Businesses struggle to fill jobs as states reopen during pandemic
Jobs Expert: Employees re-qualify and don’t look back.
NORFOLK, Virginia – As more people get vaccinated and states continue to reopen, businesses are still struggling to fill in the gaps.
Career engineer Francina Harrison told 13News Now it’s a different scenario since the start of the pandemic. Remote work started when COVID protocols took over.
But it can’t last forever for many companies, and some people are afraid of going back.
“Some still wear masks, some don’t. Some companies don’t have a specific policy on how to work now, so there are people who are still checking because they’re still scared,” Harrison said.
The hospitality industry has been hit really hard. Grill Baja du Pelon Owner John Muscara said he was forced to cut hours at his three Hampton Roads locations because the pool of applicants was so slim.
“We will receive several dozen applications every week,” said Muscara. “When we try to call and schedule interviews, no one shows up.”
Harrison says closures and holidays have given some workers time to hone their skills or learn new ones.
“And now they’ve gone to a company where they left direct customer service and maybe they’re in a call center, maybe they’re doing something else where they learned those tech skills.” . you know, The zoom and everything, ”Harrison explained. “They have now found the office environment where they have a better quality of life without working nights and weekends.”
Harrison said the hot jobs now are all about science and technology and whatever has remained open and thriving during the pandemic.
“Pharmacies, health care, things of that nature,” Harrison said. “They were essential and capable of sustaining and sustaining themselves.”
Harrison suggests using digital sources to find the best jobs.
“LinkedIn. These professions, entrepreneurs, other professionals,” Harrison said. “If you’re not on LinkedIn, you’re related, but Google is also your best friend.”
You can always check your local library, community college, and adult education programs for computer classes, professional development, and training.