Who’s hiring and how to get hired during the Coronavirus pandemic

Are you looking for coronavirus jobs hiring? If so, you may be hearing unencouraging things like “you are everyone else!” and “are you serious?” Sound familiar?

Well, we’re here to tell you it is possible to find jobs hiring during the coronavirus.

If you do it right, you can even make the coronavirus pandemic work for you instead of against you.

Here is your complete guide to job hunting during the coronavirus pandemic

The statistics

To get some perspective on the coronavirus job loss from the pandemic, approximately 3.8 million Americans who lost their jobs applied for unemployment benefits the week of April 20th, bringing the number of layoffs due to coronavirus to about 30 million in just a month and a half, according to MarketWatch.

“The weekly pace of layoffs has slowed since peaking at 6.9 million at the end of March, but millions more are still expected to apply in the next several weeks. And many are still waiting for states to process and approve their claims,” the article goes on to say.

Meanwhile, the unemployment rate is the highest it’s been since the Great Depression of the 1930s, and, according to senior economist Sal Guatieri of BMO Capital Markets, about 19% of the pre-crisis labor force has already applied for benefits.

But it’s not all bad news.

Coronavirus jobs hiring

Do you know how some companies are absolutely making a killing because of the coronavirus while others are just reporting coronavirus job loss? That applies to jobs, too!

While some positions and industries are indeed suffering, there are also many companies hiring right now.

Government-related, customer service and warehouse workers, package handlers, accountants, and healthcare workers are all still very much in demand in terms of coronavirus jobs hiring. “Search the internet for companies in these sectors and look for open positions that fit with your experience,” head of technology recruiting at GQR Josh Fitzgerald told CNBC. “A role as a marketing associate at an airline probably won’t be available at present, but the same role at a pharmaceutical company might be.”

And don’t forget many hiring managers are working from home with newly minted extra time so they may be more likely to respond than they’d normally be.

And it’s not just the less competitive positions and industries that are hiring right now either; many industries are hiring for 100K jobs too.

“The big winners will be the online companies that don’t rely upon brick-and-mortar locations, healthcare providers, supermarket chains—especially those with a robust online presence— pharmaceutical companies working on cures for diseases, technology companies, and services, such as Zoom, that cater to people working from home,” said Forbes.

Here’s the breakdown:

Healthcare: Everyone knows healthcare workers are in great demand during pandemics, but not every position at a healthcare company needs to be on the front lines. Coronavirus job loss hasn’t affected healthcare the way it has other industries, and some healthcare companies have an increased demand for workers.

Companies like UnitedHealth Group, CVS Health, and Bristol-Myers Squibb have openings for positions like Product Director, Virtual Clinic in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Manager Analytics in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.

Remote meeting and communication companies: Any company worth their salt is thinking about remote work right now. Not only are employees showing they prefer it, but companies are starting to see some of the ways they can use it to their advantage, like cutting costs. Online conferences are much easier than booking a room and buying snacks, for example.

It’s no secret that companies like Zoom and Microsoft (which runs Microsoft Teams) have been seeing a lot of success. In the same vein, Slack is hiring for a Senior Product Manager, Insights in New York, New York.

Online learning companies: Now is a great time for people to brush up on their existing skills or develop new ones. Not to mention how restless everyone has been and respite learning can provide. Plus, unemployment.

Many platforms offering online courses are looking to add new team members such as educational technology company Coursera is currently hiring for several open roles around the country.

Shipping and delivery companies: People have been ordering online more than before, which led Amazon to announce on March 16 that it would be hiring 100,000 new employees to fulfill its delivery needs during this time.

Amazon currently has many job openings, including many high-paying jobs, such as AWS Billing Product Manager in New York, New York, Senior UX Researcher – Transportation and Recipient Experience in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Global T&C Partner Enablement Manager ISVs in New York, New York, Sr. Audio Advertising Partnership Mgr in New York, New York, Proposal Manager, WWPS Federal in Arlington, Virginia, Live Marketing Manager in New York, New York, and Senior Digital Content Producer in New York, New York.

Tech companies: “Tech companies are still hiring feverishly as they move to take advantage of a world shifting increasingly to digital as a result of the coronavirus, despite mass lay-offs elsewhere and growing concerns over plummeting global markets,” according to the Financial Times.

The hardest-hit industries

The accommodation, food services, leisure, and hospitality sectors have been some of the hardest-hit industries and accounted for many of the net losses.

“We cannot precisely quantify the effects of the pandemic on the job market in March. However, it is clear that the decrease in employment and hours and the increase in unemployment can be ascribed to the effects of the illness and efforts to contain the virus,” the Labor Department told CNBC. “About two-thirds of the drop occurred in leisure and hospitality, mainly in food services and drinking places.”

Next were professional and business services, which include lawyers, engineers, and consultants. The vast majority of these employees were “temporary help workers” including laborer and hand material movers, office clerks, and packagers.

Companies that are hiring

So what are the biggest companies that are hiring right now?

In March, Amazon announced it was hiring 100,000 full-time and part-time employees in its fulfillment centers and delivery networks to keep up with rising demand due to the pandemic.

That same month, Dollar General said it was hiring up to 50,000 new employees by the end of April and that it would nearly double the hiring rate during the coronavirus pandemic to meet increased.

Walmart announced similar needs and CVS Health said that it planned to fill 50,000 roles around the country.

7-Eleven said it would hire 20,000 new employees, with Domino’s not far behind with 10,000 workers.

It is definitely encouraging to see some of these large hirings, even if some of the positions they are hiring for may be “lower on the ladder” than we would like.

Take advantage of the extra downtime

Perhaps the best career plan of all is to use some of your newfound time to update your resume and LinkedIn as well as clean up your social media pages.

After all, it’s so easy to underestimate the importance of a squeaky clean online presence.

“Scrub any content you don’t want a potential employer to see — or, if that’s too much work, make your profiles private,” senior vice president of staffing agency Kelly Services Debra Thorpe told CNBC.

Network. Gather your references. Join groups of like-minded people and professionals on both Facebook and LinkedIn. Write articles directly on LinkedIn or share relevant ones you’ve found with your network and in different groups for networking. Grow your networks. Send friend requests to people who have jobs you want. Build your existing skills and develop new ones. Write a stellar cover letter. Look into some of the best job apps and sites.

There are always things to do. You can even find a bit of routine if you feel like you need it.

And don’t forget to simply relax, because who knows when you’ll get the opportunity to do nothing again?

If all else fails, consider the gig economy

There is nothing wrong with taking on part-time or “gig” work in the meantime. While many gig economy jobs have also taken a beating as a result of the coronavirus jobless, it is still another pool to possibly “fish” in. “Business, as usual, isn’t anymore,” lecturer in management communications at the Ivey Business School Jana Seijts told CNBC. “Those who can adapt and seek out possibilities will thrive.”

Consider learning new skills or even enrolling in an online certificate or degree program. “Invest in yourself,” vice president of strategic sales and operations at recruiting agency Aerotek chimed in. “Maybe you haven’t considered a temporary job but, “contingent labor is essential in uncertain economic times because it allows companies to take a paced approach to their recovery.” And don’t worry about “resume gaps.” The unemployment rate right now is staggering and everyone understands that. If they don’t, you don’t want to be talking to them anyway and will have dodged a very big bullet.