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    • Not everyone is suited to owning a business– and that's OK.
    • Some people don't have an entrepreneurial mindset, and there are clear signs that you're not ready to start a company, according to Uptima Business Bootcamp cofounder Rani Langer-Croager.
    • There are also some practical matters you should have in order, particularly your finances.

    Despite the entrepreneurial hype of the Silicon Valley era, not everyone is suited to owning a business— and that's OK.

    "Starting and growing a business takes a lot of energy. It's very risky,"Rani Langer-Croager, the cofounder of Uptima Business Bootcamp, told Business Insider.

    There's no shame if you are happier as an employee, as some people don't have an entrepreneurial mindset. Though you can develop entrepreneurial traits, your business would need to be something "that you can't not do," according to Langer-Croager.

    From issues of risk appetite to matters of personal finance, Langer-Croager shared eight signs you might want to keep your day job, at least for now.

    SEE ALSO: 8 things that could increase your chances of being audited, and how to avoid them

    1. You have a low appetite for risk

    Here's the harsh reality of starting a business: around 70% of startups are no longer in business by year 10, according to Fundera.

    Even if your product or service is fantastic, there are a host of snags you can hit, from running out of money to running out of steam. To deal with this risk, "every entrepreneur should go into this with their own timeline" for when they expect the business to turn a profit — and pay its founder a salary.

    This timeline should be "tied to their own financial wellbeing," Langer-Croager said. In other words, figure out how long you can afford to allow your business to grow without getting something back from it, knowing that there's a chance your startup might never turn a profit. She said that doing so "makes managing that risk a little easier." 



    2. You have a "scarcity mindset"

    "People who are in a scarcity mindset think there aren't enough opportunities or resources for them," Langer-Croager said. This can result in a sense of desperation that can lead you to pursue avenues that hurt your business, rather than holding out for better opportunities. This is a pitfall even for seasoned business owners during down times, she said.

    "Working on your own relationship with money and knowing that relationship might be deep-rooted" may be necessary to remove this obstacle to becoming your own boss, according to Langer-Croager.



    3. You need a quick profit

    Small Business Trends reported only 40% of startups actually turn a profit and 82% of small business failures are tied to cash-flow problems.

    It can take years for your business to become profitable enough to pay yourself a living wage, Langer-Croager noted. "If you're trying to make cash quickly, you're going to put a lot of pressure on the business that's not going to allow it to grow the way it needs to grow," she said.



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    Hartford Connecticut

    • Recently, Americans have been moving to warmer climates, more affordable areas, and better job opportunities.
    • Because of those long-term patterns, as well as the recent period of economic recovery, cities in some parts of the country have lost tens of thousands of residents.
    • These are the 50 US cities that have had the largest net decline in population in the last decade, ranked from smallest decline in Fairbanks, Alaska to the largest decline in the Chicago area.

    Each year, roughly 40 million Americans, or about 14% of the US population, move at least once. Much of that movement includes younger people relocating within cities, but it is trends of Americans moving to warmer climates, more affordable areas, and better job opportunities that have largely determined migration patterns in recent decades.

    Because of those long-term patterns, as well as the recent period of economic recovery, cities in some parts of the country have lost tens of thousands of residents.

    To find the 50 US metropolitan areas that have had the largest net decline in population as a result of migration between 2010 and 2017, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed population figures from the US Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program.

    The 50 cities where the most people are moving away from can primarily be found in the Northeast, Midwest, and West Coast, particularly in states like Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, and New York. Among the cities where people are leaving in droves are places such as Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, New York, and Los Angeles.

    William Frey, demographer at the Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public policy research group, explained that these cities that have been losing thousands of residents due to migration are part of the long-term trend of movement from the Northeast and the Midwest to warmer climates, a trend that has increased in recent years.

    "The story of the broader migration pattern in the US is from Snow Belt to Sun Belt," Frey said. "That migration has slowed a little bit in the early part of the decade, when we were still dealing with the aftermath of the recession, but it's coming back."

    SEE ALSO: These are the most popular dog breeds in the US, according to the American Kennel Club

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    SEE ALSO: 8 Companies That Were Ruined By Their Founders

    50. Fairbanks, Alaska

    Population decrease due to migration, 2010-2017: -7,011
    Population change, 2010-2017: +2.2% (97,585 to 99,703)
    Natural growth, 2010-2017: 12,364 births, 3,417 deaths
    Median home value: $226,900



    49. Johnstown, Pennsylvania

    Population decrease due to migration, 2010-2017: -7,070
    Population change, 2010-2017: -7.4% (143,674 to 133,054)
    Natural growth, 2010-2017: 9,624 births, 13,203 deaths
    Median home value: $93,400



    48. Hinesville, Georgia

    Population decrease due to migration, 2010-2017: -7,171
    Population change, 2010-2017: +3.2% (77,919 to 80,400)
    Natural growth, 2010-2017: 12,218 births, 3,030 deaths
    Median home value: $133,600

     



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    better january 2019

    • Forget old-school self-help.
    • With this 31-day guide full of sage life advice, you can head into the new year feeling confident to tackle anything.
    • Tasks include overhauling your LinkedIn, practicing a new language, and setting a savings goal based on your age.

