Fit for the job: dealing with the employment office {book}

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Published at our publishing partner, April 06.10.2007, XNUMX, in German, by Simone Janson (ed.), all authors can be found below in the book preview.

In the series "Fit for the job" of the Eichborn publishing house 2003 and then to 2004 in third edition my successful title "Dealing with the employment office".

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On 90 pages, the guide compactly explains the new developments surrounding the Employment Agency and clearly introduces the new and old labor market instruments.

Various press reviews


For my book "Dealing with the employment office", published by Eichborn, Frankfurt am Main 2005, the following press comments have been published:

  • Interview Employment Office, Hartz IV and Labor Market -
  • Brigitte young miss 09 / 2004 -
  • Berlin morning mail 06.06.2004 -
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  • Southwest press 08.05.2004 -
  • Ulmer Wochenblatt 12.05.2004 -
  • ekz-Informationsdienst 05 / 2004 -



"If the Employment Agency were to process your information as Simone Janson does, it would be superfluous ..."



Weltbild made an interview with me about my very first book "dealing with the employment office". Here you find the interview in full text:

You are a specialist for professional and educational subjects and worked as an editor for various publications of the Federal Institute for Labor. What special help can unemployed people expect from your counselor?


Anyone who is unemployed or is looking for fast, clear and easy-to-understand information - especially on the new regulations such as Hartz IV. "Dealing with the employment office" certainly helps better than some irritating brochure of the employment agency whose author often simply adopted the law instead of translating them. For example, the book provides information on questions such as: "When and how do I register for work?", "How much can I earn for unemployment benefits I or II?", "How do I convince the employment consultant to give me one Further education to pay? "or" What grants can I expect to start up? ".

Of course, a book of this size and at this price cannot take into account all the details and special regulations. I can respond better to specific questions in my lectures and seminars on the topic (dates on my website http: / Very important: People have to make it clear that they cannot expect comprehensive advice from the employment agency. The employees there, even if they are called consultants, clearly represent the interests of the employment agency and manage their funds. They can rarely provide personal assistance, also for reasons of time. Therefore, everyone should find out about their options before going to the employment agency - because only those who know their rights can enforce them.

In your opinion, what makes the handling of the employment office particularly difficult?


As already indicated, the actual structure of the Employment Agency does not meet the expectations of the unemployed and those seeking it. These expectations are illusory because: Originally, the Federal Institute for the Administration of Unemployment Insurance was launched. With mass unemployment, this structure is simply overwhelmed. The transformation to a service-oriented agency should remedy this situation. However, it was (and still is!) Very slow and not without various scandals. The employees of the Employment Agency are now fighting on the one hand with the changes in the agency and the fear for their own jobs. On the other hand, they are struggling with the many new regulations that they should impart to the unemployed, but do not always understand themselves and may not be able to understand in individual cases. As a way out in my opinion only that you as a "customer" as much as possible in your own hands and does not rely on the employment agency, for example, in job placement (to this I give some suggestions in the book). Certainly not comfortable, but the circumstances are currently the case.

The new year has just begun, and experts are already finding that we currently have the highest unemployment in Germany since reunification. In your opinion, what are the reasons why the often-proclaimed "recovery on the job market" just does not want to happen?


The structures of the Employment Agency, which is the subject of my guide, and the labor market are two pairs of shoes and should not be lumped together - especially since I am not a labor market or economic expert. Personally, I think it is too early to say that a recovery in the labor market is not going to happen. In the opinion of other experts, the economy is just picking up again, which I can only confirm from my own experiences, which in the end I trust more than statistics. Time and again, however, there is much talk about the labor market and economic situation, and also exaggerated panic. The media certainly also has a certain responsibility here.

The situation is not rosy and nothing should be glossed over, but it would be useful to critically question some expert opinions. Many "experts" also pursue specific interests. An example: Working time extension is often propagated as a means of increasing productivity and this is having an effect. 2004 had the lowest sickness rate in Germany for decades. In contrast, for example, the study "Managing for mediocrity" of the American consulting firm Proudfoot Consulting shows that just 2004 per employee in Germany 74 working days were wasted due to management mistakes. In money, a loss of nearly 190 billion dollars. Thus, extending working hours does not necessarily mean more productivity. Such voices are currently rather unpopular and hardly present in the media. Similarly controversial one can discuss the question of the individual responsibility of each individual. From the point of view of a self-employed person, I see that many cling to the existing structures and complain about the inevitable changes instead of actively helping to shape them. In order to bring about an upswing, however, more optimism and personal initiative are urgently needed. However, it is also necessary that the citizens, especially the working people, have a certain security and do not have to live in the constant fear of change (job loss, relocation, etc.). State and politics would be required to create stable structures for the future. The corresponding foresight, however, lacks a little, for example, is being saved in education, although one would have to respond to the many social changes just with an improved training structure.

The managing director of the German Cultural Council recently criticized the 1 Euro jobs, as they would reduce the chances of attitudes in the primary labor market, since one could have (almost) free labor. What do you think of this option?


First of all, I find the expression 1-Euro-Job inaccurate (a good example of the above mentioned scare tactics in the media). Incidentally, the law (SGB II, § 16, paragraph 3) refers to job opportunities. However, these must be in the public interest and must not be an employment relationship in the sense of labor law, ie they must not displace regular jobs. Incidentally, similar measures already exist. Think of job creation measures or the fact that municipalities use social assistance recipients for unskilled work. What is new is that everyone is now obliged to accept such a job (keyword: decent employment) if they want to continue receiving unemployment benefit II from the employment office.

Also new is that this scheme affects better qualified people. Of course you can read more about it in the book or learn from my lectures. Of course, there are always employers who try to take advantage of the structures, even if you could actually pay a regular employee. There is a certain risk that there will be fewer jobs in the first job market. But you also have to see the other side, eg public institutions with little money. Is not it better for them to do the work for the little money they can afford to pay than not to be able to do it? On the other hand, regular employees can convince with good training, motivation and quality that it is more sensible and productive to hire them. For the unemployed themselves, the scheme can also bring benefits. It's better to do something productive than nothing. For others who do not want to work at all, I find this duty just. And finally, some will not settle for compulsory, reasonable jobs and look for a new job on their own - also a positive aspect. So I would not paint the devil on the wall, but wait and see first: I think that here ultimately experience has to show what comes out, and that you can not afford an opinion on it now. Finally, if it turns out that there is cutthroat competition in favor of state-subsidized wage dumping, this rule will be abolished anyway.

What measures - whether already agreed or just in discussion - do you expect real progress in the labor market?


I expect only real progress from a cyclical upturn, which will lead in the long term to an improvement of the labor market situation. The labor market measures in my opinion fight only the symptoms, but not the causes and therefore can hardly have a lasting effect. Besides, the legislation is sometimes quite contradictory. An example that also appears in the book - the Ich-AG: A nice idea, but what good is it to send thousands of unemployed people into self-employment, if at the same time the legal situation for small entrepreneurs is not improved? Only the problem is "tampered with" instead of changing the structures accordingly.

The questions asked Sandy Brunzel, literature review. This interview was published on

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