8 “Appropriate personal maintenance” during the process of your job-hunting
The term “personal maintenance” here represents “an appropriate manner regarding to your clothes and hairstyle for job hunting”.
The things that you should keep in mind are 1. Cleanliness, 2. Comfy outfits, 3. Suitability for the office atmosphere. Adjust yourself and show the people at Japanese companies that you are well prepared to start to working with them.
- Shall we check to see how much you pay attention to your appearance on this self-check sheet?
Self-check sheet for your personal maintenance
□ Have you shampooed your hair? No dandruff on your shoulders?
□ Is your hair color natural-looking?
□ Whether that your hair will cover your face when you bow? Does your hair on the back of your head look neat?
□ 【Women】 Have you clipped or tied your hair together, if necessary?
□ Are you healthy-looking?
□ Have you brushed your teeth?
□ 【Women】Does your make-up look natural and healthy? Does your make-up look too heavy or shiny? Perfume should not be worn.
□ 【Men】Have you cleanly shaved yourself?
□ Are your hands and fingers clean?
□ Have you clipped your fingernails?
□ 【Women】If nail polish is applied, transparent or light pink color are recommended by us.
□ Check if there are stains or frays on your clothes including the collars and cuffs.
□ Does your clothes properly fit your body? Check the width of your shoulders, sleeve length, waist size, and skirt length.
□ Have you ironed your clothes? Have you made a good crease in your trousers? Check if there are no wrinkles anywhere.
□ The color of your suit should be one of the following; navy blue, gray, or black. It should have a single-breasted jacket with a few front buttons.
□ Your shirt or blouse should be white and it should be just the right size. For women, a light pink or light blue can also be considered as appropriate.
□ You should not wear a colored T-shirt or high-necked shirt underneath your shirt or blouse.
□ 【Women】Make sure your cleavage is not shown when bowing.
□ 【Men】Your tie should not have loud colors or patterns. Make sure the knot is tied tight and straight.
□ Make sure your pockets do not look bulging with too many items inside.
【Women】□ The color of your stockings should be natural beige skin color. You should avoid whitish ones.
□ Do you have backup stockings?
【Men】□ Your socks should be particularly appropriate for the business and the color should be one of the following; black, navy blue , or dark gray. You should avoid white ones.
□ Check if your socks don’t hang in folds.
□ The color of your shoes should be black. Make sure they are not flashy.
□ Have you polished your shoes? Make sure the heels have not worn out.
□ 【Women】The most appropriate ones are plain pumps with 3-5 cm heels . Spike heels are not recommended.
|Bag & Watch||
Bag □ The color of your bag should be black. It is essential to choose the ones that have the capability to accommodate A-4 size documents. Flashy ones or bags with designer labels are not recommended.
□ No keychains hung on your bag
□ We recommend you to select the ones that you can still use after entering the working society.
Watch □Flashy designed ones should be avoided. Make sure the size and materials of your watch are appropriate for business purposes.
※It is essential that you have your appearance and belongings, checked by instructors at a job-hunting seminar or Career Center in your university.
- If you already have a suit・・・
We recommend you to check if it is suitable for job hunting. If it applies to one of the following, we suggest that you should prepare for a new one.
・The jacket has gold buttons.
・The jacket has a ribbon.
・The length of the jacket and skirt is short.
・The jacket is double-breasted.
・The trousers are tight-fitting.