Job search during COVID-19

Job search during COVID-19 is more competitive. Below are job search tips to reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on your job search.

job search during coronavirus

  • 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. As job seekers can find more opportunities in certain industries.
  • There are less job openings due to COVID-19. But some job seekers stopped applying. So keep applying, as you may have less competition.

New job opportunities during COVID-19

  • Some organisations started hiring in March 2020. Also see COVID-19 job opportunities.
  • Services Australia announced 5,000 openings.
  • BHP is hiring new 1,500 employees
  • Telstra is recruiting 1,000 employees Australia wide.
  • Services NSW is hiring an additional 1,000 staff
  • Woolworths is also hiring 20,000 nationwide, with 5,000 to Qantas employees who had been laid-off.
  • Aldi is also employing new staff.
  • Hospitals are hiring doctors and nurses.
  • Warehousing companies are also hiring.
  • Some companies are redeploying COVID-19 layoffs.

Relief for those affected by COVID-19

  • Countries around the world are offering relief.
  • Australia is currently increasing the unemployment payments to job seekers. Also offering certain payments. In addition to the job keeper stimulus package.
  • Many countries are providing financial support packages and decreased tax rates.

Industries most affected by COVID-19

  • There will probably be more job opportunities in Government, biotechnology, food and healthcare sectors.
  • 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 extremely competitive.
  • Also, hospitality and retail are affected by COVID-19.

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 my virtual interview tips. 
  • Don’t get discouraged.
  • Stay positive. As this is always required for a successful job search.
  • Don’t appear too eager or too desperate.

This article was last updated in March 2020.

Tips on job search

  • Be prepared to answer questions related to COVID-19. Including, have you traveled overseas and have you had any exposure to anyone who has COVID-19.
  • Some companies may have a hiring freeze. But keep networking.
  • As a result of COVID-19, most companies will conduct more online virtual interviews.
  • Some companies have put all face to face interviews on hold. But some companies still require a face to face interview.
  • Many companies may take longer to make a hiring decision.
  • Please share these tips on job search during COVID-19.
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