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Job-hunting experience note -Receiving a job offer from the first-choice company is not a dream-

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Name: Yuki Iketsu
Period attended at Waseda University: April, 2007 to present
Affiliation at Waseda University: School of International Liberal Studies, 6th year
Hobby: Travelling

 

What I’m about to say may be considered rare; I enjoyed job hunting. The opportunity to apply everything I had learned and thought about, and seeing how much it is accepted by society excited me. It would be a lie to say the experience required no effort, but it was incredibly fun to think about what I want to do and what types of impact I wanted to make in society. I feel I was able to grow through meeting many people and absorbing new knowledge. In this article, I would like to briefly introduce what was going through my mind, and my experience in job hunting. 


[Result of job-hunting]

Future company: Human resources system
Pre-entry: More than 100 companies, attended seminars of large and small companies in various fields
Submission of entry-sheet: 22 companies, foreign manufacturer, material manufacturer, human resources, education etc. 
Eligibility of entry-sheet: 15 companies
Job-offer: 2 companies


[Schedule of job-hunting]

July, August: Application and participation to information technology firm.
September: Devotes to travelling and part-time job. No particular job-hunting. 
October: Attending to information sessions of foreign firms mainly.
November: Passing my first entry-sheet
December: Japanese large firms start their information session at once. Reservation battle begins. I had to stop my part-time job.
January: Worked hard on volunteer event and submission of entry-sheer at the same time
February: Attended daily information sessions, selection of venture companies and an internship of foreign manufacturer. 
March: Peak of the selections of foreign manufacturers and venture companies. Late March, I receive my first job-offer. 
April: Early April, I receive a job-offer from my first-choice company. Withdrawal from the remaining selections, job-hunting has ended with good result. 


[Important Things about Job Hunting]

*Self-Analysis

There are many important things about job hunting, but I think the number one is self-analysis. It’s important that you analyze not only your college life, but experiences all the way back in childhood and elementary school. Your current values are built upon your past experiences, so when you analyze big events in your memory, I think this allows you to understand how you think, and how you have evolved. 

People say it is important to make a chronological table of your life; I have found that this is effective. In addition, rather than only doing it once, I think it’s important to self-analyze many times over time. I, for example, did not know what I wanted to do in the beginning. When I’d attend a seminar and feel that it’s boring, I would analyze why I felt that way. Through a process of elimination, this narrowed down what I was interested in. 

There are many ways to do it, but I think it’s good to think back upon your past every time you receive new information. I, personally, kept writing my self-analysis in Microsoft Word, and when I look at it now, there are more than 20,000 words. I wish I could make this a graduation thesis!

*Decide for Yourself 

Job hunting is filled with all types of information. There are many job hunting websites like “Rikunabi,” and you may hear stories about your friends’ and seniors’ experiences; information starts flooding in. I think it is important that you do not over-trust information you hear from people or the internet. The emphasis should be in information you receive directly from speaking with working adults. When your senior tells you that a company is bad, it would be wasteful to completely ignore that particular company. Make your own actions, reorganize information you receive, and decide your own direction. Looking at people around me that have this mentality and those that don’t, I feel that there is a clear contrast of success and failure. 

Of course, sharing information with your friends is important; employees only talk about the positive aspects of their company, so it is necessary to include all of those aspects when making your own decisions. (Therefore, please do not believe too much of what I am writing here either.) 

*Don’t Be Typical

There are many manuals for job hunting, but it is said that companies easily know when a student is simply “following a manual.” I met someone in charge of personnel affairs, and told me, “I have read and memorized every book about job interview methods, and when I hear a student’s answer to questions, I can figure out which book by which company they read.” This may be an extreme example. However, my impression was that things like hairstyles, clothes, and the way you speak did not matter too much (although I am sure that it depends on the industry and company). I was not used to referring to myself as “Watashi (formal “I”),” and later switched to a less formal “Boku,” but I have never been criticized about that. 

Job hunting can easily be undifferentiated, so when you do something different from others, you can stand out. If you are going to read a book, it may be better to read something like what a successful salesman does to succeed, and look for information you can use for job hunting. 

I really wanted to be employed by my first-choice company. I made a presentation to the recruiter using a self-promotion kit I created and a document stating my reason for application. I don’t know how effective this was, but it resulted in getting an unofficial job offer, so it probably couldn’t have been bad. If you are able to express yourself completely, I think you will feel good, even if you do not get the job. 

This became a little long, but the above is a simplified wrap-up of my job hunt. 

There is one last thing I’d like to add. I think it’s very important to cherish your connections and who you meet. Fate is very mysterious; you never know what results from a single connection, in what form, or when. When I was employed, a company I declined, for example, has become a client. If you decline in an unfitting manner, it will always come back to you. There are interactions with many people during job hunting, and in order to have a good life after employment, I wanted to cherish every contact I made. I am sure that you will face many difficulties, but I hope this article finds you well, and helps with your job hunting in some way. 


[Necessities]

Starting this year, job hunting began generally in December. Attending many seminars in a small time span was hard work. Succeeding to make reservations for popular companies, even if you tried the minute reservations began, was extremely difficult. It was like reserving tickets for a popular idol’s concert. 

*Smart phone: 

I can’t even imagine job hunting without this item. For large companies, reservations had to be made the moment you receive an email indicating the start of reservation, or else it would be completely booked immediately. With constant access to the internet, smart phones became incredibly handy (some websites cannot be accessed from regular mobile phones). I am also terrible with directions, so the map function helped me out many times. I highly recommend smart phones for people that are about to begin job hunting. You are sometimes required to fill out surveys when making reservations, so a tablet may be helpful as well. 

*Extra cell phone batteries:

Once job-hunting begins, you may receive about 60 emails a day if you are registered to multiple job-hunting websites. Email reception alone uses up a lot of battery power, so I recommend having extra batteries. You may regret it when a company’s seminar reservations begin and your batteries are dead (as I did). 

 

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