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Coronavirus Careers: Jobs Still Hiring

Updated : August 4th, 2020

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Job losses, layoffs, unemployment, furloughs- these are all the words we have been seeing in the past few weeks. As the US economy seems geared to head into a recession, people are naturally anxious about the future of their employment. In this scenario, are there any careers available despite coronavirus? Is anyone hiring?

The good news is that yes, there are several new jobs coming up even now, some in response to the coronavirus-situation. The bad news is that some of them may require specialized skills. But, don’t let that stop you from applying to the jobs we list below.

Coronavirus: Careers To Look At Now

There are some companies whose business model is letting them survive the ‘new normal’. They have scaled up hiring to meet the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic.

E-Commerce and Retailers

The global e-commerce giant, Amazon, said on March 21 in an Instagram statement that it is looking to hire about 100,000 new employees. It needs more delivery agents, warehousing staff and people to man its brick-and-mortar ventures.

Similarly, Walmart announced plans to hire over 150,000 workers on an hourly basis to fulfill their warehousing and store requirements. 

Grocery chains and supermarkets like CVS, 7-Eleven, etc. are also hiring for various roles including stocking shelves, etc. Grocery delivery service Instacart is looking for gig workers and personal shoppers. Demand for home delivery has jumped in several states.

Meal delivery services have also experienced an upsurge in demand and are looking to increase staff. Papa John’s, Pizza Hut, etc. continue to have good demand. Big FMCG companies like Pepsico are also hiring since they continue to produce packaged food.


Healthcare is obviously one of the most important sectors right now. Protective equipment manufacturers, hospitals, etc are looking to hire doctors, nursing staff, medical assistants, etc. Job search portals are teeming with healthcare job postings.

State Labor Departments

The Labor Departments of most of the states are in the process of hiring people to help process the massive surge in unemployment insurance applications. New York and Michigan have already begun. Some states are even calling upon retired employees to help process the common complaints of people unable to access their accounts.


Some gaming companies are hiring now and with people looking to kill time at home, the sector is slated to grow. Popular gaming platforms and services such as Steam and Xbox have reported a huge rise in the number of users.

Technology Sector

Some of the world’s biggest companies operate within this sector like Google, Apple, Microsoft, Netflix, etc.. Zoom has just exploded because of the massive adoption of teleconferencing for remote working jobs; as companies that are so far surviving have told employees to work from home. They conduct interviews online.

EdTech provider OutSchool is hiring teachers for its K-12 programs.

Sectors Bearing The Brunt Of Coronaviral Recession

The forced shutdowns have affected the following employers very badly:

  • Restaurants, Bars, Pubs
  • Small brick and mortar grocers
  • Cab Drivers
  • Shopping Malls
  • Airlines
  • Event Managers
  • Sitters, Petwalkers, etc.
  • Automotive companies and oil companies
  • Hotels, Inns, etc.
  • Big fashion companies like Macy’s, JCPenney, Victoria’s Secret, etc.

Concerns With The Unemployment Scene: Food For Thought

Since the economic situation is deeply unpredictable now, speculation is rife about how people losing their jobs will settle into the new normal. The nature of the new normal is itself unclear.

One problem with the newly available jobs is of course that they may not be accessible to many groups of job-seekers due to location constraints or unsuitability. People with disabilities will have a tougher time.

Another concern is the temporary and low-skilled nature of some of these coronavirus careers. The initial boom brought on by the extreme situation may fade once the pandemic fades, laying off many such employees. 

There is also a dearth of jobs for white-collar workers with many years of experience. If more companies go bankrupt, they too will form a large part of the unemployed. They may also experience more ageism than ever before.

On a healthcare-related note, people are desperately rushing to job fairs for non-online recruitment processes, not following distancing precautions. This may prolong the pandemic.

In these desperate times, any measures that sustain the economy are welcome. As people look to earn square meals, any jobs are welcome to many workers. It’s hard to see a bright side to the scary numbers coming out every day, but any economic change creates certain opportunities while damaging others.

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  1. So I have been getting ue for 6 months and on Oct 21 I had a fact finding issue found and cleared after taking a month, I got put on hold I got nothing no benefits nothing because I am on hold until cleared up and it was another month later in my favor, I’ve been without payment since Oct 21 since then I have been on HOLD, I am beyond pissed, I call every Fri I see the letter I received saying its in my favor that says I am Monetary Eligible-yet I still have 6 payments on hold. I call DEO and I talk, I beg and I get told “we are working on it”, the letter is in my favor I am poor not rich I am poor Why how do you people get away with this

  2. Hello

    I’m 59 years old and was laid off in March 2020 due to Covid.
    In June 2020 I was advised my job was eliminated and there is no chance of me
    Being brought back. I’m collecting UI since March.

    Pondering the thought of taking my early retirement pension as I can’t survive on
    UI any longer. My pension is of course reduced due to my age. Full pension is age 62.

