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Posted in: Leading a digital 'evilution' See in context

tkoind2

If he wants to work 20 hours a day and pay tax, great, more power to him.

If a young college student reads this and decides to work 20 hours a day to make his dream happen, no matter what, more power to him or her too.

The article is about a guy who works his tail off to go forward no matter what happens or how hard he has to work, pretty good example as things now are so dark.

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Posted in: Leading a digital 'evilution' See in context

@ tkoind2

My take from this article, is a guy who has built his own company and is by his own efforts trying to do something no one else has and willing to work hard to make it happen, a good message.

The guy in the article answered a question that maybe you have not:

How far am I willing to go to make my dream happen?

Have you asked, or are you afraid of what answer you have?

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Posted in: The man who launched a thousand chips See in context

What this world needs is more cookies. Cookies are " happy food " and a great way to strike up a conversation no matter what the topic of the meeting is.

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Posted in: If a longtime expat starts offering you advice, walk the other way See in context

This article challenges common sense, ignores what is clearly accepted normality and is contrary to the "listen to those who know" mentality amongst the lifers here.

Loved it.

Keep writing articles buddy, let the 英会話族 nim-witts keep whining about them!

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Posted in: Children learn about the world of work See in context

@Japlan :

The point of reaching out to them is to show them their future is not as scary as their past.

Singular pursuits? We helped the kids to see both sides of the table not just their own.

Division of labor work force economics? big word, no meaning. Perhaps you think in 5 years when they hit the labor force that the economy will be gone, we will all be wearing mad max clothes and have mohawks. I disagree, its important to practice transferable skills and exercise emotional intelligence.

Have a challenge for you, please contact the institute and send them a donation, actions and cash speak louder than posts.

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Posted in: Children learn about the world of work See in context

Thanks for the comments. A part of the workshop is kids becoming a company owner, then think of the kinds of questions they would use to interview for the job "they" wanted and then role play back and forth as a job seeker and hiring manager. It's amazing how quickly these kids caught on and at 10 years old they killed me in interviews, one demanding I draw pictures for a comic book company job saying "if you can't draw what are my customers gonna buy?!"

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Posted in: What if your company goes bankrupt? See in context

one more thing, thanks for the article Terrie, always good to read your stuff!

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Posted in: What if your company goes bankrupt? See in context

Interesting, guess everyone is listening now. Study up, be effective in your job and SAVE as much cash as you can. The depression will last until 2012 or 2013 in my opinion, but the toughest part will be this year until Q1 2010. save up cash people, don't buy anything big for a while...

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Posted in: The future of contract work in Japan: First steps to change See in context

MMWK2008, if you have a question contact me via my website: www.smartpartners.co.jp happy to offer what advice I can, cheers.

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Posted in: The future of contract work in Japan: First steps to change See in context

The 3 year law is the maximum you can have a haken staff onsite for one job. That is why there is a lot talk of the "2009 mondai" which is the 3 year milestone after the limit of 1 year maximum haken was bumped up to 3 years back in 06. April 1st 2009 will be the day 1,000's more contractually finish their agreements and can't complain even if they wanted to. And yes, you can fire people and you can be fired. SPACE MONKEY- Spot on mate, could not have said it better myself!

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Posted in: The future of contract work in Japan: First steps to change See in context

There is something growing in popularity known as a "career portfolio" where one person works at 2 sometimes 3 companies at a time on a contract basis. As Japan follows the world into this depression, you will see more companies farming out sections of work in a "just in time" mindset for staffing. Don't think so? Look into the ideas of "work-sharing" that have started in the government here. Like I have written before, for 1,000`s here in Tokyo, haken will be the only choice for many in the tough years to come. Plan, earn, save and prepare.

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Posted in: Gloomy predictions for 2009 See in context

tkoind2 at 10:30 AM JST - 5th January

Spot on. Nice post, lots to think about.

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Posted in: Japan turns to bargain-hunting See in context

Like I wrote in my article, start counting your yen for next year and learn to live very lean...

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Posted in: How not to get fired in a bad economy See in context

Don’t be whiner, complainer or negative energy source. Hard skill sets aside, bosses often fire the people who are most annoying in the office.

Let's see how many of these compulsive negative posers (misspelling intended) are here online by Q4 2009.

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Posted in: How not to get fired in a bad economy See in context

ronaldk- that is very sound advice. Scary how a simple purchase adds up at the end of the month huh?

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Posted in: How not to get fired in a bad economy See in context

Altria- ha ha that is a good one!

