Inside Japan Podcast

The Inside Japan Podcast – Dispatch Company HR and Training Manager Philip

This week Philip from the dispatch company Wing drops in to take us through his path from teacher in Taiwan to HR manager in Tokyo. We also learn about the Tokyo Global Gateway in Odaiba, Tokyo which will open soon. Enjooooy.

Topics Discussed:

  • 1:55 – How Philip found his first job in Japan from his previous job in Taiwan
  • 5:29 – How he networked to find his next job in Japan
  • 11:38 – Transitioning from Eikaiwa Manager to HR Manager with a different company
  • 17:00 – Cool new school idea Tokyo Global Gateway
  • 21:20 – Common Mistakes on Resumes and at Interviews
  • 24:45 – Is HR a good next step from being a teacher in Japan?
  • 28:15 – Future outlook for teaching in Japan on the compensation side of things
  • 30:20 – Final Advice

Peter Lackner is the Managing Partner at and has had management-level positions at major job boards in Japan including:, GaijinPot, CareerEngine (formerly eCentral) and currently the managing partner at

Running a job board gives Peter the opportunity to speak with employers and job seekers every day and find out why some are successful and others are not. Speaking to both employers and job seekers has given Peter the ability to be able to see both sides of the hiring process. This is why JobsinJapan exists - to help job seekers find the jobs they want and employers to find the candidates they need. 

Peter is active in the ETJ (English Teachers in Japan organization), a member of JALT’s School Owners SIG and currently on the Board of Directors of the Tokyo Association of International Preschools.

You can often find Peter speaking to groups on how to get a new or better job, and to employers on how to avoid making a bad hire.

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