Category Archives: JOBS

Getting Hired: Apply from Home or Go to Japan First?

So, you’re itching to get your career started in Japan, but you’re having trouble deciding between two options:

  • Option 1 – Get hired while in your home country and then go to Japan, or;
  • Option 2 – Go to Japan on a non-working visa and THEN find a job.

While I have a distinct preference, both options have their merits. Let’s go through them before I declare my winner.

The main advantage of Option 1 is that it allows peace of mind and peace of wallet.

Since you don’t need to buy airfare until you have a gig (and visa), there’s no risk of wasting the money on a fruitless journey. You don’t run the risk of not having a valid visa after your tourist stint runs out. Also, since you don’t actually have a government-mandated time limit to your job hunt, you’re likely to be subject to less stress. You can apply for jobs as long as it takes and depart when you find something that’s good for you. Exactly how long it takes will be largely dependent on your resume, qualifications and interview skills, but even an extended job hunt will be OK since you will still be at home sweet home.

(Note: If getting a job in education is your goal, choose Option 1. No-brainer.)

Option 2 is a bit different. While its takes some money and guts to go to Japan jobless, it is definitely easier to land a job if you are already in the country. This makes sense. Companies don’t want to waste money on flying over foreigners who will just end up jumping ship in a month or two, which happens more than often than you might think. The power of a good face-to-face interview can’t be understated. Giving an interview …continue reading

    

2018 Top Jobs in Japan Week 25

Source: Gaijin Pot

If you’re looking to work in Japan, check back here each week as we look through the database of top jobs in Japan that have been posted to GaijinPot and pick the ones we think are most interesting. You can apply directly to these companies by creating a profile on GaijinPot Jobs.


Junior Consultant (Tokyo)

  • English: Business level
  • Japanese: Business level
  • ¥300,000 / Month
  • Must currently reside in Japan
  • Experienced salespeople are welcome
  • Visa sponsorship available

En world is looking for a candidate coordinator is to support consultants in matching its client companies and job seekers. You will focus on the candidate side and support mid- to executive-level professionals with bilingual skills in Japan. Benefits include a flextime work system with a core time from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Apply


English Instructor/Teacher/ALT (All over Japan)

  • English: Native level or similar
  • University degree required for visa sponsorship
  • Overseas applications wanted!
  • Attractive salaries

Jobs available for teaching English in Japan! View a variety of GaijinPot’s top English teaching jobs on offer this week. Applications from overseas job seekers are definitely encouraged.

Apply


Japanese Restaurant Staff (Tokyo)

  • Japanese: Business level
  • ¥260,000 / Month
  • Must currently reside in Japan

Neo Career is looking for staff at a traditional Japanese restaurant located in various locations in Tokyo. Your duties will include table preparation, customer welcome and conversation, menu introduction and traditional Japanese farewell. Benefits include wearing a traditional kimono for work!

Apply


International Tourism Driver (Kansai Area)

  • English: Conversational
  • Japanese: Conversational
  • Must currently reside in Japan
  • Must have a valid working visa
  • Must have a driver’s license (within the last 3 years)
Nihon Kotsu is looking for tourist drivers to lead small groups in their customized private sightseeing tour. As a driver, you will be able to …continue reading

    

2018 Top Jobs in Japan Week 24

Source: Gaijin Pot

If you’re looking to work in Japan, check back here each week as we look through the database of top jobs in Japan that have been posted to GaijinPot and pick the ones we think are most interesting. You can apply directly to these companies by creating a profile on GaijinPot Jobs.


Full-Time Street Go-Kart Tour Guide (Tokyo)

  • English: Business level
  • Must currently reside in Japan
  • Must have a valid Japanese driver’s license
  • Must have a valid visa to work in Japan
  • ¥200,000 ~ ¥330,000 / Month
  • Visa sponsorship available

MariCar, the company offering tours of Tokyo in go-karts with customers dressed in costumes, is looking for tour guides to entertain and show customers around Tokyo. Must have a valid driver’s license for Japan.

Apply


English Instructor/Teacher/ALT (All over Japan)

  • English: Native level or similar
  • University degree required for visa sponsorship
  • Overseas applications wanted!
  • Attractive salaries

Jobs available for teaching English in Japan! View a variety of GaijinPot’s top English teaching jobs on offer this week. Applications from overseas job seekers are definitely encouraged.

Apply


Social Media Marketer (Tokyo)

  • English: Native level
  • Japanese: Business level
  • Must currently reside in Japan
  • ¥250,000 ~ ¥300,000 / Month
  • Visa sponsorship available

Love Japanese snacks? Want a career centered in Japanese pop culture? MoveFast is looking for their new social media marketer to create marketing and SNS campaigns and strategies, including budget planning, content ideation and implementation schedules, as well as distribute engaging written or graphic content in the form of email newsletters, web page and blog content or social media messages. Duties also include outreach to influencers and companies for new partnerships and to grow and expand company social media presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Benefits include all-you-can-eat Japanese snacks and drinks (i.e. Kit Kat, Pocky, Ramune)!

Apply


Deli / Bakery / Sushi Associate (Yokosuka, Kanagawa)

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The Inside Japan Podcast: From Interac to Tech – Jordan

This week Jordan drops in to regale us with his tale of making the jump from Interac Teacher to his position in the Tech field.

Enjoy the show.

Some of the topics discussed include:
2:23 – What Jordan does now
2:50 – The Question Jordan sent me more than a year ago
7:30 – The New Interac Contract Talk
10:00 – Quitting his job at Interac
13:30 – Finding his new job
17:20 – His First Day
20:00 – What’s your work life like? How’s the money?
24:30 – Anything you wish you did differently?
32:00 – His strategy for applying for jobs


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An MBA in Japan could launch your career

Globally the most popular area of post-high school study is business, whether for certificates, diplomas, undergraduate degrees or MBA and other post-graduate studies.

Business studies, and MBAs or other Master level degrees in related fields such as Finance and Marketing, are widely recognized and evaluated. Job candidates who have them get priority treatment for promotion to management level positions within their current firms or organizations and have a far better chance of landing promising new management and executive positions.

This tends to cut across all sectors such as business, education, health care, and Internet of Things (IOT).

Within academic institutions, business departments are relatively recent additions to universities. The areas were first begun to be studied in the industrial heartlands of the early benefactors of the Industrial Revolution in the late 19th Century. They were, therefore European and American universities, including the first graduate program at Harvard (where former president George W. Bush received his MBA).

The study of business and management helps participants to better understand how the world moves, and it affords participants opportunities to learn more about critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills, all useful in any working environment. During my time as an MBA student, I met two medical doctors, other English teachers and administrators amongst the ‘regular business’ students and all benefited from the practical management knowledge and interaction with talented fellow students from a variety of countries and fields.

Technology has increased the options and availability and decreased the cost of studying for MBA’s and equivalents. Some leading MBA and partial MBA programs offer blended-learning solutions (partly online and partly live or on Skype, with ongoing support and encouragement).

These programs are at least half the cost of regular MBA programs but the resulting MBA degree, access to the faculty at and the resources of the business school are the …continue reading