How to write the perfect profile on IZANAU? - Part 3
Friday, April 20, 2018
Part 3: History
On our community site, we decided to follow a traditional layout regarding your history: first comes the working experience as it will be the most important part of your curriculum for companies. We've found it's the best way to catch company's eyes as well as letting you get right into the important stuff. I am still using my personal profile as an exemple here!
Could it be in Japan or in your home country, this working history field is your chance to show that you can be analytical and concise without even writing a cover letter. The more the better, of course, but nobody wants to read a novel when looking for a candidate! Try to be as detailed as you can be but only in a few sentences.
Any working experience is fine, as long as you know what you learnt from it!
Maybe working as a cashier during your study break taught you how to deal with customers? Or maybe this experience in a factory made you realize how detail-oriented you could be? Think it throughly and try to fill in anything that you picked up during your working life.
But maybe you don't have much working history yet... That's where your education background comes in handy!
You don't need to display your entire education history here, only what is relevant to your field is entirely enough. Usually, users go with their post-graduate majors and eventually the Japanese school they went to.
You have a multidisciplinary education background? Even better, companies love having versatile and capable people in their team. As long as you only fill these fields with courses you graduated from and stay -again- as concise as possible, it's the way to go!
We also decided to include a volunteering activity field in your profile so you could display any relevant organisation you took part in!
In the caption on the left, you can see I was a co-host in a radio show as well as editor in chief for an online magazine. Both of these activities can assess I love writing and that I am involved in the Japanese subculture community, a big plus when I got an interview for AGM for example!
I captured this screenshot in Japanese... because it's something you should not forget! A Japanese version of your profile is definitely going to stand out and will prove that you are proactive and motivated.
It doesn't have to be perfect (mine is not!) but it is actually a good way to show your actual level of Japanese along with your real motivation of entering a Japanese company. Also, note that some company actually only review the Japanese profiles, because they are on the look for a Japanese speaker! In other words: If you can speak Japanese, show it.