“I don’t know what lies around the bend, but I’m going to believe that the best does.” – from Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
The jobs that are in demand right now
Look, somebody writing a blog about, say, Horror Movie Jobs We Should Avoid
(yup, I’m looking at me) might not be so important to the survival of humanity right now… (I DO have lots of zombie experience, though!) But there are certain jobs crucial to the wellbeing and safekeeping of our communities, given the impact COVID-19 is having worldwide. Your skills could be put to good use in any of the following jobs...
Shipping and delivery companies
Yes, people are still shopping. And a lot more is happening online now, due to social isolation and COVID-19 fears. Shipping and delivery companies
will need loads of extra hands to get the goods packed and ready for sending and delivery to where it needs to go. Think the Australian Postal Service, DHL and other courier services.
Grocery stores and food delivery services
Grocery stores, chemists and food delivery services are some of the essential services that haven’t been locked down, and we should all be eternally grateful to the workers who keep them running. They’re endlessly stocking and restocking shelves, trying to mollify customers and keeping our bellies full and happy, and we owe them our gratitude. Services such as UberEats, Domino’s pizza delivery, Deliveroo, Menulog, Woolies, Coles, Aldi and IGA are all searching for more workers who have nerves of steel and the courage to face the slavering masses. Food delivery companies are generally an option for anyone with a car, motorbike or e-bike. Check out Domino's search for new employees at this link
Today (27 March), Woolworths announced they're looking to hire 20,000 new employees - find out more at the link here
Dinner's on the way.
Online learning companies and tutors
What with schooling and learning increasingly becoming part of the virtual world, there’s a great opportunity to repurpose your key skills and use them to create practical online lessons and activities for kids, parents and teachers. You could even start teaching online classes yourself: perhaps you’re a whizz at playing guitar, or good at Canva? Figure out what other people may be able to learn from you, create some cool lesson plans around it, and then start punting yourself online. This could even work for Personal Trainers and exercise gurus: develop the Next Big Isolation Bootcamp! The bonus is, there’s no limit to the amount of people you may be able to reach with your bespoke courses and resources…
Time to upskill!
Babysitting, nannies, in-house tutors and odd-jobbing
While many parents may be working from home, there are still working families that really need some help with their younger kids right now – especially with school holidays being just around the corner! If you’re healthy (and can prove it) and have the right certification (depending on what you want to do) reach out to some of the families in your neighbourhood that might need help with their kids, be it looking after them or tutoring them.
There are also other general ways to reach out to people right now:
- Shop and deliver groceries for older or frail people that can’t leave their homes right now
- Cook soup in bulk or bake loads of muffins to give to people you know who might not have the time or resources to cook for themselves, or might not have access to enough food
- Offer your services as general handyperson around your neighbourhood: mow lawns, do gardening, repair basic wear and tear on houses, walk someone’s dog, do someone’s washing…
One way of finding your new niche could be by creating some flyers to put in people’s post boxes, asking them to let you know what they need. Very soon you could start a lucrative side hustle!
Here’s the thing: more people are cooking and eating at home, since our restaurants and pubs are closed – and you can only stomach so much takeaway, anyway… This is good news for our produce farmers, since demand for their product is up. Virginia Farms Produce just outside of Adelaide, for example, has seen a rise of between 25% and 30% in sales of their potatoes and onions
– and have started looking for extra staff in various positions because of it. Roles on farms can be permanent or casual, and involve picking, packing, grading and driving forklifts. The Harvest Trail
website is a government resource to connect farmers with labourers.
You probably know that Telstra recently sent out a recruitment call for 1,000 call centre staff nationwide – people with call centre or retail customer service experience are needed to handle calls from loads of customers who need assistance
Professional cleaning and hygiene services
Think everything from helping home owners to clean their spaces and cleaning shopping centres and food courts to doing professional corporate cleaning for big companies, keeping hospitals pristine, everyday refuse removal and even crime-scene cleaning! Using soap and water is one sure-fire way of keeping the Coronavirus at bay, so the people who are keeping our social and communal spaces sparkling are doing an increasingly important job. It’s not easy, and of course there’s a hint of danger to it too – but knowing that what you do is literally keeping whole cities safe is worth it. Many councils are upping their cleaning services right now and looking for suitable staff, so reach out to see which opportunities might be available. You’d be surprised at how specialised some of the positions can be
Cleaning: a dangerous business...
Counsellors and social services
What’s happening now is having an impact on our mental health – having someone professional to talk to and help us through the worst of it is going to be important. Counselling and working in social services
offer a wide range of opportunities and can be an extremely rewarding job. We always need more people who can really listen and make a difference!
Nurses, doctors, aged-care workers, science and health communicators are all playing a crucial role in the battle against COVID-19
. It’s hard work, and dangerous: health workers are our front line of defense and often pay the price in exhaustion and illness (both physical and mental). But if it weren’t for them, the rest of us would be pretty much done for.
Aged-care workers are key to the mental and physical wellbeing of older people and people in care facilities, many of them isolated and alone because their families can’t currently care for them or be there physically to comfort them. Aged-care workers are the lifeline that keeps their wards in touch with their families and loved ones
. Remember, too, that aged-care centres need chefs, waiters, housekeeping staff, laundry staff and catering staff.
Caretaking can be life-changing - for you and others.
If earning money is not your top priority right now, consider volunteering for a worthy cause
. You could offer your support to Beyond Blue
, for example, and become a point of contact for people who are really suffering and desperate. You could find out which charities in your community need volunteers to help with cooking, delivering care packages, taking care of animals or creating entertainment for vulnerable groups. Keep an eye on online notice boards and community newsletters to see where you might be able to help.
Other things you can do to build up your resumé during COVID-19
The trick to keep going right now is exactly that: keep going. Yes, the future is uncertain, but you can get your life back on track by taking action and making some decisions to improve your future
. For example:
- Have a look at online courses you can do from home or learn some skills that might be good to put on a resumé.
- Use this opportunity to help others – you might get rewarded with some positive references!
- If you want to build up your qualifications so that they will be recognised nationally, consider various apprenticeships and traineeships in the abovementioned industries. This way, you're not only working towards a nationally recognised qualification, but you're also getting paid and gaining valuable work experience!
Future in-demand jobs
Eventually, life will go back to normal. And when it does, remember that there will be a demand for skills in these industries in the next 10 years:
- Aged and Disabled Carers
- Registered Nurses
- Child Carers
- General Sales Assistants
- General Clerks
- Education and Training Aides
- Truck Drivers
- Software and Applications Programmers
- Advertising, Public Relations and Sales Managers
- General Practitioners and Resident Medical Officers
- Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
Ready to get yourself a job? Check out the Skillsroad Jobs Board below, for a range of exciting entry-level jobs.