How To Find Work in Japan
When looking for work in Japan if you want your work application to be taken in all seriousness you should to consider all national differences.
Before you start packing your bags and kissing your mom or sweetheart goodbye, realize this - seeking for work in Japan, requires a lot more than perseverance and a translated Japan resume, it requires detailed preparation.
You need to show that you are flexible, culturally sensitive, able to adapt to new circumstances and cultures, and that you possess some determination and motivation (for the job, not the location!).
Applying for work in Japan has changed noticeably over the past few years, thanks to mass resume distribution services, online recruitment databases and opportunities to email work search applications.
A foreign individual (i.e., one who is not a Japanese permanent resident or citizen), who intends to work in Japan is typically required to possess a work permit or other authorisation to legally do so.
Most visits to Japan are trouble-free but you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate international terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.
When applying for work in Japan, you may use either Japanese or English language, depending on the company and your fluency. You may submit a “Rirekisho” with no cover letter in Japanese, or a two-page American style resume with cover letter in English.
In Japan, the official language is Japanese, but English is the primary foreign language used in some businesses. Foreign work seekers are expected to have at least a basic understanding of Japanese because knowledge of Japanese is consider necessary to cope with daily office life and life outside work. Accept that most of successful expatriate professionals are bilingual and many of them bi-cultural. Because of that, they can comfortably relate to people from both the East and West.
Many people believe that having studied Japanese at school or college means you are able to speak that language – but do not be mistaken. Having to convince your boss or pass an interview in a language that is not your native tongue could prove a lot more difficult than you might expect.
With the high level of Internet usage in Japan, the Internet is now the easiest place for work in Japan search. Some of the work websites are available in English but many are available only in Japanese. However, it is always best to use as many different work search sources as possible to find open positions. This includes national, regional, local, government, college, university and company websites. In the more modern companies, e-mail applications are accepted.
Networking and contacts are very important in finding work in Japan - so much so that even personal introduction is a requirement to get some jobs. Without the right qualifications and connections, the best job-seeking efforts may not even be enough to obtain an interview. Networking is the best approach for finding the right position. Employers rely heavily on referrals for foreign candidates, personal introductions and personal contacts.
With work in Japan, most often, it is not what you know but whom you know
Foreign companies working in Japan employ the majority of expatriates as representatives. Otherwise, the main source of employment is as English language teachers. EFL teachers are likely to be recruited by Japan language schools. Bona fide students in Japan can apply for permission to work a limited number of hours per week (teaching EFL).
Find work in Japan using the most powerful job search engine on the Internet to date!
To find your work in Japan, simply type keywords into the キーワード/what box describing the kind of job you want, and enter a city, a province or postal code in the 務地/where box. Then click the 発見/Find button or hit the Enter key on your keyboard.
Careerjet searches for work in Japan on all of the major job boards, newspaper sites, niche industry sites and corporate job sites. Those include:
career.jp.msn.com, nifty.com, worldcareer.jp, arukita.com, mymatch.jp, jobs2web.com, ejobsite.jp, gaijinpot.com, myshigoto.com, bizreach.jp, infoseek.rakuten.co.jp, elite-network.co.jp, jmsc.co.jp, robertwalters.co.jp, ecentral.jp, federalgovernmentjobs.us, hays.co.jp, michaelpage.co.jp, mynavi.jp, HealthcareRecruitment.com, nioh.jp, Studentjobs.gov, mccsiwakuni.com, goo.ne.jp, daijob.com, jobdragon.com, joblet.jp, aspire-jpn.com, liber.co.jp and hundreds more.
If you have a difficulty with your resume writing, instead of staring at a blank piece of paper, use:
Write a cover letter convincing the reader why you are the best candidate for interview. If your cover letter writing is poor, use:
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Good luck with your work in Japan!