Job search: What jobs can I get during coronavirus pandemic?

Businesses have been hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak, and unfortunately, many people have or will lose their jobs as a result. Although some industries are struggling due to the crisis, other industries are seeing higher demand than ever. As a result, there are plenty of jobs going in some of these areas.

What jobs are available during the coronavirus pandemic?

Anita Kalra, Managing Director at employment law firm KLG, said many industries are seeing “increased demand” during the pandemic.

She said: “Whilst some industries have been brought to a halt, there are many industries that have seen an increased demand for new starters as a direct result of the crisis.

“One example is the healthcare industry, where there has been a recruitment drive for doctors, nurses, support staff and call handlers.

“Other examples of roles likely to be available include; delivery drivers (Amazon at the start of March were hiring delivery drivers), supermarket workers, civil servants, fruit pickers, call handlers for the 111 and ACAS service.

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“Online learning companies are also very busy as children are still off school and parents are worrying whether they are getting sufficient learning time, especially now children are out of school.

“Zoom, Microsoft teams and other companies providing similar services are hiring at present.”

Along with other industries, companies working in the food production sector have been on a recruitment drive in recent weeks.

There are a number of UK fruit and vegetable picking jobs currently available, and companies are urgently trying to fill these positions to keep up with increasing demand during the pandemic.

How can you improve your chances of getting a job?

David Stone, CEO and founder of MRL Consulting Group, has more than 20 years experience in recruitment, and says the “number one thing” you can do when looking for a new job is “get in touch with a specialist recruiter”.

He said: “If you’re looking for a new job the number one thing you should do is get in touch with a specialist recruiter, one who knows your sector.

“Reference them, make sure they’re good, and then cultivate a relationship with them. My firm fills roles in very niche high-technology sectors and many of our clients are still hiring.

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“While this is not universal, there are businesses which are still in need of candidates, so get in touch with a recruiter with expert knowledge of your sector – particularly if you have skills or experiences which are in high demand, such as a track record of remote working, medical or technical knowledge.

“A good recruiter can access huge numbers of companies and vacancies quickly and efficiently – let them do the legwork.

“There’s no denying that it’s a tough market at the moment, so make sure your CV and LinkedIn are up to scratch, and use the latter to network and find opportunities.

“Try to get recommendations and references from colleagues and previous employers, engage with people and get familiar with video interviewing so that you’re ready for any opportunities that arise.

“Keep positive and never give up – if nothing else this will put you in the best possible position for when the pandemic passes.”

What support is available if you cannot find a job?

The coronavirus job retention scheme allows an employer to furlough staff and be paid 80 percent of their salary by the Government for up to three months, capped at £2,500 a month.

If you have lost your job due to the pandemic, it is worth checking with your employer whether they may be able to furlough you under the terms of the scheme.

If not, the Government has increased the budget allocated to benefits such as Universal Credit.

You can make a claim for this benefit, and any others you might be entitled to, via the Government website.

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