    2019 is upon us. Meaning it's time to stop thinking about how to improve your health, job, relationships, and life in general — and time to start doing. And we're here to help.

    Above is our 31-day guide to starting off a healthy, wealthy, happy year. Each day is accompanied by a task, along with a quick explanation of why it's important.

    Read on to find out how to set yourself up for success.

    SEE ALSO: 13 experts share their favorite tips so you can make 2019 your most productive year yet

    January 1: Ask yourself: What do I want that I already have? What else, if anything, do I truly want?

    Katherine Schafler, a New York psychotherapist, wrote about the "ambition trap" in a post for Thrive Global. It's the tendency for getting everything we want to make us unhappy.

    "The more self-aware you are, the easier it'll be for you to distinguish between what you like, and what you actually want to acquire," she writes. "But how do we make that distinction? As human beings, we're so used to wanting more as a default mode. More food, more money, more friends, more sex, more stuff, more time, more attention. So how do we start wanting less?"

    It starts with the questions posed above.



    January 2: Stop hitting the snooze button.

    It might feel as though pressing the snooze button in the morning gives you a little bit of extra rest to start your day, but the truth is that it does more harm than good.

    That's because when you wake up, your endocrine system begins to release alertness hormones to get you ready for the day. By going back to sleep, you're slowing this process. Plus, nine minutes doesn't give your body time to get the restorative, deep sleep it needs.



    January 3: Start keeping track of your net worth.

    One of the easiest ways to keep track of your financial progress is to monitor your net worth: everything you own minus everything you owe.

    As a financial planner in New York, Business Insider's Lauren Lyons Cole says one of the first tasks she asks clients to complete is their current financial snapshot, an overview of every aspect of their financial situation, including account balances. Once you can see all your money in one place, you can start figuring out what you want to do with it.

    Bonus: Getting organized frees up brain space so you don't have to think about money nearly as much.



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    Costco Business Center

    • Shoppers love Costco for its low prices, bulk products, and, of course, free samples. 
    • Costco memberships come with many perks. But the store can be time-consuming to shop at, and it's hard to know when you're getting the best deals.
    • Here are ways to save time and money while shopping at Costco. 

    Shoppers love Costco for its low prices, bulk products, and, of course, free samples. 

    The membership-based warehouse store can be an overwhelming maze of discounts and deals. The retailer charges $60 annually for a basic membership and $120 for an executive membership.  

    Costco memberships come with many perks, including cheap gas, vacation deals, and discounts on prescription medication. The store also offers plenty of savings opportunities on top of its already low prices, like coupons and "warehouse savings." 

    Even though Costco offers a lot of great deals, it can be tricky to weed through them to find the best ones. Plus, Costco is known for its massive lines and hectic shopping experience. 

    Some tricks to know include looking at the price tags to see if a markdown is final, splitting bulk deals with friends or family, and heading to the center of the store to find the best deals. 

    Here are more ways to save time and money while shopping at Costco: 

    SEE ALSO: We compared Amazon and Costco prices to see which company offers better deals. Here's the verdict.

    Make a beeline to the center of the store.

    The flashy displays in the front of the store may be fun, but they're likely more expensive. Head to the center of the store to find some of the best deals. 



    Keep an eye out for the "star."

    If an item has an asterisk on the price tag, it will not be restocked. Make sure to buy it while you can. 



    Split bulk items with friends or family.

    Buying in bulk offers major savings, but you may not have the storage space for everything. If you split bulk items, you and a friend can both see major savings, without being weighed down by having more than you need. 



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    new year's resolutions

    • INSIDER polled more than 1,000 people living in the US about New Year's resolutions, specifically how long they should last. 
    • Most Americans agree that, if you're going to resolve to try something new in 2019, you should try to stick to it for at least a few months. 
    • That advice squares well with what scientists know about behavior change, but they also say it's best to start small and be specific.

    On New Year's Eve, when spirits are bright, it can feel like a hopeful moment to pin one's ambitions on being a far better person in 2019. The truth, however, is a bit bleaker. We often aim too high with our new year's goals, with 80% of people failing New Year's resolutions by February.

    But still, year after year, we continue to make (and break) these goals. Perhaps because we think we can make it last a little longer. 

    To get a sense for how long people think resolutions should last, INSIDER, a sister publication of Business Insider, asked more than 1,000 Americans "how many months is it reasonable to expect someone to keep a New Year's resolution?" 

    Here's a month-by-month breakdown of their expectations, and some tips to help you stick to your goals for longer than what others might expect. 

     

    SEE ALSO: How to actually make and keep New Year's resolutions, according to a behavioral scientist

    94% of respondents said people should keep their resolutions for at least one month.

    The type of resolution you make could play a part in the success rate. Yale psychology Professor John Bargh previously told Business Insider that the most successful resolutions are small, reasonable changes that we can seamlessly incorporate into existing daily routines.

    He says you shouldn't even try to bust a big bad habit or start a new regimen unless you really, really want to, because otherwise the resolution likely won't stick. Behavior change is hard. 

     



    By the end of February, 22% of people have decided it's OK to give up on new habits.

    Still, a majority of Americans — 86% — say it's best to keep chipping away at your New Year's goals.

