There is some good news on the jobs front. Some companies are hiring again, even though COVID-19 is still hanging around. If you were one of the many people who found themselves suddenly out of work a few months ago, it‘s undoubtedly a positive sign.
However, many of the jobs that are becoming available now will require you to go to work in person, and you might be concerned about getting sick. And rightly so. How can job seekers take advantage of these opportunities without putting themselves at undue risk?
Here are some questions to ask potential employers—before and during the interview–about COVID-19:
What can we do to make the interview as safe as possible?
If the interview is to be conducted in person, ask whether they will switch it to a phone or video interview. If not, ask the following questions:
In the absence of shaking hands, does your company have a preferred alternative?
Will the interviewer be wearing a mask?
Who should I contact to reschedule if I‘m not feeling well on the day of the interview?
What are some of the new safety protocols in place because of COVID-19?
Many companies have taken steps to keep their employees safe during the pandemic. For example, some are providing gloves, masks, and other protective gear. Others have put extra cleaning measures in place. And still, other employers have initiated staggered shifts to ensure that fewer people are working at the same time.
If one of your workers gets COVID-19, what steps will you take to keep the rest of the workforce safe?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines indicate that: “Employers should inform and encourage employees to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 if they suspect possible exposure.“
The employer should be able to tell you their procedure if a worker is suspected of having the coronavirus. According to OSHA, companies should have a process for isolating people who have signs or symptoms of the virus, and workers should be trained on how to implement them.
What is your sick leave policy?
The federal government has a new paid sick leave policy, but it has some gaps. Not every worker is guaranteed enough to leave with the government’s policy, but employers might have a plan that goes beyond it.
Ask the interviewer for the details of their policy, so you’ll know in advance how to access the sick leave.
What can you tell me about job security?
Many industries are facing uncertainty today. It‘s hard for them to look into the future, but they should be willing to communicate whether this is likely to be a short-term or long-term hire?
Are you looking to take advantage of these job openings?
Contact Pro Resources for the light industrial or technical/professional position to make it happen. We’ve been in business for over 30 years, so let us use our experience to help you find your next job.