Job search during COVID-19

Job search during COVID-19 is more competitive. Tips on job search during COVID-19 below, to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on your job search. 
job search during COVID-19

  • Several factors impact your job search during COVID-19. Including your location, industry and the companies you are applying to.
  • Stay positive and do not get discouraged by COVID-19. As job seekers can find more opportunities in certain industries.
  • There are less job openings due to COVID 19. But less job seekers are applying. So keep applying, as you may have less competition

New job opportunities during COVID-19 

  • Some organisations started hiring in March 2020, as a result of higher demand. Also see Coronavirus job opportunities.
  • Services Australia has announced 5,000 openings at Centrelink.
  • BHP is hiring 1,500 staff
  • Telstra is recruiting 1,000 call centre staff nationwide. Including staff in Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Townsville, Bathurst and Hobart.
  • Coles is hiring 5,000 casual staff.
  • Services NSW is hiring an additional 1,000 staff
  • Woolworths is also hiring 20,000 nationwide, with 5,000 of the jobs to laid-off Qantas employees.
  • Aldi is hiring due to increased demand.
  • Hospitals are hiring doctors and nurses.
  • Warehousing companies are also hiring.
  • Some companies are redeploying Coronavirus layoffs.

Relief for those affected by COVID-19

  • Countries around the world are offering relief.
  • Australia is currently doubling the Centrelink unemployment benefits as a result of COVID 19. Also offering certain Centrelink supplements.
  • Many countries are releasing packages to support businesses and provide temporary tax relief.

Industries most affected by COVID-19

  • There will probably be more job opportunities in Government, biotechnology, food and healthcare sectors, due to Coronavirus. 
  • Many governments are hiring 1000s to offer services to cope with COVID-19.
  • The travel and tourism industries seem to be most affected at this stage. So job hunting in these industries is very competitive.
  • Also, hospitality and retail are affected by Coronavirus.

How to reduce the effect of COVID-19 on your job search 

  • Network, as networking will help you in the short term and long term.
  • Continue to improve your job search techniques. As this will increase your job hunting success.
  • Improve your resume/ CV and make it stand out.
  • Be more flexible with your expectations.
  • Expand your job hunting as much as possible.
  • If you are currently unemployed, consider roles where you can apply your transferable skills. As this will improve your chances.
  • More companies are allowing employees to work from home. So you can consider these roles.
  • Be prepared for virtual interviewing, video interviewing and phone interviewing. Also see Coronavirus virtual interview tips.
  • Don’t get discouraged by Coronavirus pandemic.
  • Stay positive. As this is always required for a successful job search.
  • Don’t appear too eager or too desperate.

I’ll keep updating “job search during COVID-19“. This article was last updated on 10 April, 2020.

Tips on job search during COVID-19

  • Be prepared to answer questions related to COVID-19. Including, have you traveled overseas and have you had any exposure to Coronavirus.
  • Some companies may have a hiring freeze. But keep networking.
  • As a result of Coronavirus, some companies will conduct more online interviews. 
  • Some companies have put all face to face interviews on hold. But some companies still require a face to face interview.
  • Some companies may take longer to make a hiring decision. 
  • Please share these tips on job search during COVID-19.
  • To ensure that your resume stands out, see my resume services. Also, see my job interview coaching.
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