Sign of the COVID-19 Times: Dishwasher Job Vacancy Gets Over 6,000 Applications and Flyer Handout Position Attracts 2,800 Potential Employees
- Sydney woman opens up about struggles to find work during the pandemic
- Karen Perkins had a successful business derailed by COVID
- One job she applied for had 2,800 applicants, other ads have more than 6,000
The competition for work during the COVID-19 pandemic is causing thousands of hopefuls to apply for the same job.
A job posting on Seek for a dishwasher in Sydney saw more than 6,000 applicants, while a job posting for someone handing out flyers on the street generated nearly 2,800 responses.
A Sydney woman who applied for the role of street promotion spoke candidly about her struggle to find work during the coronavirus crisis.
One role Ms. Perkins hoped to land (vacancy in the photo) alone received about 2,800 applicants
Karen Perkins is currently receiving JobSeeker after her business was derailed by the pandemic and she now applies for 30 job openings per month.
But with so many others also applying for the same job, she told Daily Mail Australia that the process is getting more and more daunting.
‘I have a medical condition and have a partial work capacity that prevents me from working full time. I’m in my 50s too, ”Mrs. Perkins said.
Prior to COVID, I applied for some office and administrative positions and there were about 100 to 200 applicants per position.
“But in August it was at least 600 or higher for each job.”
A job posting posted online showed that more than 6,000 Sydneysiders had applied for a dishwasher position
Ms. Perkins had run a successful company called the name for the past decade Clear and Clutterfree as a professional organizer.
The interesting and unusual profession was made famous by Japanese clean-up queen Marie Kondo in her hit Netflix show.
“I help people set up success and bring a little organization to their home or office,” said Ms. Perkins.
Karen Perkins is currently receiving JobSeeker after her business was derailed by the pandemic
She learned the art of tidying up while working for the Salvation Army.
Mrs. Perkins was often called to pick up things from houses that had gathered dust in the corner.
She got so good at deciding what to keep and where to put it that others started using her services professionally.
“The work is usually very one-off and sporadic, but I regularly got questions and clients,” she said.
But since the start of the coronavirus, her business has been decimated.
But despite the pressures in the job market, ABS’s official unemployment rates have recently improved, from 7.5 percent in July to 6.8 percent in August.
Ms. Perkings said she has noticed in the past two weeks that the number of applicants for each position has decreased, but she is not convinced that the situation is actually getting better.
“I think people are just giving up because they are tired of seeing these high numbers,” she said.
“They think what’s the point, the competition is too fierce.”
With so much competition to find work, Ms. Perkins said the job hunt is getting more and more daunting