TIME career

What to Know Before Choosing a Photo for Your LinkedIn Profile

The LinkedIn logo displayed on a phone.
Bloomberg—Bloomberg via Getty Images The LinkedIn logo displayed on a phone.

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 Parenting

How to Make Independence Day More Meaningful Next Year

hot dogs on plate
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Explain the holiday to your kids

From the way the Fourth of July gets celebrated today, a visitor from space might think it’s mostly in praise of fireworks and barbecue. If your weekend left you feeling vaguely like your kids may have missed the point of the holiday, it’s not too late to catch them up.

Elementary age kids, says Joanne Freeman, professor of History and American Studies at Yale, may be interested to think about how the Declaration of Independence was made. “People were thinking through a decision and then making a choice,” Freeman says. “They talked and listened to each other. That’s what’s supposed to be at the heart of the government.” Parents can get a conversation started by asking kids to think about what kind of problems they’d like to solve together—and what are the best ways to talk and listen to each other.

Middle school kids may be interested to know that there were actually many declarations of independence. Freeman points to Pauline Maier’s work in American Scripture, which revealed that groups across the colonies were debating independence and issuing their own statements and resolutions long before the declaration of independence we know today. Why is that important? Because independence was a process, and happened in community, says Freeman. “I want to make sure that people get beyond the idea of 30 guys in a room,” she says. “This was a colony-wide debate. Everyone was thinking and talking about it.” Parents can start a conversation by asking kids what kinds of topics their friends are currently debating, and encouraging them to share their own thoughts.

High school kids, Freeman says, can begin to think about how much work was left undone by the Declaration of Independence. It didn’t offer freedom to people living in slavery or to Native Americans. And in some states, women actually lost the right to vote as the Constitution was written. But, Freeman says, high school kids may also be inspired by the fact that “no one knew what was going on” during the Revolutionary period. Just like today, “they were scared about the outcome.” Knowing that can give kids hope that they’re capable of doing important things, despite the days when they feel uncertain about the future. Parents can open conversations by asking high school kids what changes they’d still like to see in the world, and what changes they might want to be a part of.

TIME celebrities

Caitlyn Jenner Wants to Give Transgender Community a Voice

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Josiah Kamau—Getty Images Caitlyn Jenner seen entering Patricia Field store in Soho on June 30, 2015 in New York City.

"I've heard every horror story there is in the book"

Caitlyn Jenner is using her platform as arguably the country’s most famous transgender woman to shed light on issues facing less visible members of the transgender community.

“Up until now, I have totally isolated myself from the transgender community so I have a lot of catching up to do,” she writes in the first of a weekly editorial series for social media content company WhoSay appearing at People. “I feel such a responsibility to this courageous group to try to get it right and tell all sides of the story.”

Jenner says she plans to spotlight the stories and struggles of a group transgender women she’s become friends with since announcing her transition publicly. “I’ve heard every horror story there is in the book,” she writes.

Read the rest over at People.

TIME Sports

Football Association Slammed Over ‘Sexist’ Tweet About England’s Women’s Team

The tweet has since been deleted

When men return home from sporting competitions, they’re lauded as heroes, plain and simple. But a tweet from England’s Football Association sums up exactly how female athletes are treated differently.

The tweet, since deleted, came after the England team returned home after placing in third at the Women’s World Cup, noting, “Our #Lionesses go back to being mothers, partners and daughters today, but they have taken on another title — heroes.”

While the FA maintained that it was a well-meaning message and part of a larger story on the team’s homecoming, fans pointed out that the men’s team would not be described as “fathers, partners and sons” in the wake of a third place victory, but simply as athletes.

With or without the sexist tweets, the women of Team England have plenty to celebrate: as at least one person tweeted, they progressed farther in the competition than their nation’s mens team has since 1966.

[The Guardian]

TIME remembrance

Beekeeper Burt Shavitz of Burt’s Bees Fame Passes Away at 80

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Robert F. Bukaty—AP Burt Shavitz poses for a photo on his property in Parkman, Maine. Shavitz, a former beekeeper, is the Burt behind Burt's Bees

The Burt's Bees website says Shavitz will be remembered as a "free-spirited Maine man, a beekeeper, a wisecracker, a lover of golden retrievers and his land"

Burt Shavitz, who founded the Burt’s Bees beauty brand, has passed away at the age of 80 in Bangor, Maine. According to USA Today, he died of respiratory complications, surrounded by friends and family.

Shavitz gained recognition as his personal-care products, decorated with a likeness of his face, spread around the world. And you can see in the video below — a clip filmed in Taiwan from Burt’s Buzz, a documentary about Shavitz’s business and unconventional life — he even had a certain global rock-star quality to him.

But before his face was plastered on his namesake all-natural products, Shavitz was a small-scale honey salesman, peddling his goods on a roadside in Maine. That’s where he serendipitously met Roxanne Quimby — a hitchhiking single mother who eventually became his business partner, USA Today says.

The two started Burt’s Bees in 1984 after Quimby began fashioning Shavitz’s unused beeswax into candles. In the first year, the pair made around $20,000 from their products. Eventually, the company expanded into making lotions, lip balms, soaps and a range of bath products. Now, Burt’s Bees is owned by Clorox and sells products in over 40 countries.

The Burt’s Bees website says Shavitz will be remembered as “a bearded, free-spirited Maine man, a beekeeper, a wisecracker, a lover of golden retrievers and his land.”

