Jobs in Tokyo

2019 has been quite a favorable time for foreign job seekers to find work in Tokyo. The challenge to finding a job is doing the right preparation, having the right skills, and knowing where to look and who to talk to. This guide will focus on jobs in Tokyo for those who are looking for a work visa and we will cover the following things.

What is the job market in Tokyo like in 2019 and 2020

What full-time positions are out there

  • What type of positions you can find without Japanese skills
  • What type of positions you can find with Japanese skills

Where do I search for full-time positions?

entry level positions

2019 is a great time to find a job in Tokyo

Job hunting in 2008 sucked...

When I was looking for a non-teaching position ten years ago it was tough. I had passed the N1 level of Japanese and had an N2 level of speaking but even then it was hard to find companies willing to hire someone who was not a fresh graduate. The same challenges that applied to Japanese people who wanted to change jobs also applied to foreigners and the belief of companies in their staff working the same job for life was still extremely present.

Although I was hardworking and willing to do 60 hours a week, very open to feedback and willing to learn, and very hungry to develop a career after teaching for 5 years, being 27 years old and looking for a full-time at a Japanese company was not a good position to be. This was despite my Japanese language skills and looking for a job in Tokyo, which you would assume to be full of opportunities.

The unreasonable standards for foreigners of the past are now gone

The great news was that was 2008 and 2019 is a completely new ballgame that is in your favor. Looking for a job in Tokyo in 2019 is really a job seeker market. You needed N1 in 2008 just to get the interview and N2 was not high enough unless you had a great connection in the company who was Japanese. In addition to speaking Japanese, you also needed experience or to be really sharp and be a Japanese culture ninja because Japanese HR managers were very cautious in hiring foreigners and did not want to be blamed if the foreigner did not perform or did not understand the “rules.”

In 2019, Japanese companies are hiring many foreigners straight from Japanese school, university programs that teach in English, and foreigners who are here on tourist or working holiday visa. I have been seeing a ton of foreigners who are getting hired by the 100s and whose Japanese level and talent was not at the unreasonable levels expected in 2008. The biggest problem now is that companies are hiring foreigners, putting them in charge or marketing, sales, or programming and really not knowing what to do with them in general.

What are some of the job market changes in 2019

The decreasing population and less Japanese talent to choose from, the increase in the amount of companies who want or are doing business, the desire to not get left behind competitors who are expanding to foreign markets both domestic and foreign, relaxation of immigration policies and regulations, and the big influx of foreigners studying Japanese and traveling to Japan are probably some of the big reasons for the change. I would also say that the Japanese in general know that they need to open up the country more. The bad news is that no one really has a plan for how this is going to work and are trying to figure things out step by step.

Japanese is unnecessary in 2019

Although saying that Japanese is not needed at all is going too far, I have been seeing an increase of foreigners who cannot speak an ounce of Japanese who are finding full-time positions. Similar to the export car sales and coordination position mentioned above, there are many other businesses catering to the needs of foreign residents and tourists in Japan and the numbers of these customers are only rising.

The main point is that finding a position that does not require any Japanese is definitely possible because of the increase in foreign customers and this number will only rise for the near foreseeable future. My word of caution is to choose a company that you will gain experiences that are transferable to other industries, so if any of the boom industries go bust, you will have an edge on the competition for finding a position once things come to slow down.

Looking for a job in Japan but are living overseas?

Jobs in Japan has a section on companies who hire people from overseas

https://jobsinjapan.com/search-results-jobs/?action=search&OverseasApplicant%5Bmulti_like%5D%5B%5D=1005

Japanese starting companies in Tokyo

More foreigners are starting companies in Japan

There are many more companies now that are ran by foreigners compared to 10 to 15 years ago. There were very few operations run by foreigners then but those were more on hiring people from Asian countries. There are now more English speaking foreign company owners from all over the world and this had lead to more opportunities for foreigners in Japan.

