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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.

For your English resume:

Please have a native English speaker check your spelling and grammar. Try to keep your resume to one page. For the Career Forum, a cover is not needed.

For your Japanese resume:

You have an option of using the formatted resume or translating your English resume. The formatted resume may allow you to write more about yourself and why you have an interest in the company. Although not required, you can also place a picture on the formatted resume so recruiters can put your name and face together.

1. Contact Information
Enter your contact information such as you name, current address, alternative contact, phone number and email address.
2. Education
Enter your most recent education history. Include name of the College/University, Major, Degree, and Graduation (or expected graduation) Date. If the employer can not tell where the school is located just by the name, include the State and Country.
3. Experience
In a Japanese resume, enter only work experience that were full-time positions. Do not include part-time or volunteer work. Most recent graduates have little or no work experience and so it is common that this area is blank. If you wish to include an internship experience that is related to the position/industry you are applying to, you can enter the information. However, make sure to state that it was an internship so companies do not get confused as full-time position.
4. Skills/Certificates
If you have any certifications or licenses, you can enter it here along with the date you received it.
5. Self-PR
Here, you can enter anything about yourself that you want to relay to the employer. Because space is limited, ability to express yourself with minimum amount of words is crucial.
6. Your interest in the company
Enter why you want to work for this company. This along with your self-pr is what companies view to learn more about who you are. It is also a test to see how much research you did on the company and what drew you to apply. Space is limited so make sure to make every word count.
Things you do not have to write down
It is prohibited by the law in the United States to ask for your age, gender, race or religion. Therefore, you do not need to enter information such as your date of birth or height and weight, though commonly asked in Japanese resumes.
Finally, keep in mind that your resume should fit within a single page. American and Foreign-affiliated companies prefer this style. The goal is not to write down every single experience you've had, but rather, to learn how to select and market your most attractive attributes and skills

This is just one example of how to create your resume. Check out other books and web sources on various other ways to put together a resume. In addition, make it a habit to have a native English speaker review your resume for spelling and grammar. How you say it, is as important as what you say.