Work in Japan Advice Board
職務経歴書 (shokumukeirekisho) is a work history document that you need to create in addition to a rirekisho in Japan. It serves to convey your practical abilities, work experience, skills, and strengths. When writing your work history, it is important to keep the information relevant and make the document easy to read.
point 1 Emphasis on readability
For PCs use a A4 format and keep the number of sheets up to two or three. Change industry-specific, technical, and company in-house terms to general terms.
point 2 Unify fonts
The standard fonts used in Japan are Gothic and Mincho. Make sure to only use one font throughout the whole document.
point 3 Use of Format Styles
Depending on your experience and skills, you can use different formats (Chronological, Functional, Career based etc.).
point 4 Clear points of appeal
Make sure to write in a way that appeals to the company you are applying for. For example, if you have strong sales experience but are applying for a position in IT, it may be better to talk about other skills that are relevant to IT.
Select one or two points that you would like to emphasize, such as your experience, skills or personality, and summarize them in three or four lines.
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. It is recommended especially for those with a long career experience in the same industry or for those who have not changed jobs too frequently.
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./p>
This form is used in order to emphasize specific experiences and skills, such as SE, technological, and management expereience. It is recommended for those who have a long experience with working freelance or have vast experience in a wide range of occupations and want to emphasize their experiences according to job types (e.g. 1st company: General Affairs, 2nd company: Sales, 3rd company: Office management, 4th company: General Affairs, 5th company: Sales, etc.).
You can download samples and formats of 職務経歴書.