Your LinkedIn photo has the potential to make a prospective employer trust you.
So, how do you secure this trust? Look a little happy.
The emphasis is on ‘a little’ though.
Research from New York University has discovered that people with positive expressions such as upturned eyebrows, or an upwardly curving mouth, have a higher likelihood of being perceived as trustworthy.
Angrier expressions, such as a furrowed brow or a frown, are seen as untrustworthy.
Unfortunately, the study found that you can’t do much to change how you appear, as your appearance depends largely on your facial structure, which is unalterable: “perceived ability is more fixed and tied to the face’s static structure,” said the study.