The Coronavirus pandemic has affected jobs globally, with an estimated 2.7 billion workers to be out of a job, according to the International Labor Organization.
Despite this disturbing figure, there are some industries that are experiencing a spike in demand, with companies hiring aggressively.
Find out if your skill set matches any of the professions that industry experts say are in demand. You may want to use this opportunity to learn new skills or aggressively market yourself and what you can bring to the table.
How can you apply for a job? – Some of the portals you need to know.
There are several online portals that you can use to set up a professional profile, including government job portals and industry specific ones. So, if you are looking for a job, here are some of the ways in which you can start your job hunt.
There are quite a few hundred recruitment companies in the UAE. A few of them can be found on https://dubaiemploymenttips.com/recruitment-agencies/list/
You may want to register with as many as you can.
Which professions are in demand?
Logistics and Delivery
Another sector experiencing a high demand is logistics and delivery.
Everybody needs some sort of delivery is it groceries from the supermarket or orders from consumer-based online services. This means logistics, warehouse staff, delivery supervision, stores, and stock management of food and nonfood essentials
Businesses are currently asking how they can get the right technology in place to provide their products and services online. So, if you are a technology expert you should be sprucing up your online profile.
Software Engineering (Mobile Developers, DevOps, Full stack developer)
Cloud Infrastructure and Cyber Security
Business Intelligence and data analytics
Digital product development and management – user interface and user experience (UI/UX) and product managers
In the current scenario, because cash is tight, we are seeing a lot of companies hiring credit controllers who can manage the finances and make sense of the data to help companies make better financial decisions.
Credit and Cost Controllers
Demand in the industry sector is huge, particularly in e-commerce. We are getting a lot of inquiries for high-end technology professionals who can help companies through their digital transformation, as almost every company tries to brush up their online presence while recruiting people to work remotely.
Many third-party insurance providers have requested a staff that can help them deal with the surge in claims they are experiencing. Medical Insurance to include and insurance cover for Covid-19 in medical claims has been in very high demand. While having experience in insurance can help your chances of getting hired, any person with experience in processing transactions, whether having worked in banks or pharmacies, can also try to apply for such jobs.
Medical Service Providers
We are seeing an increase in demand for medical professionals, not necessarily from hospitals and clinics but from corporates. Many corporates require nurses as they are going to do basic health checks for their employees each day. So, if you are currently a licensed (or not yet licensed) nurse, there is a lot of demand for you.
Printing and Packaging
Has always been and continues to remain in demand. Specialized printing solutions for packaging on almost all consumer and corporate products contained in the paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, electronics, and commodities.
Sales and Marketing
Has almost been the most demanded role. There is always a need for young energetic or experienced indoor or field sales staff. Now the demand has probably shifted for those professions who have adapted to online sales and relationship management - Zoom, WebEx, Google Meet, Microsoft Team to close international sales and get paid quickly.
Demand for home services like moving, maintenance, electrical, plumbing, pest control, and home cleaning is still strong despite the crisis. While there was some initial slowdown in demand from customers at the start of the movement restrictions, demand for these essential services has now increased 6-8 times - deep cleaning, disinfection, and sanitization services, across homes and offices, have surged in demand.
Freelance Support Services
Companies are looking for freelancers with specialized skills. Without incurring added costs, their roles work for the benefit of both job seekers and employers. Work From Home at your time and pace depending on how much you want to earn and contribute.
We are seeing a world and an employment market that has changed. "Change is Inevitable" and the only thing consistent. We must change to adapt to our workplace and our personal lives. This brings me to a book I once read years ago "Who Moved My Cheese" by Spencer Johnson. I would highly recommend reading it.
By learning new skills, furthering our education, rethinking our financial goals, and reconsidering careers and futures is very much needed.
Jobs may not be available for everyone, but definitely for those who can adapt to change, remain determined, innovate and recreate, strategize, and not lose hope.