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How to Make Moving for a New Job as Smooth as Possible

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Organization is key for a smooth transition into a new city

It’s a big world out there–there’s so much to see and do and the best way to experience all a city has to offer is to live there. Relocating is no small task, and corporate relocation can be even harder: you’re expected to face all the challenges of living in a foreign environment, whilst hitting the ground running at your new job. It can be done though – trust me! In January, I moved from New Zealand to Boston to join the Startup Institute team. I arrived with a very heavy suitcase, no friends, and the hope that everything would just kind of “work out” (spoiler alert: it did).

If you’re considering moving for a job, I’d like to share some key insights from my own experience. I hope they’ll help to make your transition as smooth as possible:

The decision: to move, or not to move?

Relocating for work means you’ll need to find a new place to call home. You’ll need to navigate a new environment, master a new job and build a new social network. All at the same time. First, there are a few questions you should ask yourself:

What are the relocation costs?

Relocating can be expensive. The first thing you should do is research how much it will cost to live in your new location. How do housing, food and transport costs compare to what you’re currently paying? Once you know this, you can start budgeting for the move. If you’re stuck, try using a cost of living calculator. Remember to budget for some emergency cash too, in case you get caught in between paychecks.

If you’re looking for financial support, find out if your company offers relocation assistance to help with some of your moving expenses. To support your case, do some research on how much you think the move will cost to give them an idea of how much financial support you require.

Why do you want to move?

Packing up and moving to a new place is so exciting! However It can also be a little scary, mainly because there are some things you can’t really predict or plan for. Because of this it’s really important you have a very clear reason in your mind as to why you want to relocate for this job. Is it the company culture that attracts you? Perhaps it’s the industry you’re excited to be a part of, or a specific opportunity that will grow your career? Maybe you’ve always wanted to live in that city? Whatever the reason, it needs to be strong enough to get you through any early rough patches as you settle in and familiarize yourself with your new location.

What else does the new city have to offer?

Even if you’re moving for a job, you will still spend a large portion of your time outside of the office. Do some research about the city and see what’s on offer! Do you know anyone living in the city that you could reconnect with? What kind of activities could you try there? What’s the ‘vibe’ of the city? How about the weather? These are all factors that will contribute towards helping you feel at home in your new location.

If you enjoy socializing and eating out, Yelp is a good place to begin to see what the highest rated bars and restaurants in your new city are. If you’re looking to check out new activities, jump onto Trip Advisor and see what’s popular too.

Be organized:

Once you’ve evaluated the opportunity and determined that relocating is the right decision for you, it’s important to get yourself organized. Do yourself a favor and find a place to stay before you relocate. It doesn’t need to be a long-term arrangement, but it will give you peace of mind to know you’ve got somewhere to settle into whilst you’re learning to navigate your new city.

Consider these options when looking into accommodation:

If you’re a super organized person, try and familiarize yourself with the city a little bit before you get there. Find out where work is in relation to where you’re staying, and what the best mode of transport to get there is. If you’re stuck, you can always ask your employers for advice on places to stay and transport options.

Make it feel like home:

Once you’ve arrived in your new city there are a few things you can do to help familiarize yourself with your new surroundings.

Explore your surroundings

If you have some time before work starts, get to know the area you’re living in. Consider doing some site-seeing and visiting tourist attractions so you can give yourself some reference points and learn how to move around the city. Citymapper is a great site that can help you navigate in your new area – simply select your city, choose where you want to go and it will tell you the best way to get there. It’s that easy.

Keep an ear out for upcoming events

When I moved to Boston, I quickly discovered that there are several Twitter accounts and events calendars that focus on continuously publishing new events, concerts, restaurant openings and deals happening in the city. If you’re in Boston I’d recommend giving Boston Attitude and Boston.coma follow on Twitter. Otherwise, search your city in the Twitter search and look down the feed to follow the accounts that look most interesting to you.

Expand your social circle

This is especially important if you’re moving to a place where you don’t know anyone. The obvious place to start is at work. Make an effort to know everyone’s names and find out a little bit about them. If you’re entering a big company then at least get to know the people in your team. Join colleagues for lunch and after work drinks and attend industry events to practice your networking skills while meeting new people.

Outside of work, Meetup.com and Eventbrite are great ways to meet groups of people with similar interests as you. Otherwise, harness your hobbies and join a local sports team, art class, book club – whatever takes your fancy.

Take It One Day At A Time

Whether you’re moving for a job, or just a change of scenery, it’s important to establish some kind of routine in your daily life. One thing I’ve discovered is that you only need to do something once to start establishing familiarity. Before you know, it will all start to feel like home.

