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Coronavirus job search and hiring trends

Coronavirus job search and hiring trends

To help make sense of how the rapidly changing world is impacting the way we work, we’ve been looking at coronavirus hiring trends by conducting weekly polls, gathering proprietary Monster data, and asking our community of candidates and employers how they’re responding to the shifts around work and coronavirus. Here’s a look at the most recent Monster insights:

Job search trends 

Skilled labor indicators

“Warehouse” is seeing a sharp decline in seeker searches this past week while other skilled labor occupations such as transportation (CDL truck driver, bus driver, truck driver, and catering delivery driver) and custodian are seeing increases—in some cases higher than pre-pandemic levels—indicating that candidates are shifting from the “essential” pandemic positions to the new “frontline” of a re-opened economy. Despite lower job postings overall, there appears to be jumps in new postings for related roles.

Different approaches to back to normal

Although “healthcare” as a keyword has dropped out of the top 50 most frequently searched terms, despite having higher volume than pre-pandemic searches, related keywords such as medical assistant, RN, and nurse practitioner are outranking it. This is in line with healthcare practitioners and technicaloccupations and healthcare support occupations both seeing increased job postings on Monster this past week.

Simultaneously, business continuity roles such as administrative, receptionist, office manager, and customer service representative continue to increase in seeker searches—often outranking healthcare roles—while office and administrative support occupations remains in the top five categories posting new jobs on Monster, indicating that the path to the new normal will most likely go through these key sectors.

Location trends

Atlanta and Kansas City take the lead

This week, Atlanta, GA experienced a jump in location searches and appears to be back on par with pre-covid search rates.  Kansas City, MO follows as a location searched with greater increases week over week, now at search rates higher than pre-covid.

USA has steadily increased in searches over the last few weeks. New Jersey was the only state seeing greater increases in searches week over week. Major metro areas with larger increases include Seattle, Detroit, St. Louis, MO, Chicago, DC; and a few other cities spiked in searches: Knoxville, TN, Rockville, MD, Overland Park, KS.

The following states had cities seeing larger increases in search volume:

•NY – NYC, Rochester, Buffalo
•FL – Tampa, Miami, West Palm Beach, Port Richey
•TX – Austin, El Paso, Plano, San Antonio, Cypress
•AZ – Phoenix, Tucson
•NC – Charlotte, Raleigh
•AL – Birmingham, Daphne
•NC – Charlotte, Raleigh
•CA – Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Modesto, San Francisco
•PA – Pittsburgh, Philadelphia
•KY – Louisville, Bowling Green

New resumes on Monster 

Categories with the highest new resumes posted this week are consistent with previous weeks and include the following top 5:

  •  IT/ Software development
  • Administrative/Clerical
  • Sales/Retail/Business Development
  • Accounting/Finance/Insurance
  • Manufacturing/Production/Operations

The categories seeing the greatest increases in new resume postings include:

•Business/Strategic Management
•Legal
•Human Resources
•Editorial/Writing
•Logistics/Transportation
•IT/Software Development
Food Services/Hospitality

Job ads on Monster

Here’s a look at what roles employers are trying to fill right now:  Sales Reps, Wholesale and Manufacturing had the largest increase in new job postings on Monster after dipping the week prior, sticking to a pattern of spiking every other week. Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers jumped after declines in new postings the two weeks prior.
Healthcare-related new job postings with greater week over week increases include the following:
  • Registered Nurses saw an uptick in new job postings this week
  • Medical and Health Services Managers are back on par with pre-COVID-19 volumes
  • Opticians, Optometrists, Physician Assistants and Phlebotomists have all had relatively lower volume and little to no posts prior to COVID-19 but have seen an uptick in new job postings this week.

To match the seeker search demand for related roles:

  • Retail Salespersons jumped in new job postings this week
  • Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical and Executive also increased this week although still only about a half of pre-COVID-19 new posting volume.
Paired with increased “custodian” searches, Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners increased in new job postings now with higher than pre-COVID-19 volumes.
IT-related new job postings include Data Warehousing Specialists and Database Administrators.  Management Analysts new job postings have been steadily increasing over the last three weeks.
In transportation, Tank Car, Truck and Ship Loaders jumped in new postings starting in Jun and are now higher than pre-COVID-19 volumes.
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers and Weighers jumped to their highest new job posting counts since March. First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers new postings are at their highest since April, although not yet back to pre-COVID-19 new job posting rates.

Community insights

Each week, we check in with our dedicated audience of employers and candidates, curated by C-Space, to take their pulse on how their jobs and hiring strategies have been impacted by COVID-19.

Sentiment is different among Employers vs. Job Seekers

The first feel more concerned while the latter is more hopeful. Employers, mostly in the midst of a hiring freeze, are looking for more clarity on when they’ll start hiring and for what roles. Once the volume picks back up, they want to be able to move quickly and return to in-person interviews rather than virtual interviews only.  Job seekers are hoping to hear back from companies sooner rather than later so that they are able to start the process of interviewing again. Many are looking for flexible roles that will allow them to work from home.

Re-hiring can be stressful

Employers are concerned about the quality of candidates that they will hire if they are forced to hold virtual interviews rather than in-person. They are seeing an overwhelming amount of resumes, and it is hard to know who is really qualified or how to efficiently go through all resumes. Job seekers on the other hand are concerned that a second wave of Coronavirus will put their job search on pause even longer. Even as companies do open, candidates are unsure whether hiring freezes will continue and seek greater visibility into which organizations and industries they should be looking.

Essential businesses are most likely to hire

Regardless of business size, Employers are experiencing similar realities- except for a few who’ve begun hiring again, many are still in the midst of a hiring freeze. Depending on which industry their business is in, however, there are some nuances. Those in essential businesses and healthcare are more likely to start hiring versus industries like management consulting, which are lagging behind.

Polling data

We’ve been conducting polls via email of our employer and candidate audiences, asking questions that seem most timely in a given week. Here are our latest poll results:

Candidates wary of  return to offices, prefer WFH

Not surprisingly, the majority of workers (72%) will be hesitant to return to the office, even when allowed. Nearly half (45.5%) will adjust to working from home more frequently than before COVID-19, with 42% even exploring a permanent WFH situation. Though the offices may reopen, the majority (60%) will not want to conduct meetings in person.

Their biggest concern about returning to work is social distancing (58.7%), while 23% worry about workplace cleanliness, 12.8% are nervous about using mass transit and 5.4% dread riding in an elevator.

Employers to embrace flexibility and video solutions

Understanding employees’ concerns, the majority of employers (70%) noted they will be flexible if employees opt to not return to the office.

In order to maintain social distancing, over a third of employers (39%) will reduce the number of employees in the office at a time, with 18% requiring employees to wear masks and 18% allowing employees to work from home more/indefinitely.

An overwhelming majority of employers (85.5%) anticipate leveraging video conferencing for critical meetings instead of conducting in person, even when the office reopens.

How Monster is helping

Over the past several months, Monster has launched several programs to help businesses cope with the impact of COVID-19, from free job posting for companies hiring essential workers to video interview partnerships. We also partnered with CVS to post 10,000 jobs to Monster.com to help fill jobs in essential categories. In a “from home to help senior care” initiative, Monster partnered with MIT-based COVID-19 Policy Alliance to recruit for long-term senior care positions.

Right now, new customers can post jobs for free on Monster to get in front of millions of Monster’s candidates, and and take advantage 2000+ pre-written job descriptions.