Jobs in Japan for International Graduates

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Before you start applying to jobs in Japan, let's have a look at the common process for international graduates to get jobs in Japan.


  1. How to find a job for International Graduates in Japan
  2. What are the requirements to work in Japan?
  3. Japan market towards foreigners


1. How to find a job for International Graduates in Japan

Finding a job in Japan as an international graduate can be challenging, but there are several strategies you can employ to increase your chances of success:

Use Job Search Agents or Career Services at Universities:

Utilize online job search platforms to find job listings specifically targeted towards international candidates. You can filter search results based on your qualifications, industry, and location preferences. 

If you've graduated from a university, utilize their career services office. They might have resources, job postings, and connections to help international graduates find employment.

Prepare a Japanese-style Resume (Rirekisho):

After you find a job, send a resume to the company and apply for a job. Japanese employers often prefer a specific style of resume called a "rirekisho." Research how to format and write a rirekisho properly to make a good impression.

③Have a Job interview

If you get a good impression of the company from your CV, it is likely that companies will arrange a job interview with you.

You will be asked some questions and  If you make a good impression in the interview, you will be hired. "The reason why you want to work in the company" , or "things you are good at" are the common questions.



2. What are the requirements to work in Japan?

・Visa Requirements:

You will need to secure an appropriate work visa to legally work in Japan. The type of visa you need will depend on various factors such as your intended length of stay, the nature of your work, and your qualifications. Common work visa categories include the "Engineer" visa, the "Specialist in Humanities/International Services" visa, and the "Instructor" visa. Each visa category has specific requirements, so it's essential to research and understand which one applies to your situation.

・Japanese Language Proficiency:

Depending on the job and industry, proficiency in the Japanese language may be a requirement. While some multinational companies in Japan use English as their primary language of business, many local companies and industries require at least a basic level of Japanese language proficiency for communication and daily work tasks. Improving your Japanese language skills through study and practice can significantly enhance your job prospects in Japan.

Many Japanese companies use JLPT scores for Japanese language proficiency. JLPT is well explained in the article below, so take a look if you are interested.

What JLPT score is needed to look for a job in Japan?


3. Japan market towards foreigners

A poll by information technology services company Zenken found that nearly half of Japanese businesses are interested in recruiting foreigners. 45.5% of the companies who responded claimed that they were  interested in hiring foreign nationals.

200 businesses participated in the survey. Among the businesses participating, 42.5% employed fewer than 500 people, 15.5% had fewer than 1,000 employees, and 42% had more than 1,000.
When asked why they were interested in hiring foreign workers, 68.1% of the companies said it was to find talented staff.
The need for bilingual employees was mentioned by 46.2% of respondents as one cause, and labor shortages by 42.9%. About 30% of those surveyed said they want international workers to help the companies expand their commercial ventures overseas. 

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