The job market is slowly but surely bouncing back. New grads, take note.

By Maggie Seaver
Updated May 03, 2021
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Companies Hiring for Entry-Level Remote Jobs 2021
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The already tricky process of applying for and landing a good job after graduation became exponentially more challenging once the pandemic hit. Last year, entry-level professionals, including recent college graduates, came face-to-face with one of the toughest job markets since The Great Depression, with the coronavirus and its economic ripple effect mostly to blame. In April 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the unemployment rate for 20- to 24-year-olds had hit an astonishing 25.7 percent.

But it's not all gloom and doom after graduation this year. Yes, as always, post-grads and other entry-level job candidates still have their work cut out for them landing a job right out of the gate. However, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate is down considerably since its scary peak last April, dropping to 6 percent in March of 2021.

What's more, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers's Job Outlook 2021 Spring Update report, employers project hiring 7.2 percent more new college graduates from the class of 2021 than they hired from the class of 2020. This heartening surge in hiring prospects—across all career levels—comes as more Americans receive COVID-19 vaccinations, shuttered businesses expect to reopen, and the economy and job market steadily continue to recover.

With this in mind, if you're an entry-level job-seeker, you're smart to pursue industries, companies, and even specific job titles where you're in especially high demand. Also consider that not every industry has taken a similar beating since the pandemic—in fact, some have taken very little, and others have even expanded over the past months. You just have to know where to look. Finally, entry-level (and really any) hopefuls might also want to look specifically for roles that either allow them to work remotely or offer some sort of flexible work-from-home plan. Even as vaccine rollout continues, you may appreciate the flexibility that remote work affords or the additional peace of mind for your health and safety. 

To help connect new grads to open job listings and industries ripe for recruiting, online career service FlexJobs combed its company database to curate a list of the top 20 companies offering the most entry-level remote job openings right now.

  1. Robert Half International
  2. Aerotek
  3. Randstad
  4. Kelly
  5. Ajilon
  6. Alorica
  7. SalesRoads
  8. GreatAuPair
  9. CVS Health
  10. Adecco
  11. Accounting Principals
  12. K12
  13. Collabera
  14. Kforce
  15. eXp Realty
  16. Discover Financial Services
  17. Cactus Communications
  18. EagleView Technologies Inc.
  19. QVC
  20. Progressive

"It's important to remember that under these circumstances, it may not be possible to land your dream job in your chosen field right now, but you can still gain experience and join the workforce in a meaningful way," says FlexJobs founder and CEO Sara Sutton.

Sutton reminds young people who are new to the workforce to adjust their expectations accordingly and stay savvy. Plus, on the bright side, "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," she says. 

"While this job market, of course, is not what new graduates expected, it is possible to find employment, especially if you're willing to broaden your job search to fields that haven't been as impacted by the pandemic," Sutton says. 

FlexJobs also has the lowdown on top industries currently offering the most entirely remote jobs across all career levels, including entry-level.

  1. Computer & IT 
  2. Project Management
  3. Marketing 
  4. Customer Service
  5. Accounting & Finance
  6. Medical & Health
  7. Sales
  8. Education & Training 
  9. Writing 
  10. Bilingual 
  11. HR & Recruiting
  12. Internet & Ecommerce
  13. Administrative

Additionally, post-grads on the hunt for open roles can search by job title, too. According to FlexJobs, below are 11 remote job titles—which span broadly from tech to creative roles across the globe—that are currently hiring and require entry-level experience. Perfect for candidates fresh out of school.

  1. Customer Support Representative
  2. Graphic Designer
  3. Online Teacher
  4. Product Manager
  5. Sales Representative
  6. Social Media Specialist
  7. Software Developer
  8. Technical Support Representative
  9. Tutor
  10. Virtual Assistant
  11. Writer

While the going is no doubt tough on graduates, don't give up. Leverage your school's alumni network; set up job alerts from online recruiting sites; utilize LinkedIn and other professional social networks; meet with connections via phone or video for informational interviews; join professional organizations; and definitely keep that resume up to date.