"The first one to pick up the phone": Forms of recruitment for low-skilled jobs

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2022
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01A - Journal article
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Swiss Journal of Sociology
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48
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2
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335-352
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Zürich
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Based on a qualitative study on the employability of workers without vocational qualification in five different industries, this article examines hiring practices in the labour market segment of low-skilled jobs from a sociology of convention perspective. In the absence of educational signals, employers use personal networks and trial workdays to reduce the uncertainty regarding the quality of job applicants. However, professional and technical intermediaries become more important, thus leading to the formalization of recruitment channels and valorisation.
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recruitment, low-skilled jobs, labour market intermediaries, sociology of conventions, valorization
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300 - Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie, Anthropologie
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0379-3664
2297-8348
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English
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Yes
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Published
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Green
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'https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/'
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NADAI, Eva und Robin HÜBSCHER, 2022. „The first one to pick up the phone“: Forms of recruitment for low-skilled jobs. Swiss Journal of Sociology. 2022. Bd. 48, Nr. 2, S. 335–352. DOI 10.26041/fhnw-4242. Verfügbar unter: https://doi.org/10.26041/fhnw-4242