HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - Many companies across the country have hiring freezes because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which makes it a tough job market for 2020 graduates. However, local career experts tell News 3 many Hampton Roads companies are hiring right now.
We talked to Diana Cordero with Virginia Career Works and Christina Brooks with the Hampton Roads Workforce Council, who say many companies that had to rescind job offers to high school and college graduates when the pandemic hit are now hiring again.
“Our businesses are telling us they can’t find enough people. They want to hire. So, if you are a college graduate and you had that offer rescinded back in May, please get back out there get your applications going reach out to the industries because they’re hiring - and not just in the trades, but in the business sector.”
One of those companies is Huntington Ingalls, America's largest shipbuilding company. It's hiring people for all types of positions and is offering on-the-job training.
“They’ve actually opened up a lot of their trainee positions. They’ve got pipe-fitter trainee, they’ve got entry level pipe-fitter... sandblasters. So, if you don’t have any experience at all, you are still eligible to apply. What they’re looking for is talent, individuals that are hard-working, dependable and are interested in working right now.”