NYC's tech sector transitioning during pandemic

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Posted at 4:48 PM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-08 18:13:58-04

NEW YORK — One of the few bright spots in the current job market is the technology sector.

“Tech companies, certainly right at the top of the list,” explained Yahoo Finance anchor Akiko Fujita. “These companies were able to transition right away. So it's no surprise that they are hiring.”

As more people worked from home this Spring, tech companies staffed up to keep up with the demand.

Fujita suggests looking for job opportunities within companies that help with remote communications like Slack or Zoom.

Your favorite social network may be hiring too. Fujita told PIX11 News “a company like Facebook, they're going to continue to hire up because they want to not only have the engineers in place to be able to handle the demand, Facebook also has to hire more employees to be able to fact check some of the information that's coming in.”

“New York has a vibrant tech sector, and it's continuing to thrive,” explained Greg David, a Contributor for Crain’s New York.

“I talked to a company called Capsule this week,” David said. The online pharmacy “hired 300 people since the beginning of March as they have expanded rapidly.”

It’s also a good time to brush up on your tech skills, “if you can learn to code when things get better you will get a job,” David said.

And for people working at home, Lifewire Editor-in-Chief Lance Ulanoff recommends checking your computer and internet connection to ensure they are up to date. Learning virtual workplace group chat applications like Slack and Microsoft Teams can be helpful to.

“This is how business gets done when people can't get up from their desk and walk down the hall and talk to someone,” Ulanoff said.