Name: A.N.
Position: Global Tax Specialist
Company: International Technology Company

"Changing jobs takes energy, but I think the most important thing is to have a clear grasp of what you really need."

Please tell us about your career to date.

I spent about eight years working at an accounting firm. My clients were both Japanese and foreign-capital companies, and I helped them draft tax reports and gave them tax-related advice. After that, I switched to a career in the financial industry: I wanted to put my accounting firm experience to work internally at a company, and accumulate more experience with taxes on-site, where business was conducted. I worked there for approximately one year.

What triggered you to change jobs?

The experience I gained at the accounting firm was very valuable. However, accounting firms provide only services “from outside the company”. I wanted to gain experience working on-site at a business and further improve my skills, so I transferred to a general business firm (a tax-related role). Although I was able to put the experience from my previous job to work at the general business firm, my scope of work often overlapped with the duties of my former job. There were also restrictions on independently undertaking work. So, since I wanted to put myself in an environment where I could gain experience beyond my period of employment, I began to consider changing careers.

What determined your change of job?

I used the following broad requirements to determine the sort of company I wanted to work for:
- I would be able to make use of my prior experience.
- I would have the opportunity to further improve my skills.
- While I was not picky about the industry, I wanted to join a company whose culture emphasized making positive contributions (I wanted a corporate culture that was a good match for me).
On this job change, I’d hoped for something in the tax field again. However, the company I was referred to was in a completely different field of industry from my previous post, and at first it seemed very alien. However, the consultant who referred me to the company told me about their corporate culture, and what I heard made me really want to get an interview with them. Then at the interview, the people who interviewed me were all incredibly smart; even their personalities made me think, “I really want to work with these people.” That was the deciding factor for me.

Did anything about changing jobs make you uneasy?

During my previous job change, I’d learned that while you can get a pretty good idea of what the job will involve beforehand by looking at the job description, you can’t tell what the corporate culture will be like until you actually join the company. I worried about the accuracy of the information (about the company’s culture) I’d get beforehand.

Additionally, when I got through the (first round of the) document review for the company I ended up joining, I already had an informal offer from another company, and my deadline for responding (accepting the offer) was coming up. Under those conditions, I wasn’t sure how to calmly make the right choice.

What did you think about our company’s services?

This job change was my second, and this was the second time I’d used the services of a recruitment consultant. However, the consultant who took charge of my case this time, Ms. Chikako Uchino, impressed me at every stage. Somewhere, I’d gotten the impression that recruitment consultants refer you only to the openings they have on hand, no more and no less, but Ms. Uchino was very different.

She listened closely to my wishes, not only when referring me for the position, but right up until I accepted the informal offer. As she moved the process forward, she constantly checked to make sure that the positions were a good match for me. I had never met a consultant who kept such a steady focus on the person and the company with which she was dealing; I was truly impressed by the way she handled my case.

As I mentioned, when I passed the document review for the company I ended up working at, I already had an informal offer from another company. However, the company to which I’d been referred was incredibly attractive and a good match with what I was looking for; I couldn’t shake the feeling that I’d really like to work for them. I turned down the informal offer I’d already received, choosing to move through the review process for the company to which I eventually transferred. Even after I’d passed the document screening, Ms. Uchino followed up on various things for me to ensure that the screening process would move ahead quickly. Thanks to her, I received an informal offer soon after.

I think I got this informal offer due to Ms. Uchino’s handling of my case, but it was as though the two of us went through the process that led to the offer as if we were in a three-legged race! Looking back, the process was an enjoyable one: I was able to go through it, not with worry or unease, but with hope. This was also thanks to Ms. Uchino’s constant advice on how to make the best choices when changing jobs, so I think it’s the result of having managed to build a relationship of mutual trust.

Ms. Uchino handled my case very professionally, and I’m incredibly grateful to her. Thank you so much!

Do you have a message for those changing jobs?

Changing jobs takes energy, but I think the most important thing is to have a clear grasp of what you really need. In my case, Ms. Uchino listened to me and drew those needs out for me, so I was able to constantly affirm them. Now that I’m actually working at the new company, I can feel that it truly is a good fit for me.

My two job changes have made me conscious of the importance of the recruitment consultant. I hope all of you will find a consultant that can accurately draw out your needs, and who will refer you to positions that fulfill those needs.