November 14, 2011, 10:20 AM

Amazon looks to veterans for fulfillment jobs

The e-retailer plans to hire thousands of ex-military members for warehouse positions.

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Amazon.com Inc. said today it plans to hire thousands of U.S. military veterans for temporary and permanent fulfillment jobs.

“Thousands of soldiers are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan this year, and we’re proud to offer opportunities for them to join the hundreds of veterans already working in the Amazon fulfillment network,” says Dave Clark, vice president of Amazon’s North American Operations.

The jobs include positions in operations management, along with picking, packing and shipping and receiving. Amazon, No. 1 in the Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide, says it operates a recruitment program to attract veterans, along with mentoring for hires.

“It was difficult to translate the skills and experiences I cultivated in the military into a language that made sense to civilian employers,” says Justin Fishburn, area manager in Amazon’s Phoenix fulfillment center and a former U.S. Marine Corps captain. “Amazon’s military recruiters understood and valued my background as a military leader.” 

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