Covid-19 has devastated many industries, not least tourism and hospitality. Cornwall and Devon both rely heavily on both of these industries, and with some of the poorest areas of the country, there does need to be a change to the economic focus of the Westcountry.
If you, or someone you know, is out of work and are wondering how to find a job during the Coronavirus pandemic, it might take a bit of tangential thinking.
These are our suggestions for finding a job in Devon and Cornwall, even if Covid is making it hard.
One industry that has fared well during the Coronavirus pandemic, even in the Westcountry, is logistics. With more people staying at home, the demand for deliveries has skyrocketed.
Many parts of Devon and Cornwall now have access to Deliveroo and Uber Eats, which are always jobs with a demand for new drivers and riders.
But courier companies too are often on the look out for new staff. If you’re looking for work in Devon and Cornwall, especially in the run up to Christmas, you might find delivery work is a reliable option.
An interesting option for people who want to work from home can also be creating food for delivery. There is currently a boom in small businesses offering afternoon tea and cake deliveries, and one Plymouth based burger brand is about to start premium burger kit deliveries.
If you’re a dab hand in the kitchen, this could be a smart way to make money from home.
You’ll need to register as a business and have your food prep area assessed among other things. Read up on starting a food business from home at the Food.gov site.
Got a laptop? There are tons of services you can easily provide working from home, so long as you have a laptop and an internet connection.
We recently looked at how Cornwall especially could be the next digital nomad hotspot. If you already live here, why not get in on the action?
Services you could offer include:
- Graphic design
- Video editing
- Social media managing
- Business coaching
- Remote personal assistant
This is just a small selection of the digital services you could offer as a freelance worker in Devon and Cornwall.
One job that is still in high demand in the Westcountry is healthcare. This goes beyond being a nurse, with demand for care home workers and social care assistants.
Looking at Indeed, there are hundreds of roles currently open in Cornwall alone. If you have experience, you will be at an advantage, but even those looking to retrain will find opportunities for work in healthcare during the coronavirus pandemic.
OK, this won’t be a paid position, but can be great if you need some social interaction during the pandemic. Although many charity shops are running at reduced capacity, there is still plenty of choice for volunteering roles in Devon and Cornwall.
This can include counselling, helping the homeless and delivering essentials to those in need. Search for volunteering in your area for more information and opportunities.
Customer service roles
Many companies are now hiring for customer service assistants to work from home. This means you no longer need to go into a call centre or office to do one of these jobs, you’ll just need a laptop or phone and internet connection.
These jobs can often be well paid too, especially if you’re used to Westcountry wages. Search for customer service jobs on any of the job sites and keep an eye out for ‘remote’ in the description.
Another job that is increasingly being done from home, data entry is a job for those with good keyboard skills. Again, many companies from all over the world are now hiring people to work from home and process their data.
If you’re looking for consistent work in Devon and Cornwall, search for remote data entry jobs.
Finding a job during the pandemic
If you feel like the jobs market is a bit hopeless at the moment, you might just need to change your focus. Yes, there are a lot of people looking for work right now, and it is a difficult situation for many.
Make sure to take the time to:
- Create a CV tailored to the type of job you want to go for. Proofread it for spelling errors (ask someone to help if you have to) and make sure it’s only 1 or 2 pages long at most.
- Add your profile to all of the job search sites. Keep your details updated and search regularly.
- Cover letters can be tricky, but take the time to create a good template cover letter. You can then adapt this specifically for each role you go for.
- If you’re going freelance, be sure to follow the steps to register as self employed on the UK gov website.
- And, if you’re looking for freelance clients, sign up for sites like Upwork, Fiverr, People Per Hour and Task Rabbit