The Herald News, Thursday, July 27, 2017 – Page B1
By Kevin P. O’Connor
Fall River — Amazon is on the hunt for workers.
It is searching all around the country, but the quest is especially intense in this city.
The Amazon fulfillment center, at 1080 Innovation Way in the biopark, will hold a job fair on Wednesday, Aug. 2, starting at 8 a.m. It is opening its doors to those who want to work there or, at least, look inside.
The company announced Wednesday that it is hiring 50,000 workers around the country. It is holding job fairs at 10 of its sites around the country, including the Fall River plant, which opened in October.
“We are very excited to be making these hires,” said Lauren Lynch, a spokeswoman for Amazon. “Fall River is an important part of our network.
“We are looking to hire more than 100 in Fall River. The jobs will be ready for August.”
The company has been hiring steadily for the past year, according to officers at the Fall River Career Center, which helps with the task.
The Career Center held its own Amazon job fairs, this week, with Amazon hiring officials in the Fall River officer at 446 N. Main St. on Tuesday, in the New Bedford center, 618 Acushnet Ave., New Bedford, on Wednesday. They will be in the Taunton Center, 72 School St., on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“Amazon offers a quick turn around,” said Joseph Viana, director of operations for the Fall River Career Center. “When applicants come in, they will be told immediately if they will be invited to the next step.”
That next step, called a hiring event by Amazon, includes explaining the pay and benefits offered, the shifts available and the jobs open. Applicants must also pass a drug test and submit to a background check.
“If they pass those, they can begin work in a week or two,” Viana said.
Amazon opened its 1.3 million square foot fulfillment center in October, 11 months after breaking ground.
It initially hired 500, but has since increased its workforce to 1,500, Lynch said. It is one of the largest of the 70 fulfillment centers Amazon operates around the country.
On a slow day, the Fall River center ships a million items a week, 7,143 items an hour, according to the general manager Andrew Sweatman.
A press release from Amazon distributed Wednesday stated the Amazon Jobs Day is a first for the company.
“Amazon has hundreds of jobs open in Massachusetts, including the Fall River Fulfillment Center,” the press release stated.
The event will offer “informational sessions, candidate tours and onsite application processes,” according to the company announcement.
Both full time and part time jobs are available, company officials say.
If you can’t make it on Aug. 2, don’t worry. You can always apply at the Career Center, Viana said. The center keeps a current list of available jobs as well as a bank of computers to apply and write resumes and application letters and personnel on hand to help with that.
“People can come in at any time to look to connect with these employment possibilities,” he said.