Good news for job seekers: Amazon has just announced that it plans to open a second headquarters in the United States, and hire an additional 50,000 employees to staff it.
The e-tailing giant hasn't yet picked a spot for the new office, but it has listed a series of requirements for the new location, including a metropolitan area that has a population greater than one million, “a stable and business-friendly environment,” and a location that was able to attract and retain workers, according to The New York Times. The move is expected to set off a fierce competition amongst many major cities (aside from Seattle, where its current headquarters is located). Bids to host the new headquarters are due by Oct. 19, and Amazon says it will announce its choice next year.
The company hasn't specified whether those 50,000 employees will be required to work from the new office or will be allowed to work remotely, but Amazon has a solid track record of hiring work-from-home employees.
For example, over the summer the company designated August 2 as "Amazon Jobs Day". The online retailer hired a whopping 50,000 new employees, many of whom now work at 13 fulfillment centers across the country—but some of the opportunities were for work-from-home jobs. (For more information, visit Amazon's jobs website where you can find the locations of the centers and descriptions for the open positions.)
Back in April, Amazon announced that they will be hiring 5,000 work-from-home employees. If you think you've missed the boat, don't despair. AmazonJobs, the site where the company lists open opportunities, still has more than 200 virtual openings. You can find them by visiting Amazon.Jobs, an easy-to-remember URL.
Unlike other more confusing company job portals, Amazon gives you a big button to press to search all of their remote positions with one click. But if you miss that, you'll still get the same work-from-home job openings whether you enter Virtual, Telecommute or Remote for your location—other sites' return different openings depending on which of those three keywords you enter, making searching for the right spot a bit more tedious.
Among open job listings for which applicants can be located anywhere in the U.S.:
Spanish-Fluent Work From Home Customer Service Associate, which calls for a full-time customer service associate fluent in both Spanish and English, posted on 9/5/17.
Amazon Workspaces Consultant, which calls for a computer science or math background and 10 years of experience, posted on 6/20/17.
Customer Advisor, Education, which asks for 5+ years sales experience in education, posted on 6/12/17.
With the Amazon's recent acquisition of Whole Foods, 2017 is shaping up to be a big year for the commerce giant.
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Original story about the announcement that the company would be adding 5,000 virtual employees in 2017 is below.
Amazon, the website where you can buy pretty much anything (or at least pretend to when online window shopping), has come up with a pretty genius way to attract new employees. Over the next year, the company is looking to fill 5,000 new jobs, and get this: They're all work-from-home opportunities.
The positions are part of the company's Virtual Customer Service program, so people who get the gig will become customer service agents who can work from home. Earning money from the comfort of your own couch while wearing pajamas? Sounds pretty sweet to us.
But that's not all. Those who work more than 20 hours a week get life and disability insurance, dental and vision insurance, with premiums fully paid by Amazon, and funding toward medical insurance. Education is also a benefit, since employees can take part in the Amazon Career Choice program which pre-pays 95 percent of tuition for courses in in-demand fields, Real Simple reports.
The e-commerce company made the announcement on April 6 in a press release. In it, Amazon Vice President Tom Weiland addressed the reason why the jobs will be remote: “There are lots of people who want or need a flexible job—whether they’re a military spouse, a college student or a parent—and we’re happy to empower these talented people no matter where they happen to live."'
As for pay, there's no word yet on how much these new Amazon customer service agents will be making, but the press release did mention that the wages would be "competitive." Currently, there's a job listing on the company's website for a Seasonal Work from Home Customer Service Associate that pays $10 per hour, but is only considering applicants from these 24 states: Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Virginia.
As we all know, working from home has its perks, but for parents, they're crucial to work-life balance. By not commuting or having to wake up super early, you're saving not just money and time but also energy, which we all know is important for trying to meet work and family obligations. That's why it's awesome that Amazon is recognizing the need for more work-from-home jobs by creating 5,000 new ones. Let's hope other companies follow suit.
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