This article originally appeared on Startup Institute

MONEY deals

Here’s How to Get a Dozen Krispy Kreme Donuts for 78¢

Bloomberg—Bloomberg via Getty Images Fun fact: A dozen "Original Glazed" Krispy Kreme donuts collectively pack 2,280 calories.

One catch is you'll have to buy another dozen at regular price.

Sad that you missed out on free donuts during National Donut Day last month?

Though you’ll have to wait ’til next year for more true freebies, you can at least snag some deep donut discounts this Friday, July 10.

To celebrate its 78th anniversary, Krispy Kreme will be selling original glazed donuts at 78¢ for a dozen, provided you are willing to shell out for another dozen at regular price (typically upwards of $8, depending on where you live). Still, that nets out to about $0.37 per donut.

To get the coupon via email, click the offer button on the company’s Facebook page.

A word to the wise: You might want to share those 24 donuts (a.k.a. 4,560 calories) with friends or coworkers.

Read More: Donut Fails—7 Flavors You Won’t See on National Donut Day

TIME Fast Food

Subway Suspending Relationship With Longtime Spokesman Jared Fogle

He has represented the chain for over a decade.

(ZIONSVILLE, Ind.) — FBI agents and Indiana State Police raided the home of Subway restaurant spokesman Jared Fogle on Tuesday, removing electronics from the property and searching the house with a police dog, two months after the then-executive director of Fogle’s foundation was arrested on child pornography charges.

FBI agent Wendy Osborne said the agency was conducting an investigation in Zionsville, an affluent Indianapolis suburb, but wouldn’t say whether it involved Fogle or describe the nature of the investigation.

Subway said in a statement that it is “very concerned” about the raid, which it believes “is related to a prior investigation” of a former employee of the Jared Foundation, an organization founded by Fogle to raise awareness about childhood obesity. Subway did not immediately say whether that employee was former foundation executive director Russell Taylor.

The company had removed references to Fogle from its website by late afternoon and issued another statement, saying the two “have mutually agreed to suspend their relationship due to the current investigation.”

“Jared continues to cooperate with authorities and he expects no actions to be forthcoming,” the company said. “Both Jared and Subway agree that this was the appropriate step to take.”

Federal prosecutors in May filed a criminal complaint charging Taylor, 43, with seven counts of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. Fogle issued a statement after the charges were filed saying he was shocked by the allegations and was severing all ties with Taylor.

The Indianapolis Star photographed Fogle stepping out of a police evidence van parked outside his home Tuesday morning, and he left the house just after noon with attorney Ron Elberger. Fogle declined to comment, but Elberger later released a statement saying his client is cooperating with authorities.

“Jared has been cooperating, and continues to cooperate, with law enforcement in their investigation of unspecified charges, and looks forward to its conclusion,” Elberger said.

Fogle, 37, became the Subway restaurant chain’s pitchman after shedding 245 pounds more than 15 years ago, in part by regularly eating Subway sandwiches. Subway began featuring Fogle in commercials soon after, and his story was instrumental in giving the sandwich chain an image as a healthy place to eat.

During a search of Taylor’s home this spring, federal investigators say they discovered a cache of sexually explicit photos and videos Taylor allegedly produced by secretly filming minor children at the home. They said they also allegedly found more than 400 videos of child pornography on computers and storage media recovered from Taylor’s home office in his Indianapolis residence.

Taylor’s attorney, Brad Banks, said Tuesday his client was briefly hospitalized after the allegations surfaced but is now in federal custody. Sheriff’s officials have said Taylor tried to take his own life in jail.

“The only thing I can say is that I’m aware that there’s an ongoing investigation,” Banks said.

Tim Horty, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Indianapolis, said prosecutors “are moving forward” with the case against Taylor. He declined to comment on Tuesday’s raid at Fogle’s home.

Neighbors said Fogle and his wife entertained frequently and would say hello but that they didn’t see the couple outside a lot.

Jacob Schrader, 19, who lives across from Fogle’s house, said the pitchman seems “like a pretty private guy” and that he’d only seen him about a dozen times in the last five or six years.

“He’s like an endangered species or something like that,” Schrader said.

Subway, which is based in Milford, Connecticut, and is privately held, has struggled in recent years. Last year, industry tracker Technomic said average sales for Subway stores in the U.S. declined 3 percent from the previous year. The company has about 44,000 locations around the world.

TIME career

What to Know Before Choosing a Photo for Your LinkedIn Profile

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Remember to smile

Choosing the right LinkedIn photo is no easy feat: you can’t just upload your latest selfie and expect to score your dream job. The snapshot should be professional, and show prospective employers that you’re the perfect person for a role without looking too staged or cheesy. Choosing an exemplary photo just got more involved: new research suggests looking at least a “little” happy in your picture will make you appear more trustworthy to prospective employers.

