Companies That Are Hiring During COVID-19

How will the COVID-19 outbreak affect the job market?

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If you’re a job seeker (or are worried that you might become one), this question has probably crossed your mind a dozen times in the past week.

Big drops in job listings already

The impact of the virus on the labor market is already evident in job listings. ZipRecruiter, an online job marketplace, recently saw listings for restaurant and hotel jobs drop about 25% from their level a year ago. Catering jobs dropped nearly 40%. (Aviation, the hardest-hit industry, has seen a 43% drop.)

Fully one-tenth of the jobs created in the current economic expansion has been in the leisure and hospitality sector. 

This is an uncertain time. It’s also an unprecedented time.

It’s totally normal to be anxious and unsettled about the prospects of the job market in the coming weeks. It’s impossible for anyone to make a statement with 100% confidence and accuracy. My goal with this article is to keep you up to date with recent information on how the job market is being affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, and give you analysis from experts in the career space about what that means for you.

Which Industries & Companies Are Still Hiring During The COVID-19 Outbreak?

I recently did a live “Ask Me Anything” session on LinkedIn and this was far and away the number one question — and for good reason!

The great news, which you’ll see validated by recruiters in the “expert advice” section below, is that many companies are still hiring!

Getting results in this market means dialing into the companies and industries that are actively recruiting. This section is going to break down both.

Industries That Are Hiring During COVID-19

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Despite the uncertainty caused by the outbreak, many industries and companies are still growing and hiring right now. The industries mentioned below are “core industries” but the effects of their growth has ripple effects into other industries as well.

For example, if a company/product focused on remote work (like Microsoft Teams or Zoom) is thriving, the advertising agencies, support agencies, and other shoulder companies supporting those businesses will likely be comfortable too (for now).

Please keep that in mind as you read through the industries and companies below.

Large Tech Companies – Companies like Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. are best equipped to handle this situation. Naturally, the were already some of the most sought after companies before the outbreak.

Amazon announced that it will be opening 100,000 new jobs due to delivery demand from the outbreak. Source from March 17th.

Microsoft is making large investments in its remote product suites, especially Teams and the entire Office 365 suite. Teams has jumped from 20 million daily users last November to over 44 million this month (source from March 19th). They are offering free trials for their premium Teams suite (source from March 5th). They are also gearing up for the launch of a new Surface line later this year.

LinkedIn is rallying to support the entire hiring industry from job seekers, to recruiters, to companies looking for employees. They also made LinkedIn Learning courses on remote work 100% free. Source from March 12th.

Finally, Microsoft, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Reddit, Twitter and YouTube (have come together to issue an unprecedented joint statement stating that they will be collaborating to fight fraud and misinformation related to the coronavirus:

Technological growing pains 

While the future of the job market remains unpredictable, what is certain is that how workers are hired has changed — starting with the interview process.

“In response to COVID-19, many companies such as Twitter, Google, Amazon, Target, Ford and Fiat Chrysler, have switched over to video interviews for job candidates,” Kathy Gardner, senior director of public relations for job site FlexJobs tells CNBC Make It. 

Gardner stresses that applicants need to give themselves additional time before an interview to adjust to the technology, and they should consider factors such as audio settings, camera settings and internet connection strength. 

The technological transition from in-person to online interviews is expected to be bumpy for many workers and employers. 

Whatever position you’re looking for, the most successful candidates—whether experienced or right out of school—show up for the job interview with a proactive approach: one in which they’re interviewing the employer as well as the other way around. And in so doing, they come across as attractive, thoughtful and responsible candidates who can be trusted and empowered to take responsibility.

The No. 1 mistake most job hunters make is forgetting that THEY should interview the potential employer—not just the other way around. The best way to explore whether or not the job is a good fit (and whether a company is well-equipped to weather a crisis) before making an awkward-to-reverse commitment is to be a thoughtful questioner, a careful researcher.

Here’s how job hunters often fall short in thoroughly vetting their prospective employers:

1. Failing to prepare adequately for the interview

Most people know they should come to the interview with questions. But few spend enough time working on the due diligence critical to minimizing risk on both sides. Some questions I suggest are: What are the organization’s one-year, three-year, and/or five-year goals? How does my specific role fit into the overall mission? How will my performance be measured? How can I add the greatest value, be most effective?

These seem like obvious questions; but many job seekers accept jobs without understanding these (and other) most basic realities. Without answers to these and other nuts-and-bolts questions, they’re taking a big risk when the reality emerges (as it always does).

2. Failing to understand the values and culture of the organization

Because you may spend more time with work colleagues than with your own family, you’ll want to look forward to spending your day with them. The best way to predict your own satisfaction will be to understand how well your own values align with those of your colleagues.

Values are where you spend your time, money and mindshare. They translate into your priorities. Individual values don’t change much over time. So when doing diligence on a potential employer, try to figure out what drives peers, superiors and subordinates. Where do they spend their time at work? What do they care about, talk about, think about? Seek to understand if these values align with your own.

3. Failing to do reference checks

Most interviewees consider reference checking to be what the employer does. The smart job hunter looks under the hood by spending time with other employees of the firm. Moreover, former employees, bankers, service providers, even customers can give insight into understanding employee motivation and office culture.

You want a preview of the people you will be working with and for. Do they seem like givers or takers? Does there seem to be an environment of teamwork and genuine care for each other as evidenced by listening, empowering and coaching? Are top performers team-oriented stars or self-promoting divas?

Just as the best executives do their own reference-checking, rather than turn it over to HR, you should do your own sleuthing, interviewing past and current employees. And you should try to research not only the company, but also the executives with whom you’ll be working.

4. Failing to understand the quality of the leadership team

We all want work somewhere we can be respected members of a winning team working on something meaningful. I have yet to come across a winning team that lacked a strong leader or a winning strategy around building a durable brand, generally around loyal customers, anticipating the future and responds to customer needs. If you’re considering entrusting your career to the hands of a new organization, make sure you believe in the leader and the mission.

We request all of you to use this period to revamp your resumes ready for job listings.

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