Hey good lookin’

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Julia Yates and I have just published a short article in Graduate Market Trends which draws together some of the research that we’ve been doing on career image and examines what this means from the perspective of higher education students, graduates and the career professionals who work with them.

The article is free to download either from Graduate Market Trends or from the UDORA archive.

Yates, J. and Hooley, T. (2017). Hey good lookin’. Graduate Market Trends, Summer, 12-13.

I’d be interested to hear what you think about it.


Forsøk å be noen som ser stygge ut om å ta en ansiktsløfting (You try telling someone who is ugly to get a facelift)

I have recently published an article in Norwegian about some of the work that we’ve been doing on career image.

It is available on the utdanning.no website. I’ve also put an English version of it in the UDORA archive for anyone who doesn’t read Norwegian.

When you go for a job interview you probably spend a time learning about the company and thinking about what you can offer them. However, the blog That Working Life look matters at least as much as what we say. So perhaps you should be combining your interview preparation with time shopping and styling.

Read on in English or in Norwegian

Appropriate attire for careers


Julia Yates and I are presenting today at NICEC on our project on appearance and attractiveness.

We will be trying to summarise some of the work that we’ve been doing over the last couple of years. We’ll be presenting research from…

As well as some new, as yet unpublished work, that builds on this.


The session will be held today in Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, Euston, London. 5.00 – 6.30.

I look forward to seeing some of your there.


Good looks and good practice

We’ve just published a new article looking at career practitioners attitudes towards career image. The 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.

The article has been posted in an online repository at:

Yates, J., Hooley, T. and Kaur Bagri, K. (2016). Good looks and good practice: the attitudes of career practitioners to attractiveness and appearance British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, Online first.

If you look the part you’ll get the job – open access version

A while ago I published an article with Julia Yates which looked at the issue of appearance and attractiveness in careers work.

In the article we explore the role of career professionals in supporting people to reflect on and enhance their appearance, attractiveness and self-presentation (career image). The article is based on a review of the literature on career success, appearance and attractiveness.

In it we explore the evidence for a relationship between attractiveness and career, and propose a conceptual framework in which career image is comprised of three elements:

  • interpersonal skills;
  • aesthetic presentation; and
  • beauty.

We then go on to examine a possible role for career professionals in relation to this and critically examine this role. We also propose a research agenda in this area (which we have been pursuing subsequently).

I have now made an open access version of this paper available on the University of Derby research archive.

Tristram Hooley & Julia Yates (2015) ‘If you look the part you’ll get the job’: should career professionals help clients to enhance their career image?, British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 43:4, 438-451, DOI: 10.1080/03069885.2014.975676