Available Jobs During COVID-19

Posted on April 9, 2020 by Doug Crawford, Job Applications.com

As the coronavirus continues to alter daily life, it also keeps changing how and where people work. In recent weeks, millions have transitioned to working from home, had hours cut, or lost their jobs.

Plenty of businesses are adapting to the present challenges, finding ways to keep folks employed and meet the needs of society. If your employment status has changed because of social distancing requirements, you can still find work in one of these essential industries.

Five In-Demand Jobs During the Coronavirus Outbreak

If you’re looking for a new job or temporary work during the coronavirus outbreak, there are a number of places and fields to consider. Here are five important positions that companies are hoping to fill now.

Sales Associates

Government actions have forced many shops to close. However, there are some retailers staying open to meet the public’s needs. A few businesses hiring during the COVID-19 pandemic are grocery and hardware stores. These vendors want more employees to work as cashiers, stock products, and assist customers from a safe distance.

Healthcare Workers

Hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes need more people to help care for the elderly and patients who are ill. While healthcare jobs like nursing and medical assisting are plentiful, both require certification. Many places also have entry-level roles for those without experience, such as on the housekeeping or dining staff.

Delivery Drivers

More families are choosing to get supplies delivered instead of going out. UPS, FedEx and Amazon are looking for additional drivers to transport packages. Jobs with Doordash and UberEats also offer flexible hours picking up and dropping off takeout orders to customers. The grocery service Instacart is currently hiring 300,000 shoppers in locations all across America.

Auto Mechanics

Dependable vehicles are a must-have, even if people are spending more time at home. Auto repair shops are in need of mechanics to perform maintenance like oil changes and fix more complicated issues. Previous experience and training are necessary for these positions.

Construction Workers

Home repairs and building projects still need completed. Construction companies hiring during the coronavirus pandemic are seeking tradespeople such as carpenters, welders, and plumbers. Prospects may qualify for general laborer jobs even without a background in the field.

Seven Companies Hiring During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Many businesses able to stay in operation are as busy as ever. Here are seven with opportunities for permanent and temporary work during the COVID-19 shutdown.

McDonald’s

The drive-thru lanes at McDonald’s are still serving burgers and fries, and the fast food chain needs employees to staff them. The restaurant offers part-time and full-time spots, and crew members begin by making an average of $9 per hour.

Lowe’s

Home improvement stores like Lowe’s remain open through the pandemic. Shoppers seeking materials for repairs and DIY tasks need help from sales associates, customer service representatives, and cashiers. Starting pay for new personnel can be between $8.00 and $15.00 per hour.

Walmart

Some Walmart locations are hiring applicants quickly, often within a single day. The company has over 100,000 positions available nationwide. Regular entry-level jobs include cashiers, greeters, and sales associates. These workers normally make about $9.00 per hour.

Domino’s

Domino’s keeps providing pizza to hungry people stuck at home. The chain is hiring more than 10,000 new employees across the United States. Common entry-level roles include cooks, cashiers, and delivery drivers, with hourly wages varying based on location.

CVS Health

Health and self-care items are incredibly important in times of sickness. To continue meeting each community’s needs, CVS Health is hiring 50,000 full-time, part-time and temporary workers at their nearly 10,000 locations. Team members typically start earning minimum wage.

Dollar General

Dollar General discount stores have a goal to hire 50,000 applicants to help sell groceries and toiletries by the end of April 2020. New hires usually make between $8.00 and $9.00 per hour working at registers, stocking shelves, and assisting customers.

Regional Grocers

Depending on where you live, your neighborhood grocery store may be searching for lots of new employees as well. The southeastern U.S. chain Publix is looking for fill temporary cashier, bagger, and stocker positions. On the east coast, Wawa is hiring both entry-level associates and managers. Check with your local market to see if there are additional opportunities nearby.

Doug was recently featured in the following interview with ABC News 5. He provided tips on how to write a resume and market yourself during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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