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Getting hired in a pandemic: Don't wait until January to look for a job

Posted at 9:19 PM, Dec 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 00:19:13-05

More Americans are filing for unemployment claims.

Lindsey Boetsch spoke with a job recruiter who says if you're looking for a job, don't wait until the beginning of next year.

"We're hearing from many hiring managers that they will still be working to fill their positions over the next couple of weeks," said Karen Policastro.

Karen Policastro is with Robert Half, a recruiting firm. She says now is as good a time as any to put yourself out there especially in this highly competitive job market.

"Make sure you are extremely active over the holidays because many hiring and decision-makers want to be able to have their staff filled and complete and hit the ground running come January," added Policastro.

And now, nine months into the pandemic the job fields that are hiring, are a little different.

"We've seen an influx in accounts payable clerks, collections clerks, HR positions surprisingly, we have a lot of human resource positions come through."

She says with so many people working from home, help desk positions and customer service positions are also in high demand.

"Companies have had to shift and be extremely flexible due to the pandemic. And these positions have definitely become more in demand."

And if you're one of the millions of service industry workers who have lost their jobs or have had your hours cut, these could potentially be great jobs.

"If you've been in the restaurant industry, you definitely have customer service skills. So, cater your resume and/or online profile, cover letter to really highlight the customer experience that you were able to provide."