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.

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Finding 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

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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.

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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?

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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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