At a time when estimates suggest that more than a million Americans could lose their jobs this month as dine-in restaurants and many other businesses are forced to temporarily close by state governments attempting to lessen exposure of citizens to the deadly coronavirus pandemic, plenty of employment opportunities are opening up in supermarkets, drug stores, food takeout and home delivery services.
On March 23 Louisville, Kentucky-headquartered Papa John’s announced that it intends to hire up to 20,000 new employees. The popular pizza chain is scrambling to fill surging orders for home deliveries during these challenging times when many people find themselves telecommuting, self-isolating or in quarantine.
“For anyone looking for immediate ways to earn an income, we’re making it quick and simple to apply, interview and be hired,” said Marvin Boakye, Papa John’s chief people and diversity officer. “We want to add talented team members across the country to deliver food safely to our customers’ doorsteps. We are in the unique position – as a restaurant that specializes in delivery and carryout – to help our communities through this crisis.”
He added: “Our team members are playing an important role in communities across the country as people are asked to stay at home. We are focused on protecting employees and customers, implementing additional health and safety precautions, like enhanced restaurant sanitation measures and ‘No Contact Delivery,’ which provides a limited interaction food drop-off experience and online payment.”
In most cases, applicants looking to work for Papa John’s can expect to have an interview and potentially start the same day. To learn more or apply, visit https://jobs.papajohns.com or text JOBS to 47272.
The Domino’s pizza chain is also in the market for approximately 10,000 new employees nationwide.
“Our corporate and franchise stores want to make sure they’re not only feeding people, but also providing opportunity to those looking for work at this time, especially those in the heavily-impacted restaurant industry,” said CEO Ritch Allison.
Among other major companies actively recruiting in the United States at the moment are Walmart (it aims to add 150,000 people to the payroll by the end of May); Amazon (it has 100,000 part- and full-time openings); CVS and Dollar General (50,000 jobs each); Kroger (10,000); Walgreens (9,500); Albertson’s (1,000).