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Favorable Job Hunting Styles in Japan

July 25, 2018

Favorable Job Hunting Styles in Japan
Companies do not intend to hire students who stand out with their appearance and unique character. They are checking to see if you are well-groomed and dressed based on social common sense. There is no need to dress yourself up with expensive items. Be sure to dress, behave, and speak neatly so as to give a better impression to the other party.

 

For Man

  • Hair style: Long hair is not preferable. Be careful not to have any sleep-mussed or untidy hair, or any dandruff!

  • Face: Be clean shaven. Extremely thin eyebrows are not preferable. Pay attention to your teeth and breath.

  • Glasses: Avoid colorful and loud frames. Watch out for dirty lenses.

  • Cologne: It is better not to wear any cologne.

  • Nails: Be sure to trim your nails short and wash them  to remove any dirt.

  • Shirt: White is the basic color. Be sure to choose a shirt that fits you around the collar and sleeves. Pay attention when wearing a colored or patterned T-shirt or dark undershirt, because they  can be seen through a white shirt. Watch out for a dirty collar and cuffs. You should wear a clean, washed shirt.

  • Accessories: Do not wear any accessories.

  • Tie: Avoid flashy ties.

  • Suit: Dark blue, gray, or black are the basic colors. Choose a solid or finely striped tie. Ordinarily, wear your tie with a single knot, not a double knot.

  • Trousers: Trousers with a standard width and single-fold hems are preferable. Be sure to iron them to make creases. Your belt and shoes should match.

  • Shoes: You should choose simple and comfortable black shoes. Be sure to check for scuffing on the heels, and polish your shoes properly.

  • Socks: White socks and sneaker socks are taboo. Choose socks that are the same color as your suit, or that are black or dark blue.

  • Watch: You should avoid wearing a flashy watch. You must not use your mobile phone to check the time during the interview or test.

  • Briefcase: A black or brown briefcase is mainstream. A briefcase big enough for A4 size documents is convenient. Be sure to avoid backpacks and casual bags.

 

For Woman

  • Hair style: If you have long hair, bind it with an elastic band or a hair pin. Be careful not to have any sleep- mussed hair!

  • Face: Heavy makeup is not preferred. Pay attention to your teeth and breath as well.

  • Glasses: Avoid colorful and loud frames. Watch out for dirty lenses.

  • Perfume: Avoid wearing strong perfume.

  • Nails: Nails should not be too long. It is not good to wear flashy nail polish or nail art.

  • Blouse: White is the basic color. A shirt in a solid, pale color is also acceptable. Avoid wearing a shirt in a primary color or with patterns. Be sure not to wear a shirt that is cut too low. Choose something pleasant and clean.

  • Accessories: Simple pierced earrings should be fine. You should remove all your rings.

  • Suit: Solid dark blue, gray, or black suits are the basics. As a rule, wear a single suit with two or three buttons, not a double suit.

  • Skirt/trousers: Your skirt must be of a length that allows your knees to be half covered when you are standing. Wearing trousers will give an active image. Trousers with single-fold hems are mainstream. Be sure to iron them to make creases.

  • Shoes: You should choose simple and comfortable black shoes. Be sure to polish your shoes properly. Pumps with heels that are from three to five centimeters high are best.

  • Pantyhose: Choose something plain with no patterns, and a color similar to your skin tone.

  • Watch: You should avoid wearing a flashy watch. You must not use your mobile phone to check the time during the interview or test.

  • Bag: A black or brown bag is mainstream. A bag big enough for A4 size documents is convenient. Be sure to avoid backpacks and casual bags.

Reference

Job Hunting Guide for International Students | JASSO

 

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