foreigner applying for job abroad in Japan

In the future, we’ll outline some of the job opportunities for foreigners in Japan. But if you’ve already decided on the field you’re looking for, your next step would be to look for open positions and applying for jobs.

The easiest and most accessible option would be to begin your search online. Some of the biggest job search sites are Gaijinpot Jobs (part-time/full-time), Daijob (full-time), and Indeed (part-time/full-time). Gaijinpot and Daijob provide completely English sites for easy navigation. Baitoru and Town Work are two Japanese sites that list hundreds of part-time positions as well for those with some language ability. 

Things to look out for while perusing job openings are: 

  • Salary
  • Working days/hours
  • What kind of insurance is provided
  • Possibility of visa sponsorship
  • Required Japanese level

Such online job websites often have a built-in process for applying to posted jobs. However, some jobs may require a traditional Japanese resume. Be sure to check out a Japanese resume before applying to make sure you’re using the correct format!

If you wish to take a step beyond searching online, you might look into a recruitment company for help. There are recruitment sites that cover a general array of career fields. Others put their efforts into one field, International Language House being one of them. We provide introduction services to put you in touch with one of the schools we work with for a job in English education. While ILH’s services are free, please keep in mind that some recruitment companies do charge for their services.

Finally, let’s outline some of the things you should have prepared for a smooth application and interview process:

  • A “shoumei-shashin” (headshot for resume, can be taken at a photobooth)
  • Some blank “rirekisho” templates (available at 100 yen shops and conbinis)
  • A bank account
  • A hanko
  • Interview clothes

Keep an eye out for an upcoming post on getting ready for your Japanese job interview. Also, check out our recruitment page to learn more about working with us or to use our introduction services!

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