you intend coming to Tokyo to work,
a good understanding of the job
market is necessary. In other words,
you need to know the job opportunities
available, who is hiring and what
the correct and legal procedure
to be followed is. So, do a lot
of research before anything else.
The best places to find information
on the job market and job opportunities
in Tokyo is the Japanese embassy
in the country of your residence,
and the internet.
you first come to Tokyo , and then
look for a job, you may do that
as well. But then you need to remember
this – it is illegal to work on
a tourist or student visa. You first
need to acquire a work visa, usually
from the sponsor.
factors that a potential employer
looks into, are basically the same
as anywhere else – your qualifications,
experience, and age. If you have
a technical degree, it might be
a little easier to find a job than
if you had a non-technical degree.
If you can speak a little Japanese,
that usually helps.
of the best sources to find information
on job opportunities in Tokyo are:
best place to start is the internet.
There are several sites available
that besides listing all the online
recruiting agencies, also give all
the other information required –
benefits, remunerations, procedures
to be followed, government rules
and regulations, visa processes,
housing, and so on. Following are
a few of the links to get you started:
( Japan External Trade Organization)
( Japan yellow pages in English)
in Tokyo :
you have friends in Tokyo , they
can be an ideal source of information.
Being in Tokyo , they know the place,
the opportunities, and the procedures.
They can even help you find jobs,
make travel arrangements, arrange
housing, and give you tips on the
local culture and ways.
you are already in Tokyo , then
newspapers are a good source. Everyday
there are lots of advertisements
of all the job openings in the city.
Japan Times , the English
language daily is the most easily
available and has most of the advertisements.
The Monday edition is reserved for
job openings, mainly for foreigners.
It is best to buy the newspaper
early as they are usually all finished
by 10-11 am and the demand for jobs
is so much that usually by the end
of the day, the positions are almost
is also for those who are already
in Tokyo . There are quite a few information
centers in the city that can help
you find a job. They usually have
all the information on job openings,
will guide you through the application
process, have copying facilities for
resumes, as well as computers which
you can use to type or send your applications.
Naturally they charge a fee for their