Amazon attracts several hundred job seekers to Fall River

Amazon held a job fair at its Fall River fulfillment center Wednesday, as part of a national hiring push./BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/DAVID PAUL MORRIS
Amazon held a job fair at its Fall River fulfillment center Wednesday, as part of a national hiring push./BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/DAVID PAUL MORRIS

FALL RIVER – Several hundred job hopefuls streamed through the Amazon distribution center Wednesday, taking tours of the massive facility, and trying to secure one of the 700 jobs open in Massachusetts.

The company had announced it planned to hire more than 50,000 people on or immediately following its ‘Jobs Day.’ The job fair at the Fall River fulfillment center, what Amazon calls its distribution facilities, was among ten held across the country.

A spokesman for Amazon said at least 700 positions are available with Amazon in Massachusetts, although not all at the Fall River facility. The distribution center opened last year and now employs about 1,500 people. “There are hundreds of job opportunities here,” he said.

Job seekers took group tours of the 1.3 million-square-foot center, and were told they would have the opportunity to speak directly with recruiters about positions. By 9:45 a.m., about two hours after Amazon started receiving people for the event, more than 200 people had come through the check-in, according to Cedric Ross, an Amazon spokesman.

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A line of people had formed by 7:30 a.m., when Amazon employees arrived. The job fair started earlier as a result. “We didn’t want to keep them outside,” Ross said.

Attracted by advertisements in regional media and word-of-mouth, applicants said they were attracted to Amazon because of its size, the availability of benefits including healthcare insurance on starting date, and the flexible work hours.

Warehouse positions include “order pickers,” the employees who go into the shelves to select the items needed for a customer order, and “packers,” employees who place the items into boxes for shipment, Ross said.

The facility operates 24-7, and multiple shifts were available for center positions, according to the spokesman. Amazon needs both full-time and part-time positions, but company officials did not specify Wednesday how many were needed in Fall River.

Although the event was designed for people seeking positions in the fulfillment center, job candidates who wanted managerial positions also were in the mix. The company is open to speaking with candidates with a variety of experience, Ross said.

“All that we ask is that you come with a form of ID, and that you come with a commitment to customer service,” he said.

Mary MacDonald is a staff writer for the PBN. Contact her at macdonald@pbn.com. Follow her on Twitter at @MaryF_MacDonald.

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