Hundreds of job seekers turned up in Crystal City aiming to get their resumes in front of Amazon’s officials yesterday (Tuesday).
This was one of six job fairs held by the digital giant in hopes of filling 30,000 full- and part-time jobs across the country- including 1,600 jobs in Virginia and 400 in Arlington. The fair, which was held at The Grounds at S. Eads Street and 12th Street S. drew a long line that stretched along 12th Street almost to the Route 1 overpass.
“I would say that we are incredibly pleased and humbled by the response from the community, ” said Ardine Williams, Amazon’s Vice President of People Operations. “I’m not sure what we expected but it’s what we hoped for. This is just amazing.”
Some job seekers at the Crystal City fair came in suits, while others chose a more casual look – with one job seeker wearing cargo shorts and a Nirvana t-shirt. Some were recent graduates, while others were seasoned career professionals.
Amazon said that it’s looking for all kinds of workers from warehouse staff, who will earn at least $15 per hour to pack and ship online orders, to software engineers who can earn over $100,000 per year.
Earlier this year, Amazon had posted its first round of job openings for its headquarters in Northern Virginia. It plans to hire 25,000 people for its new headquarters over the course of the next ten years.