FAQ


Job Seeker – Frequently Asked Questions


Jobsinjapan.com is a job posting website showcasing employment opportunities from various companies. We are not a recruiter or staffing agency, so we cannot directly offer you employment.
Please look on the site for a job that you are interested in and apply. A few pieces of advice:

a. Create an online resume (or several depending on the job you want to apply to). Please note that you can apply to jobs using either your PDF file resume or the online resume.
b. Make sure your cover letter is customized for each employer that you make an application.
c.  Ensure that your resume and profile includes a photo.  While many job seekers find adding a photo to one’s application as unusual, or even discriminatory, this is a customary practice in Japan.  It will show employers that you understand Japanese work culture and procedures.

To apply to a job, you need to register and create a job seeker account; then just hit the apply button next to each job. You have the option to create and apply via online resume or apply via your own PDF/MS Word resume. Some employers set the “Apply” button to take you directly to their own website’s hiring page.

To apply to a job, you need to register and create a job seeker account (http://www.jobsinjapan.com/registration/?user_group_id=JobSeeker); then just hit the apply button next to each job. You have the option to create and apply via online resume or apply via your own pdf/MS Word resume. Some employers set the “Apply” button to take you directly to their own website’s hiring page.

Your personal information is located in job seekers “My Account.” There is a folder inside My Account called “My Profie” which contains this information.

You can make your resume searchable for registered employers with your contact details available, with your contact details hidden (Anonymous Resume) or completely hidden from employers (only employers whom you have applied to can view).

Yes. You can create multiple online resumes as well as use any customized resume file that you may already have (pdf or MS Word file). You can use the tailored resumes to suit different positions and employers.
To save time, you can also duplicate a completed resume by clicking on the ‘Duplicate’ button located on your resume page.

While this is not required, attaching a photo to one’s resume is standard in Japan, and your application may appear incomplete to some employers. The photo should similar to what you would use on a passport or driver’s license.

Some employers that need to hire multiple people or need to fill a position urgently often use this option to place their job on the front page and on top of the jobs listings giving the position additional exposure. Many of these companies are rapidly growing so please take note of them.

While we make every effort to gather a large amount of jobs in various categories, it is possible that we do not have a current job matching your skills and interests. Please check back, and set up “Job Alerts”, as there are new jobs uploaded continuously.

Your cover letter should be no more than one page in length. It should explain who you are and why you’re the best candidate for the job. It needs to be very concise, yet keep the hiring manager wanting to learn more. If you go any longer than a page, the person reading it will get bored.

Absolutely! If you think you can handle the job requirements, it never hurts to apply for the position. However, please use good judgement and common sense.

Do not apply for a position if the requirements look to be non-negotiable. For example, we have jobs on the site which require a certain nationality (security clearance) or a specific degree/certification. If you do not meet these requirements, applying will just waste your and their time.

However, if you have less years of experience than they’re asking, or you are missing one of the hard skills mentioned, these don’t necessarily rule you out from landing the job. Skills can be learned on the job, and if you’re the best candidate, years of experience won’t matter in the end. Just don’t lie and say you have the qualifications when you don’t.

If you have additional skills or it has been over a year since you last applied, you should then re-apply. In the event you had previously been contacted by the employer for an interview, you already have the interviewer’s contact info, so you can send a personal email saying that you are still interested in the position


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