4 industries hiring during COVID-19

With businesses shuttering across the country in response to the coronavirus outbreak, it can seem like the worst time for job hunting. The U.S. Department of Labor announced that a record 3.28 million unemployment claims were filed between March 15 and March 21.

But while it’s true that many industries and many people are suffering, it’s also true that some industries need workers—in some cases, a LOT of workers—right now. Many are even offering extra pay, hiring bonuses, or other incentives. Here are four fields that are currently hiring in many areas of the country:

  1.  Health care. As hospitals and clinics across the country prepare to be overloaded, many are increasing staff in key areas. Of course many healthcare professions require specific training, licenses, or certifications—but there are many jobs in customer service, administration and recordkeeping, and other areas that do not. One bonus: if you’ve been laid off from a hospitality job, you mind find you have skills that transfer directly to some health care customer service jobs. Interested? Visit CareerOneStop’s Job Finder, enter your ZIP code and search using keywords such as “hospital” “health clinic” or the name of a local hospital or clinic. Or, go directly to the Human Resources section of a local health care facility’s website.
  2. Warehousing and delivery. Goods delivery companies—from giants like Amazon to your local pet store—are seeing huge increases in demand. And they need workers in their warehouses and delivery teams to help them meet that demand. Some businesses hire their own delivery drivers and some use services such as UPS, FedEx, or the postal service—creating a high demand for drivers in those organizations as well. Visit CareerOneStop’s Job Finder, enter your ZIP code, and search using key words such as “delivery” or “warehouse”—or enter a company name.
  3. Grocery stores and pharmacies. With everybody eating at home—and many avoiding public areas—grocery and related stores are busier than ever. Many are ramping up curbside pickup or delivery options and need more employees to fulfill orders. Most of these jobs don’t require experience or training, so they can be a great immediate opportunity. Visit CareerOneStop’s Job Finder, enter your ZIP code, and search using key words such as “grocery” or “retail”—or search directly for the names of grocery stores in your area.
  4. IT support. With so much of the workforce suddenly beginning to work from home, businesses across the country are struggling to meet the IT needs of their new telecommuters. If you have IT support experience—and especially if you’re experienced in remote IT or videoconferencing support—your skills are in high demand. Visit CareerOneStop’s Job Finder, enter your ZIP code, and search using key words such as “IT support”. You can also reach out to local companies and organizations to find out if they need your skills.

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