Some of these entrepreneurs nowadays may not even target Japanese customers although they are in Japan. For example, with the car export industry, their main target is to sell and export used cars in Japan to other nations all over the world. So even if your office is in Yokohama, you are mainly on the phone speaking with customers who are not in Japan. Foreigners in these positions do not need to learn Japanese language and Japanese business culture and customs and only need to focus on the countries you are targeting.

More Japanese are creating companies that target foreigners

There has been an increase in the number of Japanese people who are creating businesses aimed towards foreign customers. Since most companies were mainly targeting Japanese customers 10 to 15 years ago, there was no need to hire foreign workers for customer service positions and most of the jobs going to foreigners were either in the eikaiwa or manufacturing industries.

Nowadays, Japanese business people are creating businesses that even focus on specific countries, so there is definitely someone who has a business that focuses only on your country or the region where your country is and that will help you narrow down your job hunting targets. Creating a business that targets foreigners will always be outside of any person’s core strength and knowledge, so they will need to find talent who knows the market and people and that gives you an advantage over other foreigners and fresh Japanese university graduates. Depending on the company, you may even have an opportunity to jump into a managerial position.

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Entry level full-time jobs in Tokyo

What type of positions you can find without Japanese skills?

  • English teacher
  • Recruiter
  • Car export staff
  • Study abroad staff
  • Apartment and housing staff
  • Hotel staff
  • Translation
  • Hospital aid staff
  • Relocation staff
  • Marketer
  • Programmer
  • Tour guides

Apartment and Housing Companies in Tokyo

Companies like Sakura House and Oak house hire foreigners for full-time positions and they even provide full-time employment to people on a working holiday visa. When I went there to see what they offered for housing I was impressed to see so many people from countries all over the world. Those employees were hired to handle general emails in English and handle customers in their native language. They did not need to speak any Japanese at all because they had a team of Japanese staff who could speak English. Since they are all receiving an influx of foreign residents, they are almost always looking for staff.

I have not done extensive research, but some of these housing companies tend to offer discounts on your housing for employees.

This type of position also applies for the study abroad industry in Tokyo where companies are looking to bring in foreigners to study Japanese in Tokyo at a Japanese language school full-time. As long as there are people from your country coming to Japan to study Japanese, there are companies that are looking to find these students and introduce them to Japanese schools. If you find the right company, they may even send you to your home country to attend a school fair to attract students.

https://gogonihon.com/en/careers/

There are also jobs out there for real estate sales positions in Tokyo where Japanese is actually not required. You will only be targeting foreign individuals, companies, and investors who want to purchase property in Japan. Some of these people will be purchasing for personal reasons while others are doing it mainly for investment purposes.

https://tokyo.craigslist.org/d/real-estate/search/rej?lang=en&cc=us

Translator - English to your native language

One new type of job is for translators but the unique thing about this type of translation is that it does not involve any Japanese. Since most things have already been translated from Japanese to English in the housing and travel industry all they need is for people to translate those articles and content from English to your native language. This is a recent phenomenon and I have seen this type of job appear in Tokyo.

This type of position normally applies to people from European countries because there are many travelers from those countries and not many people who speak Japanese and that language. Asian languages tend to have an abundance of translators, so most things have already been translated into those languages.

The best place to look for job postings for travel companies are craigslist and gaijinpot. Here is another company that actively hires foreigners.

https://en.japantravel.com/about/company/jobs

English Teaching in Tokyo for non-native speakers

Even if you are not a native English speaker, there are many full-time teaching opportunities for you in Tokyo. Many preschools, public and private schools, and after-school English programs are looking for English teachers and there are not enough native speakers to meet the demand. Most schools have also had great experiences with non-native teachers and so there are way more opportunities for decent paying English teaching positions.

It is hard to find positions for University and high school as a non-native but is still possible and you would have to check a website like Jobs in Japan or rely on your network to find those higher paying opportunities.

