What’s the first thing people think about when they’re about to start a new job? The coworkers? No. The boss? Not quite. They company motto? Probably not. The money? Every time.
This is an article I wrote for participants in my Internship Program who are about to start the job-hunting process. I noticed that many of them have no awareness of how they are presenting themselves online and the impression they are making on prospective employers.
Whilst almost all participants in my Internship Program are familiar with various cloud-based services, those of them who end up getting jobs with large and long-established corporations often find that the use of such services is forbidden due to concerns over data security and privacy. I’ve been a big fan of Dropbox for a couple of years now. It not only changed the way I work – it has made life much easier in many ways.
Cloud services are marketed as a convenient way to store data which can be accessed from any internet connected computer, anywhere in the world. This means that you don’t have to remember to take any memory sticks or portable media with you. However, this also means that you are no longer in complete control of your own data and information, your data is stored on third party servers, so how can this be safe?
This is the third installment of a three-part series, which I put together to help participants in my Internship Program, about finding bilingual jobs in Tokyo. Here in Part 3, we take a look at how to actually go about hunting for your dream job.
This is the second installment of a three-part series, which I put together to help participants of my Internship Program, for bilingual people about finding jobs in Tokyo. Here in Part 2, we explore different ways of building an online presence.
This is the first installment of a three-part series, which I put together to help participants of my Internship Program, for bilingual people about finding jobs in Tokyo. When I say “bilingual,” I am referring to native fluency in either English or Japanese and at least business-level proficiency in the other. Here in Part 1, we focus on how you should prepare before actually starting your job search.
Generally speaking, Japan-focused social media monitoring tools and services are less developed than those used in the English-speaking market. With most local Japanese services, there will be a considerable amount of manual consultation provided as part of the package, as the software tools themselves are still relatively primitive.
Due to factors like the language barrier and preference of most users to access the Internet via mobile phone handsets unique to Japan (referred to as Galapagos phones), domestic social media network operators, such as Mixi, Gree, and Mobage Town, dominated the social media market until recently. During the past few years, the top three international social media platforms, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, invested heavily in localizing their offerings, including compatibility with Japan-only mobile phones, resulting in major growth.
Today, I spoke about “Creating an Online Community Around Your Brand” at the ACCJ Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) Committee Meeting on November 2, 2011.