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.
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