Who's Still Hiring During COVID-19

Finding the job hunt to be extra tough now that COVID-19 has thrown the world economy out of whack? While many jobs have disappeared, there are actually some companies that are expanding or looking to add extra staff during this difficult time. Here are a few industries to consider if you're finding it tough to land a job right now. 

It's undoubtedly a tough time to be searching for a job. Unemployment in Canada hit 13 per cent in the latest jobs report from Statistics Canada, and eight million Canadians have applied for some form of emergency relief since COVID-19 struck. While many places are letting staff go or cutting hours, there are others still that are either expanding or looking to bring more workers in. Here are a few such sectors. 

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Who's still hiring during COVID-19

While some industries on this list may not come as a surprise, others may. Here are the sectors that are still hiring as the novel coronavirus continues to change the world as we know it. 

Health care

It's pretty self explanatory that the health care industry is looking to bolster its numbers as COVID-19 persists. As nurses or other hospital staff either become infected with SARS-CoV-2 or exposed to it, they're entering self-isolation and their health care facilities require replacements. 

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While many businesses or industries closed or slowed down due to COVID-19, the construction sector has only seen things ramp up in most areas. As cities became less crowded and busy, governments have found this to be the perfect opportunity to get ahead on infrastructure projects. And there's likely to be more construction work on the horizon, with Britain recently announcing nearly £2 billion in infrastructure spending as a way to bounce back from the economic pain brought on by the pandemic. 

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Shipping, receiving, and delivery

With people being told to stay home as much as they can, shipping, receiving, and delivery companies have seen a major increase in demand for their services. From delivery drivers to warehouse associates, there are a number of openings currently within this industry for those who have the proper skills. 

Grocery stores and supermarkets

As sanitation efforts (and unnecessary stockpiling) increase, so too does the need for workers at grocery stores and supermarkets. Most grocery stores are also hiring more delivery drivers as people opt to have their food delivered rather than pick it up from the store. 

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Technology and communications

Video conferencing has skyrocketed during COVID-19 as companies still need to stay in touch and plan out their day-to-day operations with their employees. Other communications and technology companies have also seen an uptick in demand, as workplaces adapt to the 'new normal' the novel coronavirus has brought with it. Even if you don't have the required skills right now, it may be a good time to learn something new like coding so you can position yourself well for the job market of the future. 

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