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Posted in: Is taking redundancy a good idea? See in context

That is a very sharp idea, Gaijintraveller. Nice post, thanks.

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Posted in: Strong year ahead for language schools See in context

hmmm, good point, why don't you contact him and ask?

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Posted in: Try to get a credit card in Japan See in context

Jeremy, go get a seibu card. They'll sign you up with a 100K yen limit. Buy some stuff, pay it off then go for another credit card and you'll get approved. It's a pain, but you will get one if you keep trying. Good luck mate.

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Posted in: Urgency versus panic See in context

You are wise, I agree completely.

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Posted in: The future of contract employment in Japan See in context

That would certainly take the edge off things I agree....

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Posted in: The future of contract employment in Japan See in context

1eyedjack, open both eyes do some reading:

They don't pay into the pension system or shakai hoken (insurance) and worst of all as they've driven down wages they magnified the increasing speed of Japans working poor !

You are 100% WRONG, all is required by the government and paid out(after 2 months of work), if not, then the company is in violation and thus conducting business illegally.

Again SOME of you "posters" are not business people and have no idea what you are talking about, I politely ask you to read first, do some research and form an opinion then. Bieng angry that such a thing as "profit" exists in business shows how far down you are in the chain.

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Posted in: The future of contract employment in Japan See in context

ClosetFreak, you have no idea what you are talking about, probably have never held an executive job (over 8m jpy) here in Japan.

Free advice for your growth: Stop your victim mentality, stop bieng angry, start a company, grow clients and start signing paychecks instead of collecting them.

I hate to say this, but haken will become the ONLY option for tons of young Japanese soon, the winter is coming my friends, a long cold winter with 1,000s of layoffs in the next few months here.

Haken budgets are usually outside fixed HR costs (vendor budgets) so can be signed by lower-level managers. This gives young kids a chance to get jobs easier than normal fulltime ones.

Fulltime is best of course over the long term (5 years+), with loads benefits, internal overseas tranfers, bonus structures and other goodies.

But Haken is a great OPTION if you have a PLAN as to how you will use it over a 2 to 3 year period and need a BREAK-IN to a larger firm.

I thought everyone here already "knows" the negative side of Haken, so I think the choice to show some positives was a good one.

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Posted in: The future of contract employment in Japan See in context

Hi Ronald, my apologies, let's see your resume/LinkedIn profile and from there we can figure out why you are struggling with income and get you a solution. My AVERAGE salary from my onsite staff as an agent was 850,000 jpy with many bieng well north of 1,000,000 yen a month, my senior Unix consultant at a bank made 2,000,0000 a month before OT (and is still there by the way, last I spoke to him...). They studied hard in school, got certs, worked late, studied up on weekends instead of drinking beer, and made it happen. 1 year contracts, with a high paying salary can get you a loan, a healthy bank account balance sure helps too with proper financial planning and discipline...(there are garuantor services availible as well...) About Recruit/Pasona etc, I won't speak for as their margins are razor-thin (after COGs/staff pay about 1 to 3%) so I can see why benefits are cut, pay is low etc. About a narrow field, yes only about several thousand in Tokyo alone (Japanese and gaijin workers). The buzz word/jargon used by Japanese people & the local media is "executive haken". You won't know that unless you can read Japanese newspapers or have hit the bricks as a contract salesman, not common knowledge, which is the point of the article I think... People in this forum need to stop attacking those column writers who have actually done something with their lives worth writing about. If you want to really post something, contact the website and ask to be a writer.

Or you can hide behind your keyboard and make silly comments that do not promote an intelligent discussion about business and current events.

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Posted in: The future of contract employment in Japan See in context

As the world enters a global winter for the next 2 years, I am sure there will be few people complaining about doing contract work.

2 main reasons:

Full time employment provides little security anymore, 10% reduction at GS, DHL cutting thousands, AIG in big trouble, Citi bleeding from all sides etc etc. Having a JOB rather than the status of employment will be more important. Ask the IT team at Lehman if they would refuse IT contract work now...

Having an agent working for you (contract agent) who will have a pipeline of new temp jobs for you if your contract gets cut, will get you working much faster then fulltimers who suddenly find themselves out in the cold and need to start searching for work from scratch.

This is a comment for IT/F&A/PM/BA/SWD etc type PROFESSIONAL workers, usually making 6,000,000 yen or more per year and NOT English teachers or manufacturing/dock loaders/fish mongers or day workers at pachinko halls.

If anyone wants to argue, I have been a top-ranked agent in bilingual temp staffing in Tokyo for the past 7 years and am ready for any comments. (I didnt write this article by the way...)

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