HARRISBURG — Pennsylvanians looking for jobs now have another tool at their disposal. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry on Monday launched an online COVID-19 job portal where job seekers can view and apply for jobs with life-sustaining businesses that are hiring.
Unprecedented numbers of Pennsylvanians have filed for unemployment in the last few weeks, since Gov. Tom Wolf’s March 16 order closing non-life sustaining businesses to help slow the spread of coronavirus. While some businesses have closed, other businesses and industries find themselves in need of employees.
“Many life-sustaining businesses across Pennsylvania are hiring and this new portal will help connect them with people looking for a job,” Labor & Industry Secretary Jerry Oleksiak, said in a press release. “A top priority of L&I is to provide businesses with access to the workforce they need to maintain their life-sustaining operations and help our workers find jobs, especially during this unprecedented and challenging time.”
Those seeking jobs can access the portal by visiting www.PAcareerlink.pa.gov and selecting the green “PA COVID-19 Jobs – Hiring Immediately” job portal banner to see active job openings. Once in the portal, the hiring companies, positions and locations are listed in alphabetical order. Clicking on the “Apply Now” button for a listed position will redirect applicants to the employer’s website or email where they can apply directly with the employer, and “speed up the hiring process,” according to the department.
Businesses that have openings they would like to fill, and that are classified as life-sustaining, can have their job openings listed on the site by completing an online form. Businesses must meet the criteria of a life-sustaining business and must have more than 10 job openings, according to the release.
The PA COVID-19 job portal is updated daily. It is part of the PA CareerLink system, a one-stop shop for Pennsylvania job seekers and employers. Local PA CareerLink business teams are assisting life-sustaining businesses to ensure their specific hiring needs are met.
Although PA CareerLink offices across Pennsylvania are physically closed to adhere to social distancing requirements, CareerLink staff is working remotely and providing virtual services.