There are companies that are recruiting extra help right now where you could find work.
The obvious industries include the healthcare sector which is facing unprecedented demand.
Kendra Banks, the managing director of Seek in Australia, told The Guardian Australia there was an increasing demand for nurses, aged care workers, counsellors and social workers.
The National Patient Transport Group is also seeking Ambulance Transport Attendants for their expanding team.
“We’re also seeing a rise in the need for nannies and tutors, as parents and carers who now need to work from home look for additional support in the home with care and education,” Ms Banks said.
Supermarket giants like Woolworths and Coles are also mass hiring for roles like delivery drivers and casual staff to keep their shelves stocked in this period of crisis.
Retail staff with skilled in customer service can also consider joining employers like Centrelink, Services Australia and Telstra who are hiring to manage the surge in demand.
Here are some ideas for where you could find your next job:
Centrelink is hiring 5,000 additional workers to help clear the queues which made national headlines. Services Australia is hiring 5,000 people, namely service officers to help customers access programmes and a range of payments. The NSW Government is also hiring 1,000 communications specialist jobs, with further details to be announced in the future.
Westpac Bank is also recruiting Personal Banking Advisors for their retail banking operations.
Coles has recruited more than 7000 people in just two weeks, but has announced that it needs a further 5,000 employees to meet customer demand.
These roles include store team members to serve customers and restock shelves in Coles supermarkets and liquor stores, customer service agents to deliver orders to Coles online customers, and more than 100 trade-qualified bakers for our in-store bakeries.
Woolworths has also announced it is looking to fill 20,000 roles across its supermarket, e-commerce, supply chain and drinks businesses over the next month.
Food establishments are responding to the spike in Australians ordering takeaway after restrictions to dine in at cafes and restaurants have been implemented.
Pizza chain Domino’s has announced it will be hiring 2,000’ delivery experts’, app-based food delivery services like Menulog have also been recruiting additional drivers. Shopping and delivery service MegaCrew is also hiring shopper/delivery drivers.
If you have skills in digital design such as website development, logo design or e-commerce, there are a number of opportunities on platforms such as Freelancer.com, Upwork, Fiverr or Airtasker. There are many small business owners and sole traders who are looking to shift their business model online – and need help doing it.
Many students are now learning from home, too, and will need additional support. Some popular online tutoring platforms for Australian teachers and students are Airstudy, Cluey Learning, LearnMate, Tutornova, and Tutors Field.
Stephen Tuffley, the director of sales and service at Seek in Australia told SBS: “The resource and mining sector is probably taking the most advantage of the low Australian dollar at the moment.”
“There are jobs out there for mine supervisors, diggers and so on, so skilled and unskilled jobs.”
BHP is preparing to recruit 1,500 people on six-month contracts with roles spanning from machinery and production operators, truck and ancillary equipment drivers, excavator operators, diesel mechanics boilermakers, trade assistants, electricians and cleaners, and warehousing roles.
The jobs will be spread across BHP’s iron ore, coal and copper operations in Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia.