They're hiring! Companies seek thousands of new employees amid the coronavirus pandemic

In this Nov. 27, 2019, file photo Balo Balogun labels items in preparation for a holiday sale at a Walmart Supercenter in Las Vegas. Photo: AP/ John Locher. In this Nov. 27, 2019, file photo Balo Balogun labels items in preparation for a holiday sale at a Walmart Supercenter in Las Vegas.

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Created: March 27, 2020 09:54 AM

While the coronavirus outbreak has left thousands lining up for unemployment, it has also changed the hiring landscape for pharmacies, online retailers, teleworking communications and shipping companies looking to bolster staffing in order to meet the recent surge of demand.

The drastic economic shift with mass layoffs across the hospitality industry brought restaurants, hotels and other service-based jobs to a halt. The pandemic, however, has forced people to stay indoors creating an increase in demand for delivery and online-based services, prompting mass hirings that may provide some relief for those in need of immediate work.

Major corporations like CVS, Amazon, Walmart and more have all announced a number of new positions amid the COVID-19 pandemic as their industries need more hands on deck than ever.

Some companies like Hilton have set up partnerships with leading companies to help facilitate getting furloughed employees back on their feet.

Hilton confirmed to ABC News that it is working to find temporary jobs for tens of thousands of displaced hotel team members through its newly created workforce resource center website. Partnering companies include Albertsons, Amazon, CVS, Lidl, Sunrise Senior Living and Walgreens.

As of Tuesday, there are now more than 350,000 roles listed on the workforce resource site, and Hilton said it anticipates adding more jobs and partner companies in the coming days.

For other displaced job-seekers, LinkedIn has made it easier for businesses to connect with potential applicants during this time by encouraging the use of hashtags #CoronaVirusHiring or #NowHiring in any job hiring posts.

Here is a partial list of some companies hiring, where to apply and companies helping their displaced employees in need of new jobs.

Pharmacies

CVS Health

The company announced Monday that it plans to "immediately fill 50,000 full-time, part-time and temporary roles across the country," calling the move the "most ambitious hiring drive in the company's history."

Thomas Moriarty, chief policy and external affairs officer, told ABC News, that Monday's announcement came as a result of "a growing need for additional employees across our enterprise."

He explained that the positions will span across, "pharmacies and stores, our call centers and warehouses, inventory as well as other front line individuals to help us address this on both a permanent and temporary basis."

CVS will fulfill roles using a technology-enabled hiring process with virtual job fairs, virtual interviews and virtual job tryouts.

"Many roles will be filled by existing CVS Health clients who have had to furlough workers, including Hilton and Marriott," the company said.

Walgreens

Walgreens announced similar measures, saying it is dealing with "significant demands on our stores and pharmacies during this time," and that it is looking to hire approximately 9,500 roles in stores across the U.S., particularly customer service associates, pharmacy technicians and shift leads.

Information on how to apply can be found here.

Online Retailers

Amazon

Amazon said it will hire 100,000 full and part-time positions at fulfillment centers and delivery networks across the U.S., citing heightened demand for delivery services as social distancing measures kick in. Information on how to apply and openings can be found here.

Walmart

Walmart announced it was hiring 150,000 new associates through the end of May for its stores, clubs, distribution centers and fulfillment centers. The roles will initially be temporary, but many can be converted to permanent roles, the company said. More information on where to apply is here.

Instacart

The company that fills grocery store orders plans to hire 300,000 full-service shoppers over the next three months, more than doubling its current workforce. Learn more at the company’s website.

Grocery and Convenience Stores

Kroger

Kroger supermarkets announced it will hire 10,000 full- and part-time workers for their retail stores, manufacturing plants and distribution centers. Information on how to apply can be found in the tweet below.

Aldi

The grocery chain has nearly 5,000 open positions. Most are based in retail stores, but there are a handful of openings in specialized fields such as human resources, public relations, and IT. Apply here.

Dollar General

As many as 50,000 (mostly temporary) jobs are being opened up to support the discount chain’s operations as COVID-19 continues to spread. The company has doubled its hiring rate and hopes to fill those jobs by the end of April. Apply on the company’s website.

Dollar Tree/Family Dollar

The value variety chains plan to bring another 25,000 full- and part-time associates on board to support in-store and distribution roles at over 15,000 locations. For a full list of available positions or to apply online, visit www.DollarTree.com/careers or www.FamilyDollar.com/careers.

Tesco

Tesco said it is hiring 20,000 "temporary colleagues" amid the pandemic, and interested candidates can also inquire in-store or on their website.

Teleworking Software

Both Zoom and Slack have announced new positions as more companies shift to remote work situations and are utilizing telecommunications, video conferencing and more. There is hiring information available here and here, respectively.

Pizza Delivery Chains

Pizza Hut, Domino's and Papa Johns have all announced they are hiring drivers as the demand for delivery rises during stay-in-place COVID-19 orders.

KSTP's Tommy Wiita contributed to this story.


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