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Prior to the Career Forum

Because there are limited opportunities to meet Japanese-English bilinguals outside Japan, participating companies will aggressively recruit candidates, holding not only first round interviews, but second and third, and some even extending job offers during the Career Forum. Unlike most job fairs where it's more about attending company briefings and seminars, our Career Forums are focused on having more opportunities to have face-to-face interviews. Therefore, it is eminent to be fully prepared and be ready to have multiple interviews.

Event Registration

You must register for the event in order to attend. Login to CFN with your email address and password, and follow the instructions to register. If you are not a member, sign up by clicking the button below. A CFN membership is required to register for any of our events.

Apply for Travel Scholarship

After you have completed the event registration, apply for the travel scholarship. A travel scholarship is provided to qualified Japanese-English bilingual undergraduates, graduate students and experienced professionals to help defray the costs of attending the Career Forum. Although limited, the travel scholarship has given many jobseekers from all over the United States, Canada, Europe, and even Japan, the opportunity to attend the Career Forums so that they are able to meet with key employers and receive job offers.
* Travel scholarship available for certain Career Forums

Research Participating Companies

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.

Apply to Companies from CFN

Apply online to companies of your interest before the Career Forum. Submitting your resume to employers prior to the event will get you one step ahead on your job search.

Know Yourself

First and formorest, to be able to interview with confidence, make sure you know yourself. Know your strengths, weaknesses, what you learned from studying abroad, and how you have grown from your experiences. Know your values and be able to explain how and why you match with the company's core values. Read on to find out more key points to talk about when marketing yourself in interview.

Create Resume (Japanese/English)

Your resume is your business card. Make sure to prepare at least 10 copies more than the number of companies you expect to meet. Drop off your resume when you visit a company's booth or hand to employers you wish to keep in contact with. If you have not yet created a resume, do so as soon as possible. Have both your English and Japanese resumes ready as some companies ask for both.

Interviewing Manners

Here are some guidelines to follow as your prepare for an interview

Most Common Interview Questions

If you were the recruiter, what type of person would you want to hire? What would determine whether someone has potential or if they would be a good match? Although recruiters will look for variety of qualities based on your academics, leadership and communications skills, past experiences, and so on, in essence, they are only looking for 2 main points:
1. Who are you?
2. Why this company and what do you want to do at our company?
Any question the interviewer asks will ultimately come back to these two.

Download CFN App or print out admission ticket online

To enter the Career Forum event hall, you must check in at registration everyday. You can download the CFN app and check in or print out your admission ticket(s) via your My CFN page and drop it off at registration. When you check in, you will receive a ticket. Make sure to place the ticket in your badge holder which will give you access to the event hall.

Attire / Things to Bring

What you wear is important and thus, professional business attire is required for all Career Forum attendees. Jeans, t-shirts and sneakers are not permitted at the event. Although not required, many participants wear black, navy, or gray colored suits. Female attendees have worn skirts or pants. Accessories and hairstyles should be business-appropriate. Your appearance becomes a reflection of who you are and your professionalism. Employers do notice details, including a wrinkled suit/shirt, inappropriate accessories, and so on.