So what does a “little” happy mean, as opposed to just, um, regular happy?

Through a series of experiments, researchers at New York University found that people who weren’t overtly smiling or laughing like hyenas in their pic, but rather adopting a positive, upward-curving expression (upturned eyebrows included) seemed like more reliable candidates. And on the other end, if you sport a down-turned expression, or look more hardened in your photo, you are more likely to be perceived as untrustworthy. Basically, don’t look too happy. Or deranged. I’m not sure why anyone would post a shot of themselves frowning, (no one likes an office grump!), but now you know.

One experiment involved face perception, where participants looked at different computer-generated faces on a screen and were asked who they would choose to be their financial adviser and who they would consider to most likely win a weightlifting champion. Not surprisingly, the participants chose the happier-looking faces to handle their money, and the faces with wider, more serious expressions to lift the weights.

Some bad news: you can’t really change how competent you appear in a photo, which is dependent on facial structure. That one seems unfair since LinkedIn is a very judge-a-book-by-its-cover space, but you gotta work with what you have.

Considering all of this and the stressful process of finding a job, try these sound tips when choosing the best photo for your profile: relax. Be yourself.

This article originally appeared on MIMI.

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TIME Companies

General Mills Moves Toward Cage-Free Eggs

The company did not provide a date by which it would be 100% cage-free

General Mills is working toward using exclusively cage-free eggs in its products, according to a statement released by the company on Tuesday.

The food manufacturing giant has many product lines that use eggs, including Pillsbury, Betty Crocker and Progresso soups. The company did not provide a date by which it will be 100% cage-free, citing the current avian flu crisis as “deeply disruptive” to any such plans. General Mills’ largest international business, ice cream maker Häagen-Dazs, already sources 100% free-range eggs for its products.

General Mills’ shift to cage-free eggs comes on the heels of Costco coming under scrutiny for mistreatment of the hens that produce the retail chain’s eggs. Costco did not immediately commit to making more of an effort to source cage-free or free-range eggs—even after a letter from Ryan Gosling urged the company to do so.

MONEY groceries

This Grocery Shopping Habit Could Be Making You Fat

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What's good for the environment might be bad for your waistline.

Eco-friendly grocery shoppers beware: Toting a reusable bag to the market can be a diet destroyer, new research finds.

The study, conducted by Harvard and Duke business school professors, suggests that when people do something that feels noble, they’re then subconsciously motivated to seek out a reward—often in the form of junk food.

“Grocery store shoppers who bring their own bags are more likely to purchase organic produce and other healthy food,” write the authors, “but those same shoppers often feel virtuous, because they are acting in an environmentally responsible way. That feeling easily persuades them that, because they are being good to the environment, they should treat themselves to cookies or potato chips or some other product with lots of fat, salt, or sugar.”

This effect seems to be stronger on non-parents than parents, perhaps because people with children are more influenced by what their kids want than what they themselves want, the authors suggest.

Generally speaking, these findings seem to support the classic wisdom that grocery runs are best done with the aid of a shopping list to keep you on track. Other studies have found that shoppers are easily (and intentionally) led to buy extra groceries because of carefully engineered store layouts, among other retail tricks.

And—in any case—there’s some good news: Those lightweight plastic bags at the grocery store might not be as bad for the environment as you thought, after all.

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TIME Greece

Here’s What Could Happen Next in Greece

No one cares enough to save Greece with their own money

Confused? You should be.

All sides say they still want Greece to stay in the euro, and as long as that’s the case, then there’s always a chance that they will make the necessary compromises.

However, all sides are acting like they would rather Greece were out of it: Greece’s government has made impossible promises about keeping the euro without austerity. The Eurozone’s last offer was a deal that pretended Greece has a realistic future in the currency union without growth. The European Central Bank is pretending that Greece’s banks are solvent, but still refusing to lend them any more money to cover a massive run by depositors.

So where do things go from here?

1. How long can the current deadlock last?

The best guess is still July 20th. This is the day when Greece is due to repay the ECB €3.5 billion. It will miss that payment barring some kind of miracle. On that day, it becomes politically impossible for the ECB to continue making emergency short-term loans to Greek banks. If the ECB won’t take the Greek government bonds as collateral, their value will collapse, and the banks will become insolvent (for supervisory purposes, their current troubles are deemed to be ‘temporary’ liquidity difficulties).

