Work in Japan Advice Board
When applying for a position at a foreign company or a company with a foreign team leader, English resume (CV) is the first document employers look at. You should not rush with creating your CV and make sure to put in the time and effort.
point 1 Keep things simple and concise
Try to keep your CV to one A4 page, three A4 pages at most. When writing, omit the unnescessary particles and personal pronouns except when the meaning is ambiguous. It is advised to omit ""I"" or other personal pronouns and start sentences with verbs. Time should be past or present and consistent throughout the whole document.
- Omitted fixed and indeterminate articles such as "the" and "a /an"
- Pronouns such as I, me, you, they, we, us, etc. are omitted.
- Start a sentence from a verb
point 2 Write numbers in Arabic numerals
Use Arabic numerals to focus the reader's eyes on the performance numbers. Ususlly one-digit and first-digit numbers are spelled out ("five years"), but in resumes, arabic numbers such as "5 years" are more common. For terms such as "over" or ""more than"" use "+" instead, e.g. "20+ years" instead of ""over 20 years."
point 3 Unify fonts
There are two main types of fonts used in business documents. For Japanese we have Gothic and Mincho and for English there are Serif and Sans Serif fonts. For Sans Serif, Arial would be the go-to font. As for Serif fonts, it is better to avoid Century and go with the classic Times New Roman. *"Serifs" are the small details on the ends of strokes in some fonts.
The English curriculum vitae is a combination of the Japanese resume (rirekisho) and work history (shokumukeirekisho), and generally consists of the following six elements. The order is usually as follows, but you can change it to an extent, according to the experience and skills that you would like to highlight.
The three styles of English resumes are called "Chronological""Functional" and "Combination." Choose a format that matches your experience and will help you make the best impression.
This is a format that follows the traditional time line of your career, starting from the oldest one. It is the basic format that copies the timeline in the resume and is easy to understand, which makes it the most favourable with Japanese HR representatives.
This is a format that lists your career experiences starting from the most recent one. It is commonly used for English resumes and is well-liked at foreign companies. It is recommended especially for IT engineers and other candidates who want to emphasize their latest work experience and skills, as well as those who work on a project-by-project basis.
This form is a combination of the Chronological and Functional styles and is used in order to emphasize specific experiences and skills. You can first emphasize the skills and experience that are most relevant to the position that you are applying for and then write about your career in more detail.