Job-hunting is always stressful for everyone, but once we have been through this time, it becomes an experience that we can treasure and appreciate in retrospect. Events like Boston Career Forum might seem intimidating at first. However, for foreigners and oversea-Japanese students, this is actually the best opportunity to find job in Japan as no other events that I had known had such a huge number of employers and recruiters from all over Japan gathered into one venue, accepting resume, interviewing, and extending job offer, all in one spot. In this blog post, I will share with you my experience with Boston Career Forum, not just on the days of the conference, but also before and after the conference as well.




All I could do was to prepare, prepare, and prepare. The event is usually early November and I was fortunate enough to hear about it around July from my Japanese friends. I registered for the conference immediately. From there, I made a checklist for myself to complete before the day of event came:



1.Revise my English resume. I had already had my resume in English that I used in my previous internship search, so this revision came as an easy task.



2.Build my Japanese resume. As an English-speaker, this is the hardest part in my preparation. My Japanese at the time was no way near business professional level. I had an unconventional learning path where I took no formal Japanese language training at all and learned only from conversation with my Japanese friends. To deal with this, I asked for lots of help from my Japanese friends in New York and they were kind enough to help me get it done.



3.Practice my self-introduction in Japanese. This is one of the most important tasks. Coming up to recruiters and introducing yourself takes lots of courage and effort. I asked my friends for help to correct my language and asked them to listen to my mock introduction. These practices really made it easier on the actual conference day.



4.Search for a place to stay in Boston. Coming to Boston Career Forum, choosing an affordable and convenient place to stay will make the experience go with much less stress and hassles. I was lucky to have other friends who also come, so we booked an Airbnb together and share the price. Since thousands of students are coming to Boston for the event, the sooner we search, the less headaches.



5.Read about employers who attended. There were more than 230 companies, so every day I spend some time to read about 5-6 company profiles and job postings on Career Forum website. I made notes on the industry, language requirements, and the positions available. From there, I applied to those that I was interested and had a list of companies I would prioritize to visit to bring with me to the event.

5.参加希望を出した企業について読んでください。 230以上の企業があったので、毎日5~6の企業プロファイルとボストンキャリアフォーラムのWebサイトで求人情報を読むことに時間を費やしました。業界、言語要件、募集している職種についてメモしました。そこから、私が興味を持っているものに応募し、私がイベントを回るために優先的に訪問する企業のリストを作っていました。


6.Give myself time to relax. As the conference day comes near, I gave myself a good break, taking good sleep, eating well, hanging out with those who would come with me so we could process our thoughts and worries together. With a calm and positive state of mind, I was prepared and ready to head to the three-day long career forum.




This was the longest three-day I had ever had in my student career. The first day was the busiest day and had the greatest number of students attended. Early morning, there was a long line of students in suits and folders full of resumes. The sea of people was overwhelming to see. I felt the adrenaline rush brushed through me the moment I entered the welcoming door to the conference hall. Once I was in, I received a booklet with a map of companies and name tags with yellow for IT-background and blue for business-background. I had a mixed background as I learned programming and database management, but I was also a business student, so I took both. Now that I was inside, the days can be sum up as below:



1.Identify the path. The venue was huge, and booths were organized like a maze, so I did not go straight to the first company I saw in sight. I found a place to put down my map, look at my list of companies, and mark all their locations. After all the companies were marked, I drew a tentative path to navigate myself in the venue of three-floor of conference hall.



2.Keep a positive vibe and be myself. It might be a cliché to say “be yourself” on occasions like this, but this did hold true. As I was transparent and upfront about myself, I was able to see which companies resonated to me or not so I could proceed.



3.Improvise as I went. It turned out that some companies on top of my list were not doing what I wanted to do, and sometimes, it was companies in industries I did not know that turned out to have the kind of work I could see opportunity to contribute. The more I got to know the employers, the more I realized that it would not matter what choice I made, but how I could make the choice become better once it was chosen was what mattered. With that in mind, I let myself go off the lists and explored more choices I did not plan to explore.




4.First Day: Get the interviews. Depending on the company, some would have reviewed online application and scheduled the interviews ahead of time with candidates. Some others accepted resume drops and called those they found to be qualified to come back for interviews. Some others just interviewed candidates as soon as they could, so some students simply got in line to be interviewed. I completed an interview with one company who reviewed my online application, lined up to be interviewed with three more companies, and dropped my resume to so many other companies that I could not keep the count. Counting how many companies was not the point though, remembering who they were would be much more important. What I noticed was that people would drop their resume without leaving a conversation, assuming their resume would be read later. However, to make yourself stand out from the stack of profiles and help recruiters remember you, take some effort and time to ask the recruiters about their day and introduce yourself. This was also a great chance to get to know the people and have a glimpse on the culture of these companies.




5.Second Day: Interviews Day. I found myself five scheduled interviews laid ahead of me at the end of the first day and the last phone call was the one with Tecdia Co Ltd, notifying me to come for an interview in the following morning. For me at the time, Tecdia was in an industry I was not familiar with, but the people at the booth were one of the most energetic and exciting recruiters I had spoken to. I spent that night reading anything I could find on the Internet about Tecdia along with other companies. Waking up to a day filled with interviews was a strange feeling to have. It was a combination of excitement, anxiety, and lots of hope. I had no time to visit any new booth at all, having interviews scheduled back-to-back, second round here and third round there. Finally, still in the middle of more interviews, the offer letter came to me in the afternoon and that was the most relieving moment. I made it!



6.Third Day: Have some fun. Recruiters were not scary people at all if we look at them closely in the end of the day. They were there to hire and they also got tired like job-hunters did, too. On the last day, much less people were in the venue and the atmosphere got more relaxing. I spent some time revisit booths that I really liked, let them know about my good news, and just to have some chat about the whole experience. It was surprising how recruiters were willing to share about their perspective being the ones interviewing people continuously throughout the day. Some gave me very cool freebies and we had casual conversations. Before I left, I went back to Tecdia’s booth and extended my gratitude. Tecdia was where I had decided to commit to for my full-time job after graduation and it was a decision I had never doubt myself to make.




I took the rest of my time in Boston walking up to MIT campus, visiting a bookstore, eating lobster, and treating myself a drink. When I got back to my apartment in Manhattan, I took some time to write some thank you emails to all the recruiters I had talked to. Some of them accepted my invitation on LinkedIn and others replied to my thank-you emails with good-luck notes. The job hunting was finally over and Thanksgivings was on its way. That season, I was grateful for my experience at Boston Career Forum and I could not wait to bring my American Dream to Japan.

ボストンでの残りの時間は、MITキャンパスまで歩いて、本屋を訪れ、ロブスターを食べ、自分へのご褒美としてお酒を飲みました。 マンハッタンのアパートに戻ったとき、話をしたすべてのリクルーターに感謝のメールを送ることに時間をかけました。 その企業のいくつかはLinkedInで私の招待を受け入れ、他の会社はgood-luckという内容の返信がありました。 就職活動がようやく終わり、感謝祭が近づいてきました。 この時の、ボストンキャリアフォーラムでの経験に感謝しています。日本へ行くことが決まった後は、アメリカンドリームを日本に持ち込むのが待ちきれませんでした。



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