Good looks and good practice: the attitudes of career practitioners to attractiveness and appearance

Yates, J., Hooley, T. & Bagri, K.K. (2016). Good looks and good practice: the attitudes of career practitioners to attractiveness and appearance. British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, doi: 10.1080/03069885.2016.1237615

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Abstract

Empirical evidence attests the impact that career image has on objective career success, yet little is known of how career practitioners conceptualise and operationalise this information. This article presents the quantitative findings of an online survey of career practitioners (n = 399, 74% female, 89% white and 75% from the U.K.) exploring their attitudes and practices towards issues of appearance and attractiveness. Career practitioners who participated in this survey acknowledged that beauty, self-presentation and interpersonal skills influence career success, and 96% of them considered conversations about career image as part of their professional remit. The career practitioners felt relatively comfortable and well informed in their discussions in this arena, but would welcome further guidance and training to inform their practice. Ethical and practical implications for the profession are considered.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published online by Taylor & Francis in British Journal of Guidance and Counselling on 20/10/2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/03069885.2016.1237615.
Uncontrolled Keywords: career guidance, career image, appearance, attractiveness, career practice
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: School of Social Sciences > Department of Psychology
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/16717

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