3 Steps to Job Offer
When you become a CareerForum.Net (CFN) member, you will periodically receive announcements about the events held by CFN and about the online recruitment service (OnLine Career Forum). When you become a CFN member, you will be able to apply to companies of interest.
There are 3 types of registration methods to become a CFN member.
1. New registration
Click on “Become New Member”
or “Register with Facebook ”
button at the upper right of the CFN site. If you register with Facebook, you will login with your Facebook information instead of your email address and password after registration. (If using a smartphone, tap on the blue “Become a member Today! ”
button and then a “Register with Facebook”
button will appear on the screen. If you wish to register with Facebook, please follow this method.)
Fields with orange underlines are required. After completing all required fields, registration will be complete.
2. Event registration to Career Forum
If you are interested in attending an event, you will be able to register for CFN and the event at the same time. On each event page, “Register for this Career Forum”
” button is displayed. Click on that button to register.
3. Apply to companies
Some companies may be accepting applications on CFN. If a company is accepting applications, an “Accepting Applications”
button is displayed above the company name, and if you click on “View Jobs,”
you will be able to see which position they are accepting applications for. Click on the job positing you are interested in, and when you click on “Apply to this Job posting,”
you will be able to register. When you register using this method, the information you entered will be sent to the company since the application will be done at the same time as registration. Please note that information you entered when you applied cannot be changed after submission.
For methods 1 and 2, only the information necessary for registration is entered, so we recommend you log in again after completing registration and finish creating your resume.
If you wish to unsubscribe, please login to My CFN and click on “Manage Account” located in the My CFN menu. You will be able to unsubscribe from the bottom of the page where it says “Click here if you’d like to cancel your membership.”
The role of self-assessment
First and foremost, to be able to interview with confidence, it is important to know yourself. By conducting self-assessment, you will be able to find out what your selling point is, such as why you are the best fit for a company. Especially for current students who have no previous work experience, you may be thinking about where you are going to be or what you are going to be doing after graduation, and you may have no idea what it is that you want to do. You will get stuck just vaguely thinking about it, so the first thing you should do is look back before thinking about the future. You may be able to get some hints from your past experiences and there could be unexpected discoveries when you self-reflect. It is said that the foundation of job hunting is from self-assessment. However, self-assessment is not just limited to job hunting. It is the basis for facing the future.
Begin by looking at your past self
First, look back on your life and organize your experiences. Go all the way to your childhood and think about how you came to be the way you are now. You may be able to see how your current personality and values have been formed through various experiences.
There are various ways to organize your history, and there is no one particular way to go about it. One idea would be to make a chronology of your life. Detail all the happy and successful accomplishments, as well as your difficult and challenging experiences from when you were little to now. Also, understand your family composition and relations, and other environments and experiences that inspired you to be interested in certain activities and have shaped your character. Be specific.
When you look back on your experiences, try to always think about why you liked it, why you were interested, and why you were good at it. By doing so, you will also be able to see your own strengths and weaknesses. Writing everything out in detail is a way to practice how to be able to convey your own enthusiasm when job hunting. Be as specific as possible, and think of many examples. It may seem like work now, but it will prove useful when you are asked these same questions at your interviews.
Throughout elementary school, I was always competitive with my brother who was only a year younger than me. I remember a particular incident when I felt very envious when my brother was admired for his drawing more than me. I drew so many pictures until I was praised as well. Even to this day, I remain highly competitive, and I never quit anything until I come in first place.
In high school, I was involved in an extracurricular activity that worked with various environmental issues. One particular example was my involvement in a project that dealt with cleaning up a lake. We lived around the lake and listened to and worked with the neighbors in thinking of several solutions, and conducted a presentation. I never considered environmental issues before, but after this experience, I became highly conscious of companies that deal with such environmental issues.
Simply stating that you are 120% motivated, you are interested in the job, or that you are good at something more than others will not be convincing to the recruiter since they don’t know you. Lessons and teachings are more convincing with a great story or reason to back it up with. Have stories and examples from your own past experiences to support your interests, so recruiters may actually visualize and imagine how passionate you are. (Even if it was a trigger at the time of childhood, it is more persuasive to speak as recently as possible about episodes)
Research the companies that will be participating in the Career Forum. Familiarize yourself with their company profiles, available positions and application requirements. The more you know about a company and the types of positions they hire for, the better you will come across to the employer.
How do you begin researching companies?
After you have checked the participating company list, start researching more about the companies through company websites, news articles, press releases, magazine, etc. This may seem like a tedious process, but researching will help you put into perspective what you want to do and facts to back up why you are interested.
Job searching is broken down into 3 steps.
1. Learning about yourself
2. Learning about the other person (company/industry research)
3. Taking action (applying, participating in Career Forums, interviewing, networking, etc.)
Researching companies is the second step, an important step that cannot be skipped.
Learning about the company is not the only part about researching companies. By learning about the company, it should help you learn more about yourself and find and confirm your interests and desires when deciding on your career. This is especially important during your interviews. Not only will the company be looking at your potential, they will also be determining whether or not you will be successful as their employee. Even if you do not have any work experience, being able to express what kind of an employee you will be in the future, the career you want to pursue, and how you will grow at the company will definitely help the recruiters visualize you as their employee.
Please remember that researching companies should be a fun process. It should be a time to learn what kinds of companies are out there and learn what you like and don't like. You may find out things about yourself that you never realized. It may also help you visualize what you want to be doing couple years from now. Having facts to back up the initial interest will prevent you from having “this isn't what I imagined” regrets later on.
