“Resumes” are submitted to companies when job hunting. Resumes in Japan are written differently than those in English-speaking countries and other countries, which can be a challenge for international students when writing their first resumes. The following will explain how to write a resume for Japanese companies.
How to write a resume
Resumes are generally handwritten using a ballpoint pen in black ink. The following will explain the general format.
Writing a resume: Date, name, and photo
For the date, write the date that you submit your resume or the previous day. When it is sent in the post, enter the date it was posted. Enter your full name in furigana (either “Hiragana” or “Katakana” according to how the word “furigana” is written). The photo should be an ID photo (shomei-shashin) of your face taken within the last three months. Basically, you should be wearing a black or navy blue suit in the photo.
Writing a resume: Address, phone number, and e-mail
Enter the address correctly, starting with the postal code, prefecture up to your apartment or house number. For telephone number, it is OK to use your mobile phone number. The e-mail address should not be a carrier e-mail address from a mobile phone company. It is best to use a free e-mail address such as from Google or Yahoo, or a university e-mail address provided by your university.
Writing a resume: Educational background and work history
Enter your educational background starting from high school including the date you entered and graduated. As for the university graduation date, write the graduation date and write “Expected date” after the university name. Work history should not include part-time jobs. If you have internship experience, be sure to include that in the work history section.
Writing a resume: Licenses and qualifications
For licenses and qualifications, write the official names and the dates these were acquired. It is also acceptable to mention licenses and qualifications you are currently working to acquire. You can write, “I am studying to acquire qualification as XXX,” and if your exam date has been determined, and write “I plan to take the exam on XXXX” below the item.
Writing a resume: Section for personal preferences
If there is a specific job you would like to have, write it in the section for personal preferences. For preferences related to salary, benefits, etc., it is common to write “according to your company’s regulations.” You should write your preference only when there is something you view as important.
Other points to keep in mind
If you make a mistake, you will need to start over on a new form, so be careful when writing. Your photo greatly impacts your impression, so choose the photo carefully.
You can purchase a resume form at university stores or at stationery stores. Be sure to use proper Japanese expressions and that your writing is easy to read.
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