Sunday, December 03, 2006

 Greetings from Interplace, ltd (Tokyo Office)

Welcome to my blog!

December is upon us and it's the busiest time of the year as many people are now wanting to change their jobs and "start the New Year with a new career!"  Here's a quick rundown of the hot postiions we are working on.  Please contact me if you would like to apply or register with us:

  • CFO - IT startup
  • CFO - Consumer Goods Company
  • Controller - Luxury Brand Company (US CPA Preferred)
  • Accountants - Private Equity
  • Senior Clerk - Consumer Services company

  • CEO - IT startup
  • Sales Manager - IT / Software company
  • Sales Manager - Hardware company

  • Engineer- PLM / CATIA V6
  • Engineer- Networking Hardware Cisco Certified
  • Engineer- Help Desk - Consumer Goods company
  • Engineer- Web Applications
  • Engineer- C, C++ and C sharp with Java
  • Engineer - Java Developer and C++ Developers
  • MIS Manager- Consumer Goods company - pays up to 10 million yen/ annual
  • R&D Engineer - Wireless/RF
  • Tech Support / Post Sales - VOIP,  Networking LAN/WAN
and many more IT positions

Human Resources 
  • HR Manager
  • HR Consultant
  • HR Trainer - two positions
Consumer Goods / Luxury Brand
  • Store Manager - Fine Jewelry / Watches - Ginza, Tokyo Location
  • Store Staff - Fine Jewelry / Watches - Tokyo Metro Area
  • Merchandiser - Women's high end fashion line.
  • Watch Repair Technician
  • Brand Manager - Watches
  • Executive Secretary - Bilingual (Japanese & English) with Exel, Word & Powerpoint skills. Must have good interpretation / translation skills and at least 3 years experience. Reporting to a dynamic and high profile CEO

Thank you very much for your kind comments on my blog, I am greatly encouraged.
More updates to follow!

Al Isago Parvez
Interplace, Ltd

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Candidates are saying to me these days: "There are so may recruiting agents in Tokyo. It seems they all look and talk the same."

Another reason why a recruiting professional in Tokyo needs to differentiate themselves from the rest of the countless Agent Smiths who are out there. From my observations for the past 11 years in recruiting in Tokyo, I think its best that I ask myself and other recruiters the following questions:

  • Being sincere and quick to respond (our motto) is enough to suceed?
  • Cold, hard aggressiveness are the only ingredients of success in recruiting?
  • Being bilingual is one thing but are you bicultural?
  • You may be a great public speaker and eloquent in your expressions but do you really listen?
  • Do you just wait for people to call you back or do you call them again?
  • Are you worried to much of what others may think of you?
  • Do you think you can generate 50 million yen in revenue a year by just writing emails to candidates/clients?
  • Do I give the impression as being arrogant or overly confident?
  • Do you have a high sense of urgency?
  • Am I meeting the right type of people for the positions?
  • How can I dfferentiate myself from the rest?
  • Can I walk and chew gum at the same time? (Jack Welch)
  • Am I a Hunter or a Farmer in the recruiting industry?

These are things that we must constantly ask ourselves and try to maintain or increase the quality of service to our clients and build an everlasting parntership with our candidates.

Talk to you soon and have a nice weekend.

Al Isago Parvez

Monday, October 16, 2006

Greetings from Al Parvez (unplugged)!

Sorry for the long silence, I've been really busy with a lot of meetings and we're registering a lot of good people every week. Orders are coming in almost daily and I just received new orders in the IT, Luxury Brand and Finance industries today. So, feel free to send me your resume in confidence and I will see what type of opportunties may be open to you. It is always a pleasure to have contact with new people and old "friends of Interplace".

I was getting bored with weight training and decided to buy a mountain bike and go cycling on the weekends. It's a great form of exercise and a fantastic way to see Tokyo from a new perspective. I am discovering new areas of Tokyo by cycling about four hours each day on the weekends going to various spots around town. I have lost weight and enjoying it so far. Although I had a close call with a van last Sunday near Hiroo and my arm hit the side view mirror but it was nothing serious.

