Working in Japan: How to Get a Job in Japan in 2020
What do I need to work in Japan?
The first thing is to make sure that you have a clear idea of the kind of job you are looking for, the income you expect to make, the area you’d like to live in, and the time you’d like to start working in Japan. Having these in mind will help your consultant at LJC help you advance the process along in a smooth way. Make sure that you prepare a resume, and have all the necessary documents on hand.
How easy is to get a job in Japan?
Demand by Employers
We only work with companies in Japan that are looking beyond the short term and are willing to open their organizations up to foreigners working as career professionals in their fields.
- Communicating with Applicants
- Visa Application
- Degree Equivalency
- Reference Checks
- Skill Assessment
What types of people can work in Japan?
- Potential – Qualities that employees need to succeed, such as logical thinking, time management, ability to work under pressure, etc.
- Stance – Attitudes towards work, such as dedication, confidence, resilience, and motivation.
- Portable Skills –Skills required for jobs regardless of industry or region, such as task management, organization, persuasion, public speaking, and dealing with the public.
- Literacy – Proficiency at a general level, such as languages, IT skills, numeracy, clear writing, presentation skills, etc.
- Technical Skills – Expertise related to a specific industry, occupation, or region that recognizes the job seeker as an “expert” in the subject.
Working in Japan can provide you with opportunities not just in the Japanese islands but also beyond. Although Japan is facing a declining birthrate, this has created a number of opportunities for foreign professionals. Where in the past, non-Japanese professionals may have struggled to advance their career pathway in Japan, now the glass ceiling is being broken.Japanese companies are not just looking for professionals who are committed to lead and manage their offices in Japan, but also for enthusiastic culturally sensitive employees who can carry the torch, to their home country or cities all over the world!
Job Searching: How to get a job in Japan
Traditional search by yourself
Using an agency
As both a consultant and partner in your success, LJC will be there with you at every step.
Preparing to work in Japan
How to Dress
New grad hires just out of university in Japan wear a type of dark suit, known as a “fresher’s suit.” As a mid-term applicant, you are not going to need to buy one of these to go to an interview. As long as you have a dark-colored business suit for your interview and other meetings with potential employers, you’ll be fine. For men, make sure that your belt and shoes match, and for the ladies, it is important to be conservative and not too “revealing,” as the standards for ladies business fashion are quite different.
Our recruiters can give you advice about how to present yourself in the most positive light, so don’t hesitate to ask for help.
How easy is it to get a job in Japan? When preparing for the interview, consider first the interview style. In Japan, a “panel” interview, where the applicant is faced by 3 or more interviewers, is not uncommon. It may seem trivial, but Japanese interviewers are often looking at things like how a person enters/leaves the room, their posture, tone & volume of their voice, and things other than the actual answers to the questions being asked.
Preparing for your interview is one area where LJC recruiters can help, first by providing information about the client and interview type, and by giving you coaching in advance so you’ll feel confident when you go for the interview. At any point, you can ask your recruiter for advice and they’ll be happy to work with you and help you succeed in the interview.
Advice for Getting a Job in Japan
When to start
The “traditional” Japanese hiring season goes from November to February for an April 1 start. However, not all positions are filled during that season, and there will be positions open year-round with many employers. If relocating to work abroad in Japan, you are not going to be held to the same hiring season as the majority of Japanese job hunters, so you do have some flexibility.
Timing your job hunt is an important thing. If you start too early, you may lose interest from employers who want to hire someone “right now” when you want to start months later, and if you wait until too late, you can easily find yourself in a rush to get a job in order to make ends meet. We would recommend that you start about three months before the time when you’d like to begin working in Japan.
How long does it take
At LJC, we will do our best to reply to your initial registration with us within two business days. The process for each of our placements is unique and may follow a different timeline.
Once you have spoken with one of our recruiters and completed the application for a specific position, it will take some time to go through the matching process. Once matched, LJC will stay with you for the duration of the interview and hiring process with the employer here in Japan. For education and other positions hiring from outside of Japan, for example, if you’re relocating to work abroad in Japan, the process can be cyclical and take some time in advance. We recommend that you check the detailed job posting for each position and ask our recruiter about the timeline for each job.