    To maintain new behaviors, psychology professor Wendy Wood at the University of Southern California says you should put them into practice in routine, easy-to-follow ways. In other words, if you make a New Year's resolution a habit or daily reflex, it's more likely to stick.



    78% of those surveyed think it's still a good idea to maintain new year's ambitions at the three-month mark.

    But by the end of March, 35% of respondents think it's fine if your resolutions have gone by the wayside. 



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    MIL E 53

    • The best "off-map" restaurants in the world have been announced by The World Restaurant Awards.
    • The list highlights under-the-radar and off-the-beaten-track culinary gems across the globe.
    • From a shipping container fish shack in the UK to a dining experience in the Peruvian mountains, the restaurants may not be easy to find, but they're all worth a visit. 

    There are certain restaurants that seemingly everyone goes to. Sure, sometimes that's because they're brilliant, but other times, it's just because they've got a highly instagrammable flower wall.

    Social media and the internet mean it's hard to find a hidden gem nowadays, but there are under-the-radar restaurants to be found if you know where to look.

    To give you a helping hand, the World Restaurant Awards has unveiled its list of little-known restaurants across the globe that are worth visiting, from haute-cuisine to affordable.

    "The Off-Map award is for restaurants in a remote location that are off-the-beaten-track and worth the journey," a spokesperson for the awards told Business Insider.

    "They are not required to be a minimum or maximum number of miles away from a city, but the journey should be an uplifting and notable experience."

    Read more: The 50 best restaurants in the world in 2018

    The list is created by a gender-balanced judging panel of over 100 experts representing 36 different countries, including chefs, journalists, and industry influencers. Famous chefs such as Clare Smyth, David Chang, Yotam Ottolenghi, René Redzepi, Hélène Darroze, and Massimo Bottura were all part of the panel.

    The winners of all categories will be announced at the World Restaurant Awards ceremony in Paris on February 18 2019.

    Scroll down to see the top 28 "off-map" restaurants.

    SEE ALSO: The 50 best bars in the world in 2018

    1. Slippurinn, Westman Islands, Iceland

    This cosy, family-run restaurant serves local, sustainable, seasonal food on a site that was formerly a machine workshop serving the old shipyard. 



    2. Boca Valdivia, Ecuador

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    Situated right on the Ecuadorean coast, the restaurant focuses on sustainability and traditional culture.



    3. Wolfgat, South Africa

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    Another coastal spot, Wolfgat is a 20-seat fine-dining restaurant named after a nearby cave, which has huge archaeological and geological significance. It serves up foraged dune spinach and indigenous plants such as soutslaai.



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    moving truck new house

    • Housing affordability hit a 10-year low at the end of 2018, but there's still hope for some buyers.
    • Wage growth and new construction are keeping up with home price increases in several cities across the United States, according to housing economists from Realtor.com.
    • The best places to buy a home in 2019 aren't just the cheapest — Miami, Boston, Boise, and Phoenix will be some of the best housing markets for homebuyers.

    Housing affordability is in the dumps. 

    In the final quarter of 2018, the average Americans' ability to afford a home hit a 10-year low, according to a report from ATTOM Data Solutions cited by Realtor.com.

    But not all hope is lost. While first-time homebuyers may struggle in 2019, older homeowners looking for a new place will have more options.

    According to Daren Blomquist, senior vice president at ATTOM, "We're going to hit an affordability tipping point in 2019, where it becomes more affordable to buy. Buyers will have more inventory to choose from and they will be running against fewer multiple-offer situations."

    Realtor.com's team of economists analyzed housing markets across the US to find the top markets to buy a home in 2019, where new home construction is booming, job growth is strong, public schools are highly rated, and millennials are moving in.

    Keep in mind: The best places to buy a home in 2019 aren't just the cheapest. The list includes a few pricey cities, like Boston and Miami, as well as up-and-coming cities, like Boise, Idaho, and Chattanooga, Tennessee. The key is that wage growth and new-home construction in these cities are keeping up with home price increases, stabilizing affordability.

    Below, find out the best markets for homebuyers in 2019, along with Realtor.com's price growth forecast.

    SEE ALSO: More Americans are selling their homes online to real-estate companies like Zillow, who make an offer in 2 days and can close in a week

    DON'T MISS: Home values have more than doubled in the US since 1970 — here's how much they've increased in every state

    10. Boston, Massachusetts

    Forecasted median home price: $496,710

    Forecasted price growth from 2018 to 2019: 4.6%



    9. Miami, Florida

    Forecasted median home price: $266,586

    Forecasted price growth from 2018 to 2019: 5%



    8. Boise City, Idaho

    Forecasted median home price: $258,303

    Forecasted price growth from 2018 to 2019: 6.9%



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    Volkswagen Jetta SE 2019

    • The Volkswagen Jetta is all-new for the 2019 model year.
    • The new seventh generation Jetta is built on VW's highly-touted MQB platform that also underpins the Audi A3 along with the Volkswagen Tiguan and Atlas SUVs. 
    • All US-bound Jettas are powered by a 147-horsepower, 1.4-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to either an eight-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. 
    • We were impressed by the Mexican-built Jetta's perky performance, strong driving dynamics, and well-sorted infotainment system, but less than enthused by the somewhat cheap feeling interior. 
    • The base Jetta S starts at $18,545, but our mid-grade SE test car carried an as-tested price of $23,005.

