Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Begin with the end in mind

In the notable book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective
People, the writer Stephen Covey asks the reader to “begin
with the end in mind” by envisioning their own funeral.

According to Covey's writing, if you can imagine what people
would say about you at your funeral service, you have probably
established principles that are very important in your
life—principles that will shape your legacy.
Your desired legacy is as unique as you are.

We're here to help you build your legacy.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Current job openings (Advance Inc)

Greetings to all and hope you are having a great day!

Back by popular demand is a current list of our positions. This is our "hotlist" of urgent positions which need to be filled. Please contact us with your inquiries and send your resume in confidence to apply for any of the following positions:


Country Manager - Software IT startup (Location: Yokohama, Japan)

o Experienced Senior Executive: Fluent in English and Japanese (spoken and written)
o Information technology background (Solutions or Services)
o Prefer MBA with Engineering undergraduate
o More Entrepreneurial personality
o Able to deal with Senior Executives in Japanese Industry
o Able to deal with Press and Government
o Executive Management Experience
 Business Development (Sales and Marketing)
 Services
 Finance
 Technical
o Prefer ERP Solution background
 Automotive
 Electrical and Electronic Consumer
 Pharmaceutical
• Compensation in line with Experience
• Requirements
 Establish strong presence in key markets
 Refine 2009 to 2010 Business plan

Accounting Supervisor - Medical related company (Location: Tokyo, Japan)

  • Reporting relationships: Reporting to Finance & Administration Manager and supervising one temp staff
  • Salary range (n-target earning): 6.5 – 8.0M including bonus, but can be negotiable
The successful candidates are flexible, self-starter and highly motivated. As the company is still young and small and changing rapidly, cultural fit is just as important as required skill-sets & experiences. We prefer upbeat, highly-motivated & high-potential professional.

Position: #3

Global Finance Company (Location: Tokyo, Japan)

Finance IT preferred.  - Java, C++, C# programmers. Any nationality with good English and Japanese language skills.

Brand Manager, Skincare- Luxury Brand Company  (Location: Tokyo, Japan)

  • Brand Manager for Skincare Products
  • 3-5 years of experience required.

Front Reception / Clerk / Sales Manager / Sales Director - Hospitality Company

Candidates who has experience in the hotel / hospitality industry or would 
like to start a career in this exciting and growing industry are welcome to apply.


Retail Manager - High end luxury brand company.

Experienced candidate must have at least 5 years of experience in the fashion/retail market with high level English or French ability with native level Japanese language skills.
Please inquire for more details.

We will be giving a short list of current openings soon. Feel free to contact us.
Thank you,

Al Isago Parvez
CEO & Representative Director
Advance, Inc.



We are very pleased to announce to you of the new and exciting changes with our Tokyo office.

As of September 25, 2007, Interplace Ltd. (Tokyo Office) will change its name to Advance Inc. The new corporate name reflects our new brand and vision for helping to advance the careers of our loyal and trusted candidates like you. This winter we will be celebrating our 10th anniversary in business serving high performing and career minded people with career consulting and helping them achieve their career goals.

Al Isago Parvez has acquired a controlling interest in the Interplace Ltd Tokyo operations and will serve under the new title CEO and Representative Director at this time.

The Advance Team is ready to serve you and committed to continuing to be your preferred and lifelong Executive Recruiter.

Feel free to contact us at

Advance Inc.
AIOS Meguro-Ekimae Bldg 9F Room#913
2-15-19 Kami-Osaki, Shinagawa-ku,
Tokyo, 141-0021 Japan
Tel# +81 (0)3-5795-0866
Fax#+81 (0)3-5795-0966
License No. 13-Yu-010270

Our addresses, phone and fax numbers will remain as above.
Our current email addresses will be accessible until the end of 2007.
We will be contacting you from our new email addresses accordingly.

Our very best wishes,

The Advance Inc. Team

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Market Update - NYSE July, 2007

The following information was given to me just a few days ago by a Financial Advisor whom I have known for a longtime and trust their accuracy and comments. Hoping this may be useful to you.

A number of issues weighed on the equity markets yesterday, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJII) down 311.50 points (-2.26%) and the S&P 500 Index down 35.43 points, for a 2.33% loss for the day. The technology laden Nasdaq Composite dropped 48.83 points, or 1.84%.

In our view, continued concerns about the credit and mortgage markets, further deterioration in the housing market, and rising oil prices appeared to be the major drivers of yesterday's broad-based sell-off. Reports of potential large trading losses at a prominent German bank also likely diminished investors’ appetite for equities, in our opinion.

Market breadth was decidedly negative yesterday, with the number of declining issues outpacing the number of advancing issues by more than 15-to-one on the New York Stock Exchange. Yesterday's action marks the 29th 100 point move in the Dow thus far this year, fast approaching the total for 2006 of 33. The “VIX Index,” a commonly used measure of volatility, registered its highest reading since June of 2006 yesterday. Treasury markets, in a “flight-to-quality,” rallied yesterday driving the yield on the 10-year Treasury note below 4.8%.
Credit market fears continued to trouble investors yesterday in our opinion.

