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A recent YouGov study has revealed that employees who are part of the LGBTQ+ community have annual salaries of roughly 16 percent less than their straight, non-trans (cisgender) colleagues.

The discrepancy adds up to about £7,000 per year, or €7,800. The study of UK workers was conducted by LinkedIn in partnership with Black Pride, and 4,019 workers took part.

The income gap was calculated by asking participants about their Gross Personal Income, with 2,154 straight, non-trans participants and 1,863 LGBTQ+ respondents.

The total earnings of both groups were compared, including salary, wages and rent before tax deduction. Unsurprisingly, homophobic activity is still fire in the workplace, according to the data.

28 percent of LGBTQ+ respondents said they are not out at work because of the fear of judgement, and 47 percent of these employees had no plans to come out in the future.

35 percent of LGBTQ+ participants in the study claimed to have witnessed homophobia at work, and 21 percent had experienced personal verbal abuse at work.

Other findings included the fact that female LGBTQ+ employees are actually more likely to hide their sexual orientation at work than men, and 14 percent of LGBTQ+ professionals feel their chances of promotion would be less likely if they came out at work.

Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Black Pride, emphasises the importance of continuing to fight for equality; 

"Whilst it's brilliant to see research like this highlighting the conversation, it's vital that there is change in the day-to-day cultures of companies to help LGBTQ employees feel comfortable at work, including those of colour that may also be experiencing discrimination and racism." she says.

It's clear there are still substantial issues which hinder LGBTQ+ professionals, and it's morally right to have an equal working environment for all.

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The Irish public is amongst the most confident in the world, according to new LinkedIn research,  with a whopping 7 out of 10 adults believing they are successful in life – no hint of imposter syndrome here. 

According to the data, the Irish public places more emphasis on their work life balance, relationships and personal experiences when defining success than their salary.

Being healthy was actually the top characteristics that respondents defined success by – with 74% of those surveyed in the LinkedIn study singling it out.

Having a great relationship with your family, and spending time with them, as well as building healthy friendships were also viewed as popular definitions of success, at 62% and 58% respectively.

Being able to spend time on their passions and hobbies contributed heavily in terms of whether people viewed themselves as a success.

We're all obsessed with travel Instagram accounts, which isnt surprising when 44% of people defined the ability to travel as a marker of success.

LinkedIn’s research found that traditional perceptions of success were outdated, with just 15% of respondents identifying a six-figure salary as a definition of success – the figure rose to 32% among respondents in the 18-24 year old age group.

6% judged earning more money than their friends as success and similarly only 16% viewed getting a pay rise a positive milestone in terms of being a success.

We'll be over here working on our travel plans and our health, thank you. 

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Whether you want to find your first job, or just need a change from your current one, we all know it can be hard to keep motivated when looking for employment.

Between the hours that go into searching, to the nerve-wrecking interviews, getting a job is no easy feat, and sometimes it can feel like it's going nowhere.

But if you have a LinkedIn profile, this one thing might be holding you back from getting a job.

And that one thing? Your selfie.

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Yep, a recent survey by Envirofone revealed that having a selfie as your profile picture on LinkedIn could seriously harm your potential to be hired.

In fact, a massive 88 per cent of hiring managers surveyed said they felt having a selfie on your profile is very "unprofessional."

To further that, out of the 2,186 people interviewed, 58 per cent said that they would not hire a person solely based on them having a selfie on the professional networking site.

Richard Mavers, the online strategist for Envirofone said: "First impressions count, and it’s easy to assume that showcasing your best self(ie) on LinkedIn will impress potential bosses.

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"However, recent research revealed that job candidates who use selfies on professional networking sites don’t go down well with employers."

However, Richard noted that there may be one exception (because we can't all afford professional headshots).

"While a professional head shot is always advisable where possible, a selfie where you are dressed professionally is a good alternative, with 66 per cent of respondents rating this as an acceptable option for a LinkedIn profile."

So there you have it, stay profesh ladies.

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Most of us have a LinkedIn profile but very few of us really know how to use it to its full potential.

However, if you are on the job hunt, here are some great tips you can use to get your dream job:

It is more than a normal CV
LinkedIn is a great way to show off your skills so avoid clichés and try to be a little bit creative with it. You can upload videos, presentations websites so use it to its full capacity.

Make yourself searchable
When recruiters or companies are looking for candidates they usually just do a quick keyword search. Make sure you use your headline to its full potential and make yourself stand out in searches.

Follow the companies you want to work for
If you have a dream to work for a particular company follow them. This way you will be updated if someone leaves or if they are hiring. You might also discover someone you already know is working there – connect with them and see where it takes you.

If you don’t show off yourself, nobody else is.

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