In order to get a job in Japan
Flow chart up to joining the company
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.
◆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
- We will gather various information such as the schedule of company briefing sessions by posting the information from university employment guidance centers and ask about the recruitment trend and situation for international students. Even for job postings that are not especially for international students, we will actively approach suitable candidates based on their working history and educational background.
◆ Internet Use
- Public office for employment support (free): Public Employment Security Office Hello Work, Foreign Employment Service Center, etc.
- Employment support Private enterprise (free for job seekers): our company (Max Corp.), Recruit, My Navi, Pasona, etc.
- There are various industries such as finance, food, IT, communication, service, distribution, media, automobile, construction and energy. Try to gain some knowledge through the internet. Also, if you have seniors and friends in a specific industry, please collect the information that you want to know from them.
- There are various types of careers in the same industry such as sales, planning, marketing, administration, production/quality control, development/design, etc. The point is "to do research on the type of career that you are interested in and the kind of job that suits yourself". It is also important to consult seniors and friends.
- By looking at the website of companies that you are interested in, we will study the history, scale, type of business and other information on various companies. Try to request corporate information materials if necessary.
・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
- When you get a job in a Japanese company, you will generally require N2 or N1 Japanese language proficiency.
- Let's raise the probability of finding employment by acquiring N2 / N1 before applying for a job.
Refers to the intention of a company to hire someone following an interview.
◆「Notice of Unofficial Offer」
- Employment decision notifications will be sent to job seekers, and although written notice is common, oral notice is also possible.
- There are cases where a job seeker receives multiple job offers from multiple companies. In that case, it is better to decide which company you want to join quickly, but do not panic, organize the information first, and decide which offer you will take, while consulting with your school's employment manager, trustworthy friends, and family.
◆「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.