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A Glimpse At Companies Hiring People During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Updated : August 4th, 2020

With the Coronavirus pandemic spreading rapidly across the United States, businesses continue to shutter, causing millions to lose their jobs. As per the latest reports, the unemployment rate has reached 11%, and nearly 26.4 million people have filed for unemployment insurance benefits. Big companies like JCPenny, Under Armour, etc. have begun furloughing their employees only to add to the unemployment. Conversely, many businesses are looking to expand their workforce to meet the spike in demand for their products or services. So which companies are hiring people during the Coronavirus pandemic? Find out here!

List Of Companies Hiring People During The Coronavirus Pandemic

1. 7-Eleven

7-Eleven is the #1 convenience store for essential items such as food, groceries, etc. With consumers stocking up on these items, the company is looking forward to boosting its business. Recently, 7-Eleven announced that it would hire 20,000 employees nationwide to meet the increased demand. It is hiring people for cleaning stores, stocking shelves, and delivering products ordered through its 7NOW delivery app. 

2. Ace Hardware Corporation

Ace Hardware is the largest retail hardware cooperative in the United States. The company and its independent retailers are looking to hire 30,000 employees for their 4,300 locally owned stores to meet the demand. The Ace Hardware Corporation is hiring for full-time, part-time, and seasonal positions.  

3. CVS Health

With consumers stocking up medical and health supplies, CVS Health has witnessed an increase in prescription delivery volume by 300% during this pandemic. To meet the demand, the company is considering hiring about 50,000 temporary, part-time, and full-time employees. 

4. Amazon 

Amazon is a leading e-commerce company. Ever since the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic, the company has experienced a surge in online sales. Besides announcing an increase in pay-per-hour for U.S. employees, the company is also looking to expand its workforce. Recently, the company has announced that it would hire 10,000 part-time and full-time employees across the United States. Further, it is also considering hiring another 75,000 employees to meet the rising demand for its services nationwide.

5. Walmart

Walmart is the largest retailer in the world. To meet the spike in demand, the company has decided to hire about 150,000 new employees. The company, however, has announced that the positions are temporary but, over time, may be converted to permanent positions. Besides, Walmart is offering $150 to $300 bonuses to its full-time and part-time employees working hard to keep the grocery chain stocked.

    6. Kroger

    Kroger, the second-largest general retailer in the United States, is hiring new employees to meet the increased demand for groceries and other products. The company is looking to employ about 20,000 people across retail stores, distribution centers, and manufacturing plants.

    7. Instacart

    Instacart is a pickup and grocery delivery company. It is planning to hire 300,000 full-time service shoppers to meet the demand of online grocery delivery. The company has also announced that it will on-board additional employees over the next 3 months. 

    8. United Parcel Service

    With Americans practicing self-isolation, social distancing, and work-from-home, the need for home package deliveries has increased significantly. To meet the rising demand, the company, in addition to working extra hours, is hiring additional employees to the team. The position includes a warehouse worker, a package delivery driver, etc.

    9. FedEx

    FedEx is another popular company offering delivery services in the United States. The company is hiring 500 full-time and part-time employees nationwide. The positions include package handler, package recovery agent, operation manager, etc.

    10. Gojo

    Hand sanitizers have become an essential item in recent times. Given the panic buying and shortages of the product, manufacturers like Gojo are ramping up the production. The company has announced that it will hire more people for its two manufacturing plants. 

    The list of companies hiring people is not limited to those mentioned above. Businesses in telecommunication, retail, delivery sectors are also looking to expand their workforce to keep up with the demand. 

    It is wiser to take up employment regardless of whether you get full-time, part-time, or temporary jobs, to meet your financial needs in these difficult times. But make sure the company you are working for takes precautionary measures like monitoring employee temperatures, social distancing, distribution of masks, and hand sanitizer to avoid any possible infections. 

    If you have not found any suitable job, you can still make it through your financial crisis by applying for the Coronavirus Stimulus package or UI benefits, provided you meet the eligibility. 

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    1. AUGUST 11, 2020

      The Virginia Employment Commission has proven to be extremely unresponsiveness. I applied for unemployment benefits on June 1, 2020 and was surprisingly advised that my claim was denied because there was no record of my employment during the base year of January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019. However, not only was I employed through the year of 2019, I also filed my state taxes for 2019 in spring of this year and received a refund from the state. Therefore, it is bizarre that the Virginia Employment Commission/Commonwealth of Virginia would have no record of my employment for 2019.

      I appealed this decision on June 17, 2020 via VEC’s web site, via fax, and via mail (USPS) and, almost two months later, I have yet to hear from anyone at VEC with regard to the status of my appeal. I have also not been able to connect with anyone by phone or via chat on VEC’s web site. On July 28, 2020, I applied for Virginia’s Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation and have yet to receive a response concerning my application.

      VEC has demonstrated VERY POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE and it is my hope that someone will finally follow-up with me.

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