- Director of Financial Services, Legal, HR & Contract Division
- Robert Walters Japan
Date of birth: May 24, 1980
Hometown: Oxford, United Kingdom
Number of years in Japan (cumulative): 16 (as of August 2018)
In 2000, I visited Japan for summer vacation as a university student. On my first flight to Tokyo I fortuitously met a retired Japanese couple that kindly offered to drive my friend and I to our youth hostel. They went on to generously entertain us with dinner over the next two evenings and their spontaneity and kindness left a lasting, positive impression on me.
I encourage my team to be genuinely curious about everyone they meet, while at the same time maintaining a professional focus on how we as a team can effectively contribute to helping others with their career or talent challenges.
I also recognize the incredible power of authenticity, and I believe that being one’s authentic self at work leads to greater success.
My colleagues and I worked closely with a Japanese business as they sought to rapidly transition from a domestic organization to the Tokyo-based headquarters of a global organization. Over the course of a year we placed more than 100 highly skilled and experienced bilingual professionals. I feel especially proud of this work, as the people we placed went on to make significant positive contributions to our client.
I’m fortunate to work in a business where we are given the opportunity to make a deep and meaningful impact on both our candidates’ careers and our clients’ businesses.
My goal for this year is to continue the vital and exciting work of increasing the number of individual placements achieved by my eight teams, while also maintaining the highest standards of service in our industry.
Japan is an incredible land of opportunities, so be ambitious and optimistic in your approach to your career here.
Despite the immense scale of the economy in Tokyo, it is the quality of your relationships and not the quantity that will likely prove critical to long-lasting and significant career success. Take the time to do good deeds for others and you will be rewarded multiple times over.