Guideline on researching companies
Consider these factors when making this decision:
So how do you go about researching companies? First, start by finding companies within industries that you might have an interest in. Out of those, if there are any companies that interests you, start learning more about the companies itself. For each company, check how the company is organized, its business model, as well as its competitors.
First learn what kinds of products/services the company produces and understand their target market. Then research how they operate, such as their supply chain. A supply chain is the flow of a product or service, which includes purchasing, producing, distributing and the selling of the product. Not all companies in the same industry operate the same way. Make sure to understand each company's operation strategy.
Company Policy and Management Strategies
Next, understand the company's business strategies and policies. How do they compete in the industry/market? Is their strategy to differentiate and deliver a unique service/product to their competitors? Or do they compete by cutting the price as low as possible. Or, do they target and focus their product to a particular niche in the market? The company's style and policies vary according to such management strategy, so be sure to do your homework here as well.
Understanding the company's unique place in the industry and their competitors
It is easier to understand the company's place in the industry when you do some research on its competitors. Learn the strengths and weaknesses compared to its rivals, and find out more on the company's style and policies. For example, what is the competition like in the industry; does one major company hold a monopoly in the market, or is there ample room for other rivals and new companies and innovations to compete? Knowing this will give you more insight into the current characteristics and future possibilities of that company. Is the company what you expected and imagined; why are you interested; can you imagine yourself working there every day? Thinking of these questions as you research companies will gradually give you a clearer and more genuine idea of why you are interested in that company and/or industry. Once you narrow down your companies of interest, next think which company is the best fit for you.
1. Compensation and Benefits (Salary, Traveling, Location, Work Hours, and other Interests)
Remember how you had to consider numerous factors when selecting a college? Academics, extracurricular activities, school culture, location, etc. Likewise, start to think about and prioritize what you want from your job/career. When you think about it, you will be spending a third or almost half your day at work. With a well thought career plan, you can make a choice that you can stick with even with long hours or when your job becomes difficult. To maintain a healthy sense of motivation when you start working, it is important to start imagining and planning your future carefully now.
2. Company Policy and Culture
3. Job responsibilities
4. Your short and long term career goals
Though going online and checking out company websites can be quite informing, it is vital to get information from other sources related to the company or industry, such as from newspapers and magazines. You can always check out bookstores, libraries, and of course, make use of your school Career Center.
For example, at Vault.com or Wetfeet.com, you can purchase books on specific information on various industries and companies. They also have features on interviewing tips and resources on what a regular day at work would be like.
In addition, check out opinions from current employees on a company's strengths, weaknesses, potential, work environment, benefits, etc. As a student looking for work abroad and unable to get first- hand worker's opinions, such websites will be extremely helpful.
First hand opinions are perhaps the most informative source at times. Many school Career Centers provide lists and means to network with the school's Alumni. Ask how you can get in touch and conduct an informal interview with these graduates. And don't be shy – most people are usually happy to talk about their own experiences and share their knowledge.
Researching companies and knowing yourself become the foundation to preparing for your interview as well. The more you research companies, the more you gain insight into your own interest and knowledge on what companies will best bring out your fullest potential. It will also help you answer that critical question, “Why this job, why this company” more convincingly and with more passion, setting you apart from other candidates.
At the Career Forum, there are companies that accept applications at the booth on the day of the event and conduct interviews (walk-ins), but many companies are accepting applications prior to the event online. Companies accepting applications on CFN will have a button above their company name that says“Accepting Applications.”
By applying in advance, you may be able to proceed to a telephone interview or set up an interview on the day of the event. To make effective use of their time at the event to the fullest, many companies accept applications online. Because only a limited number of interviews are set up, applying early on will increase the chance of getting an interview. If you are able to set up an interview, you can effectively use your time at the event and be able to visit as many companies efficiently.
CFN resume is necessary for applying to companies on CFN. A resume is the first step in the interview process. When applying on CFN, most companies screen out candidates with this resume. Enrich the contents in your resume and sell yourself.
There are companies that require English resumes, so make sure you not only create a Japanese resume but also an English one. You can check your Japanese and English resumes on different tabs. Depending on the section, what you select on the Japanese resume is automatically reflected on the English resume, so we recommend you to check when applying.
Think in the position of the reader
A resume is not intended for looking at your style of writing. However as a professional, you should have a minimum level of writing ability.
It’s important to consider if the content makes sense and if you are writing with the reader in mind. Be careful not to use excessive amounts of technical terms or expressions that are too abstract. You will be able to better express yourself if you use specific details and episodes. There is extra space where you enter in your education and job history. However, it is not necessary to fill up the whole space. Depending on the company, the recruiter has to look at tens and thousands of resumes, so it is hard to read every single thing on everyone’s resume. It’s important to include on your resume what you want the recruiter to know about you but it’s also important to keep it brief and concise.
In the interview, you will be asked about the content on your resume, so make sure you know what is written on your resume. Also, before the interview, make sure you check what you wrote on the resume from the Application History on My CFN.
Only one application per company. Since you cannot delete or resubmit your application once you apply, please be sure to check the information before applying and pressing the submit button. You can also edit your resume at any time, but the resume you submitted when you applied has already been sent to the company, so even if you change your resume on My CFN, the changes will not be reflected on the resume you submitted to the company. . You are able to change only your phone number and email address after submission. However, since there is a possibility that the company may have already started their screening process, we recommend contacting the company directly after making any changes. To avoid this possibility, please be sure to check that your contact information is up to date before submitting your application. On how to make changes to your contact information after submission, please check here.