The latest Jobs Report indicates the United States added two million jobs last year, with new positions across the country and across all sectors (as just one example, there were more than 400,000 jobs created in manufacturing and construction). Even better news: all signs point to more jobs in 2018.

So, what can you do now to be prepared? We’re glad you asked.

Here at Masiello Employment, we think it’s wise to always be ready for your next great job, whether you’re currently employed or not. Here’s our what-to-do guide to getting hired in 2018:

  1. Networking. In addition to utilizing the employment specialists at Masiello Employment, be sure to talk with friends, family, and current/former co-workers to get a feel for any jobs out there that may be perfect for you. Send an email. Pick up the phone. Post something on social media. If you’re currently employed, be careful not to network on company time, and don’t let your job search interfere with your work performance and your dedication to your current employer.
  2. Resume. Make sure your resume has a modern, professional look (no comic sans font, please), up-to-date and totally honest content, and is typo-free. You should also tailor your resume where possible to reflect the job posting, weaving in words and phrases and responsibilities used in the job listing that accurately reflect your employment history. When you’re pleased with your resume, ask your Masiello Employment contact to take a look, or have a straight-shooting friend review it.
  3. Contact information. This might seem obvious or trivial, but having proper contact information—that is, a sure-to-work phone number or a no-nonsense, practical email address—is a must for your job search. If your current email address might make a job recruiter blush or your phone is anything but dependable, make the necessary changes now so you’re set when your perfect job comes along.
  4. Social media. Trust us, we understand the urge to post that funny picture of you at a New Year’s Eve bash, but what might make your buddies laugh might make a prospective employer permanently shut the door on your job application. Take some time to review all your social media accounts—looking at them through the objective eye of a would-be employer—and then remove anything offensive and anything that might paint you in a less-than-stellar light.
  5. Wardrobe. The last thing you want to do before heading out to a job interview is scramble around trying to find the right outfit. Instead, find something now. Remember, you don’t have to spend a fortune; you just have to find a figure- and work-appropriate outfit that makes you feel confident and comfortable. To maximize your budget, shop at stores like TJMaxx and Marshalls as well as Good Will. And don’t forget to bring along a trusty friend for his/her honest opinion of your look.
  6. Your health. What does your health have to do with your job search? On paper, not much. But we see you as a person, not just a candidate, and we know your physicality can certainly help or hurt your ability to land a job (and do your job). For instance, if you’re applying for a position where you’ll be on your feet all day, you need to be able to stand all day without issue. Our challenge to you: think of your last Doctor’s check-up—if he or she recommended you lose a few pounds and/or stop smoking and/or exercise more and/or eat healthier, take that advice and start making positive changes in your life today . . . you just might see those changes reflect in your work life as well.
  7. Skill set. If you work in a field that’s always evolving, or you know you could land a better job if you had a few more skills under your belt, take a class or get that certificate or degree. We know that’s easier said than done—you might not be able to easily afford a class or you might not have the time to take it—but we also know that you’ll find the way if it’s important enough. And your employment future should be important enough!
  8. Work with your Masiello recruiters! We’re here to help. Always be sure to keep us posted on your current employment situation. If you are thinking of making a move – let us know!

Looking forward to the year ahead, all of us at Masiello Employment wish you a happy (and healthy) 2018! And remember: we can help you find that perfect job anytime—our recruiting team is here for a free consultation; just give us a call.