|Amazon screening applicants|
|Friday, July 20, 2012|
By PATRICK HALL
Online retailer Amazon is set to screen applicants this weekend as it looks to fill around 300 positions at the sorting facility currently under construction in Lebanon, and local residents are still encouraged to apply.
G.C. Hixson, executive director of the Joint Economic & Community Development Board of Wilson County, said the company will be calling applicants and holding interviews this weekend.
“This weekend, they’ll be giving call-backs at Gladeville Baptist Church,” Hixson said.
Hixson noted Amazon is not holding a job fair this weekend, but said people who have already applied could receive calls from the company to come in for an interview. He said up to 300 people could be called in for interviews this weekend.
“They anticipate having about 600 people working at the facility here and they already have about 250,” he said.But Hixson said he and Amazon officials are still encouraging people to apply for positions that are available at the local sorting facility. The company is hiring warehouse associates to be paid between $11 and $13 an hour.
Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or equivalent, be willing to work all shifts, work overtime as required, read and take direction in English and pass a drug screen and background check.
Also, the job has physical requirements that include being able to lift up to 49 pounds, and being able to stand or walk for shifts of 10 to 12 hours long.
Hixson said the construction of the 1 million-square-foot-facility off State Route 840 and Central Pike is expected to be ready for move-in at least by October. He said Amazon is hopeful to move in sooner than that.
“They intend to get into the building in mid-August,” Hixson said.
Anyone who is interested in applying is encouraged to do so by visiting the local Career Center at 155 Legends Drive, Suite M, in Lebanon. Hixson said they are encouraging everyone interested to continue applying as the company may still be giving call-backs in the next month.
He also pointed out the company will be hiring seasonal employees later this year, and said they had around 400 seasonal employees for the holidays last year.