Amazon announced it will host its Career Day 2020 on Wednesday, September 16th. As a part of the nationwide virtual event, Amazon – the largest job creator in the U.S. in the last decade – will give attendees the opportunity to learn about the 33,000 corporate and tech jobs currently available at the company, with thousands of additional hourly positions across the company’s operations network to be announced soon. Of the total available jobs, 368 are in Michigan and 245 in the city of Detroit. All Amazon jobs come with industry-leading pay and competitive benefits – including a minimum wage of $15/hour, health insurance, up to 20 weeks of parental leave, and company-funded upskilling opportunities.
The Career Day event includes three hours of mainstage programming that will feature fireside chats, panel discussions, and interviews with leading career advice experts and Amazon executives. Starting today, participants will also be able to register at www.amazon.jobs/careerday for interactive code reviews and fulfillment center workshops, as well as one of the 20,000 individualized career coaching sessions with an Amazon recruiter.
Last year, 17,000 job seekers attended Amazon Career Day events in six U.S. cities – and more than 200,000 people applied for jobs in the week leading up to the event. Building on that success, Amazon is taking the event virtual and opening Amazon Career Day 2020 to everyone, regardless of their location.
“Each year, I’m fortunate enough to interview thousands of people, from all walks of life, looking to land their dream job,” said Varun Suri, a local Amazon recruiter in Detroit. “Knowing how to navigate our job market is tough in the best of circumstances. I volunteered for Career Day because I want to do everything I can to help folks through these difficult times through 1-to-1 career coaching.”
Looking at job seekers in Detroit
Over half of Detroit job seekers (53%) have been forced to do so because of COVID-19, according to a new Morning Consult survey on job-seeker insights commissioned by Amazon. A majority of those job seekers are trying to transition into fields such as healthcare and technology, sectors expected to continue to grow and hire. Research shows that 66% of seekers are looking for a job in a different industry than they currently work, while 35% feel their current job does not utilize their main skills or training.
The Morning Consult survey also found that (43%) of Detroit job seekers are willing to quit their job to go to another company if that employer-provided company-funded upskilling training. Of those looking for work, nearly one third (32%) see learning technical skills as the most important tool to help them land their next job.