Work in Japan Advice Board

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1. Gather job information!

Know how to find the right job information and start your dream career.

(1) How to search for your dream job

Did you ever find yourself confused by the many various ways of searching for jobs?
We will here explain about the about pros and cons of the following ①~③ methods. Let's find the best method of job search for you and get you started on finding your new career!

[Means of search for jobs]
① Job boards(Searching for jobs and applying by yourself)
~ For those who want to compare job information by themselves


  • There are many job postings and you can search based on your desired work conditions.
  • All information on companies can be found in one place: company photos, employee interviews and various other information.
  • You can contact recruiters of the companies directly.


  • It is time-consuming to communicate with recruiters and coordinate interview dates by yourself.
  • If you are unsure about your desired conditions, it might be difficult to find a suitable position.
  • You often do not receive any feedback from companies after being rejected.
② Recruitment Agents (Receive advice and recommendations from career advisors)
~ For those who want to consult their job search with professionals


  • You can get recommendations for unpublished job posting and support throughout the recruitment process, including salary negotiations.
  • There are many services available free of charge.
  • The agents can cofirm information that might be difficult to ask the recruiters directly, such as " average overtime hours, annual salary, and work atmosphere".


  • You are dependant on the abilities of your consultant.
  • The recruitment agencies might be ''strong or weak'' in some industries and their specialization might not match your job-seeking preferences.
➂ Company Career pages (Apply directly through the company's website)
~ For those who know what companies they want to apply to


  • You can contact the company representatives directly and show them your enthusiasm.


  • You need to look up the job information for each company separately, which might take more time and effort.
  • There might not be any job offers that match your preferances.
  • You might miss some opportunities in case the companies have some unpublished job openings.
  • In case the site has not been updated, the published positions might be closed already.
  • It might be difficult to objectively appeal with your skills and experience.

(2) How to look at job postings

You can find a variety of information written in the job postings. Here are 7 points you should look at to find out whether the company matches your requirements, what is the company atmophere, whether there are any career advancement opportunities and other important information.

Points to note
  • ① Job Discription
  • ② Application Requirements
  • ③ Hiring Background
  • ④ Benefits (salary, benefits, etc.)
  • ⑤ Company Information
  • ⑥ Company Strengths and Future Plans
  • ⑦ VISA
① Job Discription

After looking at the job title, make sure to also confirm the specific details in the job discription. Positions in the same industry or positions that require similar skills or experience might be quite different from each other depending on what kind of partnerts you will be communicating with or what parts of the job you will be responsible for.

② Application Requirements

This is a MUST. If you want to apply for a position where you do not satisfy the hiring conditions, you must sell the skills you do have to make up for those you lack for the particular role.

③ Hiring Background

The hiring background is usually divided into two categories: recruitment of new roles and recruitment for vacancies. For newly created roles, candidates with "no experience" are also often welcome and there are many attractive job offers for those looking to change careers or be a part of creating new business since the beginning.
For vacant positions, potential employees are required to be "work-ready." Since there are fewer vacancies and recruitment might end as soon as the spot is filled, you need to act quick.

④ Benefits (salary, benefits, etc.)

Besides the salary make sure to also have a look at the other offered benefits, for example housing allowances, spousal allowances and the availability of remote and flex-time work options. Making sure that there is a pension system and retirement allowance will help you not only with your career plans, but also your life plans.

⑤ Company Information

After confirming the basic corporate information you should also have a look at the company's official website. It is important to consider various aspects, such as the growth potential of the industry and companies, business strategies, and financial conditions.

⑥ Company Strengths and Future Plans

Have a look at the strengths of the company you want to join. Understanding what makes them different from their competitors will help you understand why you want to join their organization.Besides looking at job posting and company official sites on your own, you can also consult a recruitment consultant and ask about your companies of interest.

⑦ About VISA

The availability of VISA support is rarely described in detail in the job offer sheet, so please check it at the time of the application. If the company offers visa support, you should confirm the cost of visa application and what documents will be nescessary. In case a certain amount of time passes after you have left a company, various problems may arise when extending your VISA.