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Amazon Offers Work at Home – Both Seasonal and Full Time
Amazon, as we all know is a HUGE company — created in 1994. What started as a book selling site, has grown into this massive online merchant for just about everything. Amazon allows folks like you and me to buy and sell. And being so massive, of course, customer service is needed. And Amazon's virtual workforce seems to always be growing. That's great news for those of us wanting to work from home.
Though I titled this post with “seasonal help” — I want to let you know that they DO offer full time virtual work at home, but I wasn't seeing any current openings for full time right now, so I wanted to focus on what IS available.
What is the Season? How Long Will I Work?
Along with all other retailers, the holiday season is the most busy. Therefore they need to fill their ranks. So Amazon ramps up around early Fall to cover the months of October through January. Though it could extend through February with Valentine's Day sales too. Most of their seasonal job listings state the following:
Seasonal employees may remain with Amazon in a temporary capacity for up to six months, depending on business need. There may be opportunities for regular long term employment.
This is exactly why I wanted to mention that full time is a very real consideration. So even if you need full time, this could be a great opportunity to work toward it.
So the Pay is $10 an hour?
Yes. That is correct. BUT — there will be opportunities for bonuses. They also offer 3-4 weeks of paid training. You cannot miss ANY training days.
What Are the Qualifications?
Here's the big one — and I know this is going to make many unhappy – but Amazon only hires from certain states. I have no idea why, but I'm going to assume it has to with individual state laws and taxes.
So where do they hire from:
Full time and part time opportunities are available in Arizona, Kentucky, Texas, West Virginia, Delaware, Minnesota, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, North Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Virginia for our seasonal customer service associate position.
So that's the first hurdle. Now for specifics, their job listing states the following:
High School Diploma or equivalent
Basic typing, phone, and computer navigation skills
Ability to navigate the Internet, email, and Instant Messenger tools
1+ years in a service environment dealing with the public
Distraction free workspace
High speed hard wired internet (10 MB/second, no WiFi)
Landline phone line for work only
For PC, Windows 7 or 8, Windows Auto Update, & 64-bit Operating system
Microsoft Security Essentials (Windows 7)
Windows Defender (Windows 8)
Is it Just Phones, or Are Their Non-Phone Positions?
Sadly, it's all phones. Unless they have a secret stash of “chat” only positions that they don't advertise for. I realize many want non-phone and kinda dread customer service — but Amazon is a solid company and this really could turn into a great full time career with benefits and the ability to have a flexible schedule that makes work/life balance much easier. And of course, it's work at home which is the main goal for many.