As recruiters, it’s been hard to watch as many organizations put a freeze on hiring. The pandemic and the lockdowns have done a number on the economy, but it’s important to keep the bigger picture in mind.

While most industries are hurting, many others are chugging along or even thriving. If you have recently been laid off or are looking for new opportunities in recruiting, consider looking into these fields.


We’ll start with the obvious – as you can imagine, there is an enormous demand for healthcare providers. Hospitals are hiring like crazy for nurses, doctors, and any other professionals who can assist on the front lines against the novel coronavirus.

Pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens are also ramping up hiring due to increased demand.

Remote Work Tools and Platforms

Remote working was on the rise before the coronavirus, but it took center stage almost overnight as the pandemic sent employees home. Companies like Zoom, Slack, Asana, Trello, and Basecamp are thriving right now as more teams than ever rely on these tools. From customer support positions to more technical roles, there’s a variety of open positions at these organizations.

Grocery Stores

As people continue to stockpile food and household essentials, grocery stores are struggling to keep up with demand. Grocery stores are hiring on the spot for most in-store positions, and there will undoubtedly be hiring for corporate positions as well.

Companies with a Focus on Delivery

Although it’s not necessarily a single industry, any organization with an emphasis on delivery is thriving right now. Amazon and Instacart alone are hiring for almost half a million positions, and that’s not counting all the smaller organizations. Think GrubHub, DoorDash, and UberEats.

Online Education Platforms

With so many schools closed for the remainder of the semester, online learning is taking off. Companies like Outschool are hiring in mass to keep up.

Opportunities Are Available If You Know Where to Look

There’s no sugarcoating the latest spike in unemployment. It’s a tough time for a lot of people, but with modern technology and a willingness to adapt, there are more opportunities for work than meets the eye.

If you’re wondering how to best navigate this crisis, contact us today to learn more about how we’re helping our clients adapt their talent strategy to the situation or visit our Crisis Survival Toolkit.