Write a Japanese resume with Yaaay's template!

Yaaay team January 16, 2024 (Updated: April 8, 2024)
Illustration of a woman writing her resume
A new feature that allows users to download a Japanese resume template and a sample from their profile page.  
Go to your profile and download the template!

In order to help you make good use of this feature, which has been requested by many users, we will briefly explain how to write a Japanese resume.

Why we recommend writing a Japanese resume

Yaaay is an English-language platform where the job search can be completed in English. Therefore, a Japanese resume is not a requirement. However, as the employers are mostly Japanese companies, you are more likely to make a better impression during the screening process if you have both Japanese and English resumes on your profile.
First, the Japanese resume format allows companies to better understand your educational and professional background. Most importantly, the fact that you have taken the trouble to create a resume in Japanese demonstrates your motivation, which may be a factor in the company's decision to interview you. To increase your chances of passing the screening process and reaching the interview stage, we encourage you to create a Japanese resume!

Two points to keep in mind

[How to Write Academic and Employment History]
The differences between Japanese and English resumes extend beyond structure to narrative style.

- Details of Work Experience:
English: Emphasizes specific accomplishments and responsibilities.
Japanese: Prefers a concise approach, avoiding excessive details.

- Chronology:
English: Follows a dynamic narrative, highlighting the latest experiences first.
Japanese: Adheres to a traditional chronological order, starting with the earliest.

- Format:
English: Offers flexibility with various templates and layouts.
Japanese: Adopts a structured format with predefined boxes.

Precision is vital in documenting academic and professional history. English resumes seek detailed dates for admission, graduation, joining, and leaving. Japanese resumes, however, require meticulous organization, dedicating a separate line to each significant event and avoiding the conflation of details. Make sure there are no discrepancies in the dates and the order in which it appears!.

[Write Personality Appeals]
Japanese companies tend to have a strong interest in the personality and character of candidates. In a Japanese resume, the "Self PR" section is a personal statement where applicants introduce themselves, highlight their strengths, and express career goals. It offers an opportunity to present a subjective perspective, allowing individuals to showcase their personality and make a compelling case for their suitability for a given position.

In the self-appeal section of your resume, make sure to include not only achievements such as awards and certifications from school and work, but also your sincerity and diligence. There is no space to write specific episodes, so you do not need to go into detail, but it is recommended that you show a personality that will make the company think you are a desirable person to work with!

The template makes it easier than you imagine

Unlike an English resume, which has no set writing style and allows you to show your individuality in it, a Japanese resume has a particular style. It might look daunting at first, but because of the fixed format, it may be easier to create than you imagine. 

For more details on each section of the Japanese resume and how to write it, we recommend you to use this site as a reference.

We at the Yaaay Team sincerely hope that you will take advantage of this new feature and get your dream job!

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