Many of you are in the middle of the job hunting process — going to seminars and information sessions, updating résumés and even going to interviews. Here are a few things to think about job hunting in different ways:
The first is a resume (also called CV, or curriculum vitae). In Japanese, people use the word レジュメ、but it means something different — it’s the printed information you make for a presentation. In English (primarily American English), a résumé is a list of your education and work experience, with your contact information and other relevant details (in Japanese, 履歴書 ).
This is the résumé of Leonardo da Vinci. Pretty amazing to think that he would write one, and then seeing that he really was a renaissance man:
Here’s the translation, from Open Culture. An excerpt:
8. In case of need I will make big guns, mortars, and light ordnance of fine and useful forms, out of the common type.
9. Where the operation of bombardment might fail, I would contrive catapults, mangonels, trabocchi, and other machines of marvellous efficacy and not in common use. And in short, according to the variety of cases, I can contrive various and endless means of offense and defense.
10. In times of peace I believe I can give perfect satisfaction and to the equal of any other in architecture and the composition of buildings public and private; and in guiding water from one place to another.
11. I can carry out sculpture in marble, bronze, or clay, and also I can do in painting whatever may be done, as well as any other, be he who he may.
And here is a list of “50 Job Interview Questions You Should Be Prepared to Answer” according to Business Insider. How many of these do you think apply to typical Japanese companies? Even if you don’t expect some of these questions at a job interview in Japan, most of them are great practice for to describe yourself and express your ideas in English!
A few examples from the list:
1. What are your strengths?
2. What are your weaknesses?
19. Tell me how you handled a difficult situation.
28. What motivates you?
30. Who is your mentor?
39. Are you a leader or a follower?
49. What questions haven’t I asked you?