ALT Positions : Interac and Borderlink

Teaching Adults

https://www.gabateachinginjapan.com/

Teaching Children

English Teaching in Tokyo for native speakers

You will have no problems finding a full-time position unless you are a strange goose. Having worked as a recruiter and knowing many other recruiters, you really have to go out of your way to make the recruiter uncomfortable to not receive a position as a native English speaker for non-competitive full-time teaching positions. The best place to look for full-time teaching positions in Tokyo are Jobs in Japan and GaijinPot

Here are some other alternatives for full-time positions more focused on native speakers

Shane Language School

https://www.saxoncourt.com/jobs-abroad/teach-english-in-japan/

Rosetta Stone

https://jobs.gaijinpot.com/company/view/id/2663/lang/en

Marketing Internship in Tokyo

Marketing Positions in Tokyo

There were almost no marketing positions available for foreigners in 2010, but lucky for you marketing is a high demand position. In the past, Japanese companies hired Japanese to do marketing to the local market but that did not always work as well as expected. Learning from this experience, more Japanese companies are putting more effort into hiring people from their target country or region to do marketing.

From a business point of view, bringing in foreigners to do marketing at their headquarters in Tokyo has not worked as well as most companies planned, but for you, there are still many job opportunities out there in marketing. The problem with many of these small and even medium-sized Japanese and foreign-owned companies is that the management do not understand marketing and therefore no one can train the new employees on how to do marketing. They also tend not to hire experience marketers because they are not willing to spend the higher salaries needed to attract good marketers.

What often happens is they will hire foreigners who match their company culture or who they like and assign them to do marketing without any clear vision other than bringing in customers. If you ever interview for a marketing position, especially you new grads out there, always ask what is your budget for marketing. Avoid any companies who say they want you to do marketing purely through free channels and without a budget because it takes money to bring in money and doing organic marketing is very tough for a newbie.

Entry Level Marketing Positions in Tokyo

Mid to High-Level Marketing Positions

https://www.robertwalters.co.jp/en/marketing/jobs.html

Export Business Jobs in Tokyo

There are many companies involved in exporting something from Japan to a country near you. The most common type of export business that hires non-Japanese speaking foreigners is the used car export industry where companies in Japan export used cars, trucks, and other vehicles to foreign countries. They are looking for staff to serve as customer support using your native language or English or salespeople to find clients in your home country who are interested in importing used Japanese cars.

These jobs are often tough because you have to learn about export law and immigration. You also have to work when your client is working, so you may be working some strange hours during the night. People who do customer support positions do not make much, but you can find places who are accommodating schedule-wise.

You can check Jobs in Japan and Craigslist for export job positions in Tokyo.

Programming Jobs in Tokyo

There are many programming positions available in Tokyo for folders do not speak Japanese. There is a huge lack of programmers in Japan right now and companies both Japanese at foreign cannot find the number of programmers they need to expand their company.

The amount of programming academies and schools designed to teach beginner level foreigners how to program has increased. The goal is to bring you up to a level where you can operate your own and find employment as an entry level programmer. These schools charge a hefty amount but provide intensive courses that you would have to quit your current job to attend. However, you are able to find alternatives that are less intensive and will take much longer but you could do it while keeping your day job.

Most schools have a connection with companies who hire entry level programmers, so make sure to consider both their ability to teach you and find you a job in Tokyo for programming. Most likely they will introduce you to companies that have received a nice investment from investors to expand their company.

Here is a list of programming schools in Tokyo

Here are some places to find coding positions

Great article on getting your first programming job in Japan

https://www.tokyodev.com/2016/06/22/first-job-programmer-japan/

Caretaker jobs in Tokyo

Hospital Aide or Caregiver Positions in Tokyo

I am very neutral and accepting that Japan has its way and is often not foreign friendly. However, despite that, I am unable to recommend the hospital aid position unless you really need the money or visa.

A hospital aid is someone who does work that does require the formal education of a nurse to accomplish. This will involve more of the care aspects of health care like carrying and washing the patients. You will be working in an all Japanese environment and your Japanese will not be good enough where you will be able to operate on autopilot and you will slow down your Japanese coworkers and they will get frustrated.

