Monster’s 2018 midyear jobs report

We looked at Monster data to identify the top jobs, cities, companies, and skills that are shaping the labor market during the first half of 2018. Read this to help power your job search this year.

Monster’s 2018 midyear jobs report

Job market overview from January to June 2018.

We’re now halfway through 2018—how did that happen?

Remember all of those New Year’s resolutions you made six months ago, whether it was to lose weight, exercise more, or find a new job. How are those coming along? Just wondering.

If you’re like most, then you’ve probably long forgotten about the promises you made to yourself at the beginning of the year. But it’s not too late to turn the year around and get back on track to achieving your goals of finding gainful employment in 2018—and Monster is here to help.

Using data provided by the TalentNeuron tool from insights and technology company CEB, we looked back on the labor market trends of 2018 so far to identify the top jobs posted on Monster as well as the top cities for finding a job, the top companies hiring this year, and the soft skills you’ll need to help power through your job search this year. Take a look!

Top jobs posted on Monster

With an ever-tightening labor market, it can sometimes seem like there are No. Jobs. Hiring. Fortunately, that’s not the case.

So far, in 2018, more than 1 million jobs have been added to the labor market, according to the latest jobs reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Which jobs are employers looking to fill most often? We looked at our data to see which jobs have been most frequently posted on Monster so far this year:

  1. Registered nurses
  2. Software developers
  3. Supervisors of retail sales workers
  4. Customer service representatives
  5. Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers
  6. Computer user support specialists
  7. Sales representatives
  8. Maintenance and repair workers
  9. Retail salespersons
  10. Network and computer systems administrators

This list reflects the diversity of the U.S. economy and highlights some of the industries that the BLS estimates to have great job growth over the coming years.

For example, it’s not surprising to see such demand for registered nurses this year. The health care industry is the largest job-creating sector in the U.S., and with an aging Baby Boomer population, the BLS expects to see 15% growth for registered nurses through 2026.

Not to mention, with the rise of e-commerce, software developers, truck drivers, customer service reps, and related tech jobs are seeing tremendous growth on Monster, too.

Start your job search now to see which jobs are hiring on Monster.

Top cities hiring on Monster

We’re spreading the news…New York City is the top city to find a job in 2018.

Additionally, we found that many other East Coast cities, including Boston and Washington, DC, are top cities for job seekers. You’ll also find lots of jobs on the West Coast—specifically, in Los Angeles and San Francisco—in Chicago in the Midwest, and in two Texas towns in the South: Dallas and Houston, which was the top city to find a job last year. Check out the top 10:

  1. New York City
  2.  Los Angeles
  3. Washington, DC
  4. Dallas
  5. Chicago
  6. Boston
  7. Philadelphia
  8. Atlanta
  9. San Francisco
  10. Houston

According to the BLS, the largest year-over-year employment increases were found in the Dallas, New York City, and Los Angeles metropolitan areas, so it makes sense that they cracked our top 10.

Thinking about relocating for work? Make sure you update your resume and read up on the do’s and don’ts before you make the big move.

Top companies hiring on Monster

So, where will you find all of these good jobs on Monster? We looked at the top companies hiring, revealing a diverse mix of industries where you can find a job in 2018.

It may be to your advantage to apply to jobs at Advantage Solutions Group, a sales, marketing, and technology solutions company and No. 1 on our list. Brookdale Senior Living (health care), UPS (transportation and logistics), Oldcastle (manufacturing), and Kindred Healthcare (health care) round out the top five. You’ll also find top jobs at retailers like Walgreens, insurance firms like American Income Life, and defense technology company Northrop Grumman. Check out the full list:

  1. Advantage Solutions Group

  2. Brookdale Senior Living

  3. UPS

  4. Oldcastle

  5. Kindred at Home

  6. Mercy – A Member of CHW

  7. NTT Data

  8. Kindred Healthcare

  9. XPO Logistics

  10. Pilot Flying J

  11. Aramark

  12. Walgreens

  13. Eaton

  14. American Income Life

  15. Northrop Grumman

  16. Clean Harbors

  17. Cognizant Technology Solutions

  18. Rent A Center

  19. GDKN Corporation

  20. Hallmark

Want to know the top companies hiring each week? Take a look at our list of the top 100 companies hiring. We update the list weekly, so you’ll want to check back often!

Soft skills you need to get hired in 2018

Regardless of the types of jobs you’re applying to, there are certain soft skills employers look for in candidates, and you’ll definitely want to play them up in your job search.

What are soft skills? Soft skills are personal attributes that can include your people skills, social skills, character traits. So, while having the technical, or “hard,” skills required for a job is important, soft skills are what will help set you apart from the competition—including the robots—in your job search.

Here are the top 10 soft skills that were most frequently mentioned in job listings on Monster:

  1. Oral and written communication
  2. Detail oriented
  3. Integrity
  4. Self-starting/Self-motivated
  5. Work independently
  6. Problem solving
  7. Customer service oriented
  8. Organizational skills
  9. Team-oriented, teamwork
  10. Troubleshooting

For more advice, check out our guide to the most important soft skills everyone should have.

Job search next steps

Knowing what jobs are out there, where the jobs are, and who’s hiring are all key steps in the job search process. But now it’s time to put yourself out there and get some exposure. Need some help with that? Join Monster for free today. As a member, you not only get job alerts emailed right to your inbox, which cuts down on the amount of time you’d spend combing through ads, but you can upload up to five versions of your resume—each tailored to different types of jobs that interest you. Recruiters search Monster every day looking to fill top jobs with qualified candidates, just like you.