    The compact sedan was once the go-to for young car buyers. In recent years, the market has shifted to crossovers and SUVs.

    According to data from Kelley Blue Book, compact car sales in the US are down 13.9% over the first 11 months of 2018. During the same period, compact SUV sales are up 12.1%. 

    The compact car market may be shrinking, but it's still substantial in size with more than 1.65 million cars sold through November, accounting for 10.5% of the total US auto sales.

    Read more: 40 hot cars we can't wait to see in 2019.

    This brings us to the new seventh-generation Volkswagen Jetta that's all-new for the 2019 model year. It's the latest in a long line of successful Jetta sedans from VW. By successful, I mean 17.5 million sold worldwide since 1979 successful. In case you're wondering, US consumers accounted for 3.2 million of that tally. 

    Recently, Business Insider had the chance to spend a few days behind the wheel a 2019 Jetta 1.4T SE on the roads in and around Atlanta, GA. 

    The base Jetta S starts at $18,545. The mid-grade SE and sporty R-Line trims start at $22,155 and $22,995 respectively. The luxury-focused SEL and SEL Premium trims start at $24,415 and $26,945 respectively. 

    Our SE test car, clad in an eye-catching Silk Blue Metallic paint job, carried an as-tested price of $23,005 because of an $850 destination charge. 

    Here's a closer look at the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta. 

    SEE ALSO: We drove a $30,000 Hyundai Kona SUV to see if it's ready to compete against Jeep, Honda, and Toyota. Here's the verdict.

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    Here it is! Our 2019 Volkswagen Jetta 1.4T SE test car.



    It's the latest descendant of the original Mark 1 Jetta that debuted back in 1979 and...



    ... Builds on the success of the sixth generation Jetta that sold from 2011 to 2018.



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    GM Yukon Denali

    • The GMC Yukon Denali is about as upmarket as you can get without entering the true luxury realm.
    • The full-size SUV has plenty of room for passengers and stuff, and it can tow a respectable 8,400 lbs. with four-wheel-drive and a beefy 6.2-liter V8 engine.
    • I liked the Yukon Denali for its abundant power, smooth ride, and ability to tote a serious load.

    When people think of big luxury SUVs, nameplates such as the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator come to mind. That's understandable because when it comes to the largest players in the market, the Caddy and the Lincoln — along with the Lexus LX and the Infiniti QX80 — have been around for so long that they're extremely well-known.

    Traditionally, if you wanted Escalade scale, for example, minus the Escalade price, you could drop down in the General Motors lineup to the Chevy Tahoe or Suburban. For a bit more premium-ness, there was the GMC Yukon. But GMC, in particular, has been doing something interesting, offering a near-luxury, super-premium trim level called "Denali."

    I've sampled a bunch of Denali-grade GMCs, and last year, I took an extended wheelbase version of the Yukon Denali on a family road trip.

    More recently, the standard-wheelbase Yukon Denali landed in my driveway, just in time to take my three children to summer camp, roughly a 4-hour, round-trip jaunt. Throw in my lovely wife, as well as enough gear to get a trio of kids through two weeks away from home, and we had a good test of the Yukon Denali's capabilities. 

    The vehicle was a 2018 Denali, with a base price of $69,165, but optioned up, our tester came to $77,390. I tooled around in it for a week, apart from the aforementioned weekend run. I didn't tow anything, but this SUV has some serious capacity, with a rating of up to 8,400 lbs.

    Here's what I thought.

     

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    The "Onyx Black" Yukon Denali landed in my driveway and promptly filled it up. Note the Denali grille, a massive yet intricate signature element.



    This Yukon Denali is more compact, if you will, than the XL I previously sampled.

    From stem to stern, it's about 204 inches, with a cargo capacity when all three rows of seats are deployed of about 15 cubic feet.

    The XL is around 244 inches long, with more than twice as much cargo area and a notably larger third row.

    Our tester came with 20-inch aluminum wheels, but if I were buying, I'd go for the optional 22-inchers, to better fill those huge wheel arches. 



    For the record, the XL is so named because it's longer, with extended length and wheelbase.



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    southwest

    • I flew Southwest Airlines for the second time in my life as I traveled from New York City to St. Louis in October.
    • I came away satisfied with my flight and more likely to use Southwest in the future.
    • The plane's cleanliness and entertainment options, as well as the ability to check my suitcase for free, were the biggest highlights.

     

    As airplane seats get smaller and fees get larger, what once seemed like small comforts take on greater importance. 

    In October, I flew Southwest Airlines for the second time in my life as I traveled from New York City to St. Louis, six months after a passenger on a Southwest flight died following a mid-flight engine failure. The flight was like most others I've taken but had a few notable differences from United and Delta, the airlines I most frequently use. Some of the differences were cosmetic and others were more substantive, but overall, my flight left me with a positive impression of Southwest and increased the odds I'll use it again.

    Read more: The 11 most tech-friendly airlines in the world

    The first time I flew Southwest, I was startled by its lack of seating assignments and unconventional boarding process. This time, I knew what to expect and was more attuned to some of the details I'd previously missed. While the plane's legroom and seat width were average and below average, respectively (according to SeatGuru), there were a few parts of my travel experience that impressed me. 

