Huge crowds of people waited in long lines for tips on how to snag one of 30,000 jobs at Amazon Career Day. Here's what it was like on the ground in Arlington.
- Thousands of prospective Amazon employees attended Amazon Career Day on Tuesday in the company's largest recruitment effort to date.
- We visited the event in Arlington, Virginia, the location of Amazon's forthcoming second headquarters and one of six cities chosen to help attendees learn more about the company's 30,000 available jobs.
- "This is a chance for people to really get to the next level and explore and understand [the company]," Ardine Williams, vice president of workforce development, told Business Insider. "It gives them the chance to get a view of the broad range of opportunities that exist at Amazon."
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ARLINGTON - Despite the heat and lengthy lines, some 5,000 prospective Amazon employees descended on Arlington, Virginia, on Tuesday to participate in Amazon Career Day, the e-commerce giant's largest recruitment effort to date.
The event - which was held concurrently in six major US cities: Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Nashville, Seattle, and Arlington - is part of Amazon's push to fill 30,000 open jobs across its corporate offices, fulfillment centers, and stores. The event builds upon smaller-scale employment events such as Amazon Jobs Day, a 2017 career fair held at a company warehouse in New Jersey.
We visited Amazon Career Day in Arlington, which is also the the new location of Amazon's forthcoming second headquarters, or HQ2. Despite the incredibly crowded venue, there was an air of optimism and hopefulness among the diverse array of attendees, spanning all walks of life.
Though Amazon did not take applications, conduct interviews, or make official offers at the event, it featured informational booths, panel discussions, and job development tools. Several attendees came with resumes and briefcases to take advantage of onsite resume reviewing and interview tips, which was by far the most sought-after service in Arlington.
Ardine Williams, vice president of workforce development at Amazon, told Business Insider the event was largely a response to feedback from attendees of previous career development events who indicated they wanted more than just a "singular view" of the company.
"This is a chance for people to really get to the next level and explore and understand [the company]," she said."It gives them the chance to get a view of the broad range of opportunities that exist at Amazon."
Here's a closer look at Amazon Career Day in Arlington, Virginia: