By Dave Sébastien
Amazon.com Inc. said it has launched a program to hire 1,000 people who have lost or quit their jobs over the next several years, the latest in the e-commerce giant’s hiring wave.
The company said Thursday it was offering jobs to people who have been unemployed or underemployed for at least a year, including those displaced by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, through the Amazon Returnship program.
Amazon said it was looking to hire professionals in a variety of roles, including financial analysts and software development engineers.
The program includes a first 16-week paid work opportunity in several areas, including operations finance, consumer payments and research, the company said. Amazon said attendees will work remotely for the first 16 weeks, working on a specific project before eventually moving into full-time positions.
Amazon said applicants will go through a short, personalized interview process that takes into account their career trajectory and will receive coaching if selected for the program. Participants will receive child and senior care assistance, as well as relocation reimbursement if they accept a permanent position at Amazon, the company said.
The company announced last month that it was hiring 75,000 workers and offering $ 1,000 signing bonuses in some locations. Amazon has had a very successful year after consumers flocked to online shopping during pandemic lockdowns. The company’s profits since the start of the pandemic have exceeded $ 26 billion, more than the previous three years combined. Its profit tripled in the first quarter to $ 8.1 billion.
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