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The ultimate guide to finding a job during coronavirus

Finding a job is hard at the best of times. Right now, let’s face it, is far from the best of times. If you find yourself out of work and in the unfortunate position of not having government support, then you need all the help you can get. 

First of all, should you work? 

Please bear in mind medical advice and if you are in an at-risk category don’t pursue jobs where you have to be outside and in contact with people. Nothing is more important than your health, so do look for jobs that allow you to work from home. 

What kind of roles are there?

Of course, Adzuna is the best place to start a job search, and we want to arm you with all the information you need to find a job. We have seen a fall in the number of vacancies on our site as job adverts expire and fewer new ones take their place. Take a look at our guide to the jobs that are available here. 

Delivery driver checking his list on clipboard in a large warehouse

But the best place to see what is out there is to head to our “Advanced Search” and find jobs posted in the last week. You can narrow your search to jobs that were uploaded in the last 24 hours so you know that they were fresh. 

If you can go outside, then search for jobs that are in your desired commutable distance. If you can’t go outside for whatever reason then look at our remote jobs here.

What are other people searching for?

On Adzuna.co.uk, the number of searches for Amazon, Asda, Tesco, and the Royal Mail have all at least doubled, or in the case of Asda have increased 5x, since the 1st March, so it’s fair to say that people are searching for retail and delivery jobs.

 

Overall “Delivery Driver” searches have gone up 249%, “Work From Home” jobs have increased a whopping 1192%, and “Online” jobs is up 1749%. 

The number of searches for “No experience required” and “Part time” have FALLEN significantly. Bear this in mind that you might face less competition going for jobs that you can’t do at home and aren’t delivery or retail, such as farming or cleaning. 

Who is hiring?

While jobs in bars and restaurants are understandably close to zero as more of them are closed, farming jobs are on the rise. Supermarkets still need staff, and drivers and logistics still have openings. Everyone is understandably trying to manage hiring while keeping distant so some of these jobs may be staggered, so keep an eye out for more. 

Cleaning jobs were some of the only jobs that actually increased during the first few weeks of the crisis, and are holding firm at pre-crisis levels, as more shops and buildings need their premises cleaned more frequently. 

Staying positive if you don’t hear back

The current situation changes everything, and people who are doing their best to manage will understandably struggle to stay on top of all their tasks. If you don’t hear back, try not to be disheartened! Most likely it had nothing to do with you. Try applying again in a few days if the advert is still open, you might just get to the top of the queue. Strike the right balance of kindness, understanding and persistence, and you might get through it. 

Staying motivated 

We’ve put together this guide to staying motivated and making positive steps to find work. This might mean doing some training or classes, or retooling your CV and cover letters to suit different jobs.

Video interviews

Success! All that patience, resilience and persistence has resulted in an interview. But it’s being done via video – what do you do? Luckily we’ve got you covered for Skype, Zoom, Hangouts or whatever service you’re using, with our guide. The key is to treat it like it was a face to face interview. 

Video interview

Onboarding and training

If you get through that, and you get offered a job then congratulations! But how will it work as you get started? Starting a new job is always nervous, but there are new reasons to be nervous. Make sure you ask about protective equipment if you need it, but be patient as things may take a bit of time.

If you need equipment sent to your home, make sure you’re around to receive it, and let your new employer know what you need. A little communication often is usually a good way to go and to show that you’re excited and engaged.

If you have to have training on site, take your own precautions. Remember that people are adapting to this new environment, so things may not be perfect right away, so be understanding and helpful.

Have we missed anything?

Let us know if we missed anything or if there are any topics you want us to give advice on! Get in touch with me at iain@adzuna.com

Further reading:Check out our resources hub which includes up-to-date information including government resources here in the UK. 

Take a look at our job market news section to find the latest information about job losses and sectors.