Graduating from college is anxiety provoking even when there isn’t a global pandemic happening. This time last year, I was finishing my final semester at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Overall, I felt grateful to be able to have such a fulfilling college experience. But I didn’t fully appreciate just how lucky I was.
The Class of 2020, on the other hand, has it particularly rough.
They are grieving the loss of a traditional end to their college career. Within a matter of days in March, it was ripped away from them. Now as if finishing classes online and graduating without a formal ceremony isn’t bad enough, they have to deal with an even worse fallout: trying to jump-start their career in a shaken economy and job market.
Although I can’t relate to finishing college online, I know what it’s like to scramble for a job in this unprecedented time.
I, too, feel helpless, hopeless, and dejected. I’m sure seniors feel similarly. It’s only natural to feel this way when we think nothing is in our control. But what I’ve learned over the last few weeks is that we do have a tiny bit of control.
Below is a guide for seniors, and recent graduates, as well as anybody who’s looking for a job in quarantine.
What Industries Are Hiring?
It can be frustrating if the field you’re looking to work in isn’t hiring. Try to remember that when you’re starting out, it’s less about where you’re working and more about what you’re doing. Search for roles that can grow your skills and help you land your dream job hopefully not too far off in the future once the Coronavirus crisis is history.
Here are some of the industries that are thriving and looking to hire include shipping, online learning, remote communications, support centers, and more:
- Shipping and delivery companies: Amazon is looking to hire 100,000 workers, and some UPS hubs are hiring as well, mostly for fulfillment and delivery.
- Teleworking software companies: As more companies have transitioned to remote work in order to maintain workers’ health and safety, telecommunication is at an all-time high. In order to successfully work from home, businesses are using teleworking software more than ever, and these companies are trying to meet demands. Some companies that are hiring are Zoom, Slack and Microsoft Teams.
- Tech support: Companies need agents to take customer and technical support calls now more than ever since physical call centers are closed. Since millions of people are struggling to get their telecommuting technology up and running, people need technical support. Websites like support.com posted that they are hiring an unlimited number of remote support agent roles in order to meet demand.
- Online learning: With over 30 million children out of school, online schooling systems are booming and looking to expand capacity. Companies like Outschool are hiring teachers to meet demand. Don’t worry, formal teaching credentials aren’t required.
- Health and Wellness: Since pharmacies are considered essential services, stores like CVS, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, and others are at full demand. Pharmacies all over the country are looking to hire pharmacy clerks and cashiers for their stores.
- Food industry: Supermarkets are one of the few stores that are kept open, and they are struggling to meet the demand of panic-buyers and 24/7 shopping. Stop by your local supermarket to see if there are any job postings, there most likely will be
- Family care: Since school is out, parents have their kids in the house 24/7. For working parents, this is particularly stressful because they aren’t able to get as much work done as needed with kids running around the house. Get into contact with families in your neighborhood to see if they need help with childcare.
- Bill collection: A great way to earn good money while staying safe at home is to work as a bill collector. Check out FlexJobs and Indeed and ZipRecruiter, to see which companies are best suited towards your skills.
- Telemarketing: Marketing goods or services over the telephone to potential customers, is another industry that is booming amidst COVID-19. Every industry partakes in telemarketing, insurance, marketing, finance, health and wellness, etc., which makes it a great way to get experience in your desired field. Take a look at telemarketing job openings on Indeed, FlexJobs, and ZipRecruiter.
- Virtual Assistants: A virtual assistant provides professional administrative, technical, or creative assistance to clients remotely from a home office. Virtual assistants are usually needed across a variety of fields, so you’re more likely to find a position in an industry relevant to your career path. Here are some open virtual assistant positions posted on Remote.co and Indeed.
Check out Forbes’ list of remote jobs in every sector that are hiring right now.
How Can I Find A Job?
There are dozens of websites built to help you find a remote job. Unlike other job boards, these focus solely on remote work opportunities.
- MyWorkChoice: MyWorkChoice lets you find temporary and permanent employment as fast as possible.
- Flexjobs: FlexJobs specializes in the remote and flexible job search market. They have over 50 remote job categories with varying position types like freelance work, part-time work, full-time jobs. There are over 20,000 work-at-home job postings currently listed, all of which have been screened for reputability and legitimacy. Check out remote, entry-level positions at companies like Merck, Amazon, Adobe, and more. If you decide to open an account, be sure to use the code JOBS for 50% off your membership, which includes access to more jobs. Don’t miss their virtual job fair on April 14th, exclusively for members!
- Remote.co: Remote.co hand-curates their list of remote jobs. Roles include customer service positions, design opportunities, developer jobs, recruiter and HR roles, sales jobs, and other remote work (including writers, managers, and marketers).
- JustRemote: JustRemote allows job seekers to filter roles by location, and each listing clearly states if positions have specific country or time zone requirements. JustRemote covers many job verticals including Development, Marketing and Design, HR, and Customer Success positions.
- We Work Remotely: We Work Remotely is a simple, straightforward virtual job board that connects users to available remote jobs in every industry.
- Pangian: Panigan connects remote-minded companies with remote employees. Listen positions include web developers, UX designers, content creators, and digital marketers. If you open an account, you’ll have access to its online community where employers have a chance to learn more about potential employees’ specific skills, interests, and backgrounds.
Check out this page for a more extensive list of the 60 best websites to snag a remote job.
What Else Can I Do?
If you’re interested in making yourself more hirable, there are definite steps you can take to do so. Some businesses are trying to make this unprecedented time more manageable and enjoyable and are offering things like free language classes and free online ivy league courses.
Alternatively, if you have the resources, think about buying a Masterclass on your favorite topic or downloading an audiobook by an expert in your field. Whatever it is, making the most of your quarantine will show future hiring managers that you take your professional development seriously.
Above all else, be sure to take care of your mental and physical health. We’re living in a period of massive uncertainty and fear, and you and your family’s health is more important than anything.