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Vocational Guidance for Job Applicants in France

Abstract : In France, "Pôle Emploi" is the central operator for services aimed at job applicants. It applies career guidance which in practice results in a review on employability and making a selection among the unemployed for an appropriate plan of action. Professionals lose out in terms of specialisation; they intervene within this framework to coach the unemployed and mobilise rather vague skills. Moreover, this de-specialisation is coupled up with a sort of standardisation and bureaucratic multi-tasking of job functions and positions. Consultants find themselves at the heart of a contradiction inherent to job guidance such as it is practised, which consists in associating thinking about vocational plans with a quick return to employment.
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Coralie Perez, Elsa Personnaz. Vocational Guidance for Job Applicants in France. S. Kraatz et B.-J. Ertelt (dir.). Professionalisation of Career Guidance in Europe, Dvgt Verlag, pp.317-335, 2011. ⟨halshs-00620808⟩



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