Author: Saki Arimoto
Job hunting is the inevitable process that many graduates dread, maybe even you. But hold on, TIU EAA in collaboration with one of the top recruitment companies, is here for the rescue.
In January, TIU E-Track Alumni Association (TIU EAA) organized a webinar for students who wish to continue their studies in graduate school. On February 5th, another helpful webinar was held. The theme is to discuss the overall picture of the job market, as well as the scouting process of recruitment agencies in Japan.
If you are looking for a job opportunity right after graduation, this article is packed with useful information for you!
Moderated by Bastian Harth, chairperson of TIU EAA, the webinar also welcomed speakers from a professional recruitment company in Japan:
- Mr. Benjamin Cordier・Managing Director
- Mr. Simon Elsom・Director of HR and Office Administration Professionals, and
- Ms. Sarah Onishi・Manager of Talent Acquisition and Development
The role of recruitment consultants in the industry
Starting off by sharing the company’s background in the field, Cordier emphasized the role of recruitment consultants in connecting job seekers and companies. Not only do companies benefit from the partnership, but also job seekers can develop their career and personal growth by finding the most suitable opportunities.
The Japanese job market
Elsom pointed out that while Japan is a promising market for foreign candidates, there are key unique factors in applicants’ appeal that companies may actively look for:
1. Strong academic background:
Many Japanese companies look into applicants’ GPA, thesis, courses which the student took, and overall academic achievements.
2. Japanese proficiency:
It is generally helpful to have N1 in JLPT, however, many companies are increasingly giving regards to BJT (Business Japanese Proficiency Test) scores.
3. Cultural knowledge:
It would be highly beneficial for the candidate to have the ability to work across cultures, and to help to build strong relationships with international counterparts.
Cordier emphasized that because of the shrinking work population, the economy will inevitably expand visa allowance to the foreign workforce, especially highly-skilled labor over the next decade.
The real key to winning opportunities in Japan
Although the more lenient visa allowance brings many opportunities, job seekers should also be aware of the competitive nature of the landscape with high-in-demand positions, and work on making their resumes stand out. This is highlighted by Elsom, who added: “Statistics show that it is usually a 10-second screening.”
The webinar sparked great discussions among the audience of 80 registrants, including speakers and TIU students. We believe that many graduates or future graduates can benefit from these professional insights, as being prepared is the best strategy to rise above in the job hunting race.
Missed the webinar? Watch the rerun below to find out more valuable insights:
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