Jobs and COVID: What you need to know

Jobs and COVID: What you need to know

We are living in unprecedented, uncertain times. Countries around the world are struggling with their responses to COVID-19 pandemic.  A simple glance at your email shows countless items about organizational responses and positions on the virus. It’s difficult to navigate all of that content to know what’s relevant to you personally as well as the business or industry you’re a part of.

From an employment perspective, paying attention to three things can help sort things out.

  1. The numbers

First up is knowing from a numbers standpoint what’s going on with the COVID-19 virus itself and demystifying the scope and scale of how the world is affected. This COVID-19 dashboard is incredibly useful to get live updates on the impact by country and state. It includes data as well as an interactive map. The site was developed by a 17-year-old coding whiz near Seattle and has reportedly attracted 12 million visitors since launching in late December.

  1. Jobs most exposed or at risk

Next, consider how the pandemic affects various jobs, and more importantly, who is the most exposed or at risk. A recent New York Times article took a deep dive into which workers face the greatest Coronavirus risk. It includes an interactive bubble chart of occupations based on their physical proximity to others and exposure to disease. Not surprisingly, those most at risk are workers on the front lines for ensuring we are safe, healthy, and have access to critical resources needed during this crisis.

  1. What jobs are needed

This then begs the question about what jobs are experiencing an increased need. Not everything has come to a complete standstill. But it’s almost a certainty that the employment landscape is going to change. More jobs will become virtual. New industries will emerge, and new skill sets will be needed. For now, workers seeking alternate employment or wanting to smooth out financial burdens can check out our list of trending jobs. Check back often, as we will continue to update our employment opportunities.

If your assignment is on pause because of this situation, we understand the anxiety and disruption you’re facing. And while we don’t have all the answers yet about how long this public health crisis will persist, please know Kelly remains open and operational – here to serve and champion for you. 

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