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    Workstream Weekly: Best Time to Hire, Travel Industry Boost, and More

    “A skilled worker, regardless of the job description, remains a treasure.” - Madeleine M. Kunin

    In this article, we think about the glut of talent available, the 'new normal' of pandemic-related jobs, and how travel industry jobs may come roaring back.

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    So Much Talent: A great time to hire (if you can)

    If you remember the yesteryear of 2019, things were very different. We didn't wash our hands quite so much. We didn't know what a tiger king was. And for many hiring managers across various sectors, there was a dire problem looming: a shortage of skilled labor. In fact, there were millions of unfilled jobs.

    COVID-19 has changed all that, of course, but it doesn't necessarily mean that those job openings have gone away. A great article in Harvard Business Review illustrates just how unprecedented the current pool of talent may be. They mention that historically, during times of high unemployment, companies that chose to hire could hire selectively, cherry-picking the most talented individuals available. It happened in the late 40s, it happened after 2008, and it will happen now.

    COVID-19 has changed all that, of course, but it doesn't necessarily mean that those job openings have gone away. A great article in Harvard Business Review illustrates just how unprecedented the current pool of talent may be. They mention that historically, during times of high unemployment, companies that chose to hire could hire selectively, cherry-picking the most talented individuals available. It happened in the late 40s, it happened after 2008, and it will happen now.

    Pandemic-related jobs might, unfortunately, be here to stay

    Job openings for Tracers? It's not just for Overwatch gamers anymore. New York is now hiring up to 17,000 "Contact Tracers" to assist in the identifying and tracking of COVID-19 cases. This is likely just the start as more states will follow suit, especially if this program is a success. San Diego is already on it too.

    Pandemic jobs are needed everywhere. Boston is seeing strong job growth in the healthcare industry due to shortages in patient care. Cities in Texas are looking to fill half a million jobs, including the ever-hiring Walmart and Amazon for spikes in need. We already know grocery stores, delivery outlets, and anything related to PPE need workers. While millions of jobs are being lost, a slew of other jobs are being created to address our new normal.

    The reality is that due to the latest reports of coronaviruses being seasonal, these industries will most likely be hiring permanent pandemic-related positions. If the disease won't be disappearing, neither will these jobs. This could be a dramatic shift away from some sectors into others as long as quarantine is an ongoing possibility in the US.

    The Takeaway: This isn't a blip. Pandemic jobs look like they are a brand new "industry." Hiring managers can't think of this as a temporary disturbance to their usual hiring strategy, and must react to the new economy and where the jobs will be created moving forward.

    "Revenge Spending" may boost the travel industry

    Got an itchy wallet? If you're secretly looking forward to splurging on luxuries like travel as soon as this is over, China is way ahead of you. In the wake of reopening, a pent-up desire to spend and travel has led to sold out tickets to the Great Wall and other popular destinations, including Wuhan! People are cautious, they're using QR-code health checks, but they are still traveling.

    Could this be something the US travel industry sees as well, as we begin to reopen? The NY Post thinks so, citing experts who feel travel will be stronger than before. On the psychological side, humans are social creatures who will always crave connection. On the business side, the travel industry is set to offer amazing deals; perhaps "once-in-a-lifetime" deals that people might not be able to pass up, especially after such a brush with mortality.

    The Takeaway: If China is a leading indicator of pent-up demand, the US might also see the travel industry pop once restrictions are relaxed. Hiring should come back quickly if so, which is good news for the hospitality sector.

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