CLARIFICATION: Amazon job fair for Tuesday, Wednesday is full; Republic distribution center job fair later

Published: Feb. 19, 2021 at 4:45 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 22, 2021 at 5:59 PM CST
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - The Missouri Job Center in Springfield has provided some clarification that may have caused some confusion and frustration from those trying to get an appointment to the two-day Amazon job fair scheduled for this week at the job center offices on West Sunshine.

It turns out that there were no job postings for the huge Amazon Distribution Center center in Republic other than a handful of managerial openings. The around 500 jobs at the warehouse itself will be posted at a later date as that facility is not scheduled to open until August.

The only jobs Amazon was filling at the job fair were its Springfield big-box delivery facility scheduled to open in March and all 155 appointments were quickly filled.

The Missouri Job Center’s original posting on Friday widely shared on social media stated that Amazon was hiring for both of its new locations.

According to Katherine Trombetta, the Communications Coordinator for The Missouri Job Center, the job center did not get the specific information that it was a Springfield-only hiring event.

“So when Amazon initially contacted us and told us they were ready to start hiring we of course thought they meant the Republic Distribution Center in addition to the AMXL facility in Springfield,” Trombetta explained. “So we went ahead and pushed out the information for both facilities not realizing they weren’t quite ready yet to start hiring for Republic.”

Trombetta said the job center has also not been informed as to when the Republic job openings will be posted.

“We do not know a date at this time,” she said. “But we think it will be fairly soon. I would just encourage everyone to go on and every Friday evening they post new openings. So be looking for the Republic center when those jobs become available.”

The fact that the Republic jobs weren’t posted yet led to a lot of confusion and frustration from job seekers over the weekend and even those looking for the Springfield jobs found out that the appointments had been gobbled up quickly.

“If you go on our website right now you probably won’t find any jobs for Amazon anymore because those jobs were closed when all the appointments were filled,” Trombetta pointed out. “And we would just ask that if you don’t have an appointment please don’t come tomorrow expecting to talk to someone from Amazon. All their appointments are full and so they won’t have anyone here who’ll be available to talk to you.”

So while the first Amazon job fair has gotten off to a confusing start, there will be more job opportunities from the world’s largest on-line retailer in the near future.

“We apologize for any inconvenience but this just shows how excited the Springfield and Republic communities are that Amazon is coming to town,” Trombetta said. “Stay tuned. There is more to come.”

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