I am not saying that yelling at a person is fine, but when you conflate a stressful situation which is the unfortunate environment of healthcare in many first world countries with communication issues, you will have a lot of conflict and anger issues between staff. The Japanese staff are under pressure and they take out that frustration on the hospital aids.

Relocation consultant jobs in Tokyo

Do you know what a relocation consultant is? A relocation consultant is someone who manages a large chunk of the moving process to an executive or high level person of a large company. The companies normally pay the relocation costs and these companies support with everything from getting a phone, gym membership, moving companies, utilities, the paperwork for visas and registration and anything else that is involved with moving.

The time of these high-level people is extremely valuable and so they want their mind focused on the company both before and from the moment they arrive in Japan. They want to make the process of moving to Japan as simple as getting on a plane and having someone pick you up at the airport and taking you to a fully set up apartment.

Moving companies help you move and are normally a one person operation and do not hire foreigners full-time. Relocation companies organize all aspects of the move and therefore need to hire full-time staff to manage the process. I have searched online for these positions and they pop up from time to time but are not consistently posted.

Recruiting Positions in Tokyo

Getting a recruiter or a headhunter position in Tokyo as a new graduate is quite difficult unless you speak both Japanese and English fluently. Many recruitment companies in Tokyo are resistant to hiring some young guns because the pressures of meeting sales quotas are too overwhelming for young adults.

Young guns in the recruitment industry are normally in their late 20s and have multiple years of professional experience, preferably in the area they will specialize in. When you join a recruitment company, you will be assigned to the biotech, finance, or some other field and you will specialize in head hunting executives and employees in that field for your clients. People in their late 20s and early 30s usually have a clear idea of what they want to do for their career or they have dependents they have to take care of.

Recruitment companies feel less anxious hiring someone who has a strong and clear vision of their future because that vision will help them survive and continue in the competitive recruitment environment in Tokyo. If you have never done a sales position, it can be a nightmare or a blessing, it is one of the hardest positions to do because you’re constantly being rejected by people whom most do not want to speak with you because you are wasting their time in most cases. From time to time, you find the right person at the right moment and help them find the position that provides the challenge or responsibility they are not getting in their current company.

The recruitment industry anywhere has a very high turnover rate because you have sales goals and your performance is black and white. Recruitment companies have to pay your salary and if you are not bringing in clients and money, you are not paying for your own salary. In the beginning, they will pay for your salary and train you as an investment for the future, but they have to use the sales income brought in by other recruiters support your development until you can pay for yourself. Obviously, they cannot wait forever and you will receive pressure to perform.

If you are good at networking and making connections, you can make some very good money in the executive recruitment industry. However, most people cannot endure the stress and the pressure of meeting your sales targets and the need to do it again and again month over month is extremely tough for people just entering the field.

Companies that prefer several years of professional experience

Companies that hire fresh grads and sometimes non-native speakers.

There are over 100 executive search companies in Tokyo, so there are tons of options.

Hotel Staff Jobs in Tokyo

There are a good number of hospitality jobs in Tokyo and around Japan. Some higher end hotels in Tokyo hire foreign staff to assist with their international guests. Some hotels ask for Japanese abilities, but in general, they seem to be fine as long as you have conversational Japanese skills and business level or above English language skills. Hotels positions outside of Tokyo are usually seasonal with winter positions in Niseiko and summer positions in Okinawa.

The challenge with these positions though is that hotels use different names to describe the position, so you will have to search for them all. Here are some of the names we saw: Front Staff / Hotel Staff / International Reservations Consultant

Full-time hotel positions

Mainly part-time positions

https://tokyo.craigslist.org/d/food-beverage-hospitality/search/fbh?lang=en&cc=us

Tour Guides and Travel Planner Jobs in Tokyo

Similar to hospitality jobs in the hotel industry, there are also a decent number of tour-based full-time jobs in Tokyo and Kyoto. Many require that you have conversational Japanese, but nothing more than that. Positions in the tourism industry can range from travel guides to travel coordinators. Travel coordinators manage the whole process of a trip from pre-arrival to return flight making sure that everything goes right for the customers who are paying to having everything managed and taken care of for them.