I got this great mountain bike from the "Y's Bike Shop" in Akasaka, near Tameiki Sanno station at a great price. The staff, especially "Daisuke-san" was very professional, patient and gives excellent service. He can speak English well and recommended this Schwinn 19 inch mountain bike which has been serving me well for the past month.

I got this great helmet on Ebay for cycling, it's a Delta Force's helmet as seen in the movie "Blackhawk Down". I just like the styling and it offers much more protection than most cycling helmets I have seen. I recommend NIKE athletic wear for its "Dri fit" stretch properties and they last. Together with Crash Pad Shorts which offers great protection and shoes by Merril, you're all set for a day of cycling in the Metropolis. There are a lot of cycling clubs and groups in Japan so why not join one and meet nice people who share the same passion.

Will keep you up-to-date on my cycling adventures on future blogs.

Well, another exciting week for us lays ahead. I wish everyone a great and productive week!

Talk to you all soon!

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Interplace, Ltd - Seeking professionals from the Luxury Brand industry.
Candidates who are specialists in the following areas are most welcome:

* Brand Management
* Merchandising
* Marketing
* Shop Managers
* Shop Staff

Feel free to contact us for details.
Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Al Parvez
Interplace, Ltd.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

MONEY Magazine and rate careers on salary and job prospects.

Excellent article I found about the latest top 50 jobs. Al

The Top 50
More jobs: Stats on 166 titles
How MONEY picked the best jobs

(click for snapshot)
Job growth
(10-yr forecast)
Average pay
(salary and bonus)

Software engineer

College professor

Financial advisor

Human resources manager

Physician assistant

Market research analyst

Computer/IT analyst

Real estate appraiser



Advertising manager

Physical therapist

Technical writer


Medical scientist

Physical scientist


Curriculum developer


Public relations specialist

Sales manager


Property manager



Social service manager


Health services manager

Advertising sales agent


Management analyst

Occupational therapist

Mental health counselor

Landscape architect

Biotechnology research scientist

Urban planner


Speech-language pathologist

Meeting and convention planner


Biological scientist

Financial analyst



Environmental scientist

Lab technologist

Registered nurse

Sales engineer


School Administrator

Interplace Tokyo Update - September 5th, 2006

Greetings from Interplace Tokyo Office!

Now that we are approaching the Autumn Season, the last recruiting surge of the year has started. It has never changed in my 11 years of recruiting and there's more activity this year than last year at this time.

Here is a list of urgent positions we are trying to fill. Feel free to contact me
direclty if you want more details:

* Country Manager for Taiwan - Embedded Software

* IT Sales - Senior Sales Manager, Sales Manager and Account Manager/Executive needed for networking hardware companies

* Systems Engineer - several positions available

* HR Director - Foreign based Consumer Goods Company

* Financial Controller, Finance Manager and Accountants - needed for all industries.

* Automotive Parts - Sales - selling high end automotive parts to domestic and foreign clients

* Merchandising Manager - Women's Fashion company

* M&A Specialist - for Financial insttituion

* Executive Secretary to the President - Experience necessary with high level of English or French / Japanese language ability.

* Shop Manager- For foreign based jewelry company and fashion company.

* IT Manager - Non - IT client

All positions are in the Tokyo Metro Area except for the position in Taiwan. Contact me for details.

Now is a good time to be looking for a new career.

Thank you,

Thursday, August 31, 2006

I want to introduce a very talented man whom I had the opportunity of knowing for the past several years. He is, in my opinion, one of the best Financial Gurus, I have ever known. He is able to take very complex economic and finance issues and write them in a way that anyone can understand.

Mr. John Kim of Smartknowledge UT

Here is his latest and most insightful article.

