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What it’s like to apply for and start a job during the pandemic


During the coronavirus pandemic, online job interviews have become commonplace.

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When IT support analyst Nick J Lancaster was made redundant in April due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, he felt hurt and shocked. “My manager … said, in just a few words, that due to Covid-19, I was being let go and that was my last day. I was to return all equipment to the office,” he told CNBC by email.

“I felt I had earned more from my service than just a clinical dismissal phone call. It all happened so quickly,” he said. Lancaster had been with his employer for 17 years. But, later that day, he set to work finding a new job.

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