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Businesses seeking workers during COVID-19 pandemic

Updated: March 25, 2020 08:27 PM

Many people across the country have been losing their jobs due to business shutdowns and restrictions from COVID-19. People are in search of other job opportunities to help support themselves throughout the pandemic.

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Although it may seem like job opportunities are running thin, businesses in the healthcare and food industry are in need of extra help and support right now with the demand of people seeking their services.

"We’ve always got nurses positions open for the a.m's, p.m's, and overnight shifts. We also are looking for culinary cooks and aides. We do our own CNA training course here," said Justin Teal, the administrator for Duluth's North Shore Estates nursing home.

Teal says this is a time they are especially seeking extra help for their residents as they take extra health and safety measures.

"Of course any background in healthcare, experience in PCA is helpful but really as long as you love the elderly and want to learn we will teach you what you need here," said Teal.

Elena Foshay, the director of Duluth's Workforce Development, said a tremendous amount of people have been reaching out to their office for help with seeking work opportunities.

"There’s some employers hiring right now. We’ve been in contact with a few of them. They’re specifically reaching out to people who have been laid off and saying, hey come work for us at least on a temporary basis," said Foshay.

The workforce development is offering services to help people navigate through the hiring process.

"We have set up a way to give feedback on resumes through email and we have online workshops available too on job search and more," said Foshay.

Grocery stores like Super One say they are especially in need of additional staff to keep produce and products stocked up.

"We’ve been busy, there's a real demand for various products and trying to keep shelves full so we have lots of work available and keeping them well staffed," said Boyd Hanson, the Super One human resources director.

Hanson said they've been seeing an overwhelming response with job applications and are working to get through them fast to hire additional staff.

"The existing staff we have are working hard. There's no doubt that they’re getting tired so any extra help would be greatly appreciated," said Hanson.

Click here to apply for jobs at Super One 

To apply for jobs at North Shore Estates or their other sites across the state, click here.

The state unemployment insurance website is www.uimn.org

The phone number to get help from the Duluth workforce is 218-302-8400.

They are taking phone calls and checking messages Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm

People can also email careerforce.duluth@state.mn.us or workforcedevelopment@duluthmn.gov

Virtual workshops are available: https://www.careerforcemn.com/virtual-interactive-services

To get virtual resume help from the Duluth workforce:

1. Follow the "resumes" link in your www.minnesotaworks.net account and fill in the resume template, then email a notification to rhonda.rutford@state.mn.us that your resume has been entered into Minnesotaworks.

2. Email your resume as a Microsoft Word attachment to rhonda.rutford@state.mn.us with your full name in the subject line.

Minnesota’s United States Postal Service has over 1,000 job positions available now. To apply go to: usps.com/careers. From the website, click on “Search Jobs,” select “Minnesota,” click “Start,” then click on the link for the appropriate job. A general overview of USPS employment requirements, specific job requirements, and hourly pay is available at the website.

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