> Subject: Ezine Issue #015: Does McDonalds Really Sell Burgers and Fries?
> Does McDonalds Really Sell Burgers and Fries?
> What does McDonalds really sell? And what about Nike? I know what
> you're thinking. You're thinking what in the world does understanding McDonalds'
> and
> Nike's marketing strategy have to do with building wealth. As you'll
> discover in this article, understanding this has everything to do with
> how successful you'll be in building wealth.
> So what does McDonalds sell?
> If you guessed hamburgers, fries and milkshakes, guess again.
> Your second guess is probably wrong too. Because I know with today's
> marketing industry obsession with "lifestyle" marketing, most people
> believe that McDonalds sells a feeling of comfort and a
> family-friendly atmosphere. Just look at their Happy Meals, the fact
> that the only fictional character more recognizable than Ronald
> McDonald is Santa Claus, their frequent Disney promotion tie-ins, and
> their "You Deserve a Break Today" jingle. But McDonalds doesn't sell
> comfort either.
> Pure and simple, McDonalds sells real estate. If the quality of the
> food were McDonald's number one concern, then people wouldn't become
> obese from eating their food and you wouldn't be shocked to find out
> what's inside your meat (Just read the book Fast Food Nation if you
> really want to know what's in your Big Mac. If you're too lazy to read
> the book, good news - there is a Hollywood version of the book coming
> soon to a theater near you). In 1968, McDonalds operated just 1,000
> restaurants. Less than 40 years later, it operated over 30,000
> restaurants and opens 2,000 new restaurants every year.
> As I said, McDonalds sells real estate. If you still don't believe me,
> Ray Krok's (the owner of McDonalds) right-hand man and business
> partner, Harry Sonneborn, once stated, "We are in the real estate
> business. The only reason we sell [ ] hamburgers is because they are
> the greatest producer of revenue from which our tenants can pay us
> rent." Of all the major fast food franchises, McDonalds is the only
> one that owns or holds the lease on their restaurants.
> That makes them one of the largest landlords in the United States. And
> the cost to buy one of their franchises? About a cool USD $500,000.
> Actually that's cheap compared to the USD $1,500,000 franchise tag per
> restaurant for their major competitors. But their competitors don't
> own or hold the leases on their restaurants. That's the difference.
> And What about Nike? What do they sell?
> Given that Nike does not own a single sneaker factory or have a single
> person directly involved in manufacturing their sneakers on their
> payroll, it is most definitely not shoes. They outsource every single
> step of the manufacturing process so they can spend the greatest
> percent of their annual budget every year on marketing. Nike's largest
> budget percentage is overwhelmingly allocated every to their designs
> and marketing department. And what do these employees do?
> They manufacture "ideas" and "dreams".
> Before Nike paid Michael Jordan more than enough money that he could
> ever possibly know what to do with, the sneakers every kid wanted on
> their feet when they went back to school were Adidas. Nikes were what
> kids wore when you couldn't afford Adidas. Back then, Run DMC cut a
> track titled "My Adidas", not "My Nikes". Back then, Adidas had the
> respect of the all demographically-important hip-hop community, not
> Nike. When Nike realized that the key to success was to sell not
> shoes, but the concept that wearing Nikes would make you a better
> athlete, make you "cooler", would make you stronger, run longer, run
> faster, give you more endurance, even make you jump higher "just like
> Mike", only then did they started selling more shoes than anyone else.
> In
> fact, before they hired Michael Jordan to promote their ideas, Nike
> was losing so much money that they almost went bankrupt. But few
> people remember those days. In fact, this strategy of selling ideas
