[Photo] How To Land A Job At Rakuten

Gayle L McDowell’s book “The Google Resume: How to Prepare for a Career and Land a Job at Apple, Microsoft, Google, or any Top Tech Company” is translated to Japanese and sold in Japan this month.

The cover image of the Japanese version book posted by a blogger Yumaendo got a huge buzz on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.

Probably for Japanese market, the title of the book is changed to “How to take a job at Google, Apple and Microsoft”, and the extra cover at bottom says “… and I teach you how to take a job at Rakuten” with Rakuten CEO Hiroshi Mikitani’s photo.

Yumaendo wrote that how his photo were copied into other social media without his credit. The popular one on Twitter has “The least wanted extra cover is buzzing on the net” comment.

Generally, Japanese books have a color cover sheet in slick paper. Whilst the book is newly published and/or being promoted, they also have a shorty extra-cover with catches, recommendations by authorities, how many copies sold, etc. In store, shop clerks will offer to set another paper cover for people who want to hide what they are reading on train commuting.


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Part Time Jobs Site Baitoru.com Introduces Video Resume

Baitoru.com logo

Baitoru.com is a Japanese jobs site which is specialized for part time jobs listing.

Baitoru.com top page

Recently they added a new feature on which job-seekers can send a video pitch to companies.

taking video pitch on cellphone, send it to a hiring company

You can send your self-taking job interview movie from your cellphone or PC, if the employer’s job post has any of these requests:

  • decide hiring only by the movie
  • using the video as a first screening
  • video submission exempts documentary elimination
  • video submitters get job notification in priority

There are many “samples” on the site.

You are encouraged to appeal your passion, show your creations with you for a creative job, show your coordinates for a sales job in apparel store.

In Japan, it is common to write your age, gender, nationality, family situation, etc. on resume. Attaching your photo on resume is also widely done. Video resume seems as an extension of them, for employers to select part-timer quickly.

Lots Of Popular Names Leaves And Joins Happens This Month

We reported that a Japanese web geeks’ icon Naoya Ito’s move on September 1st from Hatena to the No.1 social networking service Gree, but he was not the only one. There are several big names reported to leave and/or enter web/IT companies in Japan around the beginning of September 2010.

Poupee Girl CEO

Yoshimi Morinaga, a CEO who ran a popular girls avatar fashion site poupee girl, was reported to disappear her name from the executive list on a company website.

On September 1st, some online media reported that 24-year old Hisayo Okada (photo from her blog, left person) takes the CEO position.

Morinaga is reported her resignation Poupee Girl/Cyber Agent group. She said she is planning to start a new web service. Morinaga became the Poupee Girl CEO at her age of 25. CyberAgent is known to assign young employees who only have few years work experience after graduation to head o subsidiaries, which is rare in Japan.

MySQL/Sun/Oracle to DeNA

MATSUNOBU Yoshinori, who is known as a top-notch Japanese MySQL expert, who had worked for MySQL but the company was bought by Sun, then by Oracle, left there to Join a social game networking service DeNA.

(photo by okyuu.com)

On his blog, he was also asked by companies in Europe and U.S.A but DeNA valued him very well. He wrote that DeNA is one of the heaviest MySQL user companies around the world so he would keep contributing MySQL community.

One left Hatena, another joined

Shigeaki Yazaki, an editor of Nikkei BP joins Hatena. On his personal blog, he said that he thinks even Hatena, whose main contents are user-generated, needs editing.

(photo by Nikkei IT Pro)

Other moves

A tech blogger @namikawa, whose blog on server/cloud topics, declared that he joined CyberAgent as a backend engineer for Ameba service.

Popular journalist/Twitter user @tsuda becomes DeNA’s official recruiter. He started tweeting about Mobage-Town hiring info every day.

A search/language researcher Masato Hagiwara (@mhagiwara) left Baidu Japan. In his case, it is not know if he will work again soon.

Stimulated by social game networks and social services players like Gree, DeNA and Dwango, mobility of human resources in Japanese web industry seems more active recently.

I respect all of their new challenges. Good luck!

The 2010 Most Popular Company For Japanese Job Seekers Is Google

Japanese outplacement firm Intelligence [J] released their research of what companies people want to join next [J], done on 5,000 of office workers between age 25 to 34.

On the ranking, Google jumped up from 2009’s third position because of good feeling to their “innovation” and “potential”.

2010 Rank in 2009 Company
1 3 Google
2 2 Sony
3 1 Toyota
4 4 Nintendo
5 5 Panasonic
6 9 Shiseido
7 6 All Nippon Airways
8 7 Oriental Land
9 10 Fuji Television
10 8 Honda

# Oriental Land is a company who runs Tokyo Disney Land/Sea.

Another software/web companies

2010 Rank in 2009 Company
11 33 Apple Japan
15 16 Rakuten
17 28 Recruit
24 21 Microsoft K.K.
25 23 Nippon(Japan) IBM
52 Cookpad
53 Yahoo! Japan
66 CyberAgent
75 Amazon Japan

The top listed 10 did not change, but at 11th, Apple Japan is ranked up from 2009’s 33rd, which is likely by a lot of iPhone/iPad exposure on news and ads by Softbank.

As you notice, Yahoo! Japan, which is much stronger than Google Japan here, is quite unpopular as a working place in compare. Amazon Japan also gets distanced from its rival Rakuten from the point of view of potential workers’ popularity.

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