We shall, I am sure, get through this challenging time and come out ahead eventually, but it will take efforts and adjustments by both individuals and their potential employers over the long run.
In my mind's eye, I considered what might be the ideal employee, one almost certain to get hired and then to keep work, and then how folks who fall short of that full ideal in one way or another can nonetheless look more appealing to personnel departments.
First, this hypothetical competitor might consider relocating. Yes, there are currently lots of jobs in ND, but that is hardly a perfect solution for everyone. A little digging via one's favorite search engine will reveal, however, that quite a few locations offer superior job prospects, so many, in fact, that one can to an extent pick and choose the part of the country where one might prefer to live.
Do you like cooler or more scenic regions? WA, ND, MA, MN, WI might fill the bill. If preferring a warmer clime, work in OK, LA, or TX might be one's cup of tea. MD, UT, or VA might also be options for people who prefer something between those extremes.