> proved so successful that Nike even coined a term for it.
> They call this process "bro-ing" (Source: No Logo, by Naomi Klein, p. 75).
> They
> would take their prototype shoes to the inner-city playgrounds of
> Philly, Chicago, and New York, approach young kids, and say "Hey bro,
> check out the shoes" to build a buzz around them (this stuff is just
> too good to ever make up). Nike shoe designer Aaron Cooper stated that when he went on a "bro-ing"
> expedition in Harlem in New York City, that kids would tell him that
> Nike was the most important thing in their lives. Number two was their
> girlfriend.
> Nike
> determined from that point on, they were going to "bro" people to death.
> Since
> that decision, Nike has long replaced Adidas as the "it" sneaker among
> the "in-crowd". Simply put, Nike is a brilliant marketing company.
> So what do the big global investment firms sell?
> The big investment firms employ some very sharp minds as well. They
> understand that selling a customer a dream and not reality will gather
> more assets.
> That's
> why they don't attempt to sell you great returns even though this is
> undoubtedly one of the very top things that every investor wants. How
> else can you explain why most investment firms always tell you never
> to expect more than 6% to 10% maximum returns a year from your stock
> portfolio? Do those returns sound dreamy to you? If this was their
> major marketing campaign, how many private wealth management clients
> do you think they would have?
> Can you imagine a slogan: "Because we make you 8% a year"?
> Somehow I don't think such a slogan would drum up much business. So
> the global investment houses, just like McDonalds, have figured out a
> way to sell you something else instead. Because they are not
> interested in trying to earn more than 6% to 10% a year for you, and
> this concept could never be sold as a dream, they sell you trust, and
> in the case of a post 9-11 America, sometimes even shamelessly sell
> national pride. Just look at some of the slogans they have used.
> Prudential. "Growing and Protecting Your Wealth". Merrill Lynch.
> "We're bullish on America". And Goldman Sachs: "We Stress Teamwork in
> Everything We Do."
> The message has always been, "Trust us, because we know what we're doing.
> Since
> we're the authorities, if we can't earn you more than 6% to 10% a
> year, then you certainly won't be able to do any better on your own."
> And in the case of Merrill Lynch's slogan of "We're Bullish on
> America", if that's true, I'd like to take a look at their CEO's stock
> portfolio in mid-2006 and see exactly how much of his portfolio is
> allocated to the U.S. stock markets. If you so desire, you can trust
> them right down the path of mediocrity when it comes to performance.
> A simple way to determine what is the core of a company's mission is
> not to read their mission statement, but to observe what companies
> spend all their time and money doing.
> McDonald's spends all their time and money building new restaurants.
> Conclusion: McDonald's #1 goal is to sell as much real estate as
> possible through selling what enables their tenants to pay rent - fast food.
> Nike spends the lion's share of their budget on marketing.
> Conclusion: Nike's #1 goal is to brand itself as the "it" brand to own.
> Global investment firms spend all their time and money training their
> financial consultants how to gather more assets.
> Conclusion: Global investment firms' #1 goal is to gather as many
> assets as they can, not to maximize the returns of your portfolio.
> If you really are skeptical of this, just call up you financial
> consultant and ask him (or her) how he spends all of his time every
> day. Ask him (or her) to describe an average day to you and calculate
> how much of every day is actually spent in activities that will
> maximize the return of your portfolio versus how much of every day is
> spent in activities that will maximize the amount of additional assets
> gathered for the firm. And therein lies your answer.
> --
> J.S. Kim
> Managing Director
> SmartKnowledgeUT