Do you need a Japanese resume?

You will need a Japanese resume for any positions that require higher than conversational level of Japanese or if you go the recruiter route.

Can I apply for jobs from overseas?

Searching for a full-time position from overseas is simply saying you will have to spend more than 15x the effort to find a position. You will have to go the same route recommended as for domestic job searching but go through hassle to check to see if they hire from overseas.

The good news is that Jobs in Japan does have a section where you can check for positions that hire from overseas here.

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Networking in Tokyo

Let me start this section by mentioning that you are probably not as good at networking as you think you are. I thought I was good at networking until I met people who are masters of networking and it made me realize that I was an amateur. Think of networking like professional sports and that you are an amateur. Starting from this mindsight of humbleness will help you greatly in developing your networking skills and save you from years of overestimating your abilities, which may prevent you from finding the opportunities you want and need.

Finding a position in Tokyo is easy if you have a University degree and can speak English fluently, but the challenge is finding a company that you really want to work for. For the job seekers out there reading this article, you should really focus on how to find a company that you would like to work for as opposed to just finding a job and visa. The challenge is that most interesting and unique companies tend to hire new people through word of mouth and do not have to rely on online job advertisements because they can easily find people. Unfortunately, if you limit your job search through using online ads, you are limiting your search to companies who need help to find people as opposed to relying on the word of mouth.

If you are here on a tourist visa, you will unlikely have enough time to develop and use your network to find a good position. However, if you are here studying on a student visa or on a working holiday you have enough time to develop a network who could potentially introduce you to a nice position after six months.

Developing a network is time-consuming but a great long-term solution

Developing a network to find a job in Tokyo is the most time-consuming way to find a position but it provides access to opportunities that other people do not have access to.  The bigger your network becomes the more opportunities come your way, so in the long run investing in developing your network is a great long-term solution to having stable and quality employment in Japan.

The next question is how do I develop a network and that is a very good question. Developing a network involves helping and meeting a lot of people both online and in person. There are many networking events on the website meetup.com that are business related and job industry-specific.

Think about what industry you want to work in

Knowing what industry you want to enter will help you narrow your focus and develop your network in one area allowing you to go narrow and deep as opposed to shallow and wide. Also, the more events you go to in a narrow field, the more often you will run into the same people over and over again and the more they will get to know you. Since there are so many networking events, you really need to know what you want or else you will be all over the place or going to events that will not help you find a position.

The questions I like to ask are “what challenge or problem do you hope to solve by coming to this networking event?” “What type of person would you like to meet tonight for business?” “What is your biggest pain point for business?” I often ask this question to all the attendees I met and would look for opportunities to connect people at the event and similar to karma, people often went out of there way to help after I helped them find the type of people they were looking for.

If you do not know what industry you want to be in, you should probably not be going to networking events as it may not be the best investment of time. People are not going to introduce someone who is still in life  purpose or goal search mode nor will they introduce someone who mainly wants to get a visa. People are taking a risk on their reputation when they introduce you to a friend of theirs who is hiring. Introducing someone who does match what your friend is looking for will anger them and have a negative affect on your business relationship. The more you understand this concept, the more successful you will be in networking. Understand what the other person wants and then move on from there as opposed to what is your need.

If you have one consistent message about what industry, position, and company you are looking for, it will be easy for people to connect you and know exactly what you are looking for. Also, when you meet them again in the future, they will remember what you want and I have experienced times where people would ask me if I am still looking for a staff member and mention that they had a friend that is looking for a job that matches my need. Seeing me made them remember their friend who was job hunting. I have also received emails after networking events from people who wanted to introduce their friend to work at my company.

