Excerpted from the Japan Career Guide
Job Search Overview
Traditionally, seeking employment in Japan other than English language teaching positions has been very difficult, unless one is transferred from an overseas affiliate or has already established a residence and work history in Japan. Obtaining employment in Japan requires both clearly-stated, marketable skills directly related to the job being sought and personal introductions.
Online Job Sites
DaiJob (Work in Japan.com)
http://www.daijob.com (English, Japanese)
The DaiJob website, originally created in Tokyo, is published both in English and Japanese. The name is taken from a Japanese pun and literally means both ‘big jobs’ and ‘no problem.’ This website targets recruitment for foreign-affiliated companies in Japan. DaiJob is broken down into several sub-sites; the most relevant for English-speaking foreigners is WorkinJapan. Employers use Daijob.com for finding bilinguals to employ, and jobseekers use it to identify suitable jobs.
Government Employment Resources
Tokyo Employment Service Center for Foreigners
http://tokyo-foreigner.jsite.mhlw.go.jp/ (Japanese, English)
Tokyo Employment Service Center for Foreigners (Nishi Shinjuku Center) is a public employment office specializing in providing job counseling and placement services for non-Japanese students who hold student visas, and non-Japanese specialists or technical experts who hold corresponding visas, live in Japan and are seeking employment. The center is run by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.
Internships are a traditional part of the corporate culture in the West, but this is not the case in Japan. With lifelong employment traditions and the practice of hiring workers right out of undergraduate school and keeping them until retirement, the idea of offering training and experiences to others outside the fixed corporate culture has not fully caught on. Foreign firms are far more likely to have internship programs, though a number of Japanese companies do as well.
This website has information about internships, short-term language training opportunities, visiting-teacher opportunities and other short-term opportunities for younger candidates. Internships with major corporations are not common, but those seeking short-term experience in Japan or the chance to study Japanese or teach English in a short program may find it useful.
Staffing Agencies and Temporary Help Firms
MANNET, headquartered in Tokyo, provides customized and strategic staffing solutions, outsourcing services and placement. Its services cover a broad range of fields such as office/clerical, manufacturing, sales, distribution, construction and maintenance/repair. The strength of MANNET lies in the fact that its staff is directly involved in the assigned task, unlike some companies that employ subcontractors.
4F Shibuya Park Building
3-6-6 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0002, Japan
Executive Recruiters and Search Firms
East West Consulting KK
http://www.ewc.co.jp/en/ (English, Japanese)
East West Consulting KK has become one of the largest full-service executive-search firms in Japan. With more than 100 professional consultants, East West is able to successfully scout top management and specialists across a broad range of industries. It finds excellent people and introduces them to client companies.
East West Consulting KK
Chichibuya Building, Kojimachi 3-7-4
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0083
Newspapers that Publish Job Advertisements
The Japan Times
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/jobs/start_e.html (Jobs board in English)
This large daily newspaper provides a careers section that includes a jobs board searchable by industry and profession, in both English and Japanese. A résumé posting service is available. The amount of listings under each category on this site varies greatly, and though many of the category searches may have nothing listed, others can be quite helpful. The nature of the jobs may be more suited for entry-level or non-professional career searches, however. The Japan Times recently launched a ‘Classified’ section for executive positions, and has offered an online classified job search engine for several years. The Japan Times employment classifieds are published each Monday.
This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the complete Japan Guide.