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Job-hunting experience note -Self-analysis is about "Constructing one-self"-

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Name: Sanami Suzuki
Period attended at Waseda University: September, 2009 to present 
Affiliation at Waseda University: School of International Liberal Studies, 3rd year
Hobby: Dance and Flute

 

My job-hunting schedule
July, 2011: Started attending internships. The internships were in various fields.
September, 2011: Started attending joint information session for companies. 
December, 2011: Job-hunting begins! Information session and seminars for firms start at once.
February, 2011: Application for large firms. Peak of sending ES on late February.
March, 2011: Selection starts (written exams, interviews).
April, 2011: Job offer! 

Future job
A foreign food company

[Feelings towards Working]
When I was accepted to the School of International Liberal Studies in September, I decided to graduate early, as opposed to studying abroad. Why? After living abroad for 18 years, moving between 5 different countries, I could not confidently say I was Japanese. This is why I wanted to become a member of the working society as soon as possible and raise my value. With these feeling in my heart, I started job-hunting.

[“Employment begins!” Briefing Sessions and the ES rush!]
Being an indecisive person, I was certain it was going to take a long time for me to find what I want to do. This is why I participated in an internship starting in July, to deepen my understanding towards employment. From education to consulting, travel agency… I participated in various things. However, I still could not narrow down what industry I wanted to work at. Soon came September. A joint briefing for Japanese firms began, and I checked out only large firms that I had heard of. Company information sessions for Japanese firms began at once in December. I applied for about 150 companies. An Entry Sheet (ES) rush began in February, and I would fill out 3 sheets every day. I had confidence towards job-hunting in the beginning. Due to the saturation of the Japanese market, companies moved overseas. This is why I was confident that my experience and knowledge from overseas was going to help me. In March, I realized I had no idea.

[Flaws]
It may have been because of my experience overseas, but I passed the ES and the first interviews with ease. However, I felt uneasy when answering the question that is always asked at the second interview: “reason for application.” At the first interviews, they ask things like what kinds of hard work you have done, your skills, etc. At the second interview, they often question if their company is really the company you want to work at. This is where I always failed. I was explaining my “reason for application,” completely dressed up in an identity created strictly for the purpose of job-hunting. My heart was not in it, so of course, they did not feel any enthusiasm. Since I had applied to various companies, my understanding of industries was poor, and I could not even compare with other companies. I continued to fail second interviews, and I was lost. 

[Constructing My Self]
This is when I met a recruiter from a certain company. It was a company I had contact with through internships and seminars. He listened to my worries toward job hunting. As I spoke to him, I began to understand how much I did not understand myself. With this opportunity, I reset my state of mind, and dug up my past. The details are too long to write about here, but from this experience, I came up with a goal: “I want to revitalize Japan.”

Thanks to this, I was able to advance through the second interviews, and onto the final interviews. I was able to understand how important it was to think about yourself as a human being, and connect that to what you want to do in your own future.

[Hesitation]
My job-hunting ended on April 26. This is a day that I will never be able to forget. I hesitated between two companies: A food company and the consulting agency whose recruiter helped me. These are two completely different industries, but they had a similarity. They both contribute to people’s daily lives. The food company delivers to people worldwide. The consulting agency truly reforms Japanese firms. Both can “revitalize Japan.” This is when I imagined myself working as an employee. I compared how it feels from the perspective of an employee, about the company and the actual work. I was still hesitating. In the end, I relied on my intuition. One may think I took an absurd approach, but I believe “intuition” is something you can trust. I compared everything that was comparable, and still could not decide, so the only thing left to depend on was intuition. On the 26th, I chose the foreign food company. My 9-month long job-hunting days came to an end. 

[Looking Back]
There were strong feelings of stress during the process: The frustration of not being understood, the feelings of being behind when others around me were succeeding in getting employed… Still, job-hunting was an experience of “growth” for me. This may sound ridiculous, but it is true. I became able to put my thoughts to words, and speak logically. I also found out new things about myself. What I realized during job-hunting was that self-analysis is not about looking back, but about “constructing yourself.” Some people understand themselves before job-hunting and are able to move forward, but I believe that most people, including myself, begin to understand themselves through job-hunting. Another privilege of job-hunting is the people you meet. Meeting the recruiter was very important to me, and I am still thankful today, from the bottom of my heart. I deeply appreciate all the friends and the people at human resources I met through job-hunting..

[Message]
I have only one wish: that you continue to be confident about yourself. Of course, there will probably be companies you will not get accepted to. You may lose your confidence. However, the goal of companies is to raise their profits, and employment is simply a strategy. Some companies decide in advance on the number of people to employ that year. So, not being employed by a company does not mean you were not acknowledged. Please have confidence. And please construct yourself. Please look for a job/environment that you can be excited about. Please stumble upon walls and hesitate. Please ask people for advice, and trust your own decision. I pray that you will find a company that is perfect for you.

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