Finding a Job in Japan

Ben and I have had an amazing adventure, and I hope some of you will be sharing your own soon.

For those of you who are interested, this is the perfect time to find a job in Japan. The next school year starts in April. Many people, like Ben and I, will be returning home. Others will be moving on to new careers, everyone is hiring.

Here are a few tips on what to look for when searching for a job in Japan

  1. Visa sponsorship- it is nearly impossible to get a Japanese Visa without company sponsorship.
  2. Full time-Japan is very expensive, and if you want to travel you’ll need to work full time. Many people who have lived in Japan for a while can make a lot more money signing private contracts. While this sounds appealing you will need to speak Japanese well and have a visa. I recommend trying this after you have established yourself in Japan.
  3. Transportation- Make sure the company mentions transportation prices, it is not standard for them to pay them (though it looks like they are required to), but companies that don’t discuss costs might ask you to make long commutes on your own dime. Discuss the time and money you will be required dedicate to transportation.

Perks to not overlook

  1. Housing- If a company has housing for you, take it, these might be furnished, and will likely be very cheap. It is next to impossible for a foreigner to rent an apartment on their own (you will likely need a sponsor if your company does not provide housing).
  2. Insurance- Insurance isn’t expensive in Japan, but it is fairly standard for companies to pay it for you.
  3. Training-A good company will train you, a bad company won’t care.

Some things not to worry about

  1. Certifications- Many of the best companies want experience or certifications, but most companies just want you to be an English speaking college graduate.
  2. Location- The more flexible you are the easier time you will have finding a great job.
  3. Planning- Japanese school systems do things at the last minute, if a company says your hired, you’ll likely have to sit tight while they hash out the details (it is smart to research your company online to see if it gets any bad reviews).

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How to find work as an English Teacher in Japan