Speaking about his commitment to hire more than 25,000 American military veterans and spouses by 2021, Jeff Bezos, the founder, chairman and CEO of Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, said, “We actively seek leaders who can invent, think big, have a bias for action and deliver results on behalf of our customers. These principles look very familiar to men and women who have served our country in the armed forces, and we find that their experience leading people is invaluable in our fast-paced work environment.”
The company has made a particular effort to increase hiring of veterans at its Austin facilities.
The hiring initiative includes several programs. Adapt is a recruiting initiative for wounded, injured and ill military service members to provide career opportunities for the special group of Americans. Adapt focuses on overcoming skill gaps due to medical-focused retirements through advocacy, training, fellowships, and reasonable accommodation. Strategic partnerships for the Adapt program are Special Operations Command’s Care Coalition, Air Force/Army/Marine Corps/Navy Wounded Warrior program offices and the USO.
The Amazon Military Leaders program is for innovative, talented and experienced leaders seeking to become highly influential senior leaders and executives in critical business areas in locations all over the world. If you pushed yourself by volunteering for the most challenging and elite assignments and training during your time in uniform, Amazon is your fit.
The Amazon website also offers other options, including:
• Amazon Flex Deliver for Amazon, be your own boss, set your own schedule, and have more time to pursue your goals and dreams at https://flex.amazon.com.
• Virtual Customer Service Make someone’s day, every day, from the comfort of your home. Apply at https://search.amazondelivers.jobs.
• Fulfillment There might be a Fulfillment Center near you. Find all of our hourly associate positions and see some of the fulfillment management roles.
• Apprenticeships in Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS is committed to helping address high rates of veteran unemployment through our partnership with government and veterans organizations. We, along with other divisions of Amazon, have created a number of programs focused on providing employment resources, educational access and wellness programs aimed at helping veterans transition to successful lives after their years of service.
These full- and part-time roles are spread across the company and come with comprehensive benefits including life and disability insurance, dental and vision insurance, with premiums paid in full by Amazon.
In January 2017, the Department of Labor certified Amazon as an official cloud computing Apprenticeship – meaning service members and veterans can work directly with Amazon to go through a technical training program over 16 weeks, and participate in a paid apprenticeship with Amazon for 12 months. These apprenticeships regularly lead to full-time technical roles at Amazon or elsewhere. Amazon now offers apprenticeships in four locations—Seattle, Dallas, Northern Virginia and Oregon.