No sensible investor would put new money into a bank in that situation, so you would have to use administrative measures to reduce the banks’ liabilities to a level where they are properly covered by assets. The only realistic ways to do that are to convert deposits into equity, or to “haircut” them. That can either be done by simply writing them down or by redenominating them in a new currency.

2. Is there no hope that the creditors will back off on the demand for austerity?

Actually, yes, there is. The creditors’ red line is to write off part of the money Greece owes them. But they can achieve the same effect by rescheduling the debt so that it’s paid off over a much longer time (say 50 years) and with a long grace period. That way, Athens wouldn’t have to run as tight a budget as is currently being demanded, giving the economy more room to grow. If the economy is growing and the debt level isn’t, then pretty much everybody would be satisfied with that.

But there are a lot of problems even with that. For one thing, Greece is already paying less, proportionately, on debt servicing than countries such as Italy and Belgium (whose coat-tails they would be riding on). For another, it would encourage radicals in other countries, bolstering the kind of tax-and-spend leftism that is anathema to Berlin and the European Commission. And most importantly, growth depends on more than writing debt off. The IMF, which suggested the above idea on debt re-profiling last week, despairs of the Greek government ever reforming enough to generate growth.

3. Will Germany relent?

German press coverage has started to swing against Chancellor Angela Merkel as the risk of breaking up the Eurozone rises (see above), but it’s happening too late to change a groundswell of public opinion bitterly opposed to lending Greece any more money. Merkel herself said that there are “only a few days left” to avoid the worst as she arrived for today’s summit. In that timeframe, she has more to lose politically by caving in to Greece than by refusing them. The most likely outcome is that she will try to spin a “Grexit” as a measure to strengthen the euro’s credibility. The Eurozone’s political elite would dearly like to believe that, but the evil Anglo-Saxon speculators who dominate global finance will take more convincing.

4. Can anyone else stop Greece being forced out?

It’s clear that governments from China to the U.S. are concerned by what could happen if Greece goes (President Barack Obama has called Merkel and France’s President Hollande in recent days to voice those concerns). There will be major market volatility (and China’s are quite volatile enough already), huge question marks over the future direction of the E.U., another slowdown in its economy (the world’s largest), and a failed state right on the front line of a migrant crisis that is a major humanitarian disaster.

Despite all this, no-one (not even Vladimir Putin or Nobel Prize-winning liberal economists) seems to care enough about the Greek state, in its current dysfunctional form, to save it with their own money.

5. Would Greece be better off without the euro?

Who better to ask than the Greeks themselves? A Bloomberg poll last week showed 81% of people wanting to keep the euro, and only 12% wanting a return to the drachma. That’s because a euro is a hard currency, with real spending power. Nobody knows what the value of a currency printed at will by Greek governments would be worth, but Greeks remember the last one well enough to have very serious doubts about it. For more on what a drachma would be worth – read this by Fortune’s Stephen Gandel.

6. So why did Greeks vote ‘no’ at the referendum?

Because the government’s message–that this was about austerity–drowned out the warnings from the rest of Europe that it was actually about keeping the euro. That suggests that Greeks are still suffering from acute cognitive dissonance, believing that they can keep the euro without the conditions that everyone else in the Eurozone says are necessary.

7. Will Greece cave at the last minute?

Maybe. The government has to pay pensions and public-sector wages again at the end of every month, and it will not be able to gather together the euros to do that after July 20th. So at some stage it has to admit who has ultimate control over the supply of euros. At that point, it could accept the creditors’ demands. But so many of Tsipras’ party would rebel that the country will need new elections and a new parliament to have any hope of implementing a new deal. On the bright side, once Tsipras and Syriza are out of power, the European might be more inclined to grant debt relief. Politics is a personal business, after all.

This article originally appeared on Fortune.com

TIME Netflix

Netflix Announces Release Dates For its First Original Movies

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This is a new frontier for the video streaming service

Netflix has finally announced the release dates for its initial wave of original films, and the first — “Beasts of No Nation” by acclaimed director Cary Fukunaga — will be available as soon as October this year.

The other films — Adam Sandler’s “The Ridiculous Six,” “Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday,” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend” — will be released in December, March, and sometime in the first quarter of 2016, respectively, the company said.

The films will all be made available on Netflix, but some will also be released in cinemas. “Beasts of No Nation” will be released concurrently on the streaming service and in select theaters, and the “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” sequel will be shown in Chinese theaters and in IMAX.

The original films represent a new frontier for the video streaming service, which enjoyed huge membership gains after the introduction of original TV series such as “Orange is the New Black,” and “House of Cards.” Creating original films takes that success one step further.

Netflix’s foray into original films also promises to shake up the film’s industry’s business model, in which movies (or at least the good ones) are only released to streaming services and DVD a few months after they are shown in theaters.

