The job losses across multiple industries since the COVID-19 pandemic started have been devastating. In the past five weeks, there have been 26.43 million unemployment claims. It can make things look pretty bleak. Particularly in the hospitality, tourism, and retail industries, there have been countless job losses, unfortunately.
No matter what type of economy we are in, however, there are always going to be companies that are hiring. Some industries have even increased their need for employees throughout this pandemic. Here are four industries that are still hiring even in the coronavirus era.
1. Grocery Stores
Throughout the quarantine, urgent demands have been placed on grocery stores. For example, Kroger has over 10,000 positions for immediate hire, Walmart is looking to hire 150,000 workers, and Instacart has 300,000 roles it needs to fill. While many of these roles are for stocking shelves, bagging groceries, and running the cash register, there are also many roles in public relations, supply chain management, and software development that need to be filled.
Today, 44% of Americans take at least one prescription medication, and 17% take three or more. It’s easy to see that pharmacies are still doing quite well. Health is more of a priority now than it has ever been before. Walgreens is hiring over 20,000 positions from pharmacy technicians to shift leads to customer service associates. Also, CVS has plans to hire over 50,000 employees.
3. Teleworking Software
As remote work has increased substantially over the past month, employees have needed tools like video conferencing software and mobile collaboration services. Telecommunication as an industry has grown significantly, and companies like Zoom and Slack have added hundreds of job openings on almost all of their teams. They are hiring everything from accountants to sales people to customer service representatives.
4. Tech Support
Although physical call centers have shut down, many companies still need agents to take customer service and technical support calls. With more and more people working remotely, there is an urgent need for help with setting up and troubleshooting devices and software. Throughout this whole quarantine process, people are still using technology more so than ever before.
If you are seeking new employment, you may need to reevaluate your skill set to determine if you would be a good fit for any of the roles that are in high demand right now. Don’t be discouraged by the current job market. Have persistence and diligence, and be open minded to different possibilities.