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How to find a job during COVID-19
Naturally, the health and safety of all people is a priority.
While APM continues to deliver Disability Employment Services to those with an eligible injury, illness and disability looking for work, they have had to change a few simple procedures.
You can still register online for Disability Employment Services and make an appointment by phone or online.
APM’s service hasn’t changed, we’re just eliminating face to face meetings as much as possible.
Employers are hiring and there are job opportunities for people with disability during this challenging time.
Recently NSW Premier Gladys Berejklian, said they would be hiring an extra 1,000 workers for Service NSW, to keep citizens informed about the virus as it changes.
Telstra also reported needing a thousand more call centre staff due to the lockdown.
With many now working from home, the need for internet services and increased data usage means more demand on IT technicians and customer service staff.
But it doesn’t end with customer service call centres.
With people staying home there is a huge demand for food deliveries.
Not only for instant meals (naturally there is a big demand for Uber eats drivers), but also more demand for grocery delivery, requiring more workers at the logistic and customer service end.
Where items are being unpacked, stocked, ordered, re-packed, and shipped for delivery, workers are needed.
Both Woolworths and Coles have been hiring thousands of additional staff for their supermarkets and distribution centres.
COVID-19 has even led to some grocery stores hiring staff to sanitize and clean trolleys and baskets used by shoppers.
Food producers also require help. Farmers rely on backpackers and seasonal staff for jobs such as fruit picking or harvesting, and as many travellers have been forced to return home, farmers are now hiring.
It doesn’t end with food either.
The managing director of Seek in Australia, Kendra Banks said areas where there has been the biggest increase in demand for workers were health services.
These jobs include counsellors, social workers, nurses and aged care workers.
Retail and delivery services have also increased as well as nannies and tutors (for assisting with child-care and home school).
Without making a long list, there are more industries that may depend on the local businesses and employers near you.
APM has more than 400 locations across Australia and our teams can access a range of employers hiring now and work with you to find a job.
Because some new procedures and operations are expected to be long term there are job opportunities for people with disability during COVID-19 and beyond.
Many people with disability have a real opportunity to find work.
And if your particular skills or experience aren’t suited to the positions available now, there are things you can do to become more job-ready for when more businesses return to normal.