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The Two Most Effective Self-Analysis Methods - Part 1 - [Job Hunting in Japan Series - Part 7]

Miso Dog
Misoko sensei, today we’re going to talk about how to conduct a self-analysis, right?

Yes, that's right.
The topic is "The two most effective self-analysis methods". Today we’ll cover one of them.
I'll explain the methods in detail so that anyone struggling with self-analysis can use it right away. So, stay tuned.

Miso Dog
Awesome! I’m ready, Misoko sensei.
Great! Let's get started.

Two methods of self-analysis

As I said, there are two methods of self-analysis:
The first one is a "Motivation Graph”, the most effective self-analysis method advocated by a former HR manager.
The second one is "a logic tree that can persuade the personnel department."

Miso Dog
Whoa! Sounds amazing. I can’t wait to learn more about them!

How to make a "Motivation Graph”?

Step 1. Preparation

Well, all you need is a pen and paper to draw your motivation graph.

First, draw a vertical line on the left-hand side of the paper, then draw a horizontal line from left to right in the middle. The vertical axis indicates your motivation level and the horizontal axis shows time. The time axis can be marked off with the school year starting from middle school to the present year.

Now, you're all set.

Step 2. Draw a dot

Next, look back at your experiences during each year of your timeline, and draw a dot where your motivation level was.

The key is to focus not only on experiences that will help you to get a job but also on experiences that shaped you as a person. Please try to make honest judgments and follow your instincts when marking your graph.

It will look something like this once you have written the dots.

Next, connect all the dots with one line.
Now, the following steps are important! So listen carefully.

Step 3. Pay attention to the changes

Once you connect the dots, pay attention to the changes.

When you find two patterns, "High Motivation → Low Motivation" and "Low Motivation → High Motivation", number them respectively. I think you'll probably get 3-4 each.

Step 4. Write down what happened

After this, please write down what happened in your life during each change of motivation level. The important thing is to write it out in "your own words." It can be just simple words, bullet points, any method that you want even if it becomes messy.

Only a few more steps to go!

Step 5. Ask yourself questions

Next, with regard to the contents written in the previous step, start asking yourself these questions:

"What kept me highly motivated?”
"Why did my motivation get lower?"
"What was I doing when my level of motivation changed?”
"What kind of situation was I in?"

Try to dig deeper and deeper. Keep asking yourself, “Why?”, and change your questions accordingly. Get as much information as possible.
While looking for commonalities and differences between the patterns, look back on the past.

The point is, don't just think about everything in your head.
Please write everything out and then organize it.

And that is the motivation graph method.
Isn't it simple?
If you do this, you will be able to quickly identify your characteristics, values, and experiences.

Miso Dog
Oh, that sounds doable!!! By the way, should I be reflecting all the way back to middle school?
No, you can start from any time.
However, the further you look back, the more information you have to analyze.
So, starting back at middle school is recommended.
Miso Dog
I see, I think I got it.
Maybe I’ll try and look back from elementary school!
Sounds good! That's the spirit!

In Conclusion

Well then, that’s all for today! This method is simple and easy, but it is useful to use, and you can expect great results from doing this.
The second topic, "A Logic Tree that Persuades Interviewers" will be covered next time.
Please look forward to it.

Miso Dog
I can't wait!

Check out the previous articles for information on Job Hunting in Japan:

3 Characteristics of Japanese Companies that you should know [Job Hunting in Japan Series - Part 1]

7 Things That You Should Do in the Job-Hunting Process [Job Hunting in Japan Series - Part 2]

4 Ways to Search for Japanese Companies [Job Hunting in Japan Series - Part 3]

“I wish I knew this sooner!” Internship in Japan Basics [Job Hunting in Japan Series - Part 4]

How to Find Excellent Companies in Japan [Job Hunting in Japan Series - Part 5]

What is Self Analysis (自己分析)!?? [Job Hunting in Japan Series - Part 6]

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