It’s been about four months since moving to Tokyo and so much has happened. And so much hasn’t. I have a job, kind of. It’s a dream job, kind of. As of today, I have about ¥10,000 to my name. I don’t know how exactly I’m going to pay my rent, health insurance, phone bill, last year’s residence taxes, and still eat food every day this month, but I’m going to make it work. I think. (Shout out to my friend who sent me a broke-peoples’-starter-kit care package).
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There’s an art to explaining you’re broke, and/or following your dreams. And I have not mastered that art yet. At all. Some of the scariest questions (followed by my simple answers) a person can ask me at the moment are “Why are you here?” (Because Tokyo is rad), “What do you do?” (I’m following my dreams), “Want to go out tonight?,” (I’m sorry I can’t afford that right now) and “Are you an English teacher?” (Yes, kind of). However, the reality of answering these questions is usually me fumbling around for an explanation to what I perceive to be a very immediately complicated existential dilemma—eventually blurting out, “I’m slightly unemployed.”
How can one be slightly unemployed? Well, I guess you could say “slightly unemployed” is a fancy way of saying you’re trying to make things work. Nothing is stable right now. Dream-wise, or bills-wise. My situation is in constant flux. I’ve found some awesome opportunities only to lose them—had to scramble together some one-day-only jobs to make up for sudden losses. Sometimes I work at a cute donut-cocktail truck stand in Shibuya. Sometimes I work as a reporter/camerawoman/writer/filmmaker, and as of very, very recently I’m …continue reading
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Check back each week as we look through the database of 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.
Performance Auditor (Tokyo)
Sonoda & Kobayashi, a Japanese intellectual property law firm, is looking for a bilingual professional able to work effectively autonomously while understanding the auditor role in the overall strategy of the company. Your role will be mainly to perform researches, analysis and program evaluation tasks for performance audits. You will often interact with IT and management department.
HR Specialist (Tokyo)
As a human resources specialist in Appier, your main focus will be managing recruiting activities and administrative tasks. You may also take part in communication between Japanese colleagues and headquarters teams on HR related topics. You must have a bachelor’s degree or above in human resources, business administration, psychology or related fields.
Customer Service Representative (Tokyo)
Level up your career fast with this customer service representative position at Oakwood, a major hospitality and real estate company in Japan. Business English and Japanese required (interview to be done in Japanese). Manager position opportunity within one year. Must currently reside in Japan.
Editor, Web/Mobile Site Management (Shiodome, Tokyo)
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Foreigners come to Japan for all sorts of reasons: sushi, temples or getting on the wrong plane and ending up in Tokyo. However, if you’re looking to settle down, you’re going to need two things: martial arts training to deal with the hordes of crazy insects and, of course, a job. You can decide on the order for those two things.
Not speaking from personal experience or anything but, once you’ve had your dreams crushed and you’re told that you can’t become “Tokyo Man” and stand with your underwear over your trousers at Shinjuku station, you might have to start looking for other positions. You’ve heard that the easiest entry into the country is teaching English in some capacity but, fortunately, there are numerous types of employment opportunities in Japan beyond the typical. That being said, if anyone is looking to become a sidekick for a totally real superhero then put your name in the comments below.
Let’s do a little matchmaking and figure out what type of job could work for you, based on what brought you (or what might bring you) to the land of the rising sun. (Plus, some oh-so-surprising wild card job picks for foreigners in Japan.)
1. If you enjoy the high-risk, high-reward life, give consulting a shot
On GaijinPot, there is a heavy stream of jobs for multiple consulting-slash-recruiting agencies. If you have a basic understanding of Japanese (or can at least pick it up quickly) then consulting might be a way forward.
The benefits are simple: a comfy chair and all-year AC and heating. Most people are able to start their own companies a few years down the road with the portfolio that they build. If you’re looking to stick around in Japan for the long term and can handle …continue reading
While JobsinJapan.com is the best place to find open positions in your area, there are still some opportunities that don’t end up on even the best job board listings online. In the extremely rare case that you are looking for a job not already on jobsinjapan.com, you’re going to want to do a bit of extra legwork to have a chance at the positions that fall through the cracks.
To get ahead of those who stick to the job boards, you’re going to want to utilize your Google-fu, your email writing skills, and a whole lot of patience (in addition to your usual Jobs in Japan activities of course!).
Assuming you already have a top-notch resume and CV (and after applying to all relevant jobs on Jobs in Japan), just running a Google search for companies in your desired field and location will often produce some great leads.
For example, let’s search for an International School Position in the beautiful city of Kobe.
The front page alone yields a variety of places we can contact about job opportunities.
The first step is to go to the school website and look for any “Job Opportunities” or “Careers” tabs or links. These are rare, but when you see them use them as they are a great way to “jump the line” ahead of people waiting on job boards.
If any particular company doesn’t have a convenient “Work Here” tab, Google the school’s name and along a word like “job” or “opening.” This can sometimes lead to past online job listings. While we obviously can’t apply to those now-filled jobs, it will reveal some potential names, emails, and phone numbers for our next step.
What you want …continue reading