Mr. John Kim's website is Http:// Here is his active blog:

Which are you more concerned about? 50 of your critics or the 25 customers who like doing business with you? The answer is obvious you focus on the 25 customers and ignore the 50 critics. It's that simple. At times, you can't be the sunshine to everyone and at all times but you try to focus on what you can do now for the people/customers who need your help.

It is great to receive constructive criticism and learn from them but don't pay much attention to the gossip. Rumors abound in Tokyo but at the end of the day, it's results that count and your reputation among true business professionals.

That's it for now! TGIF and have a great day!


Friday, August 25, 2006

Yes, do soul searching but don't take forever!

The opportunity or path that you were meant to take in life won't stay in front of you forever. This isn't my poor attempt to have you just take any opportunity in front of you but to act decisively when you have made your decision.

In my life and career, I have been given choices to make as to where my career should follow. At times, despite what friends would suggest, family members would say or mentors, I followed my "inner voice". I find that when you have listend to all the opinions, suggestions, advice and recommendations, what works best is what your "inner voice" says you should do. Of course, sometimes outside advice can be helpful and should be considered but at the end of the day, it's your decision and your life! You know yourself, what your strengths and weaknesses are and where you'd like to be now and in the future so go follow it no matter what people say. Who knows better about you then yourself? We look forward to speaking to your inner voice soon.

Thank you for your positive feedback on my blogs.

We appreciate all the new people we met these past two weeks and welcome them
to our inner circle. Congratulations to all those candidates we helped recently on
accepting excellent offers!

Have a nice weekend and talk to you soon.


Friday, August 11, 2006

Reality check - for clients.

I have been witnessing the trend of IT companies offering positions to highly qualified engineers after the 1st or 2nd interviews. What used to be quite rare is now becomming the norm. My advice to any clients who interviews our engineering candidates (SEs, PMs, Pre/Post Sales, CTOs and others) is to offer the position when you feel the person is a good fit and as soon as possible. Good Engineers most likely are interviewing with 2 - 5 other potential employers before they sit down with you since the job market has picked up steam since early 2006. Therefore, you must be very aggressive in offering the position for the right candidate quickly with a good competitive package. If you think you can buy a Porshe for the price of a Daihatsu, it's not going to happen so go all out and beat the competition by getting the best people fast. Money isn't everything but sometimes it does take Cold Hard Cash to hire the right people. It will help any company to build a great team by hiring the best quickly.

Well, got to get back on phones.


Sunday, August 06, 2006


(a photo I took on my cell phone this year's Ohanami)

To our Candidates:

First of all, thank you very much for giving me your trust and allowing us to partner with you in your job search. Even with the many calls, emails and inquiries we have been receiving lately, we will always try to respond to you within 24 hours.
I am online for most part of the day as most of you know but feel free to call me on my cellphone at anytime. In this highly competitive market, it is best to be open to hearing about career opportunities even if you are comfortable and happy at your present postion. The ideal job may be here and may not be avaialble when you are ready. Timing is everything and when the conditions are right, the people are great, you get the opportunity to use your skills and expereince and learn new ones, you should go and take it. With us on your side, we're going to help you with each step and with you throughout the whole process. Just as the best Hollywood stars have great agents, so should you!

We are now designing a new website and will let you know soon.

Latest hot position:

HR Manager - Consumer goods company- to manage a a small HR team and to be in charge of the HR department. Reporting to the CFO and pays 15 million yen total. Let me know if you are interested in this position. High English Fluency, native Japanese language ability. 10 years of HR experience required.

Systems Engineers are needed by 5 clients.
Ask me for details.

Take care and hoping to hear from you soon.


Wednesday, August 02, 2006

10 Questions you should ask during an Interview.

I found this article on the web, LA Times

Not all may apply but it gives you some good tips on the "artful conversation" that you will be having with our clients during an interview. Thanks, Al

LA Times, May 2005

When preparing for an interview, most applicants concentrate on formulating well-crafted answers to potential questions from their interviewers. However, not many realize it is just as important to prepare a few good questions they should ask during the interview.

"When interviewing job applicants, I often learn as much from the questions they ask as from the responses they give," said John Langland, president of Langland & Langland Consulting. "What potential employees inquire about reveals what they deem important -- as opposed to merely answering my questions with information they think I will find important."

What can asking questions in an interview do for you?

Show your interest in the position and the company

Give you an active role in the interview

Offer explanations about the position and the company, which help you decide if you want to work for that organization

Showcase the depth of your knowledge and help you guide the discussion into a particular area of expertise

Langland suggests preparing at least three questions in advance and taking notes during the interview to record the responses.

"A few insightful, knowledgeable questions can speak volumes about you and distinguish you from other job candidates," he said. "However as important as asking questions is asking bad questions, such as, 'How many vacation days does the company offer?' is worse."

