This Is What Job Hunting During The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Like

Monica Torres
Americans share how their job searches and interviews have changed because of the coronavirus. (Isabella Carapella/HuffPost; Photos: Getty Images)

Looking for a job is already hard enough. But during a coronavirus pandemic, the job search comes with new challenges. 

Deciding to move for a job now means weighing the risk of catching an infectious disease in your new hometown, or unknowingly carrying it with you. For those who lost jobs before the spread of COVID-19, job hunting now means competing with millions of other Americans who just lost their jobs, too. For professionals in industries that have been decimated by the coronavirus, the search may mean switching out of your industry forever.

“The new interest has felt like it slowed down to a halt,” said Kelly Zerbe, a San Francisco-based freelance designer who has been job hunting since February. “One company I was scheduled to have an on-site [interview] for had to halt hiring completely because they were a startup in the restaurant industry, which has obviously been impacted greatly.” 

And all the while, bills pile up.

Professionals told HuffPost how their job hunts have changed because of the coronavirus. These are their stories: 

The seven-year long college education we have all sunk every cent we have into means nothing if it is not completed. Ohio University student Hannah Reckman

Obtaining professional licensing to work has become an impossible hurdle.

Hannah Reckman, a third-year master’s student in speech language pathology at Ohio University, was four months away from graduating when the coronavirus pandemic impacted her career. Now, her graduation has been postponed indefinitely and she is worried about her eligibility to receive the speech language pathologist license she needs to work. The local elementary school where she was completing her off-campus internship shut down indefinitely.

“I am also now stuck in my tiny one-bedroom apartment, [having] lost my externship, and will no longer be receiving the clinical hours necessary to graduate and earn my license,” she said. Opportunities to earn the necessary...

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