Opportunities For Job Seekers In NYC During COVID-19

By: Abdullah Haroon

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With no vaccine expected sooner on the horizon, states are recognizing the fact that we have to live with the virus for some time now. The best strategy is to adapt to ways that involve little to no risk. The health protocols devised for this purpose may help us a great deal in ‘fattening the curve’.

Keeping the commitment, authorities in NYC have decided to rise to the occasion to reopen business activities in the city. They are doing their best to find ways to resume the business activities along with following safety protocols. They have realized that it is not sustainable for longer to halt business activities on a much larger scale.

In the wake of the Coronavirus, a great number of people lost their jobs and were stuck inside their homes. Without jobs, people cannot stay indefinitely in their homes. Therefore authorities are coming up with plans to reopen businesses that comply with the instructions t help people deal with the crisis.

It is good news for thousands of professionals who were on their last legs due to the melting away of savings during the quarantine. The purposed plan is to reopen the industries in phases.  All the sectors have been divided into two broad categories of essential and non-essential businesses. General information has been laid down for this purpose. All the businesses are subject to following the protocols installed by local authorities.

The businesses which fall under these categories may stay open statewide. In addition to it, certain commercial and recreational activities have been under observation to grant opening permission.

Also, there are some banks that are giving home loans during Covid-19.

Job Opportunities In NYC:

Reopening businesses will directly translate into jobs since closing down businesses was the prime reason behind the spike in unemployment. As soon as they resume activities, hiring will rise exponentially in the city to fill in the space of previously released workers.

It is likely to open many gates of opportunities for the jobless people in NYC. In the middle of this crisis, it is a fresh of breath air for the New Yorkers who belong to the working class.

The following are the sectors that are going to open providing job opportunities for the seekers.

Jobs Opportunities In The Health Sector:

  • Research work
  • laboratory services
  • Hospitals
  • Walk-in-care health clinics and facilities
  • Veterinary medical services
  • Senior/elder care
  • Wholesale and distribution of medicines
  • Home health care workers
  • Doctors and doctors’ offices
  • Dentists and dental practices
  • Medical supplies
  • Nursing homes, residential health care facilities
  • Medical equipment productions and provide
  • Medical billing support personnel
  • Speech pathologists and speech therapy
  • Physical therapy

Job Opportunities In The Infrastructure Sector:

  • Wastewater solutions
  • Telecommunications
  • Airlines/airports
  • Commercial shipping
  • Transportation infrastructure
  • Hotels

Jobs In The Manufacturing Sector:

  • Chemicals
  • Food processing
  • Medical equipment/instruments
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Sanitary products
  • Telecommunications
  • Microelectronics/semi-conductor
  • Food-production farms
  • Household paper products
  • Transportation infrastructure
  • Automobiles

Jobs In The Retail Sector:

  • Grocery stores
  • Pharmacies
  • Convenience stores
  • Farmer’s markets
  • Gas stations
  • Restaurants/bars (but only for take-out/delivery)

Jobs In The Service Sector:

  • Recycling collection, processing, and disposal
  • Building cleaning and maintenance
  • Child care services
  • Bicycle repair
  • Auto repair and maintenance
  • Warehouse/distribution and fulfillment
  • Funeral homes, crematoriums, and cemeteries
  • Storage for businesses production
  • Landscaping
  • Gardening and horticulture

Jobs In The Financial Sector:

Instructions For Employees:

However, all these opportunities are subject to strictly observing the health protocols laid down by the state by everyone. They include:

  • Maintain 6 feet distance from others in public spaces.
  • If feeling symptoms then sit at home.
  • Wish your hands regularly for 20 seconds.
  • Cover your face.
  • Take extreme caution in exposing the elderly to any vulnerable situation.
  • Avoid visiting those most at risk, call instead.

Instructions For Employers:

  • They are supposed to conduct screening of the workers regularly.
  • Provide face coverings and insuring social distancing from them.
  • Maintain hand hygiene places in the workplace.
  • Regularly clean shared equipment.
  • Timeline for the opening of the business.

Phase One: Opened Since June 8, 2020:

Includes sectors such as construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, retail, non-food agriculture, forestry, fishing, and higher education research.

Read Also: Best Tips to Save Money during the COVID-19 Crisis

Phase Two: Opened On June 22, 2020:

The businesses which are opening in phase two in New York City are:

It includes offices, outdoor restaurants, salons, barbershops, real estate, retail rental, repair, cleaning, and vehicle sales, leases, and rentals.

Helpline For The Worker’s Queries:

In case of any queries regarding reopening, health, and safety guidelines for the workplace call 311 or (212) 436-0381. You may also register complaints if you observe disobedience in reopening requirements.

These requirements are to protect everyone, workers, employers, and customers from the virus.

Final Words:

Given the uncertainty around work during the pandemic. It is no less than a luxury to have a proper job and stable cash flow. The massive reopening operation in NYC is likely to open myriads of avenues for job seekers. Rejoice, if you are currently looking for a job.