Job Seeker - Frequently Asked Questions
1. I want to work in Japan. Can you find me a job?
Jobsinjapan.com is a job posting website showcasing jobs from various employers and not a recruiter or staffing agency. 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).
b Set up “Job Alerts” in your “My Account” allowing you to be notified if a job that matches your criteria is uploaded.
c. Make sure your cover letter is customized for each employer that you send an application.
2. How do I apply to jobs?
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.
3. How do I change my personal information?
Your personal information is located in job seekers “My Account.” There is a folder inside My Account called “My Profie” which contains this information. Direct link at www.jobsinjapan.com/edit-profile/
4. I am concerned about how much Private Information employers can see. What are my options?
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).
5. Can I upload multiple Resumes?
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
6. What are Job Alerts?
This is a feature that sends job seekers an email alert with relevant job listings when a new job that matches the job seekers criteria is posted. The criteria that job seekers can set include keywords, industry, job function, visa status, location and much more. You can set this up via the job seekers “My Account.”
7. I don’t see a job available to fit my skills (or that I want to do). What are my options?
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.
8. Is it necessary to upload a photo to my resume?
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.
9. What are Featured Jobs?
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.
10. How long should I make my cover letter?
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.
11. Should I apply for a job even if I don’t have the specified experience?
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.
12. I see that a job has re-opened, should I re-apply or what should I do?
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