What you can achieve in Japan Part 4 ~Finding a Job~

This is the fourth and final article in the “What You Can Achieve in Japan" series.
This time we will talk about getting a job in Japan.

There are many people who would like to find a job in Japan and receive a work visa.
Precisely speaking, there is no status of residence called a "working visa”.
The general term for a status of residence that allows you to work in Japan is commonly referred to as a "working visa”. In fact, the status of residence that can be granted varies depending on the type of industry and job you are employed in.
There are currently 19 different types of residence statuses for working.

●Key points for work visa screening
・Academic background
・Business-related expertise
・Work experience

Regarding academic background:
Basically, you need a bachelor's degree or higher in your home country. ​​If you wish to study in Japan right after graduating from high school, you will need to go on to higher education and obtain a degree. Specialized courses and coursework taken at school are also considered as part of the screening process. Especially if you apply for a work visa after vocational school, your job must be related to the field you studied.

※Not only the applicant, but also the company will be screened to ensure that they meet the criteria to be a host for a work visa. Therefore, it is necessary to be well informed about the company you apply for.

In order to obtain the student visa, the school you enroll in will be your host organization. To receive the work visa, the company you work at must be your host organization.Therefore, you must get a job offer (i.e., an employment contract) from a company first. There are several steps involved in getting this job offer, including document screening, a written test, and an interview. In order to pass these steps, it is necessary to understand what Japanese companies are looking for in foreign talents.

●What companies are looking for
・Business-related expertise
・Work experience
・Knowledge of Japanese
・Business manners

Although the required Japanese skills vary depending on the industry, it is essential for smooth communication with superiors and co-workers. Many companies require N2 or N1 Level at JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test).
It is also necessary to understand its uniqueness in culture and manners. Even if you are one minute behind on a deadline or meeting time, the other party will not accept the document or you will be considered late. Differences in position and age will change the order in which business cards are exchanged and where to sit in a conference room. Knowing or not knowing these manners will affect the outcome of the employment examination.

TCJ offers a job hunting course for those who are seeking employment in Japan. While learning Japanese, students will gain an understanding of the job hunting system in Japan, conduct self-analysis, and research companies. Through social classes, students can also learn about cross-cultural communication and unique Japanese habits and ways of thinking.
Of course, students will acquire a high level of Japanese language skills so that they can make a strong self-presentation on entry sheets and at interviews. Acquiring Japanese language skills will not only give you an advantage in your job hunting activities, but will also lead to career advancement in the future. The staff at TCJ will do their best to support you in achieving your dreams in Japan.
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