Amazon shifts hiring format after job seekers flood fairs

Candidates should apply online, schedule interview for next week

By Crystal Moyer - Traffic/reporter
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Job seekers who didn't make it out to Amazon's final hiring event on Friday still have time to apply for a job at its new Jacksonville fulfillment centers.

Amazon said there are still positions available, and it’s changing the format of how it’s hiring after long lines that wrapped around the building and zig-zagged through the parking lot at its job fairs this week.

Instead of having a drop-in job fair, like the ones Amazon has been having at the Legends Center, they're encouraging candidates to apply online and then schedule an interview that will be held next week at the Prime Osborn Convention Center.

Amazon officials said they hope it will cut down on the amount of time people are waiting.

One single mother said she spent five hours at the job fair before getting hired.

"It is worth it. I'm going the get the shift that I want, and I'll be able to take care of my family,” she said. "I'm used to being in an office, but I've done warehouse work a long time ago. I'll get to work my three days and then have the rest of the week to go to school, be with my family and relax."

Amazon has been very tight-lipped through the hiring process, not releasing numbers of how many people showed up for the job fairs, how many people it’s already hired or how many more positions are available. 

James Parker took advantage of the opportunities Amazon was offering and snagged a job at one of the new fulfillment centers. But he admitted finding a job was not easy.

"I'm an opportunist. I love opportunities,” Parker said. "It's kind of hard. Nobody would hire me, because I have no experience."

Lawrence Sneed came all the way from Atlanta for a chance to work in his hometown. With his new job, he hopes to move up in the company.

"I miss Jacksonville, so I'm coming back,” Sneed said. "I wanted to work with them and get my foot in the door and prove I'm a good worker."

Dozens of applicants who showed up Friday said they were told that Amazon would call and tell them whether or not they got a job by the end of the day.

To apply online and schedule an interview, visit www.amazondelivers.jobs

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