FlexJobs Announces the Hottest Careers for Entry Level Remote Jobs for Graduates This Spring

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Entry-level remote jobs in HR & Recruiting, Sales, and Call Center industries have grown at least 25% since Jan 2021

“While hiring isn't quite back to pre-pandemic levels, the overall job market is gaining momentum, and that includes a stronger remote job market as well,” said Sara Sutton, founder and CEO of FlexJobs.

According to a report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), employers project hiring 7.2% more new college graduates from the Class of 2021 than they hired from the Class of 2020. As optimism fuels the job market outlook for the spring, FlexJobs has analyzed more than 50 career categories in its database to determine which ten career categories currently have the most number of remote entry-level positions that would be suitable for new graduates, as well as for job seekers with less professional experience. Among these categories, HR & Recruiting, sales, and call center entry-level remote listings have grown at least 25% since Jan 2021.

“While hiring isn't quite back to pre-pandemic levels, the overall job market is gaining momentum, and that includes a stronger remote job market as well,” said Sara Sutton, founder and CEO of FlexJobs. “And fortunately, remote work can remove the geographic limitations to a job search, so focusing on work-from-home jobs can also significantly increase access to potential job opportunities,” Sutton concluded.

The 10 career categories below are ordered from highest to lowest in terms of having the most number of remote entry-level positions available to job seekers as of April 26, 2021.
1. Customer Service
2. Call Center
3. Administrative
4. Accounting & Finance
5. Medical & Health
6. Bilingual
7. Sales
8. Data Entry
9. Computer & IT
10. HR & Recruiting

According to FlexJobs’ recent survey* of 400 entry-level workers, this demographic has not been idle during the pandemic, with four out of five engaging in the following skill development activities:
-- 41% took online courses for professional development
-- 36% learned new professional skills
-- 36% learned new remote working skills
-- 29% studied for or earned a new certification    
-- 27% attended virtual professional development events
-- 25% did volunteer work, internships, projects, or side jobs to strengthen skills and experience

Remote work is also seen as an important part of their workplace. In fact, 32 percent of entry-level workers would give up some vacation time for the opportunity to work remotely as much as they wanted to. Nearly a quarter (24%) would be willing to take a pay cut.

The most important factors that entry-level workers consider when evaluating a job prospect are:
-- Salary (76%)
-- Remote work options (71%)
-- Work-life balance (71%)    
-- Flexible schedule options (58%)    
-- Meaningful work (56%)    
-- Skills training and education options (49%)    
-- Work schedule (45%)    
-- Company culture (42%)    
-- Career progression (40%)    
-- Location (39%)    
-- Health insurance (39%)    
-- Company reputation (37%)    
-- Vacation time (34%)    
-- 401(k)/Retirement benefits (29%)    
-- Special company perks, such as tuition reimbursement, unlimited vacation time, paying for travel or sabbaticals, gym memberships, free food, etc. (27%)
-- Professional challenge (26%)    
-- Amount of travel required (23%)    
-- Paid maternity/paternity leave (16%)    

The FlexJobs Career Coaching Team offers the following advice for any new or recent grads who are interested in landing a remote job:

1. Organize your job search by blocking out time to truly focus. Make daily to-do lists spelling out what you’d like to accomplish, such as revising a cover letter, sending out three applications, and spending a half hour on LinkedIn exploring connections.
2. Update your resume to reflect internships, volunteer activities, and school-based activities. If you want to work remotely, make note of any experiences you have with remote classes, remote group projects, or remote internships or jobs.
3. Try informational interviewing with alums from your school, or make new connections on LinkedIn. These informal chats will help you learn more about the jobs you should target, potential openings, and how to run a successful search from people who’ve been there before.
4. Expect to spend a lot of quality time searching. It takes, on average, three to six months to land a job. Get into a rhythm and routine for your search. Consistency yields results and promotes sanity.

*FlexJobs created the survey, which was promoted to general audiences and its subscribers/members primarily through social media and newsletters. FlexJobs used a multiple choice and multi-select question format via Survey Monkey’s online platform. The survey ran from March 17, 2021- April 5, 2021. The survey attracted 3,545 respondents, 404 of which identified as being entry-level in their career level.

For more information, please visit https://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/stay-at-home-jobs-entry-level-workers/ or contact Kathy Gardner at kgardner@flexjobs.com.

About FlexJobs
FlexJobs is a premium online job service for professionals seeking flexible work, specializing in full-time and part-time remote jobs, employee and freelance jobs, and on-site jobs with flexible, part-time, and alternative schedules. Since its start in 2007, FlexJobs has helped more than 5.5 million people in their job searches and has created the largest vetted database of legitimate flexible job opportunities in over 50 career categories. In addition, FlexJobs provides robust ongoing career support including curated expert resources and career coaching services to partner with job seekers in all phases of their journey. A trusted source in the media, FlexJobs has been cited in top national outlets such as CNN, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, CNBC, Forbes, and many others. FlexJobs' Founder & CEO Sara Sutton has also launched two additional partner sites, Remote.co and 1 Million for Work Flexibility, to help provide education and awareness about the viability and benefits of flexible work. Sutton is the creator of The TRaD* Works Forum (*Telecommuting, Remote, & Distributed), dedicated to helping companies leverage the benefits of telecommuting, remote and distributed teams.

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