[USA Today]

TIME royals

See the First Pictures of Princess Charlotte With the Royal Family

Princess Charlotte was set to be christened Sunday, providing the first glimpses of the whole royal family together—Will, Kate, George and Charlotte

TIME royals

Meet Princess Charlotte’s Godparents

The people who will mentor the princess

Princess Charlotte is to have guidance from the longtime friends and family members Prince William and Princess Kate have chosen to be her godparents.

Charlotte, 2 months, was set to be christened at Sandringham’s St. Mary Magdalene church (the same church where her late grandmother Princess Diana was christened) on Sunday, but amid all the preparations, the list of godparents was kept under wraps leading up to the big day.

Read on to learn more about the godparents, who were announced a few hours ahead of Charlotte’s official christening.

Tom van Straubenzee: Overlooked last time, he and fellow Prince William pal James Meade were key ushers at William and Kate’s 2011 wedding, conducting the fun speech that was a foil to Harry’s more straightforward toast. (The buddies also did a “double act” show at William’s 21st birthday party bash at Windsor Castle.) Van Straubenzee, who is married to Melissa Percy – her parents own the Northumberland estate that doubled as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films – attended Ludgrove prep school with Prince William.

Read more at People.com


Hillary Clinton Comments On Viral ‘Humans of New York’ Photo

The former Secretary of State tells gay child: "Your future is going to be amazing"

Street photographer Brandon Stanton — better known as the creator of Humans of New York — posted a picture Friday of a tearful boy with the caption, “I’m homosexual and I’m afraid about what my future will be and that people won’t like me.”

The post garnered 498,000 ‘Likes’, about standard for a HONY post, but what Stanton may not have expected was a comment from Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Clinton wrote, “Prediction from a grown-up: Your future is going to be amazing. You will surprise yourself with what you’re capable of and the incredible things you go on to do. Find the people who love and believe in you – there will be lots of them.”

The photo initially became the subject of controversy when Stanton claimed Facebook had removed it from the site. But a Facebook spokesperson said Saturday the photo had not been intentionally deleted, but had been temporarily unavailable due to a bug. The photo is now available to be seen online, along with Clinton’s comment signed with her distinctive “-H.”

Humans of New York features photographs of ordinary people on the street along with quotes from the subjects, who typically do not identify themselves.

TIME Culture

Former Disney Chief Says Beautiful Women ‘Usually Not Funny’

Attractive, humorous women are "impossible to find" in Hollywood, Michael Eisner says

Michael Eisner thinks that funny, beautiful women are hard to find.

That’s what the former Disney CEO told an audience Thursday at the Aspen Ideas Festival, according to The Atlantic.

During an onstage conversation with Goldie Hawn, he theorized on why she’d been so successful: “From my position, the hardest artist to find is a beautiful, funny woman. By far. They usually—boy am I going to get in trouble, I know this goes online—but usually, unbelievably beautiful women, you being an exception, are not funny.”

For her part, Hawn replied that she might owe her comedic talents to the fact that she thought of herself as an “ugly duckling” when she was young.

“You didn’t think you were beautiful,” Eisner said. “I know women who have been told they’re beautiful, they win Miss Arkansas, they don’t ever have to get attention other than with their looks. So they don’t tell a joke. In the history of the motion-picture business, the number of beautiful, really beautiful women — a Lucille Ball — that are funny, is impossible to find.”

Eisner, who served as CEO at Disney from 1984-2005, also held senior posts at ABC and Paramount Pictures.

This article was originally published at The Hollywood Reporter

TIME People

Facebook Photo Reunites Mom With Son Lost for 15 Years

The last time Hope Holland saw her son, Jonathan, he was a curly-haired 3-year-old.

For 15 years she never gave up her dream of being reunited with her youngest son, who was kidnapped by his father, who shared legal custody, and taken to Mexico.

On Wednesday, that long-awaited reunion happened, as the Campbell, California, woman wrapped her arms around her now-18-year-old, and it’s all because of a Facebook photo.

“Happy,” was all Holland managed to say in an interview with NBC Bay Areathe next day, her voice choked with tears. “It’s been a long journey here.”

Last year, Jonathan posted a childhood pic with his brother on Facebook, hoping that somehow his mother, who he had no memory of, or brother would find him.

Holland explained how it all happened on a Go Fund Me page that was set up to raise money for their reunion.

In January, she was signing up for a webinar on Facebook when she a picture of two little boys taking a bath caught her eye.

“At first, my body responded with panic and excitement. Heart palpitations and sweat…my breathing out of control,” she wrote.

She realized it was her children.

“I was the one who had taken the picture, so I obviously could be certain that it was them. Tears uncontrollably fell down my face, my hands were shaking, my body was shaking…” she continued.

She began checking out her son Jonathan’s Facebook page and messaged someone who was looking at the same photos she was scrolling through. That person put her in touch with Jonathan, and three days later they spoke on the phone for the first time. They talked for 80 minutes, and during their second conversation, her son brought up the idea of meeting her.

” I’m so happy and it’s a miracle and I never thought this would ever come, so it’s happy – extremely happy,” Holland told ABC 10 on Wednesday, shortly after their emotional reunion.

Jonathan will spend two months with his mother before heading back to Mexico to finish his senior year of high school but plans to return to California after graduation.

This article was originally published on People.com

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