As the coronavirus pandemic continues to alter the very basics of daily life in the U.S., many people are learning that their jobs no longer exist — at least for now — or that their hours are being drastically cut.
If you are one of those people, you might be wondering if anyone is hiring workers right now. The good news is that the answer is “Yes,” and that will likely continue to be the case as we as a country adapt to a new way of living in order to try to limit the negative impacts of COVID-19.
Here’s Who Has Announced Job Openings Right Now
Keep in mind that some jobs will be filled and new ones will open up, so postings can change quickly. Check back often if you’re not seeing what you’re looking for at any particular time.
The national hardware chain announced April 3 that its locally owned stores are hiring more than 30,000 around the country
“Full-time, part-time and seasonal positions are available at Ace Hardware’s Retail Support Centers (RSCs) and more than 4,300 locally owned stores across the United States,” the company said in a press release.
The discount grocer said on March 25 that it had hired 7,500 employees in a week in response to increased demand and is continuing to hire more each day.
The company also said that it has implemented temporary wage increases for those working in its stores and warehouses.
Amazon announced April 13 that it is hiring 75,000 more workers after already bringing on 100,000 people in a month to meet a huge surge in demand for its home delivery of goods.
The company had previously said that it is increasing pay $2 an hour through April for “employees and partners who are in fulfillment centers, transportation operations, stores or those making deliveries so that others can remain at home.” That means those jobs will pay $17 an hour at the minimum.
The company says you can apply with no resume or previous work experience and get to work within seven days.
BJ’s Wholesale Club
BJ’s said on March 23 that it is “actively hiring for permanent and temporary positions in clubs throughout its footprint in the Eastern United States.”
In addition, the company says that is paying hourly team members in the company’s clubs, distribution centers and home office an additional $2 per hour for each hour worked March 23 through at least April 12.
CVS announced March 23 that it “plans to immediately fill 50,000 full-time, part-time and temporary roles across the country.” The roles being filled include:
- Store associates
- Home delivery drivers
- Distribution center workers
- Customer service representatives
The company also said it will help both full- and part-time employees with both child and elder or adult dependent care needs. Employees will be able to take advantage of up to 25 fully covered days of backup care beginning in early April.
The company has announced plans to double its hiring rate and “add up to 50,000 employees by the end of April.”
“While Dollar General currently anticipates the majority of these roles to be temporary, the Company has a strong track record of career growth and anticipates providing long-term career growth opportunities to some of these new employees,” the company said in a press release.
Dollar Tree & Family Dollar
Dollar Tree announced March 20 that it plans to hire 25,000 additional associates at its Dollar Tree and Family Dollar stores and distribution centers across the country.
Open positions include:
- Full- and part-time managers
- Order fillers
- Equipment operators
- Warehouse associates
The popular pizza takeout and deliver chain says it is hiring 10,000 workers to meet delivery demand during the coronavirus outbreak.
According to the company, “All stores now have the ability to execute contactless delivery, while carryout remains open for those who prefer that option.”
Open positions include “delivery experts, pizza makers, customer service representatives, managers and assistant managers.”
Jobs site Indeed says that pay for these positions can generally range from around $9 to $15 an hour.
Texas-based grocery chain H-E-B has also posted new temporary job opportunities as it strives to meet an increase in demand for food and other household goods, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Pay for the positions ranges from around $9.50 to $15 an hour and could lead to permanent employment.
The home grocery delivery service has said they will be hiring an additional 300,000 full-service shoppers over the next three months.
“All in-store shoppers nationwide now have access to sick pay, an accrued benefit that can be used as paid time off if you’re absent from work due to illness or injury,” company CEO Apoorva Mehta said in an open letter to current employees.
The Kroger family of grocery stores — which includes Fred Meyer and Ralph’s, among others — also said it has “immediate positions available…across our retail stores, manufacturing plants and distribution centers,” according to USA Today.
According Indeed, jobs at Kroger generally pay between around $8.50 and $15.00 an hour.
The home improvement chain is hiring 30,000 additional employees and giving employees $80 million dollars in bonuses, the company’s CEO told USA Today.
The bonuses coming to 300,000 employees range from $150 for part-time workers to $300 for full-time workers and will be issues March 31.
The restaurant chain is hiring for more than 30,000 open positions nationwide, according to a March 23 company blog post.
Open positions include:
- Shift leaders
- Restaurant managers
- Virtual call center agents
- Delivery drivers
The regional grocery chain announced March 20 that it is hiring “thousands” of employees by the end of March in its stores and distribution centers.
“Various positions are available at stores throughout the company’s seven-state operating area and at nine distribution centers located in Boynton Beach, Deerfield Beach, Jacksonville, Lakeland, Miami, Orlando, and Sarasota, Florida; Lawrenceville, Georgia; and McCalla, Alabama,” the company said.
The pharmacy chain announced April 6 that it plans to hire 5,000 people to fill full- and part-time roles in stores and distribution centers across the country. Positions include cashiers, pharmacy technicians and distribution center associates.
As part of the company’s Hero Program, hourly associates in stores, clinics and distribution centers are getting a pay increase of $2 an hour through at least May 2, 2020.
Convenience-store chain 7-Eleven says it is hiring up to 20,000 workers to meet additional demand.
The company “anticipates the store employee position would meet a surge in mobile orders through its 7NOW delivery app, which offers delivery of essentials and nonessentials to more than 30 million households across the U.S.”
Indeed says these store positions generally pay around $9 to $14 per hour.
The pharmacy chain announced March 22 that it is looking to fill 9,500 full-time, part-time and temporary roles in stores across the country, including positions like:
- Customer service associates
- Pharmacy technicians
- Shift leads
The company also announced that it will be paying bonuses of $300 for full-time employees and $150 for part-time hourly employees beginning in late April.
Walmart has announced that it is hiring 150,000 new associates over the next couple of months “to work in stores, clubs, distribution centers and fulfillment centers.”
The jobs will start as temporary, but can covert to permanent over time. The company says that its normal two-week application process will be reduced to 24 hours.
According to Indeed, pay for most hourly jobs ranges from around $10-$15/hr.
Obviously, the theme here is that retailers who sell the products that people still need as they’re quarantined or self-isolating at home are looking for workers to boost their ability to meet the increased and shifting demands.
It is not unreasonable to think that many independent grocery and food delivery services will also be looking to add employees in the coming weeks. Seek opportunities with these companies in your area.
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