Users Guide to JobsinJapan.com (Employers)

JobsinJapan.com Employer’s Manual

Following is a guide to help you use the JobsinJapan.com website and features more effectively and efficiently. If you have questions or need assistance in posting your job or using the site, please let us know at [email protected] as we are happy to help.

To access the Employers area click on the ‘Employers’ link located in the top-right corner of the JobsinJapan.com homepage. (If you’re a first-time user, click the ‘Register’ tab).

Select the posting package which best meets your needs and budget.

Job Description – If you need tips on writing an effective job description, please see our notes here

 

 

 

Filters – For the English / Japanese Language ability and “Restricted to Domestic Applicants” requirements, job seekers that do not match or exceed these criteria will be blocked from applying to you position.

 

 

 

Image Gallery – Job descriptions with images gather more applications than those without. Images that work well are those of the interior of the company and those of staff working at the company.

 

 

 

Video – If you do not have a corporate video, many companies (especially rural ones) insert a travel/tourist information YouTube video to give the job seeker an idea of what it is like to live in that city.

 

 

 

Cover Image – This image only appears with the Featured & Semi-Featured job listings. Please make sure the image size is 760 x 100 pixels.

 

 

 

Application Redirect URL – Only use this function if you wish to have the job seeker to be taken to an external site (i.e. your company’s hiring page). In this case, application information will not be stored in your account. The Apply button works as a hyperlink to another URL.

After creating your job description, a preview of the job will be displayed to show you how the job will look online. Please check the approval box and submit tab at the bottom of this page to publish your job online or it will remain in the “DRAFT” stage.

JobsinJapan.com accepts payment via Bank Transfer, Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard) or PayPal.

Note: In principle, Employers are expected to make pre-payment for job listings. As there is a time delay when confirming payments made by bank transfer, it is advisable to use an electronic payment method if listing the position is urgent.

On the Manage Applications page, there are many features to help you sort, rank and communicate with the job seekers who have applied to your positions.

a) Rank and Sort Applicants – one can sort applicants by job applied to, stars, status as well as make changes to applicants in bulk.

b) Quick view of profile information – if you hover over the name, a window will appear showing the applicant’s basic profile information (Ex. Current Location, Nationality, Visa Status, Language Ability)

c) Corresponding with Applicants – Communicate with the job seeker efficiently. The templates for “Send Invitation” and “Send Rejection Letter” can be customized and saved for quick use.
Action Tabs: Send Invitation, Send Rejection Letter, Send Message, Delete Application

Sample: Send Invitation Letter – Use the sample message or customize your message.

Sample: Rejection letter

Rank applicants by Interview Status, Star Ranking and add any internal notes allowing you to stay organized.

My Notes – Interview Status

Rank applicants by Interview Status, Star Ranking and add any internal notes allowing you to stay organized.

Video Player icon – you can request candidates to answer a number of set interview questions in a relatively controlled way which are then stored on video for your review.

Once you have clicked the “Send Invite” button, the candidate will receive an email with the invitation and the option to complete the automated interview. Once completed, a link to the video of their answers will become available to you here.

The Icon will change color depending on whether the person has taken the video interview or not.

The other two tabs allow you to view the applicant’s resume file or view their online resume.

For those job seekers with a Video Interview, you can see their interview response questions by clicking on the “Watch Interview” tab.

We have the JIJ Mascot ask a series of questions depending on the job seeker: 1) Certified Teacher Questions, or 2) General Questions. 

A larger variety of questions may be added in the future.

What the Interviews look like:

Qualified Teacher Video Questions
Question 1 – Can you tell me a little about yourself?
Question 2 – What would you say are your strengths?
Question 3 – What professional development classes, workshops, training have you attended?
Question 4 – How will you handle students who have no interest in studying English?
Question 5 – Please let us know your biggest challenge, and how you got over it.
Question 6 – What do you like to do outside of work?

General Questions
Question 1 – Can you tell me a little about yourself?
Question 2 – Why did you come to Japan? (Why do you want to come to Japan?)
Question 3 – What would you say are your strengths?
Question 4 – What are you passionate about?
Question 5 – What do you like to do outside of work?

What the Interviews look like:

Employers sometimes ask us about how to increase the response to their job listings. While there can be any number or reasons (i.e., compensation, location, requirements, etc.), the issue is often a poorly written job description.

Just as employers only skim the first part of a resume or cover letter, job seekers do the same with job postings. If it does not attract their attention, they move to the next opportunity advertised.

Tone of the job description

Employers often make the mistake of only including their requirements instead of appealing to what would motivate a candidate to apply for the job. In addition to your needs, you will need to write your job description, which is an advertisement, to include items that would relate to their personal and professional goals, interests or other items which may motivate them.

Just remember to “think like an applicant” and write what would make you apply for the job.

Job Title

Specific job titles are better than general ones. One should describe the role accurately.
Bad Title: Teacher
Good Title: Certified Children’s English Teacher

Bad Title: Programmer
Good Title: Senior Computer Programmer with C++ proficiency

Job Description

Here are some items that can be found in an effective job description:

  • Attention-grabbing opening: Open with a strong, attention-grabbing summary which provides an overview of your company and expectations and responsibilities for the position.
  • Why is your company and position special? There is a lot of competition for the best candidates and explaining why your company and job are great will get you candidates that want your job, not any job, even at a lower salary.
  • Highlight the day-to-day activities of the position. This will help candidates understand the work environment and the activities they will be expected to perform on a daily basis.
  • List of skills required (hard and soft) – make sure the job description explains the level of required education, language ability, experience necessary, certifications and technical skills for the role. You may also include soft skills, like communication and problem solving, as well as personality traits that you envision for a successful hire.
  • Make your list of requirements concise. You are not making a shopping list or a wish list! Only list the absolute requirements, not a list of everything the ideal candidate possesses. Keep your list concise. It is rare for you to find a candidate that possesses everything you are looking for. If you give a huge list of required skills, you will scare potential applicants away and may miss out on applications from great candidates who would make fantastic employees with just a little extra training.
  • Peace of Mind. Especially for smaller and newer companies, you will want to explain why the job seeker should feel comfortable joining your company.

