If you are someone who is used to working casual jobs, you might have struggled during the coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic has seen many closures of venues and businesses that typically hire casual workers, such as restaurants, cafes, music venues and arts centers. Casual work is ideal for students, those with other part time jobs and artists who are trying to make ends meet.
Read on to find out how you can find casual work, even during the pandemic.
Look For Industries Thriving Right Now
Although the coronavirus pandemic has negatively affected many industries, some are battling it out against the odds. Companies such as Amazon, that hire people on short rolling contracts, are doubling down on employee hire as their delivery needs have skyrocketed.
Similarly, online development industries such as tech engineering, content creation, social media management, IT support and web design, are all thriving due to the fact that so many companies have transferred their services online. This is an industry worth taking a look at if you are a gig worker with software expertise.
Sign Up To Online Load Boards
Online load boards are absolutely ideal for casual delivery workers looking for day-to-day projects to take up. If you work as a delivery driver, you can find loads of the appropriate size and distance that instantly pop up on a load dashboard. You can accept the job right away, and off you go!
This is perfect day-to-day work for casual workers with varying flexibility. If you have children, for example, or you attend college, you might not be available for the same number of hours each week. Delivering using load boards is a fantastic way to supplement your income.
Market Yourself Better
One way to find casual work online is to market yourself better. In a sea of worker profiles on casual work sites, yours must stand out above and beyond the other workers with similar experience to you. How can you achieve better personal marketing? Here are five easy things to do.
- Use professional photographs. There’s nothing worse than a blurry selfie on a professional profile. Have some pro photographs taken – or if that’s unavailable, have a friend take high quality shots of you looking presentable.
- Expand on your experience. If you have worked as a copywriter, don’t just write ‘Copywriter’ on your resume. Detail the skills required to do so, and any positive feedback you received too!
- Capitalise on your interesting qualities. A few fun facts about you will never go amiss on a previously-bland worker’s profile!
- Use social media to your advantage. If you have a particular skill set that is invaluable in a niche industry, make sure you are connecting with others in the industry using social media.
- Network, network, network. Even without networking events, you can network online by meeting like minded individuals on forums and job sites. You never know where this connection could lead!
With so many closures going on, it has been a tough time for individuals looking for work. Use this guide to help find casual work during COVID-19.