Entry-Level Jobs in Essential Services

By Logan Bright Modified on July 02, 2020

No experience? No problem! There are open roles across the country.

A student works in essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Finding a job during the pandemic isn't easy. Some industries have been hit hard, like travel, tourism and hospitality. Others, like transportation and logistics, are seeing a boom in hiring right now. The best part is many of these jobs don't require experience!

Whether you're looking for a summer job between semesters, or you're a new grad looking to get your foot in the door, check out this infographic to find open jobs, with no experience needed, all across Canada.

Preparing your resumé and cover letter to apply online

When preparing your resumé and cover letter be sure to pay close attention to the job listing. Many employers use applicant tracking systems, which means a computer scans your application for relevant terms and keywords. So, when editing your resumé and cover letter, try to include as many keywords from the job listing as you can. The better your work matches the system's expectations, the more likely you are to be called for an interview.

Job interviews over Zoom

Many job interviews are conducted entirely online right now, which can be a bit intimidating. If you're asked to interview over Zoom, or any other online conference platform, treat the interview like any other. Be prompt, dress for success, and prepare some questions for your interviewer. Make sure you're familiar with the tech before your interview arrives, so you're not fussing about with your webcam during your slot. Remember to speak clearly and slowly, and mind your body language! If you're able, looking into your camera directly when you speak is a good way to approximate real eye contact in an interview.

Entry-level jobs in essential services across Canada


Transportation & Logistics

1,000 JOBS

When's the last time you ordered something online? Goods require a sophisticated chain of logistics to reach your front door. Companies like Amazon are hiring drivers and warehouse staff to keep up with increased demand.

food services

Food Services

800 JOBS

Though most restaurant dining rooms are closed, take out and delivery are booming. It may not be glamorous, but with locations across the country, food service could help you serve up something delicious.

personal care

Personal Care & Vulnerable Population Services

600 JOBS

With so many confined to their homes, personal support workers and others in the helping professions are needed across Canada. Cleaners of all sorts are in demand, too, given the need for proper sanitation during this crisis.


Construction and Maintenance

500 JOBS

New construction is going up all the time, even during the pandemic, and maintenance people will always be needed. If you're interested in a skilled trade, there are openings right now for you to get started.



400 JOBS

There are hundreds of openings in the healthcare system right now, even if you have no experience. One area of growth is in telehealth — offering health services over the phone or internet — but there are many opportunities to do some good in your community.


Manufacturing & Production

410 JOBS

You've probably heard that many companies have started manufacturing masks and ventilators to help with the crisis. Many factories are still open, producing all sorts of goods, and they need hands to help out — even if you have no experience.

retail & wholesale

Retail & Wholesale

330 JOBS

With many retail stores reopening under strict distancing guidelines, shops and wholesalers have a renewed need for people to help keep stores running smoothly.



310 JOBS

As the saying goes, farmers feed cities. Workers in agriculture are needed right now, whatever your education level. From general farm hands to administrative assistants, the agriculture industry has a big appetite for hiring.

Here are some quick links to help you get started. Remember, you can filter your results further to only show jobs in your local area!

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