Another day, another set of disheartening unemployment numbers.
Yes, you read that right. A record 6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment last week, bringing the two-week total to nearly 10 million people. This is, in a word, astonishing.
You are surely wondering how you are going to pay your rent, put food on your table, or afford health care for you and your family
So what are you supposed to do? Well, as I alluded to in a previous post, many of you will have your job waiting for you when this virus finally gets under control. But if you're anything like me, you wonder every day about how this virus is going to change America and how much faith you can actually have that things will return to the way they were.
Here's the thing.
I'm not trying to be insensitive here, however, I think (at least in terms of jobs) that this is a "make lemonade out of lemons" situation.
Yes, things are awful.
Yes, this is something none of us have experienced before.
Yes, for many of us, it's going to be a while before we have a steady stream of income coming in (sorry to say that it sounds like government stimulus checks could take up to 20 weeks to arrive too... sorry).
Ok Mike we get it! Is there any good news?
Well, I don't know if I would classify it as good news, rather, an opportunity.
As you can imagine, there is a major strain on essential services. Grocery chains, delivery services, certain retail stores and many other businesses have come under stress with the amount of panic-buying and general "quarantine shopping" that is happening as a result of Covid-19 lockdowns.
One major result of this strain is the need for more workers, as companies struggle to be able to handle the demand brought on during these tough times. This has resulted in an uptick in hiring, especially for temporary workers.
And herein lies the opportunity. Even if you expect to go back to your job while this is all over, we don't know when that is going to be. So why not consider picking up some temporary work while you wait?
For this reason, I thought it would be helpful to cover some of the companies that have been doing major hiring since the pandemic began.
My Top 4 Companies Currently Hiring
Here is a list of the top 4 companies that are currently hiring. They all present different opportunities, so be sure to take a look at each one and see if one of them might work for you.
It doesn't take a genius to understand that if people are told to stay at home, they are going to be doing a lot more shopping online.
According to the Wall Street Journal, "Amazon.com Inc. plans to hire an additional 100,000 employees in the U.S. as millions of people turn to online deliveries at an unprecedented pace and Americans continue to reorient their lives to limit the spread of the new coronavirus."
One trip over to the Amazon Job Board shows that there are countless opportunities available, some of which that are part time.
According to Amazon workers on Glassdoor, some of the benefits of working at Amazon include: the ability to grow within the company, working with very talented and smart people, and working on very meaningful projects.
So take some time and sift through the positions and see if there is anything suited to your skillset. And when you get a job interview, make sure to brush up on your Amazon interview questions. Amazon hiring managers are known for throwing some "oddball questions" into the mix, so you need to make sure you have the tools you need to answer these questions like a pro!
If you've been anywhere within a quarter-mile of a Costco in the last few weeks, you are well aware that these stores are ground zero for the chaos that has been created by Covid-19.
Lineups out the door and people fighting for toilet paper like two lions over a fresh kill recently prompted Costco to limit their stores to two shoppers per membership card allowed in the store at one time.
The bottom line is, it has been total chaos at Costco stores and they need help. Recently Costco "...opened up a seasonal hiring period to help with the increase in demand." Perhaps the Costco near you has some openings that you could be perfect for?
Now, keep in mind, I've also heard that the "panic buying" phenomenon is slowing down (after the rush to stock up in the initial days of the coronavirus scare, people are not flocking to stores as much) so your local Costco may be adjusting their hiring practices accordingly. So take a look at the job board and see what opportunities might be available.
And if you get an interview, be sure to brush up on your Costco Interview Questions, because competition for the openings could be fierce, especially if they are reducing the number of positions they are hiring for!
America's favorite place to buy graphic tees is not only mass hiring but also "...giving all of its employees in stores and distribution centers a $2-an-hour raise that will last through at least May 2."
If that's not a good news story, I don't know what is. Target is one of those companies that just gets it. Which isn't really a surprise, considering it has been scientifically proven to be most Americans favorite shopping destination.
By all accounts Target is just as great company to work for as it is to shop at, so this should be high on your list if you are looking to supplement your income during this pandemic.
But it won't be a walk in the park! Due to Target's popularity, it's likely that you won't be the only one who wants to work there. So make sure you have a leg up on everyone else and put some time in studying the toughest Target Interview Questions.
It's no surprise that the largest retailer in America is the first store on everyone's mind when panic buying. After all, it feels like there is a Walmart in every town in America and we know that when we walk into a Walmart we can one-stop shop to our heart's content.
Like the companies listed above, Walmart has been feeling the pinch from exploding demand in recent weeks, and this includes both their in-store and online businesses.
It is for this reason that Walmart is hiring roughly 5000 new employees per day! You read that right! As the biggest retailer in America, it is no surprise that their hiring practices are leading the pack.
The great thing for you, is that if there isn't a Walmart in your town, there's likely one within a 20-minute drive of where you're sitting right now. And with the amount of new employees they are looking for, there's a very good chance that this same Walmart near you has some positions available.
So head over to their job board and apply for a few jobs. And then put your nose to the grindstone and brush up on your Walmart Interview Questions so you'll be ready to go as soon as you get the call for an interview.
There you have it. My list of the top 4 companies that are currently mass hiring in response to the pandemic.
If you have been laid off or your job is on hold until the virus gets under control, take some time and consider these 4 companies among your options.
They all present unique opportunities, but more importantly, are offering paid jobs during a time when a paid job is actually scarce.
Strange times indeed. Good luck!