In order to get a job in Japan

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In order to get a job in Japan

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I think that there are various reasons for a person to wish to get a job in Japan, however please ask yourself the following before deciding.

◎Do I really want to work in Japan?

◎Why do I want to work in Japan?

◎Do I believe that the experience of working in Japan will be useful for my future?

◎Am I ready to overcome any hardships and difficulties?

Also, think about what Japanese companies want from you as a foreign national.

◎Japanese Language Proficiency (English proficiency in foreign-affiliated companies)

◎Familiar with Japanese culture and custom, ability to adapt

◎Abilities as a foreigner

Preparation for job hunting

In Japanese companies, new graduates usually start working on April 1. Since the timing for job hunting is relatively unchanged every year, please prepare well before the start so you are not late for it. So, specifically, from when should you start, and what should you do? Broadly speaking, first things to do are information gathering and self-analysis.

Information Gathering
◆Job Hunting Period

For the schedule for job hunting for the year 2017 (for those who will graduate in 2018) the schedule for company introduction starts on March 1, and the schedule for interviews starts on June 1. The job hunting activity of the year after the next (for those who will graduate in 2019) is will be decided later.

※The schedule for job hunting for new graduate students in Japan is decided by the Japan Economic Organization Federation.

※Japan Economic Organization Federation (abbreviated as Keidanren) or Japan Business Federation is composed of representative companies in Japan, national organizations belonging to major industries such as manufacturing industry and service industry, regional economic organizations, etc.

◆Use of university employment guidance center
◆ Internet Use

◆Industry research

◆Career Research

◆Company Research
Self Analysis

・Self-analysis is difficult, but it is an important step. Do not overthink about this and write objectively.

◆Personality, strengths, weaknesses

◆Cases and experiences that show your strengths, reasons/experiences that can turn your weakness into your strength

◆Hobbies, special abilities, feeling the passion

◆Points of PR

 ・Active attitude, humble posture

 ・Why do you choose this company, why should this company choose you?

◎Japanese Language Ability

Unofficial Offer
◆「Unofficial Offer」

Refers to the intention of a company to hire someone following an interview.

◆「Notice of Unofficial Offer」
◆「Declining an informal offer」

Once you decide on the company you want to join, you have to decline another job offer. Here, it is important to first express an appreciation to the company that offers the job and explain your intent to decline with sincerity and not to be rude.

◎If you decide to join and receive an appointment, apply for the change of status of residence and if you need to move, find the place to live.

Change of Status of Residence
◆Foreign nationals need a working visa in order to get a job in Japan.

Start the application procedure for change of status of residence as soon as you receive the job offer.

For details, please refer to「Visa Application」page.

◆When international students who graduated from a university wish to conduct 「job hunting activities」

When a person has conducted job hunting activities before graduation but the job is not going to be determined soon

By obtaining the status of residence "Specific Activity", you will be granted residence extension for up to one year to search for a job.

For details, please refer to the Ministry of Justice「Specific Activity 9」page.