For more on the topic of serendipity. Here is the podcast from the owner Jobs in Japan who talks about this concept from a teaching position point of view. Most of the university teaching positions and direct hire comes through word-of-mouth and not through online Job at and he mentions how it often comes up as a light questions such as “do you know anyone who’s looking for a job?” And this is where most of the removal positions are at and it is also the reason why is near the hardest get from a short term perspective.

https://jobsinjapan.com/blog/job-seeker-advice/hiringmanagerthoughts/

https://jobsinjapan.com/blog/job-seeker-advice/jobseekeradvicewithpeter/

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You do NOT need work experience to do networking

Having work experience obviously helps but there are many ways to find a job in Tokyo as someone who does not have professional experience. For example, let’s say you do not have any work experience outside of teaching but have listened to online videos about various industries and are interested in marketing. You could take some free online courses on coursera or start building your own channel facebook or instagram to around 1000 followers. This would show the people you are meeting that you are sincerely thinking about entering that industry and are taking action to make it happen.

I sometimes meet foreigners who have more than 5000 followers on YouTube or Instagram and no experience outside of part-time jobs. If they were to ask me for an entry-level job position in marketing, I would have no hesitation in introducing them to someone who is looking for an entry-level marketer because they have taken actions that indicate they are interested in the industry and show future potential for doing well in that industry.

How to network without work experience

Going back to the question of networking. The best way to network as someone who has no professional experience is to read articles like this one that give you a straight up view of the job market. The second way is to talk to as many people as possible about their company cultures, so you get a nice view of what is a great company to work for and what company would suck to work for. People love to talk about themselves, so you will have no problem getting people to share about their work experiences.

Make a list of the traits of good companies and the traits of companies or work environments that are not enjoyable or beneficial and use this going into an interview for a position. This will give you a basis and structure to find what you are looking for and prevent you from making a big mistake. You can search wide and talk to people from many different industries who are in entry level positions to see what is a good match for you and when you what you want, you can start attending more events for the industry that gains your interest. Additionally, the more events you attend in one industry, you will know what topics people talk about and that will make you sound more knowledgeable and easier to introduce for a position.

Another technique is to read about the speaker if the event has one, and ask good questions related to your industry and other people in the room will notice. More than 50% of the questions asked at events are really generic and could be read online, but if you can ask a question that online that speakers knows that you will set yourself apart from the other people in the room. Doing the above things will make a huge difference and distinguish you from the other job seekers in Tokyo.

You do not like your job because you did not do enough research before you signed the contract

I often meet foreigners who really dislike the position and company they are in. In most cases, they found their job in Tokyo through one of the traditional ways of finding employment such as through an agency, jobs fairs, or through online ads or other platforms where companies need to pay to find people. The most common reason I found for a person not liking their job was because they did not know what type of position they wanted before signing the work contract and was more concerned about finding a position as opposed to finding the right one.

This is a mistake you will make a lot in your 20s because you often do not know exactly what you want yet because you have not experienced enough work environments. After experiencing multiple and hearing from people who had great and bad experiences, you have a clearer idea of what type of boss and company you would like to work for. I discovered that most people who disliked their job did not know or understand the company culture they were getting into before signing the contract.

What ended up happening was that their main goal was to find a company that would sponsor a work visa and in the end they got what they thought they wanted....a work visa. Their main goal was not to find a company that offered interesting or challenging work, so they ended up finding a position that was neither not interesting or challenging unfortunately. Tough love from an older brother here, but you often get what you are looking for.

To summarize how to find a good job is first knowing exactly what you want and then thinking backwards to guide your research to focus on things that are relevant for you goal. Portraying one clear message about who you are and what you are looking for in your resume and LinkedIn profile creations and networking. Many companies will say no to you, but when you find one that is a match, your needs and their needs will match more strongly than with other candidates and you will more likely find the position you can grow in and will want to remain in for multiple years.