Langland advises asking these 10 questions during your next interview:

1. What are the top three tasks you want the candidate to perform after being hired?

This gives you a concrete idea of the projects you will be working on if hired. Often job ads list general qualities and capabilities the position requires, but the answer to this question will lay out the actual specifics of the job.

2. Why did you choose this company?

The answer will help you determine the organization's strengths and weaknesses with this insider's perspective.

3. How do you see me benefiting the company?

This tells you exactly what they're looking for in a candidate and where they see your strengths.

4. Is there room for growth and advancement?

This points to your drive and initiative and underscores your intent to secure a career, not just a job.

5. Are there opportunities for professional training or further education?

This shows a willingness to learn and adapt as changes in the position or industry occur. Adaptability is very important in today's fickle employment market and may make you very valuable to the company should a reorganization occur.

6. How will I be evaluated and by whom?

This provides insight into the company's corporate culture and the department structure in which you will be working.

7. What is the general culture of the company?

This can tell you if you will fit into the organization. If they're strictly a "suit and tie" operation and you're all about comfort clothes, you may want to rethink the position.

8. Are there other job responsibilities not mentioned in the ad or Recruiter?

This reveals exactly what the ad meant when it said: "...and other duties as assigned." Will you be helping other departments in a pinch? Making coffee?
These are things you should know before going any further in the candidate selection process.

9. When will you be making a decision on the successful candidate?

Knowing this helps you gauge when to follow up on the interview.

10. May I call you if other questions arise?

This keeps the door open for further communication.

The interview is an artful conversation designed to help both parties learn more about each other
Agency Day

I was fortunate to be one of many recruiters to be invited by a well established consumer goods company on "Agency Day". It was an excellent venue complete with top class presentations by some of Japan's best in the marketing, finance, research and HR fields. Complete with simultaneous interpreters using state of the art interpretation wireless systems, free corporate gift and a very elaborate and absolutely gorgeous buffet lunch.

I am most appreciative to the client for inviting me and other recruiters to learn about the current openings at your company. It was quite interesting to see the new faces in the recruiting industry and some familiar ones. Now, the fun begins and need to recruit a good FMC Brand Manager, some Management Trainees and Finance professionals. Let me know if you or someone you know may be interested.

Take care and talk to you soon.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Hot New Positions as of 7/29/2006

Acountants! Accountants! Accountants!

We have more than 10 positions at our clients seeking Accountants in the following industries:

Finance (Private Equity)


Consumer Goods / Luxury Brand

Location: Tokyo Metro Area

Type of positions:

Controller - CPA a must - 8-10 years of accounting experience

Treasury - for Private Equity (Finance)

Acountanting Generalist - Junior Level 2-3 years experience.

Accounting Managers


Accounting professionals with CPA, USGAAP, JGAAP and J-SOX knowledge/ experience

Thank you,

Hope you all had a great and productive week!
Getting ready for the big rush before OBON and just got this hot new position from one of our clients.

Position: Taiwan Sales Director

Company: Embedded Security Solutions Company

Location: Taiwan

The Taiwan sales director position entails being part of an existing Taiwan sales and business development team, eventually taking over full responsibility in Taiwan for establishing, developing and closing deals with key semiconductor manufacturers in the mobile, flash storage and consumer electronic industries, as well as with mobile handset and other device manufactures. Despite the fact that a strong lead pipeline exists, the sales director will be required to generate revenues from new accounts as well as provide ongoing account management for existing customers, thereby achieving return sales. The candidate must have profound technical background, preferably in the embedded industry, with strong customer orientation and OEM sales experience. The candidate needs to present strong drive for success, be highly motivated, self-sufficient and innovative.
The candidate's background should include most of the following:
• Familiarity with the semiconductor industry, preferably with mobile chipsets and processors for flash storage devices
• Familiarity with the mobile handset industry
• Ability to conduct commercial and contract negotiations of complex and high-valued contracts
• Intensive customer interaction including presentations, RFQ responses, and coordinating customer technical workshops
• Proven sales track record of highly technical products
• Experience in working for/with foreign companies
• Experience in performing sales in a semiconductor IP business model
• Experience in performing sales in an embedded software business model
• Understanding of cryptographic processes, standard security protocols and applications
• An engineering degree
• Excellent knowledge of English (in particular, communicating by email and speaking)
• Innovative in finding solutions
• Very strong customer orientation and ability to create long term relationship across all levels of the organization (technical, marketing, management)
• Independent and self-motivated
• A team player

