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10 How do you distinguish these similar phrases?

◎Business field / Type of business / Kind of occupation   What is “Business field”? Businesses can be categorized into different fields based on their economic activities such as manufacture or service.  For example, manufactures, trading companies, financial institutions, hospitality industry, distribution /retail industry, information/communication, and mass media are all considered as different business fields.   What is “Type of business? Type of business can be differentiated based on the services or product they are dealing with. Auto manufactures, food specialist, trading companies, food service industry and other industries can all be considered as different types of business.   What is “Kind of occupation”? Kind of...

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9 “Japanese skills” required for job hunting

Japanese companies take the following approaches to evaluate the candidates’ abilities and personalities. International students are required to take the same employment exam as Japanese students, therefore high levels of Japanese language skills are required to receive an informal job offer.     Written examination In Japan, we have a distinctive type of series tests such as a general knowledge test, an aptitude test (for example, SPI3), an online test, and essay writing. The questions are normally written in Japanese and you are required to read them fast and accurately. It is desirable that you start your preparation as early as possible in order...

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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 Hair □ Have you shampooed your hair? No dandruff on your shoulders? □ Is your hair color natural-looking? □ Whether that your hair will cover...

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7 Proper manners, rules, and the trust in a relationship

”Manners“ mean expressing your respect and thoughts through your attitude and behavior Manners differ according to countries or regions. It is essential for you to get used to Japanese manners while you are employed in Japan. People can build a trust relationship with you if you know how to exchange greetings, show expressions, dress appropriately, or use appropriate languages. Otherwise, you might make people feel awkward and send them a wrong impression due to lack of decent manners.     ”Rules” are regulations that you should follow Rules exist respectively in all places, such as in the university, at home, or in the...

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6 Companies’ anticipation and concerns for international students

When companies consider hiring international students, what are their expectations and anxieties?     ● What expect from international students ⇒ Be aware of these issues, particularly when you are introducing yourself in an interview   1.Diversification and rejuvenation within the office Many foreign students have a different sense of values or point of views as what the Japanese do. Companies a expect you to bring invigoration in-house with your imagination and ability to take action.   2.Development and expansion in the overseas operations Companies expect your great success when they expand their market abroad or develop their business. They are looking for a person who are willing to become not...

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5 You shouldn’t apply to companies that you are not familiar with

If you write down the names of the Japanese companies that you have heard of, how many would that be? How many of them would you like to apply for? The more enterprises you recognize and willing to apply for, the more possibilities you have for obtaining a job. Now let us tell you some tips for how to familiarize those companies as much as possible.     Tip#1  Gathering information online   An employment website makes it easy for you to find companies that are already registered on the site if you narrow the range of its region, industry, or profession. It allows you...

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4 Distinctive characteristics of Japanese companies

Dear international students,   Did you know that Japanese companies have several distinctive characteristics? Let’s begin your job hunt after you understand what they are.   Characteristic #1  99.7 % of existing Japanese enterprises which is about 40 million are small to medium-sized businesses.   Let us begin the research with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises in Japan. ・ There are many small to medium-sized companies that are supporting the large businesses with high level technologies and impetus. ・ Even though their name might not be well-known, however, some of the small and medium-sized companies have built large market share.   Characteristic #2  People work with the ideas...

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3 The system of mass recruitment for new graduates

The mass recruitment system for new graduates is one of the distinctive characteristics of Japanese companies. Companies simultaneously recruit and screen people who will graduate in the same year and the successful candidates will start in April of the year when they graduate. This is a particular personnel strategy in Japan that companies only recruit formal employees once a year. That explains why active last-year university students start job hunting intensively at nearly the same time.   Reasons why companies implement this system: ・to secure top-level human resources who will be key personnel in the company in the future. ・to sustain, perpetuate, and...

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2 What are the important measurements for companies to employ an international student

① Language skill   Companies value the trust relationships with their clients, customers, and between their employees very importantly. Therefore, it is essential that you know how to use polite expressions, they also desire people who have a high comprehension skill in Japanese such as the understandings of Japanese subtle definitions or idioms. Companies usually determine if your Japanese language skill is high enough to be able to build a trust relationship during the interview or through your writings in your application form.   ★We encourage you to speak Japanese as much as you can or try a “Japanese-language proficiency test”!   ② Communication skill   Communications can be...

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1 How to prepare to become a member of the society

University life is considered as a preparatory period of your career path. How should we get ready for it in our daily campus life as an international student? Let’s think about it together.   ①  Prep you can do by “attending classes and listening to lectures” It is expected that・・・ ・you will absorb a high level of knowledge or techniques if you choose a subject and listen to a class with a definite goal. ・you will enhance your judgment ability as well as self-independence when making your own decision to choose the lecture you would like to take. ・you will foster the ability of thinking and...

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