It is not easy, but you know the outcome might just be absolutely amazing. If you are thinking about working in Japan, these ten websites will help you in your journey towards employment in the “Land of the Rising Sun.” In addition, you will find on the main menu of the blog a tab called Jobs in Japan, I will try to update this menu more often with new resources. Ganbatte! 頑張って
Let’s face it. The easiest job for English speakers to find and obtain in Japan is that of English teacher. The government requires that English be taught in all public junior high and senior high schools, so job openings are plentiful. Many schools hire English speakers as classroom assistants rather than full-fledged teachers, so even if you don’t have teaching credentials you can still capitalize on your native tongue. http://www.japanenglishteacher.com is a job website specifically for those who teach or wish to teach English in Japan.
So you have decided to become an English teacher in Japan. What’s next? The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program has been sending foreigners to Japanese public schools for over 20 years now. The interview process is extensive, and competition is stiff, but this program is the best way to go about teaching English in Japan.
Tree major English-language magazines in Japan: Metropolis is based in Tokyo; the Kansai Scene covers the Osaka/Kobe/Kyoto area; Japanzine lords over Nagoya. The website for each magazine offers an employment section where you can scan for jobs in that part of the country. These are great resources when job-hunting because the listings are updated with every new issue of the magazine. You might also want to check out the classified sections of newspapers such as The Japan Times (www.japantimes.com).
Most gaijin (or foreigners) living in Japan have logged onto Gaijin Pot at one time or another. This website is a cornucopia of useful information ranging from banking and taxes to raising a family. Check out the Work in Japan option to look through employment listings.
Sure, a huge number of jobs in Japan are teaching jobs. There’s got to be more out there, though, right? Right! Daijob.com lists thousands of jobs ranging from accounting to investment banking. The site is heavy on information technology and finance jobs in particular. You can search by job, by employer, and even by recruiter. Please note that most of the jobs on this site require a high level of Japanese language ability.
This website is the self-proclaimed “mother lode of Japan job info.” In addition to the usual suspects of teaching and IT jobs, this site also provides more entertaining options. Check out the “Model, Act, Entertain” section if you’ve always dreamed of getting your foreign face on TV or in print. There are also a number of listings calling for hostesses.
Tokyo Connections acts as a one-stop shop for other Japanese job sites. It provides links to websites where jobs are available along with a review of each. Check out the “Job Listings” and “Job Search Sites” sections for tons of employment options. Also listed on Tokyo Connections are available grants, scholarships, internships, and working holidays.
Not ready for a permanent relocation? Would you rather work to fund an extended vacation in Japan? Check out the Japanese Association for Working Holiday Makers. This organization helps short-term job seekers find employment. In addition to job referral services, JAWHM can help you find a place to live and give you helpful info regarding taxes and laws. Japanese working holiday visas are available to citizens of the following countries: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Korea, France, Germany, the U.K, Ireland, and Denmark. Contact your country’s embassy for more information on working holiday visas.
The website for the Tokyo Employment Service Center for Foreigners contains a wealth of job-related information. There you will find info on who is allowed to work in Japan, labor laws, insurance, and where to take free Japanese classes. The center has locations in Tokyo and Osaka.
10) www.es.emb-japan.go.jp (Japanese Embassy in Spain)
Before you accept the job you found online and hop on a plane, you might want to make sure your government will allow it. To find your embassy’s website in the “Land of the Rising Sun,” try this Google search: <Your Country> Embassy Japan. On your embassy’s site you will find visa and employment information, as well as some useful cultural tips.