Nov 7 2017 What is a Shokumu Keirekisho and why do I need it?

In Japan, job hunting requires more than just a CV it often calls for a Rirekisho and a Shokumu Keirekisho? So what is the difference between the two and how can it help my chance of getting an interview?

  • Learn the difference between rirekisho and shokumu keirirekisho is.
  • How does it influence your job-hunting process?
  • Build a template for your shokumu keirirekisho using our checklist.


In Japan, job-hunting whether you’re a native speaker or a complete newbie often involves more than just your resume. Depending on your experience, most companies will expect your English resume as well as a Japanese resume (rirekisho) and a shokumu keirirekisho. For people who are new to job-hunting in Japan, this can sound like a lot but as with most things, you get what you put in and as the first impression you make for any company, we want to help you make it count!

In this article, we give a breakdown of the shokumu keirirekisho and why it can help speed up the screening process or heighten your chances of getting an interview!

What is a shokumu keirirekisho and what is the difference with a rirekisho?

Unlike an English CV, the Japanese resume is split into two parts, “Rirekisho and Shokumu Keirekisho”. They both serve a different purpose but go hand in hand. The rirekisho is needed in all applications, but the Shokumu Keirekisho is only needed if you have full-time work experience.

The Rirekisho lists your past education and professional experience in a brief and standard layout and is often equated with the Japanese version of your English CV. The Shokumu Keirekisho focuses on your work experience and provides a space to demonstrate your experience and skills gained for each individual position held.

The Rirekisho is a record of your work experience and your educational background. It briefly lists your experience and doesn’t go deep into the roles, duties, and experience you gained from working there.

This is where the Shokumu Keirekisho comes in. It provides a space for you to detail your experiences for each individual position. Rather than dot points of your experience, this space is used to express in great detail all the experience you gained for each position. This is where you can truly express your own abilities that would help you land the job.

Why do I need a Shokumu Keirekisho?

Though a Rirekisho is enough for students who are jumping into the Job hunting scene for the first time. Many Japanese companies use the Shokumu Keirekisho as a tool for various screening processes.
– It is used to see your past experiences and your working history in more detail.
○ This is the main reason for a Shokumu Keirekisho and only useful for people with past working history.

– It provides a document for Japanese Companies to see your Japanese abilities.
○ As a foreigner looking for work in Japan, one main criterion that Japanese companies have is, “What is their Japanese language ability?”. Though this is not always a good way to judge someone’s Japanese language abilities. It does indicate the amount of dedication you have to create a document in Japanese and companies are able to have a general idea of your level from your written Japanese.

What is the format for a Shokumu Keirekisho?

Though the Shokumu Rirekisho has no standard format, for each position you put it should include:
– A summary of your work experience for all positions.
○ A brief summary to compress your experience into a short and easy to read a couple of sentences.

– For each position, be sure to state:
○ Company’s information (Name of the company, Capital, Number of employees, and Sales etc..)
○ Period of employment. Month/Year
○ Job Title
○ Job description
○ Applied Technical skills

– A detailed passage for each position that you have had. In Chronological order by date.
○ This is where you demonstrate the experiences you gained from each position. Be sure to cater this part to the position you are applying for. This will show your understanding of the position you are applying to and your knowledge of the required skills and abilities for the said position.

In summary, it is best to begin preparing your Shokumu Keirekisho. Even for those who have just recently graduated, beginning to put information into your Shokumu Keirekisho will make sure it is up to date and always has the most recent information that might be useful when you search for a new position.

The Shokumu Keirekisho will increase in its importance as you continue working and will become a far more important document than a Rirekisho, thus getting used to writing the information and improving it as you continue to work will make give you a better case when companies are reviewing your application.

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