Best 9 Services to Find a Job in Japan

Are you looking for a new job? This article helps you to find a good job for you.

Finding a job is one of the main tasks that someone who wants to live in Japan must face sooner or later. How to go about finding a job and what to look for can seem daunting, but with our help, you can start taking the first step.

Finding a Job

Depending on your qualifications, there are several ways to look for a job in Japan. Several websites have thousands of offers available, but creating a professional network is also important to increase your opportunities of finding the job of your dream.

• Start searching before your arrival
Advice that is pretty common sense, but is not always the first to come into mind is: Searching for a job prior to going to Japan. Some companies like to interview potential candidates before they even set a foot in Japan and there are several reasons for that.

For example, they can help you to apply for a work visa before leaving your home country, as switching from a student, working holiday or temporary visa might be difficult and time-consuming. Also, this might give you a good idea of the market and what to expect – or not – when you finally make the move.

• Job Portals
Probably the first type of websites to look for getting an idea of what offers are available: job listing portals. Two of them are particularly popular:

WeXpats Jobs

It is the largest job hunting website that is specialized for foreigners. It offers over 20,000 jobs constantly and has many additional services that make job searching much more simple. Check out the following article for more information about this website.

Known as one of the most famous websites about life in Japan, Gaijinpot also hosts one of the largest English job boards in the country. You can upload your own resume, directly apply to a job, while the advanced search option allows you to target potential job offers depending on the career level, function, contract type, and Japanese proficiency.

With several thousands of jobs available, including worldwide companies like Amazon,, and IBM, Daijob mainly targets candidates with business level Japanese and with strong educational backgrounds. Job seekers can also career advice guides on the website.

O-Hayo Sensei
Although not a job portal in itself, O-Hayo sensei is one of the oldest Job Classifieds in a monthly magazine. Subscribers can receive an electronic newsletter twice a month with the best English teaching positions available at conversation schools, universities or public schools all across Japan.

Craiglist Tokyo
Craiglist Tokyo offers a job search engine for a variety of jobs in Japan. It’s a good place for those looking for some gigs, or even part-time work.

Career Cross
A job listing platform that provides information on bilingual jobs for both Japanese and English speakers. Over 5,000 offers are available for those who meet the minimum requirements.

Linkedin is not as famous in Japan as in other countries, but is a good place for people looking for a position in an international company. However, requirements for these opening are usually quite high.

• EU Executive Training Program
For European business professionals, the Executive Training Program is an opportunity to develop their career and business in Japan. Trainees can benefit from an internship in a Japanese company and undertake studies on the Japanese language and business culture. However, the program is very selective.

• Hello Work
Hello Work is the Public Employment Security Office. Services usually include information about job types, employment assistance and even face-to-face information about job opportunities. An online search engine is also available in Japanese. Facilities can be found in all parts of Japan, and some offices offer guidance in English, like the Shinjuku location.

Contract Work

The most common form of employment for those coming to Japan is via a contract. It is still uncommon to be hired directly as a Full-Time employee, however it is not impossible.

• Principles
As a general rule, always ask to obtain a written contract rather than an oral one. The employer must clearly state the following information:

– Period of the contract.
– Working place, job duties.
– Existence of overtime work.
– Start and finish times, overtime work, breaks, days off, holidays and leave.
– Methods of determining, calculating and paying wages.
– Resignation and dismissal matters.

If the actual working conditions differ from those stated, the employee can immediately cancel the labor contract. In addition, any part of the contract that does not meet the standards laid down by law is deemed invalid. Regulations concerning all employees in Japan are governed by the Labor Standards Law. It stipulates that an employer shall not engage in discriminatory treatment with respect to wages, working hours and other working conditions, regardless of the status or nationality of the worker.


Almost unavoidable in any worker’s life, facing unemployment is not always an easy situation to handle. Being prepared and knowing what documents to request from your former employer will help for a smooth – and hopefully short – transition.

• Notice of separation
First of all, you need to get a notice of separation from your company, known as rishoku-hyo (離職票). It is the legal obligation of your employer to issue it. This will detail the period of which you have participated in unemployment insurance, wages, and reason for leaving your job. After calling and making an appointment, you will need to take it to Hello Work to apply for benefits.

• Unemployment Benefit Allowance
You qualify if you are fired or made redundant, if the company doesn’t renew your contract, or if you leave the job at the end of your contract. However, voluntarily quitting your job before the end of your contract doesn’t automatically qualify you, and might make you have to wait between one and three months before receiving any allowance.

• Labor Union
Anyone can join a union, which must be predominantly composed of workers. Even if they are private voluntary associations and have the right to exclude people, they cannot do it based on considerations of race, religion, sex, family origin, or creed. One is known to represent English teachers and foreigners in particular, is the Zenkoku Ippan Tokyo General Union.

Currently, there are more than 40,000 of members in Japan, regrouped into three main federations: the Japanese Trade Union Confederation (Rengo), the National Confederation of Trade Unions (Zenroren), and the National Trade Council (Zenrokyo).

Don’t you know the contract types in Japan? Check this article!

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