With COVID-19 keeping everyone indoors, we’re spending more time online than ever. Developers keep all the digital platforms we rely on running smoothly. Many businesses are also counting on online sales to keep them afloat during this period of social distancing. Developers help businesses ramp up their e-commerce capabilities, debug and troubleshoot existing platforms, or build enterprise tools to help employers transition their workforce to work from home. Some employers are also using the slower period to work on big projects that were sidelined prior to the pandemic. From website redesigns, to software upgrades, to building new features, some long-gestating projects are finally seeing the light of day. Talented developers in all specialties are needed to bring them to life.
2. sales representatives and account managers
Many businesses are experiencing a sales downturn during COVID-19. While essential businesses are thriving and experiencing higher than normal sales volume, businesses in other sectors deemed non-essential are feeling the pinch as consumers scale back and focus their spending on securing basic necessities. Businesses that rely on B2B sales are also finding their sales under pressure, as organizations scale back their spending to reduce overhead during this uncertain time. Due to these challenging circumstances, companies are looking for all the help they can get promoting their products and services. B2C and B2B salespeople who are able to find the difficult balance between driving sales and navigating this crisis with sensitivity are in high demand.
3. retail clerks and cashiers
It’s no secret that essential retail stores are experiencing a surge in sales right now. Anyone who has been to a grocery store recently has witnessed the long lines and bare shelves. Grocery stores, pharmacies, drug stores, bulk stores, discount stores and other essential retailers are under strain as they work around the clock to secure inventory and ensure their employees and shoppers stay safe. Retail clerks and cashiers are on the front lines, ensuring shoppers are able to get the groceries and other essentials they need during self-isolation. Stores are taking every precaution to protect their workers, installing plexiglass barriers, providing critical protective equipment such as masks and gloves, and encouraging touchless payment methods such as debit or credit cards. However, as a customer-facing role, cashiers and retail clerks are required to report to work every day. Their work is critical, ensuring that all Canadians are able to access much-needed supplies.
4. nurses and healthcare workers
With the influx of COVID-19 patients at hospitals, clinics, long-term care homes and other healthcare facilities, the shortage of nurses is more acute than ever. Many COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals require long-term intensive care spanning weeks or even months in severe cases. Nurses are responsible for the day-to-day care of these patients. Registered and practical nurses are particularly in demand. Since most nurses aren’t looking to change jobs in the middle of the crisis, facilities that are experiencing nursing shortages are finding it extremely difficult to find the support they need. There’s also a spike in healthcare support jobs. Healthcare administrators and other support staff provide much-needed relief to nurses, doctors and front-line healthcare workers responsible for patient care. The influx of patients has led to more administrative tasks such as enrolling patients, updating records, and ordering supplies.
5. transport truck drivers
Essential retailers experiencing huge surges in sales need to constantly refresh their inventory to keep product on their shelves. Truck drivers are the primary way that stores receive deliveries. During normal operations, stores in less-busy areas of the country may receive 1 to 2 deliveries per week to refresh their inventory. The number of deliveries has ramped up significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic, with some heavily trafficked stores receiving multiple deliveries daily, as they scramble to keep up with the huge spike in sales. That’s put pressure on professions all down the supply chain, including transport truck drivers. Anyone who has a commercial driver’s license is in demand right now, as supply chains across the country struggle to keep up inventory flowing.
6. IT consultants
Canadians have been spending a lot of time online during the pandemic, both during work hours and their downtime. Mobile apps, enterprise software, video conferencing, websites, online ordering systems and other IT systems are experiencing extremely high volumes. Some businesses are scrambling to increase the capacity of their online ordering systems and troubleshoot technical issues that arise during the crisis. Keeping these systems functional is critical for businesses to operate remotely and bring in revenue. IT consultants support building, improving and maintaining essential IT systems during this critical period. With a large portion of the Canadian workforce working from home, IT consultants who support remote networking and data security are also being recruited during the crisis.