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

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Yates, J., Hooley, Tristram and Kaur Bagri, Kiren 2016. Good looks and good practice: the attitudes of career practitioners to attractiveness and appearance. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling. 45 (5), pp. 547-561.
AuthorsYates, J., Hooley, Tristram and Kaur Bagri, Kiren
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, 75% from the UK) 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.

Keywordscareer guidance; career image; appearance; attractiveness; career practice
JournalBritish Journal of Guidance and Counselling
Journal citation45 (5), pp. 547-561
ISSN0306-9885
1469-3534
Year2016
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Accepted author manuscript
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/03069885.2016.1237615
Publication dates
Print20 Oct 2016
Publication process dates
Deposited24 Oct 2016
Accepted07 Sep 2016
Accepted07 Sep 2016
Copyright informationThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in British Journal of Guidance and Counselling on 20/10/2016, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03069885.2016.1237615
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