Please let me know if you or someone you know may be interested.
I will be contacting some ideal candidates we know in Taiwan but would like to hear from you.
Take care and more to come.

Interplace Tokyo

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

NETTOKYO 2006 - the best charity event I have ever attended.

I have been to countless Charity Events in my lifetime in the US and Japan but I must say that NetTokyo 2006 ranks as the top ten. It was held last Saturday and
organized by a great group of determined individuals and sponsors to support, in my opinion, worthy charities that deserve mention. One of them is to support Children with Cancer who are in Japan as well as the Hamigaki Project - to provide tooth brushes for the homeless. The food, decor, the venue and the people were all top drawer in my book. It was a great networking event and I got a chance to meet hundreds of great people.


Website, I encourage people to attend the next one in November, 2006. Hope to see you there!


Tuesday, July 18, 2006

"Excuse me, there's a recruiter in my soup"

More or less not far from the truth here in Tokyo where the Recruiting industry is now growing rapidly each year. The average lifespan of a recruiting firm in Tokyo is 5 years. 90% of all recruiting firms will be out of business by the 5th year according to the Tokyo Labor Office. Despite these stats, there are many new recruiting firms popping up all over town each month. I can't believe we're now finishing our 8th year in business (knock on wood) and getting a steady stream of referrals, repeat business from clients and expanding our outreach. I guess we are doing something right. Some call me "old school" for meeting candidates and clients in person, getting to know our candidates well and using the phone more than just sending emails. Of course, I send more than 200 a day and receive twice that amount but it can't replace voice, which is still the "killer app" in our business.

Candidates are saying that they are being barraged by incoming calls at work, home, cellphone and emails from recruiters they don't know and for some, it is getting somewhat stressful. Well, if you're a top performer and you're doing a great job, then don't be surprised to hear from "Agent Smith" on other end of phone. A good recruiter is going to find out about you from their research or from a friend/Alumni/colleague/former collegue. Some take it as a compliment but there comes a point when you need to limit this flow of suitors and deal with one or a few whom you have a good impression, dealt with before, or is highly recommended and you can trust. I should know, I was on the other end as a candidate many years ago in New York City when I "got the call" from many Agent Smiths but there was one who was professional in every way, who listened, gave good advice, was persistent and gave me a great offer. He placed me in the Advertising industry for which I am very thankful.

Saturday, July 15, 2006


as of 7/13/06

At least 10 years of experience required, high level English speaking ability, people management skills/experience and competent in core areas in Recruiting, Training/Employee Development and C&B a plus. Location: Tokyo Metro Area. We have three positions like this available. Salary range: 15 - 18 Million Yen Annual

We are seeking accounting professionals for various positions in Finance/Real Estate and Consumer Goods industries. Business English ability preferred, CPA a plus and knowledge of USGAAP / SOX would be great. Location: Tokyo Metro Area. Salary range:
8 Million yen - 14 Million yen Annual.

Two postiions available at consumer goods companies. 1st postiion deals with Infrastructure side and must know Cisco Router Technology, manage a staff of 3-4 engineers, fluent in English/Japanese and be part of the Global IT Team. 2nd postiion is an IT Management position focusing more on server side with experience in dealing with POS (point of sale) systems used in the retail industry.
Location: Tokyo Metro Area. Salary range: 15 Million Yen - 20 Million yen Annual.

