Over 22 million people in the USA lost their jobs due to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. If you’re one of them, you may be looking for a new job and wondering what the current job market is like.
While getting a new job may be difficult in the current climate, hope is not lost completely. In this blog post, we’ll go over some tips to help you stay ahead of the game as you look for a new job.
Read on for tips and tricks to stay ahead of the job market.
1. The Job Market Is Still Recovering
The job market isn’t quite where it was pre-pandemic, so you may find that things are still a bit slow. While job opportunities are opening up, people are still thinking as though the pandemic is still happening. As such, it may take longer to get an interview or to have someone sort through the applications.
Companies that hire engineers, for example, may take a lot longer to do their hiring process than before. That’s partially because we’re still on shaky ground in terms of recovering from the virus, and we may not yet be out of the woods.
Additionally, while many people realize their worth in the job market and no longer settle for lower salaries, many companies are still offering them. Some companies feel that workers are now too demanding and are sticking firmly in not offering more attractive packages.
2. New Variants Are Causing People to Think Twice in Hospitality and Travel Industries
The hospitality and travel sectors have been the worst affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. While many are encouraging people to get out and have vacations or go out to eat since many people have had vaccines, they are still tentative when it comes to hiring people.
New variants of the disease seem to be popping up constantly, making many restaurants, hotels, and resorts open with caution. As a result, they may be working with reduced staff or at a reduced capacity due to the pandemic and may not need the same number of people they did previously.
3. Companies Are Still Remote
While some companies have gone back to their in-office environment, most are still working from home or offering remote working options. You can expect that most jobs if they can be done from home, will be done from home. You may even find that jobs that once were forward and public-facing are replaced with people speaking over the phone or via video calls.
The New World’s Job Market
Suffice to say, the job market has changed forever, as has everything in our lives due to COVID-19. It’s hard to say just how long the effects of the virus will linger on and what long-term effects it will have on the job market and job growth. However, with the widespread vaccine, it seems the job market is poised for a rebound.
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