Presentation @ Meetup on July 23rd – Nihon no Job Market

Thanks for coming to the Meetup! This is a video I prepared for the latest meetup.

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I posted some files on the meetup you might want to view

From the last Nihon no Job Market meetup, we had Q&A like:
Getting a job with no Japanese skills (but 30 years in an industry)
Looking for a job in the securities and banking industry (but small pool of recruiters). How can I find more leads?
Looking for accounting positions as a permanent employee, lot of competitors, is there any good advice or leads?

I have a list of questions Recruiters often ask and a presentation that I gave last time

Internet Job Boards
Careercross – very similar to Daijob, owned by JAC recruiting
Daijob – Many bilingual jobs, good introduction to bilingual recruiters
Gaijinpot – recently sold, mainly for low-level IT jobs and English teaching – backed by gaijinpot and the foreign chambers of commerce
Indeed JP – a job aggregator, pulls in a lot of jobs from all over the internet by keywork – more for Japanese native speakers, used to pitch as high-paying jobs site

Global Recruitment Companies
Robert Half
Robert Half
Robert Walters
Robert Walters
Michael Page
Michael Page
Heidrick & Struggles
Heidrick & Struggles
Korn Ferry

Temp Companies (Haken)
Adecco Japan
Manpower Japan

Japanese Recruitment Consultants
JAC Recruitment
En Japan

Smaller Foreign Recruiters & Outsourcers
Boyd & Moore
Adept Group Specializing in Startups
Legal Intel / Accounting Intel
Morgan McKinley
Slate Consulting
Skillhouse IT Outsourcer
Specialized Group
T2 Tokyo
The Bridge Group
Wahl & Case
Vision Consulting
systemsGo – IT outsourcer
stoneman group
Options Group
Harvey Nash
MRI Network
East West Recruiting
Ingenium Group
Eire Group IT Outsourcer
Intersoft KK IT Outsourcer
Optia Partners
K2 Partnering

Summary of the Meetup
5 attendees

Subjects Discussed
Intro: My background
26 yr job history
16 job changes
Progression of roles in career
Importance of Learning on the Job
Working in a Gaishikei vs Japanese company
Getting jobs via friends vs getting a job by an ad or recruiter
Importance of good teams
Speaking your opinion
Handling conflicts in a 2nd language
Being a leader
Being customer facing
Transferring within a company as a technical person
Impressions of different recruitment companies
Using Linkedin
Which job boards are good for bilingual foreigners
Visible Products vs Invisible Products
Different sales roles – finding new customers vs account managing existing customers
Being a coordinator as a salesperson
Is learning programming helpful as a salesperson
Challenges of being a salesperson – forecasting, listening to customers,
Being a customer champion
Changing careers – going from engineer to sales, and from sales to ….

Differences between Foreign and Japanese company interviews?
Differences between Foreign and Japanese company cultures?
Any difference in how older applicants are treated?

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