A.Career Forum is a job fair for Japanese-English bilinguals. Those who can attend the
Boston Career Forum are as follows:
Possesses a minimum of beginner level in both Japanese and English and one of the
Recent graduates or students currently enrolled in a
Bachelor's or higher degree program (Master, MBA, Ph.D., etc.) outside of Japan or have
study abroad experience outside of
Professionals with study abroad or work experience outside of
Those who still have a while until graduation are also welcome to participate to find internships or
conduct company research. We recommend that you bring your resume even if you are not planning to
have any interviews with companies.
Q.Is there a cost to attend?
A.To register and attend the Career Forum is free.
Q.Is there a dress code?
A.There is no dress code specification at the Career Forum. Many companies conduct interviews on
the spot, so if you are going to be interviewed, we recommend that you dress appropriately for an
Q.I want to attend the Career Forum, but can I attend without prior registration?
A.It is possible to register at the Career Forum on the day of the event, but we recommend you to
be registered prior, especially the first day of the Career Forum. By registering before the event,
you will receive event details via email as well as spend less time at registration and a smoother
Q.Can I attend/leave during the middle of the event?
A.Once you check in at registration, you are able to leave and enter freely that day. To re-enter
the venue, you will need to wear your lanyard with the ticket inside that you received at check-in.
Check-in is required every day of the event.
Q.What do I need to participate?
A.Please register for the Career Forum first. Once you have completed registration, please proceed
with applying to companies of interest. By applying to companies online, you may be able have
interviews before the event or be able to set up appointments for the day of the event and utilize
your time more efficiently at the Career Forum. You will need to check-in at registration every day
of the event. You can check-in using the CFN app or from the My CFN page.
Q.Are interviews held at the Career Forum? Or is it company information sessions?
A.Although it depends on the company, the characteristic of the Career Forum is that it is a place
to have interviews rather than information sessions. Some companies will have interviews after their
information sessions, but some companies only do interviews, so it is better to be in the mindset
that the interview starts as soon as you visit the company booth. For the Boston Career Forum, many
companies conduct several rounds of interviews and possibility of receiving an offer by the end of
the event. Preparation before the event is key to a successful Career Forum.
Q.I’d like cancel my registration because I can no longer attend.
A.There is no need to cancel your event registration. If you have already scheduled an interview
with a company, please let that company know.
Q.Is there a place where I can check my coat and bags?
A.The event venue (Hynes Convention Center) will have a coat check service available for your
coat and bags, including suitcases. (Charges apply) Please check directly with the coat check
service on the hours of operation.
There may be a long line at the beginning and end of the event. In the past, there has been an
hour wait, so if you have dinner plans especially, we recommend that you pick up your belongings
Q.When can I pick up the hall map with the company booth’s location?
A.Please pick up the event hall map after you check-in at registration on the day of the event.
Also, the map will be made available couple days before the event on CFN. You can check the event
map on the event page under Event Information or click on "Hall map" from the side menu.
If you are registered for the event, you will be notified by email about when the event hall map
is posted and the location.
Q.Is there a place to print resumes?
A.There is a business center inside the event hall. PCs, printers, and a copy machine are
available for you to use free of charge, so if you wish to check your email, print or edit your
resume, please use the business center. Printer and copy machines can only print black and white,
one-sided, and letter size. Due to many participants utilizing the business center, there may be a
line as well as a time limit. We recommend printing out your resume before you get to the Career
Q.Is there free Wi-Fi?
A.There is free Wi-Fi provided by the convention center, but since there are many job seekers
and company representatives attending, it may be hard to connect to it. Although the Wi-Fi is
provided by the convention center, please be careful with security. There is a business center
inside the event hall, so you can check your emails there as well.
Q.Can I borrow stapler or glue?
A.They will be available at the Business Center for your use. Quantity may be limited.
Q.Are there any places to eat and drink inside the venue?
A.A mall is connected to the Hynes Convention Center which has restaurants and cafes. For
details, check here.
Because the area may get crowded during lunch time, we recommend bringing muffins or sandwiches
with you if you are limited on time. Also, since prices may be higher at these vendors, you may
consider bringing your own drinks/snacks.
Q.I lost something. Where should I go?
A.Please check the Information counter during the event to see if anything has been reported.
Sometimes items may be reported to the venue (Hynes Convention Center.) If your item is not at the
Information counter, please contact the venue directly.
Q.Where can I check the seminar schedule?
A.Companies may hold seminars in the seminar rooms. You can find the seminar schedule on the
same Career Forum menu as the FAQ.
Q.Should I apply to companies online prior to the event?
A.We recommend applying to companies online because it is an opportunity to show your interest
in that company. Depending on the company, some conduct phone or online interviews before the
event with applicants or contact you to set up an appointment for an interview for the event
Q.Can I still visit the booth if I don’t hear back from a company?
A.Yes. Even if you did not hear back from a company after applying online, that doesn’t mean
you are not qualified. There is a possibility to have interviews on the day of the event via
walk-ins, so please visit the booth. More than half of past participants visited the booth as
walk-ins on event day even if they did not hear back from companies.
Q.Do I need a resume?
A.Even if you do not plan to have interviews, we recommend that you still have resumes
prepared. There may be times when you unexpectedly need a resume, such as visiting booths as
walk-ins you were not planning to visit or there may be many company representatives, so we
recommend bringing plenty of copies.
You can download a Japanese resume template from below:
* You are not required to use this resume template. If you already have one that you are using,
please continue to use it.
Q.Should I use the CFN resume or the one I created myself?
A.It is possible to print out the CFN resume, but with a resume you create yourself, you will
be able to choose a format and layout that emphasizes your strengths and experiences.
For Japanese resumes, it does not matter if it’s handwritten or typed out. If attaching a
picture there is no place near the venue where you can take/print your photo, so please bring
extra. Although it is optional to attach a picture, it may make it easier for companies to
remember who you are.
Q.Can I cancel my Travel Scholarship application?
A.You cannot cancel, edit, or re-submit the Travel Scholarship application. However, if you
need to make corrections, contact CFN with the corrections and we will forward it to the
Q.If I get selected for the Travel Scholarship, what do I need to do?
A.All materials necessary for being selected are clearly stated on the travel scholarship
page, so please check the Travel Scholarship page for details.
Q.Is there a dinner or reception with companies?
A.Some companies invite job seekers to dinner after the event. This is a great opportunity
to speak with other members of the company and learn more about the company’s corporate
climate and work environment. Unlike during the interview, you may be able to speak in a more