    Being able to check my bag for free was a significant perk, and the seats were cleaner and seemed to be made of more comfortable material than what I'm used to when flying economy on other airlines. Southwest's entertainment options were the biggest surprise, as the airline's website offered a wide range of movies, music stations, and television shows, many of which were free, without requiring me to download an app.

    Here's what I thought of my second experience with Southwest.

    SEE ALSO: How to book virtually free flights and hotels for an epic Hawaiian vacation with just 2 rewards credit cards

    My flight was at 7:25 a.m. on a Monday, so when I arrived at LaGuardia Airport a little before 6, I wasn't surprised to find a nearly empty check-in counter.



    I was happy to find that checking my suitcase was free.

    My trip was about three-and-a-half days in total, which would have made it difficult to fit everything I needed in a carry-on bag. My suitcase was too big to qualify as a carry-on item, so Southwest's policy allowing customers to check two bags for free (so long as they're under 50 pounds and don't exceed 62 inches in any direction) saved me a total of $60 for the trip, compared to United, American, or Delta.



    The security line was a little more crowded than I expected, though not unreasonably so.



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    skincare

    • Some viral skin-care trends can do more harm than good
    • Popular fads like peel-off masks, charcoal masks, and DIY skin-care recipes can actually do more harm than good for your skin.
    • "Natural" and "organic" skin-care products aren't always better. 

    When it comes to skin-care, it seems like there's always a new trend. But from charcoal masks that claim to clean out your pores and DIY face masks that claim to clear your acne, not every fad is safe.

    Of course, not all skin care trends are bad news, said Dhaval Bhanusali, a dermatologist in New York. "I don't think people should ignore trends, but they should always proceed with caution," he told INSIDER. "Just because something worked for one person, doesn't mean it will work for another. You have to be careful.

    That being said, here are 10 skin-care trends that dermatologists say you should be cautious about. 

    Cosmetic procedures aren't always safe.

    Bhanusali told INSIDER that lately cosmetic procedures have become widely available and so they're oftentimes offered by a variety of different people — but not all of these people are qualified. Receiving cosmetic procedures from individuals who aren't qualified can sometimes result in complications. 

    If you're looking to get a cosmetic procedure done, it's always best to see a trusted professional or board-certified dermatologist.



    DIY skin-care can be dangerous.

    Whatever your reason, it's understandable why the idea of making homemade masks, serums, or moisturizers is tempting, but Bhanusali says that these concoctions usually do more harm than good. And he said they can oftentimes cause chemical burns. 

    "I'm seeing more complications from DIY masks and at-home treatments, particularly with darker skin types," he said. "It's always important to consult with experts before doing something that can harm your skin." 

    Read More: 9 things you should never use to treat a pimple, and 2 you should



    Peel-off masks can be damaging.

    It's easy to understand the allure of peel-off masks. After using one, it can feel like you've removed any and all impurities from your skin, which is totally satisfying.

    But Holly Hanson, a dermatologist in Minnesota, said that they can actually damage your skin. "Oftentimes these masks are abrasive and work by removing the outer layer of the skin," she told INSIDER. "There are more effective ways to cleanse the skin without damaging it."



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    women working computer

    • You might be wondering how to write a LinkedIn summary— or if you even need one.
    • LinkedIn summaries are good ways to explain your experiences and show who you are.
    • It's important to get keywords in them so that your profile shows up in searches. 

     

    You might approach your LinkedIn summary the way you do the "objective" part of your résumé— you would rather ignore it, or you're not sure if you need it, or maybe you're not even sure what, exactly, it is.

    Blair Decembrele

    Not unlike a cover letter, the LinkedIn summary section, which appears right below your profile photo, frames who you are and what you're looking for.

    "Whether you are looking for a new job, to stay up to date on the latest business news or looking for new leads,
    consider your summary as your elevator pitch for whatever you are in it for,"Blair Decembrele, LinkedIn career expert, told Business Insider.

    "Having a strong summary helps ensure you turn up in LinkedIn searches from recruiters, hiring managers, or other people who may want to work with you," added Decembrele, who is also the director of editorial marketing and consumer communications at LinkedIn.

    Here are Decembrele's tips for writing a stellar summary:

    SEE ALSO: 9 mistakes you're making on LinkedIn that are putting off recruiters and making it harder to find a job

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    Your LinkedIn summary is one of the first things a recruiter will see

    Think of your summary as an opportunity to succinctly outline who you are and what you're looking for.

    "Your summary should include your experience, skills, motivations and interests," Decembrele said. "It's a great place to highlight what you want to be known for, and to let your personality shine through too."



    Think of the summary as a shortened cover letter

    The ideal LinkedIn summary shows your background in a way that's authentic and engaging.  See this roundup of great LinkedIn profile summaries for help getting started. The best summaries might engage folks with an anecdote about how they got interested in their field, and follow up with what keeps them in their profession. 

    Don't be afraid to add some humor or some personal background, like where you volunteer or some fun facts about your interests. You can also keep it simple by explaining your passion for your profession and what's great about your company.

    "It provides a holistic and rich digital representation of your story, and what makes you unique as a professional," Decembrele said. "It should empower you to attract opportunity in a way that addresses your professional goals and aspirations, so make it authentic."



