How To Apply For A Job In Japanese (As Your Second Language)

Written byIchika Yamamoto

By delving into the culture you will be able to maneuver the Japanese customs and networks in order to land the perfect job for yourself. The Japanese job application is different from that of the Western world. Also, here we can show you how to go about resigning from your job and provide you with tips on finding the perfect job for you in Japan.


Japan is a growing country that is on the edge of many business industries. Every year many people apply to work in Japan. One thing some fail at is to remember that you must learn the language of Japanese in order to be effective and accepted in to the business culture. How else can one communicate in the country than by learning the language?

Finding A Job In Japan

Building contacts and networks with people in or near to your field who are already in Japan is a good start. This way you can begin to learn more about the company culture and structures of many of the businesses in Japan. You have greatly improved your chances with this strategic move that can have many leads that may not make it to job boards. Secondly, if you do not already know the language, you will have to learn the language.

Applying For A Job in Japan

Applying for a job in Japan is a little different than in other countries. Your resume may be done in a traditional style of Rirekisho. Your CV or resume would include a recent picture of yourself. Additionally, the companies want to know about your proficiency in Japanese - this is important in order to communicate in this country. Some companies may ask for your medical and health history in order to learn more about your stability in health. Further, some may ask for a handwritten cover letter - which is definitely different from places like the United States and Canada where this is done electronically. You can get further assistance by using a job application guide.

The Interview

Japanese job interviews are formal. Unlike how in some countries or in the Western style, it may be presented in a laid back manner over coffee or via Skype, in Japan it is done in person. You address people by their job titles, which is a polite way of greeting them, and there will be plenty of bowing although you can still shake hands. Holding eye contact for long is not encouraged.

How to Resign

Do you want to change your job? Are you ready to quit your job, but do not know how? We can assist with that task with our free resignation letters. These letters have been proven to have you leaving the job on good terms. You want to leave the job on good terms so as not to burn bridges and be able to have open communication with those you've worked with in the past. Your resignation letter maintains and keeps past business relationships for the future.

Japan's growing business trend attracts many every year. Be on the right side of the winning streak and be prepared as you take on the task of finding a job in Japan. Now that you are on your way to learning the language and understanding more about the traditions and cultures it will be easier for you to transition and to gain the job.

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