At the end of April 2020, the labor force participation rate had decreased to 60.2 percent, its lowest mark since 1973. Since this date, the rate has dropped even further. The truth of this matter is not that only 60% of Americans are needed in the workforce at the moment. Rather, certain jobs are not as valuable in this unprecedented environment, while others demand more workers than ever before. If you have recently become unemployed, you may still belong in the workforce in an impactful role relevant to the crisis at hand. Many of these potential roles, and steps to receiving them, are outlined below.
In-person Jobs in Local Communities
Unemployed adults can find jobs at their local grocery stores, hardware stores, and pharmacy stores. These establishments are hiring temporary staff reinforcements, and individuals can go to their local store to inquire about job opportunities. People can also find jobs at delivery services like Instacart, which are hiring more employees to account for the growing demand for door-to-door services. Jobs at Instacart can be found at this link.
Demand for temperature screeners has also skyrocketed as a result of COVID-19. These workers are tasked with taking the temperature of people to gauge their likelihood of having coronavirus. Colleges, professional sports teams, companies, and airports are all in need of temperature screeners as they plan to reopen their establishments. This job pays up to $25/hour and can be received without too much training. Temperature screener jobs can be found through searching for “Temporary Screener” on platforms like Indeed. Jobs can also be found at local hospitals, where many of these screeners are demanded.
Remote Jobs in High Demand
Many new jobs have actually been created as a result of the coronavirus. Contact tracers, COVID-19 testers, and COVID-19 caregivers are all in high demand. Contact tracers are tasked with calling those who have tested positive for coronavirus, and with asking those infected to recall the names of everyone with whom they have recently come into contact.
Experts estimate that over 100,000 contact tracers will be needed nationwide–These workers can earn up to $65,000/year. John Hopkins’ free COVID-19 contact tracing course takes only 5 hours and gives the training required for this position. Since minimal training is required, those who are unemployed should look into this particularly impactful role. The CONTRACE Public Health Corps provides an application which, when submitted, adds you to a national database for all remote contact tracing positions. Many states have opened up contact tracer applications through their public health departments. Contact tracer jobs can also be found through searching for them on Indeed.
With millions of children out of school, online learning resources are also more needed than ever. Jobs as tutors are available at online learning companies and can be found through searching “Online Tutor” on Indeed.
Websites where jobs can be found
By typing a word like “remote” into any job board search bar, thousands of listings will come up. Specific websites where jobs can be found are listed in a past Vola article on working remotely.
Particularly helpful websites where jobs can be found include the following:
Modern Day Jobs includes 100+ ways to make money online. This website includes positions that are particularly valuable for those who expect their job loss to be temporary.
Stillhiring.io gives in-the-moment updates of new job opportunities and includes a weekly newsletter with these job opportunities included.
Remotiv.io focuses on opportunities within technology, particularly at startups. No coding experience is required for many of the jobs offered, but students and workers alike can find great jobs to get immersed within the technology industry.
AngelList is another website aimed at helping job-seekers looking to work at startups. Prospective employees can send a message to a recruiter from a startup and will hear back if a match is found.