    Include keywords, not buzzwords

    Decembrele said you should include plenty of search keywords in your summary. That way, recruiters will be able to easily find your profile.

    "Potential employers search for summaries using keywords and the skills that they have listed in their job posting," Decembrele said. "Read though the descriptions of the jobs you want and include those keywords in your summary if you have those skills."

    Go for specifics on what you bring to the company. Instead of writing that you have "an extensive writing background," go with "six years of technical writing and editing experience." 

    That way, recruiters know what exactly you bring to the table, and they'll be able to quickly find you via search. 

    Read more:A head recruiter at Amazon says the best résumés are data-based — and there's an easy formula you can follow



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    Virgin America Airbus A320

    • The Airbus A320 is the second best-selling airliner of all time behind the Boeing 737.
    • Through the end of November, Airbus has sold 14,421 aircraft belonging to the A320-family compared to 15,026 orders for the Boeing 737. 
    • Over the years, Airbus has expanded the A320 into a family of jets including the stretched A321 as well as the smaller A319 and A318.
    • The A320 family is also known for its innovative use of fly-by-wire control systems as well as a pioneering of cockpit commonality. 

    The Airbus A320 is one of the most popular airliners in the world. 

    It's also Europe's answer to Boeing's stalwart 737, still the best selling airliner of all time. However, the A320 is quickly catching up. 

    Through the end of November, Boeing has sold a whopping 15,026 737s. The A320 and its derivatives are close behind with 14,421 orders. However, it should be noted that Boeing began selling the 737 nearly two decades before the A320's launch in 1984.

    Since then, the European jetliner has actually outpaced the venerable Boeing in sales. From 1984 to the present, the A320 has outsold the 737 by 438 planes. 

    Read more: The amazing history of the Boeing 737, the best-selling airliner of all time.

    The A320's sales prowess is not the aircraft's only claim to fame. At the time of its debut, the narrow-body Airbus was also one of the most complex and innovative airliners ever attempted.

    In an interview with Business Insider, Teal Group aviation industry analyst Richard Aboulafia called the A320 and its many technological innovations "Airbus's greatest contribution to commercial aviation."

    The A320 helped push forward the adoption of fly-by-wire technology, side-stick controls, and cockpit commonality in commercial airliners. 

    Since its first flight in 1987, the A320 family has become a short and medium-haul workhorse for airlines around the world. With the introduction of the next generation A320neo and A321neo, the aircraft can now add trans-Atlantic long-haul to its long repertoire of capabilities. 

    The list prices for the A320 family of jets range from $77.4 million for the A318ceo to $129.5 million for the A321neo. The A320 lists for $101 million while the A320neo has a $110.6 million entry price. 

    Here's a look back at how the Airbus A320 came to become to the Boeing 737's greatest foe. 

    SEE ALSO: Boeing just launched a new $400 million 777X private airliner, and it's a flying mansion that can go halfway around the world

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    Airbus Industrie was created on December 18, 1970, as a consortium between the French and German governments to build, develop, and sell the A300B medium range widebody airliner.



    By the late 1970s, the consortium's efforts have paid off with the A300B gaining traction in Europe, Asia, and North America.



    Following the launch of the A310— a longer-range, lower capacity jetliner based on the A300B — it was time to figure out the company's second all-new product.



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    snooki jianni relationship timeline

    • Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Jionni LaValle  first met in 2010. 
    • The couple has two children and Snooki is currently pregnant with their third. 
    • They got married in 2014. 

    Ever since MTV's hit reality series "Jersey Shore" began in 2009, the main cast members have been in quite a few different relationships. But out of all of them, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and her husband Jionni LaValle have been together the longest. From meeting at a club in New Jersey to having two kids (and one on the way), Polizzi and LaValle have been through a lot.

    Here's a timeline of Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Jionni LaValle's almost decade-long relationship. 

    Summer 2010: They met for the first time during the filming of "Jersey Shore."

    While filming season three of "Jersey Shore," Polizzi met LaValle during a drunken night out at one of their favorite clubs, Karma. She brought him back to the house, where the two had sex. Polizzi later told Larry King in an interview that she "hated" LaValle at first.



    October 2010: The two were officially dating.

    Despite Polizzi's declaration that she wasn't a fan of LaValle in the beginning, the two eventually began dating, and in October 2010, she tweeted a photo of pickle pancakes that he had made her, calling him "amazing."

     



    September 2011: Polizzi and LaValle broke up after an argument in Italy.

    Things started to go south for the couple while Polizzi was filming season four of "Jersey Shore" in Italy. During the trip, LaValle came to visit her, but he ended up leaving early after they got into a heated argument.



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    britney spears

    • Britney Spears has been in the limelight for 20 years now.
    • She first jumped into our hearts with her first single "Baby One More Time."
    • There is a lot going on with the Princess of pop, here are the things you probably didn't know about her.

    She's been one of the most famous pop stars in the world ever since the release of her debut single, "...Baby One More Time," in 1998, but there are still plenty of things about Britney Spears that even longtime fans might not know.

    Spears has had a music career that spans more than two decades and continues to influence artists of all genres, but these little-known facts will surprise even those who think they know everything about the princess of pop.

    These are the 24 most surprising facts about Britney Spears, from the famous royal she almost dated to the one thing in her career she regrets the most.

