A note from us
We appreciate that this is an unsettling time and the thought of losing a job can be very anxiety-provoking. While we will experience a financial hit like everyone else, we are not laying anyone off, nor are we cutting anyone's hours. With over 20 years in business, we have seen two major worldwide economic crises, two major production shutdowns, and parts of the entertainment industry implode and build back up. This, too, will see a resolution, although not as quickly as anyone will like.
Because of our historic data and our first-hand experience, we are meeting with our partners to share the trends in an effort to help predict who will be most affected and how best to lend assistance. Our goal in this collaboration is to explore what resources we can offer to help you and our partners get through this tough period.
Yes, hiring is down and all major productions are temporarily on hiatus. That said, some companies are still moving forward with hiring, albeit at a much slower pace, and we are getting new job postings to the site but again albeit at a much slower rate than normal.
While some have shut down productions "temporarily indefinitely," the consensus is it will be weeks vs months until production begins to resume.
From an optimistic side, outside of production shutdowns, we are not seeing widespread radical moves by employers in the ways of layoffs or hiring freezes as we have seen in prior economic crises. As crazy as it sounds, employers are still adding new jobs to the site, and they are taking applications and some are learning to onboard new employees remotely.
The entertainment industry has a long history of facing challenges and bouncing back with a "the show must go on attitude." The "show" now has taken on a new metaphor. This has been unsettling, to say the least; scary news, scary responses to the news. But, as someone that has been through some individual, community and world crises, I can firmly say that we will all get through this and for one reason: When we all work together there is nothing we cannot overcome. Yes, we saw some hoarding and a bit of an "every person for themselves" attitude initially, but that has faded as people get more information as we tend to fear what is unknown. Every day we will get a clearer picture of what is going on. Even now we are seeing people no longer stockpiling a 10 year supply of TP and reaching out to their community to see how people can help one another.
If you have time to watch a movie, there is a great quote from Starman that has stuck with me my whole life. Jeff Bridges plays an alien that comes to earth and takes on a human form. Like in ET it boils down to the government chasing him down and his allies wanting him to be let go. At the end of the movie, as he is talking with his captor, he has a conversation about his thoughts on human beings as a species. - Starman (Jeff Bridges) asks "Shall I tell you what I find beautiful about you? You are at your very best when things are worst."
In my life, every hard time we have gone through has reaffirmed this to be 100% true. Let's help each other through this.
We will keep you posted on any notable updates. We are keeping tabs on the decision-makers as to how/when production will resume, and we will continue to track down employers who are still hiring.
We are building a library of resources that we would like your help with.
- We are keeping a list of employers or types of employers who are in accelerated hiring through this period (short term solutions)
- Resources for financial aid for those that have been laid off
- Free educational resources that are being opened up if you want to learn a new skill or polish up old skills.
- What do I do now? Job Searching in a bad economy
Let us know how we can help you. We can host any number of virtual workshops so please us know what you may find helpful through this period. We are working on some ideas to help support the community but we would love to hear from you too.
You are not alone, we will all get through this together.