DONELSON, Tenn. – Hundreds of people hoping to land a job with Amazon attended the Goodwill Career Solutions job fair Friday.
Amazon.com says it is hiring 70,000 full-time seasonal workers around the U.S. to fill orders during the holiday season. A thousand of the jobs will be filled for Amazon's Lebanon Fulfillment center. The center processes orders for shipment.
"These folks are going to be doing general labor they will be pickers and packers shipping and receiving and a big need especially near the holidays," said Jamie Berry with Goodwill Career Solutions.
The world's largest online retailer says the hires are an increase of 40 percent over last year's 50,000 workers. Seasonal employees at Amazon.com Inc. order fulfillment centers are eligible for health care benefits and, on average, earn 94 percent of the wages of regular employees.
Jonathan White filled out his application after his contract job ended over the summer.
"I had an idea that when I went to college that was my meal ticket. Show them my diploma, they would give me an office and that's where I would hang it, but that's not the case," said White.
White said he's filled out at least 40 job applications in the last two months.
"There's just a certain amount of rejection you are willing to take. I can handle no, but at a point it starts to work on your confidence," added White.
Officials with Amazon said these temporary jobs could turn into permanent jobs.
You can apply for one of these jobs every Friday in October from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The positions may pay up to $11.50 an hour.
Students in the Academy of Energy and Power at Maplewood are busy getting ready for next week's Project Expo and had the opportunity to show it off some of their projects to Tennessee Congressman Jim Cooper.