Finding a workplace that is inspirational is tough

Many Westerners and especially Americans want to work for a workplace that is inspiring. A place that is inspiring is by definition a place that knows exactly who is the lawyer and where they want to be and that excites other people and wanting to join them in the journey. People who are inspirational are not going to want to hire someone who does not know want to see what they want to do because not knowing when you want to do is not inspirational. That is the unfortunate paradox of the work environment where the people who need inspiration are unable to attract the attention of the workplace that is inspirational. I am sharing this information with you because I do not want you to waste months years and maybe decades of your life working for a place that does not bring you joy.

recruiters in Tokyo

Can recruiters help you find a job in Tokyo?

Recruiters in Japan can help two types of people find work positions. The first type of positions are for those who have 8 to 15 years of experience in a certain field and are specialists in that area.

the second type of people are those who have just graduated University and are looking for entry-level positions. depending on which bracket you are in, the type of recruiter that you will talk to you is different.

Executive recruiters in Tokyo

Executive recruiters in Tokyo focus on hiring for positions four tiers and above. In other words your bosses, bosses, boss and above levels, which are usually vice president and director-level positions for marketing, finance, HR, and other specialized positions. If you are in an executive role in a company, you are already being headhunted and scouted nonstop and it is almost unavoidable because of how much money is involved. if you are not being headhunted or being contacted for these types of position then you are probably not an executive-level employee.

This is the high end and real cutthroat area of recruitment in Japan because the salaries are over 100,000 US dollars and the kickbacks for recruitment companies are often 30% of your first year's salary. Not your monthly but yearly salary which may sound like a lot but recruitment companies have to pay the salaries for training new agents and for nonperforming recruiters who are bringing in less money than is being spent on them.

The salaries for successful executive recruiters often surpass 10,000,000 yen yearly but it is a lot of hard work and takes many years to develop your network to the point that it starts to bring your new candidates through word of mouth. New recruiters may not even make one successful introduction in a whole year.

Entry-level recruiters in Tokyo

On the other end of recruitment are recruitment companies who are looking for foreigners to fulfill entry level positions. If you are someone who is just graduating from college and looking for a starting position or if you are an English language teacher who has high Japanese abilities they may be able to find you a position in a Japanese company. Recruiters for entry level positions normally look for people to work at companies that have more than 10 employees. Companies under a million dollars in revenue cannot afford the introduction cost for new employees.

How the system works is that they charge the company for one month of your salary similar to how apartment agents charge you for one month of rent. Since companies have a set budget for salaries it usually comes from your first year salary and not from an outside budget.

These companies often hire foreigners from non-English speaking countries and if you can speak Japanese fluently these agencies are usually the way to go for quick introductions. The only flaw with their system is they get paid when a company hires you as opposed to being paid when finding you the right company, so your goals and their goals are not perfectly aligned.

One large benefit is that these companies often do seminars on job interviewing, job hunting, and working in Japanese companies and sometimes the training is very good because they want you to get hired as soon as and move onto the next person. Be aware that they sometimes charge a lot of money for seminars while others they offer for free. Some provide these training for free.

These companies focus more on quantity and have a wider net since they are targeting entry level positions. Recruiters here definitely make more money but since you net is wide you will not have to go through cold calling hell. If you can handle rejection and doing cold calling you may able to get a recruiter position in the executive end of recruitment. Here are some companies that assist with entry level recruitment positions.

Japanese Website

English Website

Recruiters do not provide introductions for entry-level corporate positions

However, these companies will not introduce you to large Japanese corporation because large corporations usually use job ads to find employees on their own. Companies who use recruiting companies for entry level positions usually have more specific needs than a corporation. corporations often do not know what the division they will introduce you to until months after hiring you and will try to just gather large amounts of people applying to non-specific positions and then assigning people afterwards. Additionally, they already have a team to do recruitment for entry level positions.

Corporations often use recruiters for higher level positions because most executives are not using job boards and are often very comfortable in their position and are not actively seeking a position. Your job as an executive recruiter is to try to sell them the benefits of jumping ship.

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