なぜ就職するのでしょうか? Why do you want to get a job?

なかなかプリミティブ (primitive)な質問ですね。

It is quite a primitive question.



I think the answer will differ for each era, each generation depending on their position.



There is a story about a man born to a rich family living near Kawaguchiko.

He said that it was not his job to reduce the amount of money he received from his parents.



Looking back myself, I remember thinking of working, that is, getting a job, so that I would no longer be a burden on my parents.



When I asked my friend this question



A: There are various ways to earn “income” in the world.

You can start your own business, earn income from assets such as stocks and real estate etc.

Among them, the method of “getting income” that is most secure and reliable is “employment”.


He answered in a very orderly manner.



For example, you may be able to make a living from singing songs on the street, taking the path of being an author, there is even the possibility I could live without having to find a job.



If you think that way, then you may not have to find a job, but in the case of foreign students like yourselves, you need to obtain a work visa in this country, so don`t hesitate too much. Please do find things you want to do in 「business operations」and try to realise your own self.-fulfillment.

就職活動(就活)の準備で最も重要なことは? What is the most important thing in preparation for job-hunting?


That is a very good question.(^^)



The answer is『Self-analysis』.



Please think calmly about 「What kind of person am I」. It is better to try to remember conscientiously from childhood days.



For example, who did you play with? What was your favourite toy? In what ways was I praised? What are my weaknesses? Let’s list them. Based on that, objectively express「yourself」please.



However, it is very rare that you understand exactly domestic occupations and companies. There is a lot of diversity in the world, like Tezuka Osamu who became a doctor then a manga artist, to homeless people who became entrepreneurs. Also, about jobs that I never considered, there are things that I noticed that it was a “vocation”.



Especially, it will be delightful when foreigners get a job in Japan.



However, it’s alright. It can be a company or occupation that feels that “If you are a ○, you can try it ~”. In some cases, you may end up changing jobs, but if you always strive to think that『I will be better than anyone』for any job, the road will open up for you.



During company interviews, I think that it is good to relate it in an honest way. If you want to get the job offer, say「I am motivated!」Don`t lie as it will be found out.



The important thing is, there is no model answer. What the other party (company) wants to know is “Who you are” and “Why did you choose this company”.


Honestly, please express yourself in a straight-forward manner.

自分の学んでいる専門分野と直接関係のない仕事につくことは可能ですか? また、その場合ビザの取得は可能ですか? Is it possible to get a job that is not directly related to my special field of study? Also, in that case, is it possible to obtain a visa?

A. From the conclusion it is possible to do so.


For example, if you are studying IT, you cannot get a job that does not concern IT at all, such as becoming a patissier….


People who specialise in design and learn mainly from designs using personal computers, are sometimes able to take jobs that work with computers for other than design.


In order to obtain a work visa, it is necessary to have relevance between what you have learnt and the work you will be doing.


Even if it is not directly within your field of expertise, there are instances where you could obtain a visa if there is something related.


I think that you can understand when thinking about it, that there are not many companies that adopt those who have learned something completely outside their field from the very beginning.


Companies are hiring on the basis of what you have learned, so it is highly likely that you will be able to get visas when recruited.


It might be a good idea to expand your horizons when looking for a job.

作文はどのように書けばよいですか? How do I write my composition?

A. 採用試験では、皆さんの人柄や日本語力を確認するために、作文が出題されることがよくあります。皆さん、一生懸命書いていますが、どうも出題者の意図を理解していないケースが多く見受けられます。

In the recruitment examination, composition is frequently asked for to confirm your personality and Japanese ability. Everyone, you write so hard, but there are many cases where students do not understand the intentions of the questioner.



I will give you advice on writing a short composition.



It is easy so please remember to practise.



First of all, what do you think the questioner is asking of you? That is,

  1. The ability to think and express yourself logically
  2. Ability to understand the subject(課題) and to summarise ‘your opinion’.



The most important thing is to decide what points you want to convey.


It is no good to be aimless or vague.


It is absolutely necessary to make what you want to convey stand out (leave an impression).




So what you have to be aware of is that the examiner has to read hundreds of Essays.



In other words, he will not read over and over again to try to understand your composition.



He will judge various things within the space of a few minutes (or even seconds).



In other words, you have to draft a sentence with the specified number of characters that the reader can immediately understand.




The following three steps are advice for international students on how to write ‘short sentences’.



To show the conclusion firmly at the beginning


To communicate your actual experiences


To express your ‘emotions’ and ‘feelings’ in a large way



And put the words you want to convey in Japanese style brackets「」(kagikakko).






In school, I think we were taught to make sentences with an introduction and a conclusion, but in the case of writing a composition during a hiring test using hundreds of characters or more, the steps like the ones above can leave a strong impression so please practise it by all means.

履歴書の「学歴・職歴」の欄には、何を書けば良いのですか? What should I write in the “Education / Work History” column of my resume?


Recruitment staff are the first people to see your educational qualifications and work experience. This column has to be written properly. Many international students are unable to write this column correctly and as such, have given a bad impression to the recruiters.



We absolutely do not want you to make a mistake so please refer to the following as a reference.



《間違いやすいポイント》《Mistakes easily made


We will start from the beginning of your academic career, your graduation from high school.



Write both the month and year of the date you started studying and the date of graduation. There are many people who write only the year of graduation. In Japan, you are expected to fill in all details completely, from start to finish.  “When did you enroll? “, ” When did you graduate? “, ” When are you going to graduate? ” Please write clearly and in detail.


Please write the name of the department or graduate school correctly.

If you just write the name of your university, we will not know what you studied and majored in.


Indicate your degree whether it`s Bachelor, Master or Doctor.

First of all, write clearly whether you are at “university” or “graduate school”.

And if it`s “graduate school”, please indicate whether it is a “Master’s course” or “Doctoral course”.


How to write any work experience

  • 学歴と同じように、「入社の年月」と「退職の年月」を書きましょう。
    Just like your academic background, indicate both the year and month of you joining and leaving the company.
  • 「会社名」「業種」「部署名」「仕事内容(一行に収まる程度)」を書きましょう。
    Please write the “Company name”, “Type of industry”, “Department” and “Job Description (Try to fit it all in one line.)”.