Which employers are currently hiring?
- This spreadsheet (updated daily) has a list of companies looking to hire now. The roles listed have low barriers to entry. If you would like to add opportunities to this list, please email August Dao at email@example.com.
- Jobscan has put together their Ultimate List of Companies Still Hiring. Filter the list so that Locations = Portland to see what companies are hiring locally.
- Linkedin has also created a list of large employers that are hiring right now. Some of these employers may be hiring locally or for remote positions.
What general advice do you have for job seekers?
- Keep applying. If you’re not hearing back from employers, maintain momentum by applying to jobs that match your skills, experience and qualifications. The employers may be taking some time to answer questions that may affect their conversation with you, such as whether their workforce should work remotely. Set a daily application goal and reward yourself in small, meaningful ways after reaching it, such as reading your favorite book or meeting a friend for coffee.
- Do regular reevaluations. To optimize your search, reevaluate your cover letter, resume and even the jobs you’re applying to every week or so. Ask yourself: Are the jobs I’m applying to a good fit for my skills, background and level of experience? Is my resume enticing to employers based on their job posting? Does my cover letter expand on my most relevant experiences and qualities as it pertains to each specific job?
- Tailor your resume and cover letter. If you’re not already, make it a point to update your resume and cover letter for each job application. Review the job posting and apply relevant keywords. Address any requirements, skills and qualities you have that are also in the job posting.
- Supplement your income. If necessary, you might consider looking for part-time, remote or gig work until you get an offer. Doing so can keep your skills sharp and provide extra income.
- Prepare to interview virtually. While we socially distance ourselves, job interviews will be virtual. This process will require patience because most companies’ hiring and onboarding processes aren’t set up to be entirely remote. This will delay the hiring process as companies adjust to their new circumstances. Even if employers were already in the process of filling a position, there will be new logistics involved. See the next resource below.
How do I navigate virtual and phone interviews?
A surge in digital and remote options with employers means job seekers will need to navigate communication tools over the phone, Skype, Zoom, or various other technologies to land the job. The following articles are great resources for getting them prepared:
WorkSource is also offering virtual workshops available to job seekers. Registration must be completed 12 hours prior to attending.
Where can I access computers?
No in-person services will be available at any WorkSource Oregon centers as of April 7th, 2020 until further notice. WorkSource offices will continue to provide services over the phone and online.
- Portland Metro N/NE: (503) 280-6046
- Portland Metro Gresham: (503) 669-7112
- Portland Metro Tualatin: (503) 612-4200
Computer Purchases & Rentals
Free Geek is offering free to low cost computer rentals and purchases depending on whether an individual receives TANF/SNAP. To inquire, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (503) 974-3414.
In-Home Internet Access
Internet Essentials is a program for families and other low-income households who currently do not subscribe to Internet at home starting at $9.95 per month + tax. Xfinity Internet customers are not eligible for Internet Essentials.
Visit www.internetessentials.com to review eligibility and apply.
In the News
- 6/15/20: Hot job skills: Sales representatives in demand in Portland
- 6/10/20: Adidas announces diverse hiring initiative
- 6/01/20: Tech companies hiring big in Portland
- 5/28/20: Drive-thru job fair held in Portland for essential openings
- 5/28/20: Oregon Is Hiring Dozens Of Contact Tracers, But Skill Set Is Hard To Find
- 5/15/20: Sales representatives see growing job openings in Portland
- 5/07/20: Spectrum adding 100 jobs in Portland in ‘virtual hiring’
- 5/04/20: Insurance companies hiring big in Portland
- 4/29/20: How to succeed in a tough job market
- 4/20/20: Health care experiencing strong job growth in Portland
- 4/13/20: Managers see more job openings in Portland
- 4/09/20: Hybrid Cloud Provider Ramps Up Hiring During COVID-19 Response
- 4/08/20: Amazon hiring 500 in Oregon amid COVID demand surge
- 4/07/20: PDX WIT goes digital with happy hours, hiring events during outbreak restrictions
- 4/06/20: Oregon Employment Department is hiring amid coronavirus closures, layoffs
- 3/31/20: Essential businesses hiring in Portland right now
- 3/31/20: We’re looking for anyone who is interested’: Some keep hiring during coronavirus outbreak
- 3/26/20: Whole Foods looks to hire more than 5,000 seasonal and full-time positions
- 3/26/20: Multnomah Co. hiring temp workers to create emergency shelter space for homeless
- 3/26/20: Here’s who’s hiring in Oregon as COVID-19 continues to reshape businesses
- 3/25/20: Need a job? Franz Bakery hiring in Portland area
- 3/23/20: Portland industry spotlight: Tech hiring going strong
- 3/21/20: Job openings for those out of work due to COVID-19 response
- 3/20/20: Some businesses booming despite coronavirus; now looking to hire
- 3/17/20: Fred Meyer, Safeway, Albertsons, hiring immediately amid coronavirus outbreak
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