June 10, 2016: Friday news roundup

Welcome (almost) to the weekend! Since it’s Friday, it must be news roundup time, and we’ve got some juicy articles to help you be more productive, get better gigs, craft your resume, and more. If you’re interested in learning something a little more off-beat, check out this month’s Hidden Gems selections from the Udemy marketplace.

The app boom is over
There’s a headline to grab your attention. How can that be the case, considering how addicted we are to our smartphones? The issue is that consumers have all the apps they want and just aren’t downloading new ones. According to a recent report, the top 15 app publishers (e.g, Whatsapp, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) saw downloads drop an average of 20 percent in the U.S. during the month of May. Bucking that trend were Snapchat and Uber, whose apps are still going gangbusters.

The first four things you should do every workday
If you start most days with good intentions that don’t get fulfilled, this one’s for you. This writer has four suggestions for getting your day off on the right foot so you don’t reach noon and wonder where the time went.

9 tips for freelancers negotiating new assignments
More and more people are embracing the freelance life, whether by choice or necessity, and most of them don’t have experience negotiating client agreements. As this article points out, it’s not just about money; it’s also about setting the foundation for fruitful relationships.

The one question most Americans get wrong about college graduates
The New York Times uncovered an interesting phenomenon. Most people surveyed thought the unemployment rate was higher for those with college degrees than for those without. One hypothesis is that the media, with their constant coverage of college grads living at home and working in low-wage jobs, may have given the wrong impression. The problem arises when people assume college must be worthless, not realizing how much more dire the consequences are for skipping higher ed.

How millennial tech grads should tailor their resumes
If you’re among the many with a newly minted degree in a technology field, the good news is that employers are excited to hire you and your “digital native” peers. The twist is that, while your tech knowledge might get you noticed, that’s not what will seal the deal for you. This article advises millennial tech job-seekers to emphasize their soft skills too, citing the results of a CompTIA survey that found “39 percent of companies cited analytical skills as well as innovation and problem-solving, 37 percent also listed flexibility, 34 percent included project management in that list and 31 percent point to teamwork” as sought-after skills.