As vaccine rates are beginning to pick up across the United States, it seems as though the light at the end of a long, dark #Coronavirus tunnel is growing brighter. This means job seekers can begin moving forward with their job search.
Various industries - especially hospitality and food services - are beginning to ramp up hiring, but they’re having a hard time finding workers to fill the openings.
So, we asked our Jobcase members what’s stopping you from returning to work? Here’s what we found.
A majority of the members who responded expressed that they were having trouble finding jobs in their area or roles that accommodate their work-life demands like childcare scheduling and salary necessities.
"I’ve been trying to find a remote job since I have two kids at home and one is still a newborn but haven’t had any luck yet."
- Ilaisaane Latu
Some members expressed the offered pay was not high enough:
"Cannot find a descent paying job that will pay my bills."
- Wayne Hamilton
"Looking for a part time job. Still looking for a job that fits me. Tired of working for peanuts."
- Linda Gajewski
And some members are just hitting dead-end roads or employer ghosting following applications or interviews:
"I have had several interviews and no seems interested. Also, I have received emails letting me know that I got rejected."
- Tommy Bauer
Fear is a powerful emotion, and it has been in overdrive since the COVID pandemic shut down many businesses over a year ago. With so much change and ambiguity that has happened, it’s no surprise that many people are uncertain about returning to work due to fear of contracting the virus or bringing it home to loved ones.
"I am uncomfortable returning to work because of COVID-19.'
- Lynne Barton
"I left my tech position due to fear of bringing covid home to my babies and now employers are saying I'm not eligible for hire because I have less than a year experience..but I don't get discouraged I know I made the best decision for me."
- Dodrelan Roberson
Despite the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) that intends to prevent #ageism in hiring for workers 40 or older, age discrimination may seep into the job search process.
"Ageism is a huge problem, especially for women."
- Selina-Marie Serrano
"I seriously think it’s my age. I’m 58. Even though I look and act much younger, I get overlooked for a younger person."
- Tammy Hughes
"I’m disabled, over 50, and haven’t had a job in over 15 years. I’m not even sure I have any skills employers are looking for."
- Stacey Walker
What's stopping you from returning to work? Comment below or jump into the conversation here.