It appears the main source of concern is that increased risk aversion and more restrictive credit markets could have a dampening effect on M&A activity, making deals tougher to pull off. Two large leveraged buy-outs (LBOs) were put on hold yesterday, and there is concern that there will be fewer future deals due to financing difficulty, in our view. New home sales were lower than expected in June, falling 6.6% versus consensus expectations for a 2.7% decline. Weaker-than-expected second quarter earnings from a number of homebuilders further supported the view that any significant recovery in the housing market may be forestalled. Crude oil prices continued to rise yesterday, reaching just shy of $77 per barrel. In our view, recent uneasiness over a slowdown in consumer spending was magnified yesterday, given the negative housing data and higher crude prices.

We believe the recent equity market action could prove to be a buying opportunity for investors willing to look past the near-term volatility. Although credit concerns, the housing market, and a potential consumer slowdown are all risks that should not be ignored, we believe the market will ultimately be supported by a number of factors, including solid corporate balance sheets, relatively attractive market valuations, strong free cash flow generation, rising income levels, low unemployment, and moderating inflation. Although we expect markets to remain choppy, we believe the potential exists for further gains in the equity market by the end of the year and into 2008. Our year-end target for the S&P 500 is 1,600 and our year-end target for the Dow is 14,400. The S&P 500 currently trades at approximately 15.7x our 2007 and 14.6x our 2008 S&P 500 operating earnings (pre-writeoffs) forecasts of $94.75 and $101.75, respectively. Our mid-year 2008 targets for the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average are 1,725 and 15,500, respectively. This implies approximately 14% upside from current levels over the next 12 months.

This information was provided by Smith Barney
JS - Financial Advisor.

Tokyoheadhunter Al Parvez July, 2007


Congratulaions to all our candidates in accepting offers these past few weeks!
We appreciate our clients for their continued business and patronage.

Now back in Tokyo and already into full swing with the next quarter. Lot's going on at the Tokyo office with many assignments to keep us busy. Here are the choice positions we are working on at the moment.

Managing Director - IT company
Salary: 20 million yen
Must have at least 10 years of telecom experience
Japanese / English ability.

Finance Director - Medical Device Company
Salary:10-15 Million yen
US CPA required, management experience, worked at big 4
Japanese / English ability

HR Manager - Consumer Goods Company
Salary 10 - 15 million yen
Generalist HR experience preferred
Japanese / English abilty

And there's plenty more at this time. so feel free to inquire and send us your CV.

The Tokyo job market is really hot right now and showing signs of continued growth for the next 2 quarters for sure. IT accounts for about 55% of our workload with consumer/luxury brand a close 2nd with pharmaceutical/medical and Finance/Real Estate gaining ground. My schedule is getting kind of hectic this week but as always you are welcome to email me or call me at the office at anytime, I would be happy to speak with you and provide career consulting.

I will be posting some information regarding last week's surprise at the NYSE.

Thanks for listening and have a great week.
Al Parvez
Interplace, Ltd

Monday, February 05, 2007

Greetings from the Tokyo Headhunter - Al Parvez

Take charge of your life and career in 2007!

I am back in Tokyo after being in Los Angeles for a month.
Good to be back in Tokyo with 3G wireless, trains which
run on time, the best food in the world and being a part of 
this great resurgence in the Japanese economy. 

Well, this year 2007 represents our 10th year in business
and I appreciate our clients and candidates continued trust
and partnership.

Here's a quick overview of our positions:

Executive Level - "C' Level positions

* Country Manager - Medical Device company seeking a qualified and experienced in
generating over 50 million dollars in revenue, managing a large team and bilingual
(Native level Japanese - High proficiency in English)

* CFO - Stellar CFO or an aspiring one is needed by a startup. Must have experience in
help bringing a company to public.  

Sales Management

* Sales Manager - High performing Telecommunications (Voice / Data / Dedicated Leased Lines) needed for Telecom/IT startup. High level contacts, sales experience and high level English needed by a global telecommunciations firm.

* Account Manager - IT company seeks qualified candidate for a large software company. Experience in Channel / Direct sales to high level Japanese corporate and government


* Embedded Software Engineer

* Digital TV Technology Engineer

* C, C++ Java Programmers

* Telecom/Networking hardware Engineer

* Systems  Engineer - 4 positions

*Technical Support Manager - Networking hardware/Telecommunications

HR and Administrative

* HR Manager - Retail business (Osaka)

* HR Manager - IT hardware company (Tokyo)

* Executive Secretary for Consumer Goods/Luxury Brand Company

* HR Training Manager - for IT company

Many more positions available in IT, Finance, Real Estate/Property Management, consumer goods, luxury brand and 
pharmaceutical/medical devices. 

I will be in Tokyo for the next several months so feel free to contact us 
and send us your resume to the following email address: 

Take care and have a great day!

Al I. Parvez
Interplace, Ltd (Tokyo Office)