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The coronavirus outbreak has had a massive impact on business and the global economy, with many industries like hospitality and travel struggling to survive. If you have lost your job due to the pandemic, don’t despair. Other industries are thriving and taking on new employees. Here are five suggestions to help you find a new position before Christmas.
The rise of remote work has facilitated a wide range of online job opportunities. The great thing about these roles is that you can do them anywhere as long as you have a computer and an internet connection. So, if you live in a small town with limited options, these are worth a look.
With so many parents homeschooling, there is now plenty of work available tutoring online to support kids during this tricky time. Many businesses are also looking into online marketing support in the hopes of picking up extra clients to boost their sales. Alternatively, you can do data entry, transcription work, or freelance writing from home. Try searching on LinkedIn by typing “remote” into the location.
With all the panic buying that has occurred this year, and more people cooking and eating at home than ever before, many supermarkets have had to bump up their staffing levels. Check out your local supermarkets to see if they are hiring cashiers, shelf stackers, or managers. Night fill jobs can be an excellent option for those who can’t afford childcare or who want to make sure they are at home with elderly parents or children during the day.
One of the industries that has experienced the highest surge in demand in 2020 is healthcare. While you may not have training as a doctor or nurse, there are many back-office roles within healthcare administration, purchasing, IT support, finance, and human resources. Alternatively, you may be able to find a position as a cleaner, receptionist, or support worker. There are some risks in working in the healthcare industry during the pandemic; however, these jobs are crucial.
One unfortunate side effect of COVID-19 has been an increase in the rate of divorces and separations. The US has seen a 34% spike in divorce rates as couples struggle with the pressures of unemployment, homeschooling, death and illness amongst family and friends, and the stress of extended isolation. Because of this increase, there is a high demand for family lawyers. Again, there may be jobs available in highly trained legal positions and support work for family law firms.
Bike and Fitness Shops
When gyms started closing and outdoor exercise was restricted to a once a day activity, sales on bikes and exercise equipment soared. People are kitting out their home gyms so they can keep in shape and stay sane while stuck inside, and this trend means there is an increased demand for bike retailers and health and fitness stores. It might be worth contacting a few stores in your local area to see if they are hiring, either on the shop floor or in the warehouse to support the massive increase in demand.
If you have lost your job due to COVID-19, hang in there, and don’t lose hope. The economy looks like it is finally turning a corner, and hopefully, there will be a range of opportunities out there for you as more industries start to pick up.