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Amazon's Covid Hiring Boom Has Applicants Packed Into Job Fairs With No Special Precautions

Targeting 100,000 recruits, the company dusted off a holiday season hiring playbook but says it has since begun making events virtual.

Inside An Job Fair Ahead Of Initial Jobless Claims Figures
Photographer: Jim Young/Bloomberg
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On Mar. 18, a laid-off customer-service representative for one of the airline companies attended an Inc. employee orientation in Dallas. He found himself packed into a room with about 70 other applicants, sitting shoulder-to-shoulder to watch a PowerPoint presentation about what it’s like to work for the online retailer. 

The man, who provided a smartphone photo to document his experience, said the event was exactly like one he attended last year for a seasonal holiday job with Amazon. In other words, there were no special precautions to keep attendees safe from the coronavirus. When the man raised concerns about the crowded conditions, he said an Amazon manager mocked him and a fellow recruit sneered.