5 Tips to Ensure Your Resume Gets You the Interview in Japan

Source: Gaijin Pot

Some call it a CV. Some call it a resume. Whatever you call it, this important little document can either open up new doors for you or slam them in your face. If you’re an English teacher, this is particularly true at this time of year, when schools all across Japan are stepping up their search for new teachers to start in April and thousands of people across the country are gearing up for job interview season.

Being able to sum up the most important points about you and the skills a new or experienced teacher can offer a potential employer in just one document is never easy. Are you highlighting the wrong achievements, while neglecting your best qualities? Do you give too much info or are you too vague with the details?

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In all honesty, finding the balance can be an infuriating experience and one that I still struggle with sometimes. The writer in me wants to be as detailed as possible, while the editor in me knows that nobody is going to bother reading a nine-page resume! Also, a typical Japanese resume is a single page document. You don’t need to create an actual Japanese resume, just be aware of this point when you prepare your own. Also, try to add a photo at the top, this is a popular feature of Japanese resumes.

As with all things in life — it’s all about balance. Today, with these five helpful hints, I can help you bring some balance to your resume.

1. Be brief

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