How to Find a Good Job in Japan?

While there are lots of professional publications online portals that provide job listings in Japan, the most effective means of getting employment are still personal connections or “kone”.

One good piece of advice is that you should make a job search long before you leave for Japan. That way, you can apply for a direct work visa right before leaving your home country, and you will no longer have to change visa once you’re in Japan. It is quite difficult to switch from another form of visa to a work visa when you are already in Japan. Most Japanese employer typically prefer to hire someone who has a definite permission to work and are hesitant toward sponsoring an employee’s work visa on such a short notice.

Job gateways for Japan

So far, two of Japan’s leading job portal website, Daijob and Gaijinpot offer several job listings to job seekers. They also provide a number of advice-style articles on a variety or work-related topics under its Career Support Heading.

Depending on your previous work experience, you may have achieved success with an executive recruitment agency. Huge agencies in Japan specialize in skilled qualified management applicants with suitable positions in Japanese companies.

Once an employee send huge agencies a CV and cover letter for consideration, they will decide whether you are qualified at which point. Fortunately for those with noteworthy previous management experience, the executive recruiting option will be most beneficial. Executive recruiting agencies are very effective and confidential as experienced employees work with their senior employees.

Professional Associations

There are several Japanese professional associations serving different industries in Japan. Such major trade associations offer industry news and publications which mostly contain job listings. Another good benefit of relying to a professional association is that it may give job seekers a chance to reach their colleagues and even employers personally. In the Japanese’s employment industry, connections or “kone” are significant resources, particularly for a foreigner searching for a good job in Japan. Communicating with employers or colleagues with whom you can build personal relationships are actually way more possibly to hire you, and even more significantly, to support your work visa.

EU Executive Training Programme or ETP

Fortunately for some job seekers, there is this EU Executive Training Programme or ETP which offers an opportunity to apply for an 18 months of training and work in Japan if you are from a European Union member nation. However, this program is very selective and only geared toward corporate executives, but is actually remarkable for providing language help and significant income to its participants.


Generally, job listings appear in major newspapers. Giant newspapers provide a broader scope of listings for a number of countries, which would be a great help in learning what sort of job positions are available and in demand on the international market.

Moreover, it would be a great advantage if you can read Japanese as you can take a look at some of the Japanese-language papers for additional job listings.

Teaching English Language in Japan

Also, you might want to consider teaching English language in Japan. Such career will allow you to secure a work visa in Japan. In addition, you can also have time improving your Japanese while teaching to help improve your language, which will eventually make you a more qualified candidate for your future employment.

Aizelle Joe