TIME Money

Why Companies Should Pay Bonuses Twice a Year

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A semi-annual bonus can be a better motivator for employees than a single year-end payment

Whether you find personal satisfaction in your job or work purely for a paycheck, money is an important motivator. Intellectual stimulation or a sense of accomplishment are great to have but they don’t pay the bills. A common and popular mechanism used by companies to reward employees is the year-end bonus, which serves as a carrot for workers to aspire to as well as a stick for those who don’t perform.

But does it really work as it should and is a semi-annual bonus more effective in motivating employees?

Here is why a year-end bonus is problematic. Even though it ties employees down for a whole year with the company and theoretically makes them work hard for it all year round, twelve months is a long time and employees can lose their motivation during that period for a number of reasons. These include uncertainty and worry about whether they will be rewarded appropriately at the end of the year, lack of financial milestones along the way to indicate how they’re actually doing, and resentment at their bonus being withheld so long, especially if they’re struggling to meet financial obligations during the year.

Handing out bonuses twice a year, by contrast, can mitigate uncertainty, send a clear signal to employees about how well they’re performing, reduce their resentment at being forcibly tied to the company for an entire year, and enable them to lead a more comfortable life with money in their pocket. This in turn can engender more loyalty from employees and incentivize them to do their best work for a company that they feel cares about and values them.

In addition, since a bonus serves as the perfect report card, a semi-annual bonus can be used to encourage employees to adjust their performance during the course of the year instead of only at the end when they receive their annual performance review. That obviously benefits the company but can also help employees improve their work product and increase their chances of a receiving a higher bonus in the next cycle.

Finally, a side benefit for a company of a semi-annual bonus cycle is in budgeting. Since employee compensation is often a large portion of a business’s costs, handing out part of the bonus at mid-year can provide a more realistic assessment of the money left over to meet other operating costs and prompt the company to plan the rest of the year accordingly.

For all these reasons, businesses that hand out bonuses only once a year should consider changing their policy.

S. Kumar is a tech and business commentator. He has worked in technology, media, and telecom investment banking. Kumar does not own shares of the companies mentioned in this article.


7 Things You Must Take Off Your LinkedIn Profile Immediately

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Drop what you're doing and get rid of these clunkers

Your LinkedIn profile can be the ticket to a better job and career advancement, but if you’ve got the wrong stuff in there, it’s going to just hold you back instead. Career experts say these are the top offenders.

Your unemployed status. Don’t use your headline to write that you’re unemployed, even if you use the somewhat gentler-sounding “looking for my next opportunity,” the blog Things Career Related advises. “This is prime real estate for branding yourself and including some keywords.” The odds that a potential employer will be searching for “unemployed?” Zilch.

A bad picture. The average recruiter spends all of six seconds looking at a resume, according to a study conducted by TheLadders. A weird, unflattering or distracting picture will distract people. “Use a professional photographer to get an image that viewers will find appealing,” Katherine Burik advises on the Interview Doctor blog. We have a hard time seeing pictures of ourselves objectively, she says. Having a crisp, professional head shot can help mitigate that.

The third-person summary. Yes, the summary is kind of like a resume in terms of the information it delivers, but it also needs to convey who you are as a person. Wooden, third person or passive voice will just fall flat, according to a Business Insider interview with LinkedIn’s former career expert, Nicole Williams. “This a great place to reflect your professional brand… [but] remember this is a place to infuse personality.”

Dust. Metaphorical dust, that is. Keeping your profile active is one of the most important signals you can send to a prospective employer, says LinkedIn career expert Catherine Fisher. “A robust and active profile can be your ticket to a variety of professional opportunities,” she says. If you don’t have the time or the writing chops to keep up a blog, don’t worry; there are other ways to show that you’re plugged-in to what’s going on in your industry. “An easy way to do this is to like or comment on the status updates of others in your network,” Fisher says.

Lame cliches. Every year, LinkedIn publishes a roundup of the most overused words people have in their profiles. The current top culprits: motivated, passionate and creative. Although some industries have other words that make the most-overused list — in the sales and talent fields, for instance, “strategic” is the biggest offender — notice what makes all of these words terrible: They’re generic, which means they’ll say nothing about why you in particular would be a good fit for a certain job.

Anything out of date. If you don’t update your resume often, it’s not the end of the world as long as you’re not looking for another job. LinkedIn is different, though; you have to approach it with the attitude that you’re always open to job-seekers, which means keeping your profile up-to-date in every way.

Fibs, white lies and exaggerations. Just don’t. It’s so easy to fact-check almost anything about a person’s work history these days, this is almost guaranteed to be a fail.

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