The 30 Most In-Demand Job Skills Employers are Looking For in 2019

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Don't ignore the "skills" section when updating your resume for 2019. If you already have a strong employment history, a solid list of desirable skills and abilities may be what it takes to push your application ahead of a competitive pool of candidates. And like the state of the job market, the skills employers value most are constantly changing. LinkedIn Learning recently took a look at its data to determine the 30 most in-demand skills companies are looking for in 2019 out of the 50,000 skills listed on the networking site.

The job skills list is divided into two sections: soft skills and hard skills. Soft skills are the type of abilities that can't be proven with a certificate or degree, and because they can't be automated, they're increasingly in demand. They include skills like collaboration, creativity, and persuasiveness.

While you may be able to get away with exaggerating some your soft skills on your resume, hard skills are more difficult to fake. This is where most tech skills like cloud computing, video production, and UX design fall. Language and writing-based skills, like journalism and translation, are also considered hard skills.

You can check out the full list below, then head here for some more resume-polishing tips.

Soft Skills

1. Creativity

2. Persuasion

3. Collaboration

4. Adaptability

5. Time management

Hard Skills

1. Cloud computing

2. Artificial intelligence

3. Analytical reasoning

4. People management

5. UX design

6. Mobile application development

7. Video production

8. Sales leadership

9. Translation

10. Audio production

11. Natural language processing

12. Scientific computing

13. Game development

14. Social media marketing

15. Animation

16. Business analysis

17. Journalism

18. Digital marketing

19. Industrial design

20. Competitive strategies

21. Customer service systems

22. Software testing

23. Data science

24. Computer graphics

25. Corporate communications

[h/t LinkedIn Learning]

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
Allwood/Amazon

If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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More Than 38,000 Pounds of Ground Beef Has Been Recalled

Beef-ware.
Beef-ware.
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Your lettuce-based summer salads are safe for the moment, but there are other products you should be careful about using these days: Certain brands of hand sanitizer, for example, have been recalled for containing methanol. And as Real Simple reports, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) recently recalled 38,406 pounds of ground beef.

When JBS Food Canada ULC shipped the beef over the border from its plant in Alberta, Canada, it somehow skirted the import reinspection process, so FSIS never verified that it met U.S. food safety standards. In other words, we don’t know if there’s anything wrong with it—and no reports of illness have been tied to it so far—but eating unapproved beef is simply not worth the risk.

The beef entered the country on July 13 as raw, frozen, boneless head meat products, and Balter Meat Company processed it into 80-pound boxes of ground beef. It was sent to holding locations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina before heading to retailers that may not be specific to those four states. According to a press release, FSIS will post the list of retailers on its website after it confirms them.

In the meantime, it’s up to consumers to toss any ground beef with labels that match those here [PDF]. Keep an eye out for lot codes 2020A and 2030A, establishment number 11126, and use-or-freeze-by dates August 9 and August 10.

[h/t Real Simple]