    She started out as a dancer and a gymnast.

    Though she's one of the top-selling pop artists of all time, the "Everytime" singer is also known for her impressive dance skills. And it's all because of her background in gymnastics and dance, which she honed from an early age, performing in local talent competitions and recitals.

    In 1999, she told Variety that she traveled an hour from her home to take dance lessons and also studied at the Off-Broadway Dance Center in New York City, which helped prepare her for touring the globe as a teen idol.

    These days, she shows off her gymnastic skills both onstage and on social media, posting Instagram videos of her intense workouts and gravity-defying dance routines.



    She made her singing debut at the ripe old age of 5.

    In 1999, Spears told Rolling Stone that she began singing into a hairbrush at just 2-years-old, before making her stage debut singing "What Child Is This" at her kindergarten graduation. She told the magazine, "I found out what I'm supposed to do at an early age."



    At first, she was actually rejected from "The All New Mickey Mouse Club."

    Spears famously starred on the Disney Channel's "All New Mickey Mouse Club" alongside fellow celebrities like Christina Aguilera, Ryan Gosling, Keri Russell, Justin Timberlake, and JC Chasez, but she was actually rejected from the show at first, only because she was too young at the time.

    She was 8 years old at her first audition, so the casting directors told her to continue studying acting, singing, and dancing before she made her triumphant return to the teen variety show two years later.

    In that time, she starred in TV commercials, appeared on "Star Search," and studied at New York's Professional Performing Arts School for three summers, according to her 1999 interviews with both Variety and Rolling Stone.



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    jwow roger

    • The two first met in 2009 and they got married in 2015. 
    • After less than three years of marriage, Jenni "Jwoww" Farley filed for divorce from Roger Mathews in September.
    • In December, Jenni said she was granted a temporary order of protection against Roger.

    Jenni "Jwoww" Farley found fame on "Jersey Shore" and that's also where she met her future husband, Roger Mathews. The pair first met in 2009 and have since had two children. Recently, the two have been in the process of getting divorced.

    Here's a timeline of Jenni "Jwoww" Farley and Roger Mathews' relationship.

    In 2009, Jenni Farley met Roger Mathews in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.

    Although viewers didn't meet Roger until season three, the two actually met while Jenni was filming season oneof "Jersey Shore." At the time, Farley was still dating Tom Lippolis.

    According to the Daily Mail, Farley and Lippolis split a few months later in August 2010. 



    In November 2010, Farley hosted an event at Studio 54 in the MGM Grand.

    According to Haute Living, Farley attended the Las Vegas event with Mathews by her side.

    Read More: 13 of the most iconic outfits from 'Jersey Shore'



    Although she didn't publically talk about it until 2018, in May of 2011, Farley had a miscarriage.

    Farley revealed that she had a miscarriage right before filming of season four of "Jersey Shore," which took place in Italy. She didn't open up about this on-screen until "Jersey Shore Family Vacation."

    Earlier this year, she told "Jersey Shore" co-star Mike Sorrentino, "Right before Italy, like three or four weeks before Italy, my grandmother passed. And me and Roger actually lost a baby, like I ended up pregnant. Not a lot of people know."



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    science laboratory Sir Ray Avery, a New Zealand pharmaceutical scientist

    • Remote job listings grew more than 50% in some unexpected fields last year, according to a FlexJobs report.
    • Fields that saw high growth in remote work for 2018 included law, science, and project management.

     

    It's no secret that remote work is on the rise. According to a 2017 telecommuting report by FlexJobs, the number of US employees who "worked from home at least half of the time" grew 115% in twelve years, from 1.8 million employees in 2005 to 3.9 million in 2017.  

    Employees are looking to work for companies with missions that reinforce their values, and "flexible schedules and work-from-home options" are increasingly a high priority for millennial employees in comparison to previous generations, according to Gallup.

    As a result, organizations are having to shift how they manage and optimize performance, and remote jobs are expanding into a variety of unusual career fields that haven't seen this kind of work in the past.

    According to FlexJobs, here are 10 career fields that you might not typically associate with working from home, but that saw remote job listings grow more than 50% from January 1, 2018 to December 1, 2018. FlexJobs defines a "remote job" as any profession that "allows the worker to work from home either entirely or part of the time."The fields are ranked from least growth to highest.

    SEE ALSO: 8 signs you're not ready to start your own business

    9. Legal

    Total employment in the legal industry was around 1.33 million in 2018, according to the American Bar Association. On the rise within the industry is the option to work from home, specifically in positions with titles such as "global senior manager of contracts and agreements, paralegal specialist, general counsel, privacy and compliance manager, and BAR regional director," according to FlexJobs.



    8. Science

    Employment in the sciences is projected to rise 13.2% from 2014 to 2024, and the total workforce in the US sits at 138,556, according to Data USA. Companies are looking to hire remote scientists with varying levels of professional experience, in roles including "clinical research associate, science teacher, science coach, senior clinical scientist, medical science liaison, and life sciences content writer," according to FlexJobs. The site also reported a list of the top eight companies in the sciences that were seeking out remote employees in 2018, including Thermo Fisher Scientific at No. 1.



