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Job placement

Important decisions in life are taken when young people transition from education to work. Traditionally, most young people only started work once they had completed their highest level of education or training, and they rarely combined education with a job. The transition has, in recent years, become more prolonged and increasingly unpredictable, with young people switching jobs more frequently and taking longer to become established in the labour market, either by choice or necessity. In the search for the right job online tools or job placement services can be useful tools to help individuals find work. This section looks at methods and approaches that support the job finding process in the online and offline world.

Thinking Space Paper No.12: Application process – how to boost online appearance


Digitization has been a long-discussed topic all over the world and especially now looking at the latest Covid-19 situation, it proves to have been a good choice for companies already involved in the prospective transformation. Having a look at the Human Resource sector and application processes, online profiles on well-known business and employment-oriented service platforms like Linked-In (international userbase) or Xing (rather seen as regional example for Germany) gain relevance and networking is nowadays happening not only on a personal, but also on a digital level. European NEETS need to be aware of this fact and raise their chances for better working perspectives through activating and thereafter boosting their online profiles.

Thinking Space Paper No.14: Profiling of NEETs: Getting it right


KIZ has many years of experience in labour market integration of (long-term) unemployed. It used the gained expertise to develop a profiling process composed of different modules. Each module covers a different topic and development stage of the participant and needs to be applied at a specific point in time to guarantee an effective support structure. The modules need to follow a strict order but can significantly vary in their duration. The following Thinking Space paper No. 14 describes the first profiling module called starting point, and provides practical support to master the first coaching session within a labour market integration programme.

Thinking Space Paper No.32: Lu B Mediation – Profiling


This Handbook with its learning and profiling modules has been codified by KIZ following more than twenty years of labour market support activities. Many of the supported people were NEETs, young people of the age of 18-34. They were young people with a migration or flight background, early school leavers, some had drug problems and many came from rural areas.