Want to increase the likelihood you’ll get the job in Japan?  

Traditional Japanese resumes are handwritten and use the unique rirekisho (resume) format. Printed resumes are often overlooked in favor of handwritten resumes, which provide employers with more information about a job seeker than just their professional experience.

Due to the complexity of the Japanese writing system, neat penmanship is a highly valuable skill. Recruiters and/or employers can determine the personality of a jobseeker, trustworthiness and work ethic based on the neatness and overall alignment of their kanji. 

Also, handwritten resumes are more appealing to Japanese employers because it demonstrates a level of commitment and dedication to the job. If a mistake is made, the worker will start the application over and it’s not uncommon to complete several versions until resume perfection is achieved. As a result, this time consuming process is almost like a job in itself.