August 15, 2018
Want to kiss off that daily commute? Now, Amazon, is offering a good selection of positions for job candidates who would prefer to work where they live. The e-commerce giant currently has 244 job openings listed on its website under “virtual locations.” A majority of the jobs are full-time positions and they range across departments and salaries, CNBC reported on August 9.
We checked them out ourselves—and the jobs include Virtual Customer Service Associate, Virtual Contact Center Manager, Virtual H.R. Manager, Virtual Product Manager, Virtual Software Development Engineer, Virtual Enterprise Account Director, and so on.
As a highly sought-after employer, Amazon receives many applications for its positions. So how can you stand out? CNBC got a few tips from Amazon Worldwide Operations Talent Acquisition Director Sean Kelley.
First, he said, become familiar with Amazon’s 14 leadership principles. “The leadership principles are the playbook,” said Kelley. “It’s super straightforward… All you really have to do is tell us stories that align with those principles and help us help you.”
The company expects its hires to have big ideas and limitless ambitions: “Leaders have relentlessly high standards,” according to Amazon’s statement of its principles. “Many people may think these standards are unreasonably high. Leaders are continually raising the bar and drive their teams to deliver high-quality products, services, and processes.”
As for the questions an Amazon recruiter might ask, Bezos himself offered guidance for hiring standards 20 years ago in his 1998 letter to shareholders. He encouraged decision makers to think about three guiding questions: Will you admire this person? Will this person raise the average level of effectiveness of the group they’re entering? Along what dimension might this person be a superstar?”
So, if there’s a superstar lurking inside you, now is the time to show it—and send in that resumé.
Amazon notes that virtual opportunities are not available in all areas. Specific questions about virtual positions can be discussed during the interview process with your recruiter.
Research contact: @AbigailJHess