- Several factors impact your job search during coronavirus. Including your location, industry and the companies you are applying to.
- Stay positive and do not get discouraged by coronavirus. As job seekers can find more opportunities in certain industries.
- There are less job openings due to coronavirus. But some job seekers stopped applying due to coronavirus. So keep applying, as you may have less competition.
New job opportunities during coronavirus
- Some organisations started hiring in March 2020, as a result of higher demand. Also see COVID-19 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 coronavirus
- Countries around the world are offering relief.
- Australia is currently increasing the Centrelink unemployment payments to job seekers as a result of coronavirus. Also offering certain Centrelink payments. In addition to the coronavirus job keeper stimulus package.
- Many countries are releasing packages to support businesses and provide some tax relief.
Industries most affected by coronavirus
- 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 extremely competitive.
- Also, hospitality and retail are affected by coronavirus.
How to reduce the effect of coronavirus 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 COVID-19 virtual interview tips.
- Don’t get discouraged by the 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 coronavirus“. This article was last updated on 28 April, 2020.
Tips on job search during coronavirus
- Be prepared to answer questions related to COVID-19. Including, have you traveled overseas and have you had any exposure to anyone who has coronavirus.
- Some companies may have a hiring freeze. But keep networking.
- As a result of coronavirus, 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.
- Some companies may take longer to make a hiring decision.
- Please share these tips on job search during coronavirus.
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Updated March 30, 2020
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