The short answer is yes. Many companies are continuing to recruit as normal, while others are ramping up hiring during the COVID-19 pandemic to accommodate increased sales.
However, overall hiring has slowed significantly. Service sector hiring has come to a near halt and many companies, even those with work-from-home capabilities have implemented hiring freezes. ZipRecruiter reported a 29 percent drop in job postings from mid-February to mid-March, compared to the same period last year.
At Jobscan, we’re committed to helping our users and readers land jobs, even when a global pandemic upends the market. Many of the job search tactics used pre-COVID-19 are still viable strategies right now, though some —like networking and keyword optimization— may prove extra fruitful.
Below you’ll find a list of companies looking to fill both temporary and permanent roles, plus 5 tips for job searching during a pandemic.
These Industries Have Ramped Up Hiring
As the economy changes and people are stuck indoors, certain businesses, like digital technology companies, grocers, and medical equipment manufacturers, are opening new jobs. The 30 companies below have announced increased hiring, welcoming many workers displaced by the COVID-19 crisis.
Grocers and Other Essential Retailers
- Dollar Tree
- Dollar General
- Sam’s Club
- The Home Depot
Medical and Pharmaceutical
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Job Searching During the COVID-19 Crisis: 6 Tips
Searching for a job can be stressful under any circumstances. Right now, as people are laid off and hiring slows, competition is high. Companies are likely seeing an spike in the number of resumes they receive, a number that was already too high for many hiring managers to handle. So, how can you stand out?
Tip 1: Include relevant hard skills and keywords on your resume.
Many companies employ applicant tracking systems to sort and rank resumes. An influx of resumes could mean that employers are relying heavily on ATS to weed out applicants and that you could be disqualified before a recruiter or hiring manager even looks at your resume.
Tip 2: Network
Hiring managers love referrals and, due to our human nature, a personal connection carries a lot of weight. Although networking events are not an option right now, you can reach out to colleagues and friends on LinkedIn to let them know you’re looking.
Learn more about how to network on LinkedIn
Tip 3: Approach your job search as you would approach your job
One common mistake job seekers make is failing to put together an action plan. Applying to jobs alone can take several hours a day. In order to be successful, you’ll likely have to research companies and positions, write custom cover letters, network, follow up via email, and more. You see how a job search easily becomes a massive project?
Tip 4: Focus on what you can contribute.
Although hiring managers may very well be sympathetic to your needs, they’ll be much more interested in what you can do for them, especially right now when the candidate pool is large. Remember to use your resume, cover letter, and other communications to highlight your capabilities and the value you can bring to a company.
Tip 5: Follow job search experts on LinkedIn to keep up to date with best practices.
Tip 6: Brush up on your video interviewing skills.
When you ultimately do land an interview, there’s a good chance it will be conducted via video. Have a look at these Zoom interview tips from a seasoned remote worker.
Although hiring has slowed, many companies are still hiring. Now is a time to persist, be patient, be strategic, and optimize your job search collateral so that you stand out from the competition. And if you’ve been considering a career change, now is as good a time as any.