Store Managers needed for big retail client. Must have at least 8 years experience in retail sales (Fashion & Leather) required. Intermediate English speak ability a plus and must be able to manage the entire operation of a high end luxury brand.
Salary: depending on current. Location: various key locations in Tokyo.

Highly confidential search and unable to disclose details at this time. If you are a well seasoned executive in the software industry and fluent in Japanese and English then I would be happy to talk to you more about it. Location: Tokyo Metro Area.
Salary: 20 Million yen+

Please contact me if you are interested in any of these positions.
Thank you,
I found this in an online article featured on MSN today which I agree with, very insightful and may be useful to candidates to know about how to embellish a resume and NOT to "over do it" on a resume.

Avoid half-truths and gross exaggerations.
Most hiring managers and recruitment professionals have had their share of résumés pass across their desks during their career. So they are usually adept at deciphering embellishments in a résumé. They know that spending the last 10 years as a "domestic engineer" means you simply were home with your kids.

Keywords can help your résumé stand out.
Rather than embellish your titles and accomplishments, use recognizable industry keywords that will jump out at hiring managers reading your résumé and communicate exactly where your expertise lies. Keywords also help your résumé get flagged if you're submitting it electronically or posting it on a job site.

Focus on quantifiable accomplishments.
Use specifics when detailing your past accomplishments -- the amount of money you saved the company, the number of employees you managed, etc. Rather than saying you saved the company millions, state precisely that you "saved the company $2.4 million." Actual numbers and percentages sound much more credible.

Change titles only if it clarifies your position.
If your title uses little known, company-specific jargon, such as being called an "office contact," when you performed duties consistent with an "administrative assistant," then go ahead and use the better suited title. You could list your title on your résumé as "office contact/administrative assistant." Of course that doesn't give you the latitude to promote yourself to "vice president of administration."

Address gaps in your résumé.
Instead of fudging the dates of your past jobs to cover an employment gap, address the lapse in your résumé or cover letter to maintain chronological clarity. For instance, if you were out of work for a year during which time you took courses to enhance your education or professional credentials, list this academic stint on your résumé, rather than pretending the period of unemployment never happened.

Half-finished degrees should not be listed.
If you "almost" completed your degree, you cannot list it as an earned degree on your résumé. However, no education is ever wasted. Be sure to give yourself credit and list any completed coursework in a particular major or concentration.

Kate Lorenz is the article and advice editor for She researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Greetings from hot and humid Tokyo, Japan!

This is Al Parvez, CEO of Interplace, ltd and this is my first blog.

I am hoping to use this medium to reach out to people who are
interested in knowing more about the recruiting market, job opportunities and
give a bit of insignt on the the trends of the Tokyo job market and what our clients are looking for. I will also share my observations and opinions on future blogs.

I have been living in Japan for the past 14 years and recruiting in Tokyo for 11 years. I have riden the roller coast ride of the recruiting market from 1995 till the present while keeping myself sane, sober and relatively intact.

The past 6 months has been a flurry of activity in the recruiting market with many new foreign based recruiting firms opening up in Tokyo, massive advertisement campaigns in subways, TV, magazines and newspaper ads from the large recruiting giants and companies across all industries are hiring again.

The amount of job orders is increasing daily and it looks like the trend will continue for another 6 months with the volume reaching the year 1999 - 2000 levels. The difference is that candidates (Job seekers) are a lot smarter, aggressive and are more savy than they were 10 years ago. Client(companies which are hiring) are more aggressive in their hiring while being very selective as well. There are more candidates in the market than before and therefore the Executive Recruiter needs to work harder to pre-screen more candidates than before. More sophisticated software, devices and tools are now at our disposal but in my opinion, these cannot replace the good old fashioned phone to get things done and having a high level of trust with candidates and clients.

More on this later and will blog again soon.
Here's my website:
a new one is now being designed.

Take care and talk to you all soon
Al Parvez
Interplace, ltd.