Job seeking and working during COVID-19

This year has been full of surprises… for all the wrong reasons. While COVID-19 has changed how we all live our day-to-day lives, there are some silver linings. If you are looking for work during this unexpected time, we have some tips and hints for job seeking and working during the COVID-19 storm.

Getting a job during COVID-19

More people than ever are looking for jobs right now. You may be a casual who has had their shifts cut, you might be back from overseas or maybe you were already on the hunt for employment.

If you haven’t been in the position to apply for jobs in a while, we have you covered with some great content on getting your resume looking spic and span, answering selection criteria and writing a career summary

But we all know that is only half of the equation. The next step is to find the jobs… and we have you covered for that, too.

Finding the job opportunities during COVID-19

The COVID-19 has definitely gone and mixed it all up, but the opportunities haven’t disappeared. They have just rearranged.

The following industries are looking for workers right now:

  • Retail general (Grocery, liquor stores, etc.)
  • Retail specialised (Pharmacies and Dispensaries)
  • State and Federal Government
  • Freelance and in house technical and IT support
  • At home child care and tutoring
  • Online and virtual learning
  • Warehouse, shipping and logistics
  • Manufactures of medical supplies and personal protective equipment
  • Hospitals
  • Virtual and distance medical care

For some people, this will be a great opportunity to make moves and gain experience in their desired industry.

Employers around the nation are conscious of what’s happening and want to help out. Each day the jobactive website sees new vacancies advertised.

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment has also just launched Jobs Hub to link job seekers with employers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Interviewing remotely

While a lot has changed, some things remain the same. The strength of your application and performance in interviews will still determine your potential for success.

There is a good chance you will be interviewed virtually, which might feel a little less intimidating. But do not underestimate the importance of your ability to be:

  • Punctual
  • Well presented
  • Prepared – and that includes making sure your tech works and you are distraction free
child walks in during a virtual job interview

What are the benefits to job seeking and working during COVID-19?

So you might be thinking that it’s not worth finding work or working right now, but consider how staying employed will help you:

  • Earn money
  • Learn and stay occupied
  • Create experience and make connections
  • Find work easier when the pandemic is over or better still, stay employed

Upskilling and training

Right now there are some great opportunities for people to refresh and fast track their qualification.

Short, online courses

If you have lost your job or your work has been affected because of COVID-19 you can access short, online courses in:

  • nursing
  • teaching
  • health
  • IT
  • science

Courses are heavily discounted for students and payment can be deferred through HECS-HELP for those who are eligible.

Go to CourseSeeker for a list of short courses and their discounted fees, or read the frequently asked questions for further information.

You should also check in with your state government’s online resources. For example, TAFE NSWs Fee free learning.

Changing the way you work during COVID-19

For some people, almost nothing has changed (except for the very important physical distancing and frequent hand washing), others are working from home and it’s a little different but somewhat the same.

However for some who have remained employed, there are lots of new experiences and adjustments. Priorities have shifted, physical and specialised tasks can no longer be performed and your job looks nothing like what it use to look like.

We have some tips on helping you get settled and adjusted to your new work day.

air hi-5 in the workplace

New ways of doing your job

We can’t help you with the individual hurdles but we have some really great tips to make things run a little smoother. They can be applied to any position and team working virtually right now:

  • Place new importance on open and clear communication
  • Schedule regular catch ups with your supervisors
  • Stay connected to your team and check in with each other
  • Use a diary, project planer or project management app to log your projects and create a traceable and accountable log of your time spent working
  • Find new ways to engage and reach out. Lunch time trivia? After work virtual cocktail club?
Dog working at laptop

New ways of thinking about work during COVID-19

Here are some positives ways of thinking to help you make the most of your job in the virtual realm.

Change is an opportunity to:

  • Prove that you are adaptable and a creative problem solver
  • Demonstrate your willingness to learn and try new things
  • Expand your role into new areas, suggest and discuss new projects that you can really sink your teeth into
  • A chance to catch up on mandatory manuals, certifications, training, internal policies… the list goes on

By showing your willingness to compromise and embrace your role in times of crisis or uncertainty, you are creating great experiences and opportunities for yourself in your career journey.

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  1. Hi Rhiannon, I could not agree more! Volunteering shows fantastic initiative and is a great opportunity for experience!

    1. Thanks Grace, volunteering is a great way to get back into the workforce. But also giving back to the community! There are so many people out there that need support!

  2. Volunteering while looking for a job is also a great way to boost skills and experience. You can add these to your CV and offers the possibility of a reference when applying for jobs. It also gives back to the community.

  3. Now at 60+ yrs of age, I’m getting frustrated. I still have something to give back to the work force for a better future for ALL!

    1. Hi Christopher, we understand that job seeking in this age range has a lot of challenges. Have you been accessing resources available via your employment service providers, in particular the Career Transition Assistance program? This program can help you tailor your resume and highlight all you have to give, as well as helping you update any training and improve your digital literacy (but that’s me assuming you’re not already a technology wizard!). Hope this helps and good luck in your job search – Grace

  4. Hi grace
    Under the heading ‘interviewing remotely’ – spelling error – the word ‘susses’ should be ‘success’.

    1. Ooops! We’ll fix it right away. Thanks for reading the blog and paying such close attention 😀

      1. Shouldn’t “carer” journey be “career” journey?

  5. Always try think of a bright side to the situation make you goal and the energy you want to attract ❤️

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