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Re: Rav Adviser: need for translator?

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I am looking for a translator for a meeting in RAV tomorrow 9:30, Zurich Seebach

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Re: Rav Adviser: need for translator?

I don't want to be funny, but you're seriously posting at 16.36 needing someone for tomorrow morning? Did the RAV really give you such short notice or did you not think ahead?

FWIW one of the few reasons sometimes granted for postponing a RAV appointment is if they require you to have an interpreter and you can't get one for that appointment, so it's worth a go. If you do manage to postpone, PM me and I may be able to help. Be aware that they may well ask you to come anyway and muddle through with you though
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Rav Adviser: need for translator?

Hello everyone,

Has anyone had an experience where the RAV moderator was unable to speak either French or English and strictly did not cooperate to change the assigned person within the same office (As I've heard many talking English to other job hunters) because it was not normal protocol?

I feel that I came across an uncooperative person who has not been helpful at all and is completely uninterested in my situation. There have been so many complications with issues that could have been clarified at the beginning if I had been assigned to someone who spoke French or English.
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Old 12.08.2015, 19:40
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Hello everyone,

Has anyone had an experience where the RAV moderator was unable to speak either French or English and strictly did not cooperate to change the assigned person within the same office (As I've heard many talking English to other job hunters) because it was not normal protocol?

I feel that I came across an uncooperative person who has not been helpful at all and is completely uninterested in my situation. There have been so many complications with issues that could have been clarified at the beginning if I had been assigned to someone who spoke French or English.
Just lets say you were back in France and went to chômage but only spoke English and German, i wonder what the reception would be like ?

Unfortunately they have their rules and methods and they won't change for you, it's a well know fact they are pretty inflexible, i guess doing what they do you need a set of rules that everybody adheres too. Common sense is not one of them.
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Re: Rav Adviser: need for translator?

I agree with you and that's why I did 3 months intensive German courses to improve since I am a guest here.
But I think at the beginning, important issues need to be raised in order to take aside any misunderstandings. Even at that point, there seems to be no consideration whatsoever...

It's easy to take money we pay for unemployment when you have worked for 20 years in different parts of the country. You have contributed... But when the time comes for a minimum of assistance because you haven't asked to be unemployed and it happens, then moments of consideration for the person would be appreciated.

I mean, we are not here to change the rules. I've been following them for so many years. But when in need, then some understanding on the situation would be appreciated.
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Re: Rav Adviser: need for translator?

If you live in a German speaking canton, the chances of getting a French speaking RAV advisor are not that great and English, the last time I looked, is not an official language in Switzerland, so why on earth would you expect an English speaking advisor? You might find an advisor who speaks English but as for running an entire session in English, I find that quite unlikely. Get a translator to go with you if you are uncomfortable with German and stick to the rules RAV gives out - otherwise life can get pretty grim quite quickly. RAV advises and can steer jobs your way and i if you cooperate, they can also help out with courses and schooling, but ultimately, you have to do the leg work. They are not known for their sympathy or kindness. If you need that, call a friend.
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