    If I apply for early reduced pension in this situation, does my UI benefit get decreased? I’m in New York.
    I’m still looking for full time work. No luck.

    Thank you so much

  3. i was just layed off from my job, i did collect benefits in pa. my job is seasonal igot unemployment payments in jan. to april i had 26 weeks of unemployment , but only used about 13 weeks, and was called back to work. i received 2 weeks of 600 dollars of stimlus money. my question is now that i reopened my 2020 claim . i,m i still elegibe for any more stimlus payments along with my regular unemployment payments.

  4. I am 65 yrs old in California and being layed off in Dec 2020. If I apply for unemployment benefits and collect a company pension, will the pension reduce the unemployment benefits ? If you answer call unemployment what is the department or do you have a phone number for a help line. I have called and get automated questions that do not apply to my situation.
    Cannot get to a live person.

  5. Several years ago I was part of a reduction in force and was early-retired for pension purposes. I count on this small pension ($2K/mo) to supplement my employment which has been inconsistent this past two years. I am filing for UI in IL and I qualify for it, but they are saying my pension reduces my UI benefit to zero. Is that right?

    1. Mike,

      That is partially right. The pension will have an impact on UI benefits. Please check for relevant info on the Unemployment Office’s website.

  6. I have $219.00 left on my UE and still no work due to covid-19 will i be able to get a extension on my UE and will it cover the last two weeks. I request payment tomorrow.

      1. My benefits have expired, still.unemployed due to over 65, wdiebrtes, high blood pressure and have one kidney, Can I get PUA , Cares Act for any assistance

  7. im working at a place i have been layed off from a lot in my career.i got 30 yrs in there so i can retire now but need another job to make it hoping to stay working and get more hours.If i take a new job and get layed off there I will BE DRAWING 1400 A MONTH FROM THE JOB I WORKED 30 YRS would i be able to draw unemployment if the new job lays me off and would it be reduced because of my retirement money of 1400 month.

  8. My bf was laid off in April he got the the 600 to start with now he is only getting the unemployment and no extra when we hear ppl getting 3 checks totaling 40k that might be lies but still that is bullshit.

  9. I Sharon Bland or Sharon Scott or Sharon Ann Mccraw
    Use my phone to claim two of my boyfriends and my own benefits. Is that ok ?

  10. I’m getting pua on employment and it was supposed to be backdated to May 27th when I wasn’t ableable to start my new job and somehow it’s August 24th they said it would be backdated been sending messages and pua people keep saying they have emailed you guys too but nobody gets back to me who do I need to contact about this thank you

  11. I check my checking account balance every week but I cannot tell if I am getting my 300.00 extra unemployment. Also. How can I tell if I got my back time unemployment .

    1. Thelma,

      I did not understand what you meant. Please reach out to the Unemployment Office for precise answers to all your questions.

  12. I have exhausted my UI and all extensions. Not eligible for Fed Ed. Does EDD open a PUA claim for me. Or do I have to aoole for it. Its been past 30 days since receiving my Fed Ed denial letter.

  13. i have been unemployed for the whole year almost and since i have been trying to distance myself to better my all around health, it took me this long to file for benefits, i was hoping to get back pay all the way to the beginning.

    1. Zach,

      To qualify, the claimant is required to have sufficient earnings/employment during the “Base Period”. Please use the “Benefits Calculator” available on this website for more.

  14. Thank you o much for investigating this. When I received an overpayment statement and my benefits where stopped I felt my heart drop to my stomach. Already being evicted by a slumlord and now no income, i had to start working when i feel very at risk for getting the virus because of pre-existing conditions and the reason for filing in the first place. i am a cosmetologist and considered non-essential. I feel utterley hopeless and helpless in this situation.

  15. I cannot contact anyone in the unemployment offices because the phone hangs up on me in all cases after listening over and over the recorded message. I have called three numbers .

    I have received pandemic unemployment since March 31st. There was a pending adjudication but I never received any questions, letters nor emails about it and I was approved and paid. Now…this is what the website says:
    7 of 7 entries
    Issue Identification Number Employer Name Issue Type Status Date Mailed Level
    0002 7693 59-01
    PUA Pending 11/16/2020 Adjudication
    0002 4773 71-01
    Program Integrity Mailed 11/6/2020 Adjudicati
    Claimant Inbox
    Select the Search button to display your action items. To narrow your search, input issue date range below and select the Search button.
    Issue Date: From: To: 11/6/2020 to 11/16/2020
    • Below are the items that require your attention and that you need to take action on for your claim.
    • Select the Document ID
    I need this money to survive as others do while I am trying to re-establish any contract freelance work I am capable of doing….I report my small jobs as I get them but they do not come close to equaling my unemployment as of yet. Please tell me where I can go to find out what is needed here.

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