California companies praised for offering remote, entry-level jobs

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California companies praised for offering remote, entry-level jobs

Robert Half International almost topped FlexJobs’ list of the top 15 companies offering remote, entry-level jobs in 2022.

The Menlo Park, CA-based global consultancy trailed only Kelly, a global staffing firm, on this year’s list. Other California companies to crack the top 15 include staffing and recruiting firm Aston Carter, which has 17 offices in “The Golden State,” and Alorica, an Irvine, CA-based consultancy.

According to a report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), employers plan to hire almost one-third (32%) more graduates from the Class of 2022 than they hired from the Class of 2021.

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Given this market activity, FlexJobs has assessed the entry-level remote job market to help job seekers better understand the current opportunities available. Specifically, the remote job service has analyzed more than 50 industries to determine which 10 career categories have the greatest number of remote, entry-level positions since January 2022. Those categories are customer service, accounting and finance, administrative, medical and health, virtual admin, insurance, HR and recruiting, bilingual, computer/IT and sales.

FlexJobs has also determined the top 10 entry-level remote job titles companies have recruited for during the first four months of 2022. Those titles are customer service representative, staff accountant, administrative assistant, recruiting coordinator, account executive, call center representative, billing specialist, executive assistant, accounts payable specialist and marketing coordinator.

“As companies continue to embrace workplace flexibility, remote work options are becoming more accessible to all career levels,” said Sara Sutton, founder and CEO of FlexJobs. “Whether you’re a new graduate or someone starting over in a different career profession, we hope these lists and resources equip job seekers with the tools they need to identify and connect to the wide selection of entry-level remote jobs available.”

Nearly 90% of employees prefer a role with remote options, according to San Francisco-based PRO Unlimited, an integrated workforce management platform provider. In other words, employers that offer such flexibility will capture 96% of the labor market while those that don’t will lose out on 58% of candidates. That’s a big deal during the Great Resignation, in which companies across the United States are experiencing historic turnover. More than 60 million Americans have quit their jobs over the past year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Employees in the technology industry, such as those working in Silicon Valley, seem to desire the “WFH” lifestyle more than those in any other field. Roughly two-thirds of tech employees (66%) said they prefer working remotely full time, and 34% said they would only accept a full-time remote role. Just over 60% of network engineers and 47% of software engineers shared the same sentiment.

Even if you do request employees to come to the office for just a few days a week, you may still be risking losing your workforce. About two-thirds of Google employees are dissatisfied with the tech giant’s hybrid model and 34% said they are considering looking for another job because of the return-to-office strategy, according to Blind.

Remote work isn’t the way of the future – it’s the demand of the present. Savvy business leaders understand that and will leverage such flexibility for the benefit of their company. According to a Northeastern University survey, more than 1,000 C-suite executives claimed the COVID-19 pandemic has made them more likely to encourage remote work as a way to recruit new employees.

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