Salary

Listings that do not include a salary (or salary range) get far fewer applications than those that do. Even if the salary range is very wide, it is good to list what this is and what must be done to achieve the hiring listed salary.

Terms like: competitive pay, salary negotiable, compensation commensurate with experience, market rates and uncapped bonuses scare away potential candidates. It tells the job seekers little and is one of the “red flags” for avoiding a bad company. While your intention may be to pay qualified candidates a higher salary, it gives the impression that you will try to negotiate them into a lower salary.

Benefits

Be sure to list both the monetary and non-monetary benefits of the job. If you offer company housing, be sure to mention it along with the market rate for the apartment in your area.

Other benefits can include training, opportunities for advancement, location, flexible working hours, health insurance, professional development, etc.

Company Profile Page

All postings on Jobsinjapan.com include a Company Profile page (update the Company Profile at the My Profile folder).

While it is informative to state the facts about your company, be sure to use this page to give the job seeker some information that they cannot find on your company’s website. For example, you can write about: 1) Why is your company a great place to work, 2) Company culture, 3) Employee benefits, etc.

Reducing the number of unqualified applications

Applying to jobs online is too easy, just a few clicks is all it takes. While convenient for the job seeker, it also encourages them to apply for jobs which they are quite qualified for. This is not just with Jobsinjapan.com but with all online job resources.

To address this problem, jobsinjapan.com has a Screening Questionnaire function where you can filter out only relevant applicants, saving you time, by “testing” them when they apply for your job.

Job Posting Guidelines

The following guidelines will help you develop job content and recruiting practices that are consistent with Jobsinjapan.com’s standards for an optimal job seeker experience. JobsinJapan.com reserves all editorial rights to edit job postings and may refuse to post a job that does not adhere to the guidelines herewith. 

General Recruitment

  • Use JobsinJapan.com to fill an actual job, not a pipeline or resume mill. Each posting should represent a real and currently available job. Listings that prove misleading, compromise the job seeker experience or those which we are not convinced represent a “real” job may be removed from the site altogether. 
  • If a position is filled during the posting period, the employer is to de-activate the listing to avoid damaging the reputation of the employer and JobsinJapan.com
  • Job postings must not contain multiple positions (must be created as separate job postings). One cannot mix full time and part time, prefectures, etc. unless given prior approval.  
  • In principle, jobs must be listed by prefecture and not have area (i.e. Kanto Jobs) or multiple areas (Position in Osaka, Tokyo, Nagoya)
  • Maintain dignity and respect for all people, and do not post ads that may be insulting or offensive, e.g., “Caucasian teacher wanted, “Japanese only,” “female secretary wanted,” etc.  Keep the focus on qualifications, e.g., “native English speaker” or “native Japanese speaker.” If there is an age, gender, nationality or other specification due to a unique circumstance, include a reasonable explanation if not already clear, e.g., “black female extra, early 20’s, for TV show,” “American citizen for job on U.S. military base” or “ABC Church seeking Christian teacher.” 
  • Pay reliably and fairly. Jobs that people find on JobsinJapan.com should have hourly or salaried wages and should not cost the candidate anything to apply, interview and begin work. 
  • Job postings must not require the user to “email for more details”; position details are to be listed in the job posting.
  • Make application accessible and transparent. Job seekers should not have to set up or navigate through complicated steps to begin the application process. 
  • Respect candidate privacy. Information gathered in the application process should be shared carefully within your company and never made available to third parties.

Job Titles and Descriptions

  • Leave clickbait out of titles. Job titles should be the name of the particular job as it might appear on a business card, with no extra information. This point is particularly important when ads may be fed out to affiliated sites. The job description is where work location, required degrees, company perks and other specifics should be detailed. 
  • Do not use job content that is not yours. Each job that appears on JobsinJapan.com must be offered by an authorized representative of the company seeking to fill a position. Agents taking fees to introduce employees to other companies are not permitted unless the agent has a dispatch or introduction license issued by the Japanese government and that license number is displayed in the posting. 
  • Offer a real job. JobsinJapan.com is a search engine for jobs. Nonjob content–including spam, scams and other offers–will be taken off the site. 
  • Job titles should not contain odd characters (e.g., xxxxx), symbols (e.g., stars, asterisks), ALL CAPITAL LETTERS, or information that belongs in the job description such as location, wage, benefits, etc. Avoid phrases such as “URGENT” or ****ENGLISH TEACHER NEEDED HURRY !!!!!!!!. It is acceptable to explain the position start time:  Marketing Manager – Immediate Start. Provide the true details of your job, including its location, duties and whether the job is `being offered by the hiring company or by a recruiter on the company’s behalf.
  • JobsinJapan.com reserves all editorial rights to edit job postings, decline a posting, or remove a posting at any time. 

All postings have to be in accordance with our Terms of Service 

Listings that prove misleading, compromise the job seeker experience or those which we are not convinced represent a “real” job may be removed from the site altogether.

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