When you are seeking a job targeting foreign-capital companies, you may think, "How do I know if a company suits me...” or "What can I do to avoid regretting that I joined this company?".
As such, en world conducted a survey of 400 men and women in their 20s to 50s, who had changed jobs to foreign-capital companies within the last five years. Based on their actual comments, we will introduce the deciding factors for switching jobs and other points you should be aware of.
Nearly half of the job seekers who targeted foreign-capital companies had some sort of regret!
When asked about job search activities, out of the 400 men and women in their 20s to 50s who had changed jobs to foreign-capital companies in the past 5 years, 47.3% of the respondents answered that they "regret" the method used in their job search activities.
While using convenient tools such as job search websites, it appears that many people proceeded their search at their own discretion without any third party advice, which let to their regrets.
The top reason of regret was "pace leading up to the job change went too fast" (33.9%).
In addition, "did not meet my job search needs" (33.3%) follows with a close percentage. "As a result of using multiple methods, it was difficult to adjust and respond" (29.1%), "there were very few jobs available for my age rage" (25.9%), and "pace of changing jobs went too slow" (24.3%) followed.
The negative effects of changing jobs quicker or slower than expected were "difficulty in balancing current work and job search activities", "insufficient preparation", "inability to maintain motivation" and "unable to make a smooth transition due to inability to predict timing of job change". There were cases where respondents were unable to make sound decisions due to inability to grasp the pace, as well as cases where they were not able to performance well during interviews and selected companies that did not meet their position requirements.
Also, by using multiple services and methods, "the number of contacts increased and communication became complicated", "since applications were submitted simultaneously through various platforms, complications occurred around scheduling interviews”. In order to avoid regrets, we will introduce some stories of failures by job search method. Having a third party to advise during the process does seem to have its merits.
Never will I regret changing jobs again! Stories with a Lesson
Benefits of "Job Search Platform
- I was nervous and couldn't speak well at the interview. I should have prepared more for better communication (female, 20s)
- It was difficult to improve my language skills in a hurry. I didn't know how much skill was required (male, 30s)
- I changed jobs to a venture company that has no legal regulations nor internal ethics. I should have gathered more information about the company
and applied to other companies (male, 30s)
- I couldn't find a decent job on my own, and later realized that there were many more attractive companies to apply for. I should have used a recruitment agency in addition to my own job search activities (female, 20s)
- There were many discrepancies between the information posted on the job search platform and the actual conditions (male, 20s)
Failure stories of people who used "Recruitment Agency"
- I was recommended and interviewed for roles in industries I wasn’t even interested in, so I should have communicated my intentions more directly (male, 30s)
- The interview preparations were not sufficient. I should have asked for a mock interview and carefully prepared in advance (male, 20s)
- It might have been better to compare a few more different companies. I wish I had stated my opinion. (Female, 20s)
- I should have investigated more on my own, not just rely on the recruitment agent (male, 40s)
Failure stories of people who used "referrals"
- The offer conditions were below my expectations. I should have considered various other companies (male, 20s)
- If I took more time to compare companies, there might have been a company with better conditions. I should have investigated various other companies (male, 40s)
- I should have negotiated a little more on the salary (male, 20s)
Among those who used the job search platform, many mentioned insufficient information gathering, lack of interview preparations, difficulty finding a suitable position, and the fact that a recruitment agency should have been used as their biggest regrets. Some people who used the recruitment agency commented that they should have been more proactive in communicating their intentions and should have shown more initiative. Some people who used referrals said they should have negotiated their conditions such as their salaries, and taken the time to find a company with better conditions.
In addition, some of the failure stories mentioned lack of English skills as a failure, such as "I couldn't speak English at the time of the job change and should have studied more." There was also another comment saying, "I changed jobs through a headhunt, but I should have checked the salary structure in detail". Furthermore, it seems that there are many people who could not grasp their own pace, leaving comments such as "I used SNS for my job hunt, but due to the speedy process I didn’t have time to think objectively."
How do I change my job? The decisive factors are "Job Search Websites" and "Recruitment Agencies
When asking about the method used for switching jobs to 400 men and women in their 20s to 50s who had changed jobs to foreign-capital companies, the most common answer was that they used the "job search platform" (36.3%), which accounted for nearly 40% of the total. This is followed by "Recruitment Agency" (25.3%) and "Referrals (introductions)" (11%).
On the other hand, "Headhunting" (5.8%), "Apply directly from corporate websites" (2.5%), and "SNS such as LinkedIn" (1.8%) accounted for less than 10%. Even when targeting foreign-capital companies, it seems that there are many cases where "job search platforms" and "recruitment agencies".
What are the benefits of using "Job Search Websites" and "Recruitment Agencies"?
We will introduce the voices of those who actually used job search platforms and the benefits of using recruitment agencies.
Benefits of "Job Search Platform"
- There are job postings of many companies (male, 20s)
- You can find jobs at your own pace (female, 20s)
- I was able to quickly find the latest job information (male, 30s).
- You can see nationwide job postings (male, 20s)
- It is possible to check the conditions in advance (male, 40s)
- I was able to compare and consider many companies (female, 20s)
- You can easily see the jobs you are interested in with a few clicks (male, 30s)
Benefits of "Job Search Platform"
- Was objectively introduced to positions that suited me (male, 20s).
- Introduced to a job that was not publicly visible on the job search platforms (female, 20s)
- Received detailed support and feedback (male, 30s).
- If I wasn't introduced to this role, I wouldn't have applied to it myself (male, 40s)
- I received advice on job hunting, as well as on my career requirements and skills (female, 40s).
Regarding the "job search platform", which was listed as the top decisive factor for changing jobs, many people voiced advantages such as the vast number of companies that are posting, quick information updates, and the ability to proceed at their own pace.
On the other hand, many people felt the second-placed "Recruitment Agency" had a great advantage of being introduced to private jobs not publicly listed. In addition to the agency negotiating conditions on your behalf, many voiced the advantages such as receiving advice on interview preparations and support for long-term career development, and various other support provided at each stage of job search activities.
If you feel anxious about changing jobs to a foreign-capital company, try "en world's job search support"
This survey found that nearly half (47.3%) of the respondents answered that they "regret" the method used in the job search activities of foreign-capital companies. From searching for a company to collecting information, preparing for an interview, and allocating the pace of the job hunt, there are many cases where respondents regret trying to do everything on their own.
In order to reduce regrets in the job hunt, one method is to make good use of a recruitment agency that can support you from various aspects.
At en world, which supports your job change to foreign-capital companies, they give top priority to the candidate’s success after joining a company. Based on careful research, they introduce jobs and provide advice with the mid to long-term career in mind. In addition, they provide a wide range of follow-up services, from providing company information that cannot be investigated by yourself, interview preparations, interview scheduling, to career consultation. Even after changing jobs, they will continue to support your onboarding for a full year.
Whether you are currently in the process of finding a job to a foreign-capital company or are about to start your job search activities, why don't you try consulting with en world?
Survey title: Questionnaire on Lifestyle Survey
method: Internet research
Survey period: January 15-19, 2021
Survey target: 400 men and women in their 20s to 50s who have switched jobs to foreign-capital companies within 5 years (after 2016)