Women's LinkedIn Profiles Are Clicked on Less Often Than Men's, Report Finds


LinkedIn now has over half a billion members, which translates to an unprecedented amount of data on the hiring and job hunting process. For its latest report, LinkedIn looked at how gender effects users' job prospects and found that recruiters are more likely to look at a man's profile than a woman's, Fast Company reports.

LinkedIn's Gender Insights Report [PDF] analyzed data from 610 million LinkedIn members in 200 countries in 2018 as well as surveys conducted in 2017 and 2018. It found that job recruiters using the professional networking site click on a man's profile over a woman's 13 percent of the time, indicating unconscious bias in the recruiting process.

But this bias appears to be less of a problem if they actually make it to a woman's page. According to the same report, recruiters were just 3 percent less likely to message a woman than a man after viewing her profile. LinkedIn says it's working on combating the initial selection bias by giving recruiters the option to disable candidate profile pictures while searching.

The statistics on hiring look much brighter for women. Female candidates are 16 more likely than men to get hired after applying for a job and 18 percent more likely than men to get hired after applying for senior roles. As the report says, this is likely explained by the fact that women are much more selective in the application process and tend to only go after jobs they feel 100 percent qualified for. Women are 16 percent less likely than men to apply for a job after viewing it and they apply to 20 percent fewer jobs overall.

LinkedIn also found that women prioritize knowing the salary and benefits of the jobs they're applying for more than men do. Woman are still paid less than men across nearly all major occupations in the U.S., and a lack of pay transparency can reinforce that gap. Here are some ways to find out how much your coworkers are making at the job you already have.

[h/t Fast Company]

Celebrate the Holidays With the 2020 Harry Potter Funko Pop Advent Calendar


Though the main book series and movie franchise are long over, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains in the spotlight as one of the most popular properties in pop-culture. The folks at Funko definitely know this, and every year the company releases a new Advent calendar based on the popular series so fans can count down to the holidays with their favorite characters.

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Right now, you can pre-order the 2020 edition of Funko's popular Harry Potter Advent calendar, and if you do it through Amazon, you'll even get it on sale for 33 percent off, bringing the price down from $60 to just $40.

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Over the course of the holiday season, the Advent calendar allows you to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1, by opening one of the tiny, numbered doors on the appropriate day. Each door is filled with a surprise Pocket Pop! figurine—but outside of the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the company isn't revealing who you'll be getting just yet.

Calendars will start shipping on October 15, but if you want a head start, go to Amazon to pre-order yours at a discount.

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What Movie Do You Want to Watch? This Website Analyzes Film Critic Reviews to Help You Choose

She's smiling because it only took her two minutes to choose a movie.
She's smiling because it only took her two minutes to choose a movie.
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Much like sommeliers can detect subtle notes of who-knows-what in a sip of wine, film critics are fantastic at identifying influences and drawing parallels between movies. Cinetrii is a handy website that crowdsources all that movie knowledge to help you find your next favorite film.

Basically, you enter the name of a movie you enjoyed in the search bar, and the site will show you a node graph with film recommendations splintering off the search query. Click on one, and you’ll see a quote from a critic (or critics) who referenced the films together. This way, you get a list of recommendations based on different aspects of the movie, and you get to decide for yourself what you’d like to see more of.

If, for example, you were blown away by the special effects in Christopher Nolan’s Inception, you might like Doctor Strange; according to Variety, it boasts “a staggering visual effects innovation, in which the building-bending seen in Christopher Nolan’s Inception is taken to an extreme that would blow even M.C. Escher’s mind.” If what the Chicago Tribune calls an “elegant brain-bender” quality appealed to you more, The Matrix might be a perfect fit.

Films above your search query were released before the movie you typed in, while films below came out after it. The shorter the line, the more closely the films are related, as calculated by the website’s algorithm. And, as Lifehacker points out, that algorithm doesn’t give any special treatment to massive Hollywood blockbusters, so Cinetrii is an especially great way to find hidden gems. Because it shows you the critics' actual quotes, you’re not left to wonder why a certain film landed on the recommendations list—which can’t always be said for “Watch next” lists on streaming services.

You can explore Cinetrii here.

[h/t Lifehacker]