FAQ pertaining to all Career Forums
What are Career Forums?
Career Forums are job fairs for Japanese-English bilinguals. Companies that are looking to hire Japanese-English bilinguals meet candidates, primarily graduating students and mid-career professionals and interview on the spot. Unlike typical job fairs, many companies set up appointments prior to the Career Forum and may give out offers by the end of the event.
What is the cost of attending the Career Forum?
Aside from your personal and travel expenses, the Career Forum is free of charge.
I want to participate in the Career Forum. What do I need to do?
You first must register online for the Career Forum. By registering online, you will receive the most up-to-date Career Forum information as well as messages from participating companies. You must be a CFN member in order to register for the Career Forum. Once you become a member, you can register to any of the Career Forums.
Become a member.
I've participated in a Career Forum in the past. Do I still have to register?
Yes. Career Forums are held in Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, New York, London, Tokyo, Osaka, and Sydney. Each event has different participating companies. Since each event is separate, it is required to register for each event you are interested in attending.
What do I do after I register for the Career Forum?
View the participating company list and begin applying online to companies you are interested in. Start making your travel plans as early as possible. The Career Forum may be held during the busy tourist season or convention season making it difficult to make travel arrangements as it becomes closer to the event date.
Where can I get detailed information on participating companies?
As companies sign up for the Career Forum, they will be listed in the "Participating Companies List" page. If the company has entered their company profile information, click the company name to view. If they have posted the positions they are recruiting for at the Career Forum, click "View Jobs" next to the company name. Within the job posting, companies will include any requirements or qualification (i.e. language skill, desired majors/degrees, employment location, etc.)
Can I apply to participating companies prior to the Career Forum?
Yes. You can view which companies are accepting online applications from the participating company list. Companies that are accepting online applications will have "Accepting Applications" on top of their company name. Click on the position you wish to view and then if you wish to apply, click "Apply to this Job Posting." Enter your email address and password and you can begin your application. Many companies screen candidates prior to the Career Forum to pre-arrange interviews. Over 85% of past participants have applied to an average of 11 to 15 companies. Make sure all sections of your CFN resume is completed with updated information before you apply. Once you have submitted your application, you will not be able to delete or make changes. You must be registered for the Career Forum in order to apply to the companies online.
What happens after I apply?
A few points to keep in mind about online applications. Not all companies will be accepting online applications. Check company profile for details. We encourage employers to respond to applicants prior to the event, but if you don't hear back, don't let it stop you from visiting their booths.
Do I need to attend both days (for Boston, 3 days) of the Career Forum?
No. You are not required to attend the Forum for all the scheduled days. However, most candidates find it beneficial to attend at least two days in order to meet and interview with companies. If you have been selected to receive a travel scholarship, you must attend at least two days to receive the scholarship unless otherwise noted.
Are the same companies there for two days (for Boston, 3 days) of the Career Forum?
Yes. All companies will be at the Career Forum for both days (for Boston, 3 days). However, some companies may decide to leave early on the last day depending on the results of their recruiting efforts from the previous day(s).
How many companies can I expect to meet in one day during the Career Forum?
It varies from person to person, but on average, despite the size of the Career Forum, candidates meet about 8-10 companies a day. For Career Forum such as Tokyo Summer or Boston with approximately 200 companies participating, it is advised to prepare a list of companies you want to meet before the event.
Are there internship positions available at the Career Forums?
It depends on the Career Forum, but a quarter of the participating companies at many of the Career Forum were offering internship positions. If a company is offering an internship positions, they will post it within their job posting. You can also ask the company directly when you visit their booth.
Do I need to be fluent in Japanese to attend the Career Forum?
No. Students and professionals with all levels of Japanese are welcome to attend the Career Forum though most companies will expect business level proficiency in Japanese. View each company profile for specific language requirement.
Do most participants receive travel scholarships?
With over 8,000 applicants for the Boston Career Forum, unfortunately there is a limit to the number of travel scholarships handed out each year. However, many participants attend the Career Forums from all over without travel scholarships because the opportunities available at the Career Forum outweigh the travel costs.
How should I dress for the Career Forum?
Professional business attire is required for all Career Forum attendees. Suits are recommended for both male and female candidates. Jeans and sneakers will not be permitted
What should I bring to the Career Forum?
Prepare multiple copies of your resume, both in English and Japanese. A cover letter is not required at the Career Forum. If you are not checking in via CFN App, bring your admission tickets (via My CFN). These will be made available as the event approaches. Bring a pen and notepad to take notes after interviews. Your interviewers may be valuable references in the future.
What do I need to check in at registration?
You will need to check in at registration everyday during the Career Forum. There are two ways:
1. CFN App
Show the CFN staff that you have checked in to the Career Forum for that specific day on your smartphone. Use your smartphone to search for CFN and download the CFN App prior to the Career Forum. You will be able to "check in" via CFN App on the day of the event.
2. Admission Ticket(s)
From your My CFN page, you will be able to print out the admission ticket(s) for the particular Career Forum. Cut them out and present it to the CFN staff on the day of the event.
You will then receive a ticket to put in your name badge. This will be your pass to enter and leave the Career Forum. If it's a multiple day event, you must check in every day.
Are the interviews held in English or Japanese?
