They’re hiring! Companies seek thousands of new employees amid the coronavirus pandemic
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.
Partnering with @HiltonNewsroom to help their incredible workforce while ensuring our own team gets additional support is another way that #collaboration across industries can help our communities. #InThisTogether https://t.co/N4bDYpNBA5— Walgreens News (@WalgreensNews) March 23, 2020
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.
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.
If you or someone you know as been furloughed because of Covid-19 we have openings to help with the increased demand we are seeing in our retail stores and distribution centers. Apply today at https://t.co/iw1mXQ0qwq #nowhiring #job #covid19 #career #employment— Walgreens Jobs (@WalgreensJobs) March 24, 2020
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.
We believe our role serving customers and the community during this time is an important one. Here is a roundup of how we’re addressing COVID-19 and supporting those directly and indirectly impacted. https://t.co/JgdeudxkYS— Amazon (@amazon) March 16, 2020
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.
Our associates are our heroes. To say thank you, we’re providing nearly $550M through special bonuses and advanced quarterly bonus payouts to hourly store, club and supply chain associates. We’re also hiring! We plan to add 150,000 jobs. Read more here: https://t.co/Xdw0F8TkwR pic.twitter.com/TCYyibpDDU— Walmart Inc. (@WalmartInc) March 20, 2020
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.
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.
To better serve the growing consumer demand for grocery delivery, we’re expanding our shopper community. Over the next 3 months, Instacart plans to bring on an additional 300,000 full-service shoppers to act as household heroes for consumers nationwide. https://t.co/JjKX2Q8eBY— Instacart (@Instacart) March 23, 2020
Grocery and Convenience Stores
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.
We’re grateful & unbelievably proud of our amazing team of associates! To support them like they’ve supported the community, we’re expanding our Emergency Leave Guidelines and providing an appreciation bonus. Thank you team! For more info: https://t.co/fEdgld3VOh pic.twitter.com/puWMoxHWfK— Kroger (@kroger) March 21, 2020
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.
Together, we’ll get through this. Sharing the latest update on our response to COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/aIzT8LKgng— ALDI USA (@AldiUSA) March 25, 2020
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.
Join us in our mission of Serving Others. For any individual whose job may be temporarily impacted by COVID-19, we have full and part time positions available across our store, distribution center & private fleet networks! Learn more & apply at https://t.co/Ao7EoifS6T— Dollar General (@DollarGeneral) March 23, 2020
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.
We’re hiring in your area as we stay open to serve our customers with the essential supplies they need! Search and apply online for jobs in your area today: https://t.co/qivYCKrcjK pic.twitter.com/601iPrXKWT— Dollar Tree (@DollarTree) March 23, 2020
Tesco said it is hiring 20,000 "temporary colleagues" amid the pandemic, and interested candidates can also inquire in-store or on their website.
Who’s HIRING + where to APPLY:— Rebecca Jarvis (@RebeccaJarvis) March 19, 2020
Customer Svc, Tech Support, Mktng, Sales??
Zoom – https://t.co/2TVAKG5gFF
Slack – https://t.co/jjpKMNElAP
Warehouse, Truck Drivers, Clerks??
Amazon – https://t.co/Qtd13gHcpR
Kroger – https://t.co/aIAtBOMIik
Safeway – https://t.co/WeEI48xMda
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
Drivers needed. Apply, interview and start the same day in most restaurants. Tips and mileage reimbursement are paid out nightly. Apply today at https://t.co/S88ENIy1s2 or text JOBS to 47272 pic.twitter.com/nyJaN3O5Di— Papa John’s Pizza (@PapaJohns) March 20, 2020
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.