No time for social media? Build an online presence in just 5 minutes a day


I’ve just published a guest post in Executive Secretary Magazine.

Building a social media profile does not have to take a lot of time, but it has to take lots of times explains Tristram Hooley

Social media is a powerful tool that can help to drive your career forwards. People with strong online footprints are easier for employers to find. Building an online presence allows you to tell the world about why you are great and worth employing. If you leave it to others to tell your story you may find that the only information available about you online provides technicolour detail about a party that you attended in 2011.

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h-index of 12

h-index july 2016

I periodically report on changes to my Google Scholar h-index score. So this morning’s good news is that the score has gone up to 12.

As I’ve said in the past I’m not sure that my obsessive monitoring of this fairly arbitrary performance metric is a particularly healthy one. Frequent mentions are not the same thing as quality. However, the notion of quality in academic work is so slippery and subjective that I cling onto anything that feels like a hard metric.

However, 13 now looks a long way off. People need to cite one of the following papers A LOT of times!

Effective employer mentoring


I have just produced a new paper for The Careers & Enterprise Company. It addresses the subject of employer mentoring. The paper sets out a literature review which describes the strength of the evidence for employer mentoring and sets out a model for effective practice.

The headlines area as follows.

  • There is a substantal evidence base which supports the role of employer mentoring in schools.
  • We can describe the strength of this evidence as moderate to good as it includes high quality studies and a number of statistical meta-analyses.
  • The evidence suggests that mentoring can have a significant and observable impact on behaviour, attainment and progression. The effect sizes are typically small, but mentoring is a moderate–to low-cost interventon.
  • The evidence suggests that mentoring needs to be high quality in order to deliver any impacts and that badly organised mentoring can do more harm than good.

We then drew together a series of features which describe effective practice as follows.

features of quality

The paper is available to download for free.

Hooley, T. (2016). Effective Employer Mentoring: Lessons From the Evidence. London: The Careers & Enterprise Company.


Johannesburg or why we still need international solidarity

I’m finding the world very difficult to make sense of at the moment. Brexit, Trump, Nice and now a coup in Turkey. It feels a bit like we are sliding into some kind of weird dystopia.

Thankfully I chanced across this Whistle Test appearance from Gil Scott-Heron and it reminded me of the importance of international solidarity and also of the fact that at least sometimes the right side does win out in the end.

Enjoy your weekend folks!

Maximising the impact of careers services on career management skills: a review of the literature


A little while ago I collaborated on a publication looking at the issue of career management skills for the National Careers Service. This is now available in the public domain. I hope that you find it useful.

The review identified an international body of work on the development and implementation of competency frameworks in reaction to CMS, including the ‘Blueprint’ frameworks, which are a series of interrelated national approaches to career management skills (originating in the USA and taken up subsequently, and with different emphases, by Canada, Australia, England and Scotland). There is, as yet, little empirical evidence to support the overall efficacy of CMS frameworks, but they do have the advantage of setting out what needs to be learned (usually as a clear and identifiable list of skills, attributes and attitudes) and, often, how this learning is intended to happen.

You can view the paper at:

Mackay, S., Morris, M., Hooley, T. and Neary, S. (2015). Maximising the Impact of Careers Services on Career Management Skills A Review of the Literature. London and Derby: SQW and International Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Derby.


Technology in Mental Health


An exciting new book has just been released addressing the subject of the use of technology in mental health. I previously contributed to the first edition, but this new edition has been substantially updated and rethought.

In the half-decade since publication of the first edition, there have been significant changes in society brought about by the exploding rise of technology in everyday lives that also have an impact on our mental health. The most important of these has been the shift in the way human interaction itself is conducted, especially with electronic text-based exchanges. This expanded second edition is an extensive body of work. It contains 39 chapters on different aspects of technological innovation in mental health care from 54 expert contributors from all over the globe. The book is now presented in two clear sections, the first addressing the technologies as they apply to being used within counseling and psychotherapy itself, and the second section applying to training and supervision. Each chapter offers an introduction to the technology and discussion of its application to the therapeutic intervention being discussed, in each case brought to life through vivid case material that shows its use in practice. Chapters also contain an examination of the ethical implications and cautions of the possibilities these technologies offer, now and in the future. While the question once was, should technology be used in the delivery of mental health services, the question now is how to best use technology, with whom, and when.  Whether one has been a therapist for a long time, is a student, or is simply new to the field, this text will serve as an important and integral tool for better understanding the psychological struggles of one’s clients and the impact that technology will have on one’s practice. Psychotherapists, psychiatrists, counselors, social workers, nurses, and, in fact, every professional in the field of mental health care can make use of the exciting opportunities technology presents.

I have contributed two chapters to this book.

Chapter 20. Online Research Methods for Mental Health (with Vanessa Dodd)

Chapter 37. The Role of Online Careers Work in Supporting Mental Health  (with Siobhan Neary).

Buy the book online and use code GOSS0716 to get a 15% discount.

Like making sausages

Like making sausages

Today I’m giving a presentation to the Aimhigher West Midlands conference at Aston University.

I’ve been asked to talk about careers policy and have called my presentation.

Like making sausage… Insights from the careers policy front-line and what it all means for practice

In the presentation I hope to talk about where I think that careers policy is going at the moment and the current massive confusion that has been caused in all policy making by the Brexit vote. Hopefully I will be able to balance my current optimism about careers policy with my pessimism about the confusion of the wider political situation.

Oh and I’ve got quite a few pictures of sausages being made.