Most interviews will be held in Japanese, but it varies from company to company. Some companies send their HR staff from Japan and others will be from the United States or other countries. Interviews may be held in both languages so employers can assess your language ability.
What do I do upon arrival to the Career Forum?
To smoothly enter the Career Forum, please register prior to the event.
If you have downloaded the CFN App
1. Make sure to have completed the "checked in" (to Day 1, Day 2, etc.) process.
2. Have the page ready to show CFN staff at registration.
If you have not downloaded the CFN App
1. Search for "CFN" in the app store and install (available in iOS and Android)
2. Download the CFN App and follow the directions above for "If you have downloaded the CFN App"
If you have your printed admission ticket
1. Make sure they are cut out
2. Present the admission ticket for the corresponding day (Day 1, Day 2, etc.) to the CFN Staff at registration
If you wish not to download the CFN App
1. Go the computer station and login to your My CFN page
2. Under "Registered Events" find the Career Forum and click the print icon
3. Print out your admission ticket and cut them out.
4. Present the admission ticket for the corresponding day (Day 1, Day 2, etc.) to the CFN Staff at registration
Make sure to pick up a name badge holder and materials (map) and you will then be able to enter the event hall. At some Career Forums coat check will be available.
FAQ pertaining to specific Career Forums
What kinds of companies come to the Boston Career Forum?
The Boston Career Forum attracts world-class companies from a diverse range of industries. From advertising to financial services to electronics to pharmaceutical, the Boston Career Forum offers the widest variety of employment opportunities for Japanese-English speakers. For an updated list of participating companies, please refer to the participating company list.
Do I need to have a technical major/background to attend the San Francisco Career Forum?
No. However, many of the companies participating the San Francisco Career Forum are seeking candidates with a technical background or those interested in working in a tech field. Some companies in the past were hiring for technical and non-technical positions. Please view the company profiles of the participating companies for more information. Because company profiles are only a rough guideline, the only certain way to find out what opportunities are available is to apply online or visit and speak to employers directly.
What type of companies can I meet at the Los Angeles Career Forum?
The Los Angeles Career Forum attracts world-class companies from a diverse range of industries. Our event offers the widest variety of employment opportunities for Japanese-English bilinguals. You can view the participating company list when it becomes available.
Is the London Career Forum only for Japanese-English bilinguals?
Majority of companies will be looking for Japanese-English bilinguals but some might be hiring candidates with other European language skills. Check company profile for specific hiring details.
Are there companies participating in the Tokyo Summer or Tokyo Winter Career Forum that participated in the Boston Career Forum as well?
Yes. But make sure to check the participating company list for the most updated information. Some companies exhibit at several Career Forums to meet with as many Japanese-English bilinguals. Depending on the company, some may conduct interviews at the Tokyo Winter Career Forum with candidates they meet in Boston or meet with candidates at the Tokyo Summer Career Forum and conduct final interviews in Boston. Although some companies may attend several Career Forums, they are not necessarily hiring for the same job opening so make sure to check the company profile for the most updated information.
There are also quite a few companies that participate only in the Tokyo Summer or Winter Career Forum. The average number of companies a candidates meet during the Career Forum is between 8 to 10. Although the same companies may be participating, we would recommend attending several Career Forums to expand your career opportunities. You never know when and where you will meet your future employer.
How is the Los Angeles Career Forum different from the Boston Career Forum?
Although there are fewer companies at the Los Angeles Career Forum, the smaller size allows candidates and employers to meet in a relaxed atmosphere with more time to talk to each other. There are more opportunities to have more in-depth conversations and more time for employers to get to know you at the Los Angeles Career Forum. With the Los Angeles Career Forum held before the Boston Career Forum, it also give you a head start in meeting and interviewing with companies as well as increase the number of companies you can meet allowing you a broader perspective on what opportunities are available.
FAQ pertaining to participating requirements
Is the Career Forum limited to new graduates?
No, the primary participants of the Career Forum are college seniors, master's students in their final year, recent college graduates and experienced professionals looking for full-time employment opportunities. Additionally, internships are also available and we encourage college sophomores, juniors and first-year master's students to attend the event.
Ms. A: I am currently in Japan attending a Japanese university, but studied abroad for 10 months at university in the United States. Can I attend the Career Forum?
Mr. B: I graduated from a four-year university in Japan. Currently I am attending a community college in the United States. I don't have any work experience. Will the companies consider me as new graduate?
Ms. C: I am attending a Japanese university, but currently studying abroad in the United States in a language program. Do I qualify to attend the Career Forum?
To attend the Career Forum you must be bilingual in English and Japanese or ability to conduct business in English and Japanese and one or more of the following:
1. graduated or will be graduating from an undergraduate/graduate program outside of Japan
2. enrolled in a Japanese university and currently studying abroad
3. mid-career professional
Ms. A is currently in Japan, but since Ms. A was studying abroad, she is qualified to attend. Although Mr. B and Ms. C did not graduate from an undergraduate/graduate program outside of Japan, if they are able to conduct business in English and Japanese with some study abroad experience, they will be qualified to attend. However, companies may have their own requirements such as graduation date, country where you received your degree, etc. that may limit which companies you can apply to.
Whether or not the purpose of studying abroad was to learn English, the important thing is that one has obtained the bilingual and bicultural skill to during their study abroad experience. One should be able to conduct business without difficulty and understand not just the language, but the culture of others.