LinkedIn photo can make you look more trustworthy

A slightly happy expression could make you seem more trustworthy.
Your LinkedIn photo has the potential to convince employers that you're honest - a trait that most companies value highly.

The trick? Look a little happy.
That's according to new research from New York University, which found that people sporting positive expressions - with upturned eyebrows and an upward curving mouth, even if they weren't overtly smiling - are more likely to be perceived as trustworthy.
Those featuring angry expressions - with downturned eyebrows, even if they weren't obviously frowning - are more likely to be seen as untrustworthy.
Unfortunately, the study also found that you can't do much to change how competent you appear. That depends largely on your facial structure, which (barring cosmetic surgery) you can't really alter.
The researchers conducted a series of experiments that suggest perceptions of trustworthiness are more easily moldable than perceptions of competence.
In one experiment, participants looked at different computer-generated faces and were asked which one they would choose to be their financial adviser and which one they thought would be most likely to win a weightlifting competition.
Previous research has found that, when dealing with money, people generally prefer to interact with individuals they perceive to be good-intentioned and trustworthy. And dominating a weightlifting contest depends highly on physical ability.


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