    7. Project management

    Flexibility is a critical aspect of this job category, which involves managers running multiple projects by coordinating strategies, balancing resources, and assessing risk management. Project Management remote job titles that were increasingly available in 2018 included"business process consultant, engagement manager, project manager, scrum master, and project management manager," according to FlexJobs.



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    mar a lago

    • First lady Melania Trump hosted Mar-a-Lago's annual New Year's Eve bash Monday night.
    • The president was absent as he stayed behind in Washington, D.C. amid the government shutdown.
    • Attendees reportedly paid $1,000-a-ticket to attend the event.

    While a government shutdown kept President Donald Trump at the White House for New Year's, the show went on at Mar-a-Lago, where the Trump family and its supporters rang in 2019.

    First lady Melania Trump hosted the annual event, where attendees paid $1,000 a ticket, according to HuffPost. Appearing to be in a festive mood, she wore a black sequined number.

    Also in attendance were the president's three sons, who rubbed elbows with other Republican big-wigs.

    Continue to see photos from inside the exclusive event.

    Melania posted a photo of her and what looked like her son Barron with the caption, "Wishing everyone a Happy, Healthy, Peaceful and Prosperous New Year!"

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    The first lady posed for pictures with several guests, including Nicole DiCocco, a member of the Palm Beach-based group the Trumpettes.

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    Melania also posed for a picture with Brazilian model Amanda Ungaro.

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    Ungaro's long-term boyfriend, Paolo Zampolli, reportedly introduced Melania to Trump when she worked for him at ID Models.

    Source: Page Six

     



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    Cisco

    • Every year, the jobs and recruiting site Glassdoor ranks the top 100 companies to work for, based on employee reviews and ratings.
    • Of the top 100 large companies to work for this year, 29 were tech companies.
    • Below, we've compiled Glassdoor's 2019 list of The Best Places to Work in tech.

    New year, new... job?  

    Glassdoor recently revealed its annual list of The 100 Best Places to Work in 2019, which could help those looking to make a move. The ranking was decided based on employee reviews and ratings on Glassdoor, and of the 100 best-reviewed companies to work at, 29 were tech companies.

    Some are household names, like Facebook — which was #1 on the 2018 list but dropped several spots following a scandal-filled year. Others companies that made the cut are lesser known but are still providing exceptional experiences for their employees. 

    Here is Glassdoor's 2019 list of the best places to work in tech:

    29. World Wide Technology

    Overall ranking: #99 

    Company rating: 4.2 

    What it does: Technology consulting 

    What employees say:"Bar none, THE BEST place I have ever worked."— World Wide Technology Senior Consultant (Denver, Colorado)

     



    28. Expedia Group

    Overall ranking: #92

    Company rating: 4.2

    What it does: Travel technology 

    What employees say:"Expedia is the best place to work. I have been here for 11 months and enjoying every single day. The culture is upbeat, leadership is transparent, clear on direction, very well organized process oriented company. Awesome work life balance."Expedia Software Engineering Manager (Chicago, Illinois)



    27. HP Inc.

    Overall ranking: #87

    Company rating: 4.2

    What it does: Maker of laptops, PC desktops, printers, and more. 

    What employees say: "HP's global footprint makes it unique in allowing you to have a BIG impact. Senior leaders are quality execs who've proven their mettle. Lots of opportunity to contribute given the size of the businesses."— Anonymous HP Employee 



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    Travis Kalanick

    • Uber, now a decade old, could be worth as much as $120 billion when it goes public this year.
    • The company has grown significantly since the idea was first pitched by founder Garrett Camp.
    • Business Insider is publishing the original pitch deck for UberCab to show how much the company has changed in the years since.

    Uber is racing towards a massive initial public offering this year.

    Those plans — and a reported confidential filing with the top US stock-market regulator — have spurred wild speculation on Wall Street, with some analysts betting the company could be worth as much as $120 billion.

    But Uber, now nearly 10 years old, wasn't always a network of more than 2 million drivers providing rides at the tap of a button in 63 countries around the world. Back in August 2008, the dream of a "next generation car service" was merely a slideshow presentation on founder Garrett Camp's computer.

    Business Insider has covered the original pitch deck before, when Camp first published it on Medium in 2017, but we felt it deserved a fresh look in light of a year marked by expansion into new products like grocery delivery, the rise of Uber Eats as one of the company's fastest-growing businesses, and a troubled year for the Advanced Technologies Group, where Uber is developing its fleet of self-driving taxis.

    Here's how the founders envisioned Uber 10 years ago:

    SEE ALSO: Leaked Uber employee survey shows what it's really like to work at the company ahead of its massive IPO

    The very first slide is a time capsule from 2008. Yes, that's a BlackBerry.



    10 years ago, hailing a cab was a very different affair.

    While Camp highlighted "dead-time" with cabs, a 2018 report by Schaller Consulting found that for-hire vehicles drive an average of 2.1 miles without passengers between fares.

    Also, most New York cabs are now Toyota Camrys, which the city estimates to have an environmental rating of 25 miles per gallon.



    Uber has decimated the value of taxi medallions.

    After the expansion of Uber in New York, the value of taxi medallions — limited amounts of which are sold at auction by the city — has plummeted by nearly 75%. And, of course, street-hailing is vital for those without smartphones or a credit/debit card.



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