $15 an hour. As a gig worker, you’re considered a 1099 independent contractor — not a W-2 employee — and you won’t be eligible for benefits, no matter how many hours you work. Typically, you’ll have to use your own car or truck. In some locations, you may be able to use a bike or scooter.

We are proud to be hiring 100,000 new associates with pay of $15 per hour or more.

Though it’s peak holiday hiring season, an Amazon spokesperson told The Penny Hoarder that the positions are permanent and not part of any seasonal recruitment efforts.

Amazon’s pledge to hire 100,000 more workers comes less than a week after it unveiled plans to fill 33,000 tech and corporate roles. On Sept. 16, Amazon held its second annual “Career Day” event to kick start that separate initiative. This time, virtually. The company said at least 300,000 people logged on to the event and more than 380,000 people applied.

According to the spokesperson, some positions in safety and security, human resources and information technology are still available.

After this next wave of workers are recruited, Amazon’s workforce is set to exceed one million, second only to Walmart.

The spokesperson also hinted that even more positions are coming ahead of the holidays: “We haven’t announced our seasonal hiring plans yet.”

Adam Hardy is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. He covers the gig economy, entrepreneurship and unique ways to make money. Read his ​latest articles here, or say hi on Twitter @hardyjournalism.