What the Coronavirus Means for US Job Seekers and Professionals

What the Coronavirus Means for US Job Seekers and Professionals

Since the start of March, web traffic on US career resource websites has fallen significantly, meaning many Americans are simply not looking for jobs at the same rate. 

While this is surprising, it makes some sense — Americans who’ve been able to keep their jobs likely want to hold onto them because it’s not a good time to pivot careers. 

And people who’ve been laid off or furloughed are busy navigating the difficult process of filing for unemployment, stocking up on essentials, and making sure their families and communities are OK.

Yet even with all the uncertainty, people shouldn’t give up hope on finding gainful employment in the near or immediate future. 

A recently published employment report assembled by hiring managers and recruiters outlines several key industries with thousands of job openings across the US — including jobs that have been created specifically to support people affected by the pandemic.

This report also highlights opportunities for people who can’t risk exposing themselves to the virus — for example, because of underlying health conditions. These opportunities include various types of freelance work that can be done from home. 

Finally, the report concludes by connecting readers to free and relevant resources for putting together their job application, so they can start looking for work sooner rather than later. Check out this full report on COVID-19’s effect on the job market, and learn how you can adapt during this unprecedented time in history.

Samuel Johns

Samuel Johns is a career adviser and in-house resume expert at Resume Genius. When he’s not busy helping countless job seekers improve their resumes and cover letters, you can find him playing badminton at the local sports center or playing with his dog, Ms. Li.

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