Japanese résumés, unlike American résumés and other Western résumés, follow a rigid format. They sell special résumé paper here that is gridded into different categories. Applicants fill them out by hand in their prettiest handwriting and stick on a photograph of themselves.

Japanese use photos on their résumés and put their date of birth, age and sex on their résumés.
While the document is two pages, Japanese résumés are double-sided, so this is actually a one-page résumé – so always print them on one page.
Not all company's Human Resources Departments are very adept at English. Application letters or CVs written in English may be immediately deleted or scrapped. Submitting your application in Japanese will give you a better chance of being noticed. You could submit a Japanese translation of your original CV, but bear in mind the Japanese resume format mentioned earlier.
Interested in applying for a job in Japan? Click here to find out more or alternatively click here to go to the main country specific CVs page.

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