Mini Update: Out

Hey guy人s and girl人s,

I apologize about the radio silence. Last week I started a job (as a software developer at a tech company focused on automation), and this week I’m out visiting my aunt in Virginia. With the grandparents, things have been crazy, and starting the job was the big nail in the coffin in getting these posts up.

I can’t promise when the next post will be, but I’ll do my best to make it in the next few weeks. Until then, feel free to follow or check back regularly for updates.

またね!

Job Hunting

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When it comes to Japanese job hunting, is it better to fit in or stand out? Hard to say.

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Different from a hunting job, which is a little more physical than I’d like. Continue reading

Cover Letters

The hardest part of applying to jobs? Cover letters.

Getting the resume up to date (1x): 30 minutes
Making sure reference list is okay (1x): 20 minutes
Looking up a job, reading requirements: 10 minutes
Wondering if this job is right for you: 15 minutes
Writing a cover letter: 1-2 hours
Actually applying: 2 minutes

Sure, there are more time-intensive things. The phone interviews and actual interviews can last for an hour or more. But they happen at an elevated point in the whole process: when things are looking good. When you’ve been contacted because the company has seen something in you.

When you have to write a cover letter, especially for a company you’ve never heard of, you need to do research. Find the person who might handle your letter. Become familiar with the products the company has. Learn what makes the company unique.

If I wanted to work for Square-Enix, Nintendo, or Atlas, it’s simple. I’ve had such a long history with those companies that a cover letter can practically flow from the heart. But when it’s a small, up-and-coming studio with a couple live mobile games, it’s harder. As much as I believe I have something to offer those companies, I know that the amount of research I need to do is loads more.

The hardest part is applying for companies in which you lack some of the requirements for the position. Because while a cover letter might be the thing that brings your strengths to the attention of the company, there’s also a chance that the company will never see it when they find out you lack in some key area. And spending hours on a cover letter nobody will see is a tough proposition. Never mind the fact that some position might be filled and the job remains on the board accidentally or a company might only be hiring internally, and your cover letter means nothing to them.

But, not writing one is even worse. At least a cover letter does boost someone’s chance. Guess I’d better get on this next one…

If you can’t tell, I’ve been applying to jobs recently. Wish me luck.

Off On Adventure

Not too far. Just in Kobe this week, staying with a longtime friend. But between random escapades here (going to meet another friend in Kyoto in a few hours), iffy internet access (not even sure as I write this whether or not I’ll actually get to post it online), and the fact that I haven’t prepared anything in advance (my bad), I think a longer post today is out of the question.

As a consolation prize for coming, here are some quick pictures I took of Michinoku Park in Kawasaki, Miyagi during Golden Week.

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Definitely recommend going there if you have the time!

Hope you had a good week and will have more good weeks in the weeks to come!

No Post This Week

Unless you count this, which I’ve been told some people do. So, I guess here it is: a post!

Two sentences really isn’t enough, even for a non-post, so why not a few more?

I’m going to Japan in less than two weeks! Exciting! It’ll be nice to go back and enjoy the Japanese spring, which is probably the best season over there. Summer and fall are both nice, but spring is where it’s at.

Also, Persona 5 may go down in my mind as the most intense game I’ve played, new words wise. Already my personal dictionary has 359 words logged, including such recent gems as 書斎(しょさい), “a study”, such as お父さんは書斎に閉じこもっている, “My father has locked himself up in his study.” I wasn’t aware that 斎 was used in any other word than the family name 斎藤. Guess I was wrong.

I have to stop looking up new words or I’ll never finish this game before I go back to Japan. Guess we’ll see what aspect of my life I decide to forfeit for the sake of the game.

JET Interviews

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The mysteries of the JET Program. Just who are those people? And why do they avoid the “T”?

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Working at the Japanese consulate this past week, I got to see the JET program from the other side. Continue reading