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Jobs available for those looking despite pandemic

Interview room door concept for recruitment or medical checkup with a consultant

Much of the world is mired in a recession not seen since the Great Depression. Canada is no exception, with jobless numbers taking a large jump over the last month, the unemployment rate hitting 13 per cent in April. There are still jobs to be had, however.

Some employers are looking to hire, though the job market is certainly unconventional just now, compounded by fears of the novel coronavirus. Some see frontline positions as a scary place to be, but there are resources available to assist those looking to work.

An application called Swob was launched by Alexander and Stephanie Florio back in 2007 with the goal of connecting students in search of part-time work with employers looking to fill vacant positions.

 “Swob is a job app we created with a specific focus on students and younger jobseekers, and more of a focus on higher turnover industries like restaurants, retail and hospitality,” explained cofounder Alexander Florio.

In today’s COVID-19 environment, more than 100 employers are actively using Swob for recruitment. With more than 20,000 users on the app, Swob is an option for those looking for a job in those sectors. Even today, the app continues to see job postings and user activity.

“We still have seen a lot of users, and a lot of users have reached out to us wondering if employers will still be posting in this time. For us, it’s really important for employers to know we still have candidates looking for job opportunities, and we want to make sure our users know that employers are still looking for candidates for them.”

Swob is available through app stores for both iPhone and Android users, as well as from the website. They have been working directly with companies such as McDonald’s that continue to operate as an essential service.

Similar job banks also exist on sites such as Indeed and Monster that help jobseekers connect with employers. Indeed allows for résumé posting, as well as enabling some job applications to be as simple as a click of a mouse.

In the Region of Waterloo, Lutherwood is also an option for people searching for jobs. In pre-COVID times, they would offer résumé help and connect you with employers. Other job bank services exist, as well.

The province last month announced a $4 per hour wage increase for workers in vulnerable sectors such as long-term care and retirement homes. Such facilities have a dire need for support-staff workers, and many are offering training for part-time employees willing to work on the frontline.


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