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You may be screwed if you don’t write your resume by hand

According to the research by Business Media Makoto, Japanese HR personnel exercises rather criteria when they screen their candidate.

The hearing was conducted from 1416 hiring personnel in companies, between April 17th and May 1st.

Question were regarding resume, and respondent were expected to answer each of them in scale of “Strongly positive,” “Somewhat positive,” “Somewhat negative,” “Strongly negative,” “Doesn’t matter,” and there were people skipped a question as well.

So here’s some breakdown:

Good Penmanship

  • Strongly positive: 32.4%
  • Somewhat positive: 58.8%
  • Somewhat negative: 0.5%
  • Strongly negative: 0.0%
  • Doesn’t matter: 8.1%
  • No response: 0.2%

Neatness of Penmanship

  • Strongly positive: 13.6%
  • Somewhat positive: 61.9%
  • Somewhat negative: 0.5%
  • Strongly negative: 0.0%
  • Doesn’t matter: 23.7%
  • No response: 0.2%

Handwritten Resume

  • Strongly positive: 16.7%
  • Somewhat positive: 37.9%
  • Somewhat negative: 0.3%
  • Strongly negative: 0.0%
  • Doesn’t matter: 44.8%
  • No response: 0.3%

Prepared in Word or Excel

  • Strongly positive: 1.3%
  • Somewhat positive: 12.4%
  • Somewhat negative: 18.1%
  • Strongly negative: 5.0%
  • Doesn’t matter: 62.7%
  • No response: 0.6%

So, in Japan, if you don’t handwrite your resume, you will be screwed. If you don’t handwrite your resume, it may not be attractive to 54.6% of HR personnel, while it will appear attractive to puny 13.7% of them. Oh, but don’t forget it will be seen unattractive to 23.1% of them. Even if you are willing to handwrite your resume, but if your handwriting sucks, you’ll still slip off from 91.2% who feels good penmanship on your resume appear positive.
Of course, these won’t be only factors determine your fitness to the particular work place you applying for, but it sounds quite stupid to me that there are more people feeling negative about resume prepared by computer than people feeling positive about handwritten resume.

One note, though is Japanese resume format is not free form, they require specific format, which you can find some samples by Googling them.

You don’t think it is painful to write all that? Well, if you make mistake, be prepared to redo your resume from the beginning, as 78.5% of them feel use of those correction fluid negative.

By Hideki Saito

In the video game industry for for more than 15 years. Currently working for Nintendo of America Inc. as a Localization Engineer, developing the translation solutions.