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!
Al