February 15, 2018

Opportunity to Start Your Own School

Do you want to start your own school, but don’t know where to begin? There’s a big opportunity in Kyoto that you won’t want to miss […]
February 15, 2018

Just Arrived in Japan… and Saving Money?

When I came to Japan 8 years ago as a fresh faced new ALT, I had a thousand expectations, but three main goals: Have as much […]
February 7, 2018

Time to do your income taxes

Doing taxes can be a really worrying thought, but the experience of it here in Japan is nowhere near as terrifying as you might think. Depending […]
February 3, 2018

Increasing Qualifications to Get Access to Better-Paying Jobs

In a world in which the automated uploaded resumes process at prospective employers is the norm, there are potentially untold numbers of applicants for any attractive […]
February 1, 2018

Make City Money in Japan Working in the Countryside

Most countryside schools pay very little, but MY English School has put a lot of focus into their language program and wants to keep good teachers […]
January 25, 2018

ALTInsider Podcast – Can an older person find work in Japan?

This week James answers the question: Can an older person find work in Japan? (spoiler) The answer is a resounding YES, with caveats. Enjoy!    […]
January 18, 2018

Goal Setting For Job Seekers in Japan

As we enter 2018, for many it is time to look forward to the upcoming year and ask yourself if your job and career prospects will […]
January 10, 2018

ALTInsider Podcast – 3 Different Types of ALTs

James speaks with 3 different ALTs, one being a JET, another a dispatch company ALT, and another being a direct hire. A great way to learn […]
January 5, 2018

The Magic of a Night Bus

With the holidays and vacation season now in full swing in Japan, today I have a recommendation for a great activity to try at least once […]
December 28, 2017

Another Set of Eyes

You’ve spent hour after hour toiling away at your resume, and polishing your cover letter. Finally, you put the finishing touches on both documents and sit back to admire your work. Your employment documents are complete! You’re 100% ready to begin your pursuit of the perfect position.
December 21, 2017

University Job Titles in Japan Mean Wildly Different Things

For those wishing to get a university job, there is a wide variety of types of employment, and with that, a divergence of pay scales.
December 13, 2017

Making Impact Resumes

Make your resume stick out from the crowd with tips from Richard Miller who is The Job Information Centre (JIC) editor for the JALT Language Teacher.
December 7, 2017

Curriculum planning for English Schools in Japan

So you’ve found yourself a job at a private or international school. You were promised more freedom and growth as a teacher, and the school is […]
December 7, 2017

Before and After Class

The ALT Insider gives tip to help make sure that your interactions with students before and after classes don’t turn into wasted time.
November 2, 2017

The 2020 MEXT Changes and You

With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics just around the corner, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) is set to implement a new public school English education system just in time for the opening ceremonies.
October 26, 2017

ALTInsider Podcast – Interview with HTM Niseko

If you are interested of living or working in Niseko, hospitality industry, season work in Japan or just a change of pace, take a listen to this interview.
October 20, 2017

Is an All-English Classroom Good for Students?

When you start teaching in Japan, depending on the environment you’ll either be told to speak only English all the time, or you might mix the […]
October 5, 2017

Making Your Students/Customers Happy

As an English teacher, your students are your customers, and they come in all different shapes and sizes. You might have a group of 40 five-year-old […]
September 26, 2017

Which Job is Right For Me: Kindergarten, Elementary, Jr High, High School or University?

Getting a teaching job in Japan isn’t just about picking the first place that pays a decent salary. If you follow that logic, you’ll probably end […]
September 13, 2017

JobsinJapan.com should only be a part of your job search

What do you do if you do not find the job of your dreams on Jobsinjapan.com? Here are some tips to get you on the right track.
September 8, 2017

ALTInsider Podcast – Interview with GABA

James speaks with Branwen Dafis, Hiring Manager, at GABA.  While many know of  GABA and their 1-to-1 English lessons, there is a lot of misconceptions about working there. I think you will enjoy this behind the scenes interview.
August 20, 2017

Taking Pictures with your Students

Working in Japan, especially at a school, can have a lot of complications. If you are teaching English to young learners, you need to be aware […]
August 9, 2017

ALTInsider Podcast – Interview with Altia Central

James speaks with Graham Van Zwol, Hiring Manager, at ALTIA CENTRAL.  If you ever thought about working as an ALT, treat yourself to this interview.
August 6, 2017

The Smart Guide to Teaching English in Japan

The Roadmap to Level Up your Teaching Career in Japan You’ve seen all the comments on Facebook, reddit and forums – people who came here during […]