With each day, the news brings updates on more companies issuing massive layoffs, furloughing employees without pay, or closing completely, it's hard to imagine that there is any chance to get a new job. However, there are some industries and companies that not only continue running, but are in need of new employees during these times.
Thanks in major part to social distancing measures being implemented nation-wide, many of these jobs are remote and virtual in nature, lending themselves to potentially be ideal for immunocompromised individuals such as cancer survivors and patients. We've gathered a few lists of companies and industries currently hiring, so that you may take this time to explore jobs and not feel as though you need to wait for the end of the pandemic to potentially land employment.
- As we've been encouraged to stay home, the use of online distributors like Amazon have increased exponentially, for everything from home goods like toilet paper to books and electronics needed to keep us distracted during these times. This means that the online retailer is being accessed constantly and they are recognizing a need to grow and expand their workforce. They announced they will be hiring more than 1,000 full-time work-from home employees with full benefits. Positions range from sales, advertising and account management to human resources, customer service positions, and a variety of spots in the Amazon Web Services division.
- Perhaps your treatment resulted in a low immune system and you were unable to continue work as a teacher due to exposure to the many germs typically floating around classrooms and schools. With the dramatic shift to online learning, many schools are in need of teachers who are willing and able to provide education online. An online education platform, Outschool, has openings for thousands of teachers to meet the current demand.
- The reliance of companies that have shifted their workforce to remote work has been rapidly increasing and thus there's been a greater pressure on remote meeting and communication companies. Companies such as Zoom, Slack, and Microsoft Teams are all looking for more employees to help meet this increase in demand.
- It's a good idea to look into businesses that are considered essential during this time. This includes many food and beverage companies, such as grocery store chains including: Krogers, American Bakers, and PepsiCo. Additionally, large-scale retailers are seeing demands increase daily, so companies such as CVS Pharmacy, Walmart, Walgreens, and Dollar General have all announced their plans to hire for thousands of roles across the country.
While it's possible many of these jobs may not align perfectly with your existing skill set, you can utilize Cancer and Careers' many job search and career resources to help you to identify how to identify areas that you can apply your skills and experience in a way that makes you a competitive candidate. Be sure to check out our free Resume Review Service, Job Search Toolkit publication, the many articles available in the Looking for Work section of our website, and our Ask a Career Coach online forum.
Additionally, useful insight can be gained from our Balancing Work & Cancer webinars that were held in February and March on the Job Search and making a Career Change after cancer, along with some previous recordings that can be found in our Video Archive.
And, as always, feel free to reach out to Cancer and Careers directly, at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you're looking for advice or have any questions regarding the job search during or after a cancer diagnosis.