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2004-06-06, 06:43 PM
I am arriving in Tokyo for a 2 week holiday ans want to stay.
I have to look for accommodation and a job.
My question is are there any job centres in Tokyo? Buildings I can walk into and scan the job vacancies over the city?
2004-06-06, 07:15 PM
Sure, if you can read Japanese - they are called "Hello Work".
Otherwise it is the Monday edition (usually) of the Japan Times, and the classifieds of a few websites.
2004-06-06, 08:04 PM
You also need to be able to speak Japanese, have skills and experience and have a valid work visa for most non-teaching jobs, or be able to obtain sponsorship. Good luck getting an interview on a tourist visa.
Job sites (mainly teaching)
2004-06-06, 09:30 PM
The Japanese Embassy told me just arrive and look for a job.
Then my sponsor will arrange my work visa for me.
Do they not have special job sections for English speakers?
2004-06-06, 09:49 PM
Like the Japanese speaker section in a UK employment centre?
No. There is no special treatment for you here. You are competing for jobs with a few million out-of-work Japanese, and you have to demonstrate that you can do something that they can't - which for a large percentage of people means teaching English. And remember, English is only the number 5 or 6 language over here for foreigners.
2004-06-06, 09:55 PM
What kind of job are you looking for?
What can you do?
what visas do you qualify for?
Are you looking for English teaching jobs, and what are your qualifications?
English teaching jobs are unlikely to be found at Hello Work, as its mostly unemployed Japanese who go there, and English speakers make up less than 1/2 a percent of the population in Japan and there are very few unemployed foreigners in Japan i.e. ones laid off from their jobs and looking for work. Any ads for English speakers you find may be for Japanese English speakers, not foreigners. Japanese dont need a visa to work here. As TH mentioned, Job ads will be posted in Japanese.
2004-07-01, 12:29 PM
Just go to the foreigners hello work center in shinjuku (http://www.tfemploy.go.jp/en/coun/shinjuku.html). There are many jobs for foreigners, but still it is not easy to find something there except you are fluent in Japanese and/or have a special skill. And no, just making homepages is not a special skill here, more something like SAP engineer or something like this. But there are also the good old english teacher jobs out there for all you native speakers without special skills ;).
2004-07-01, 04:53 PM
However teaching English you need papers don't you? My brother was there 5 years teaching for a year in Nagoya.
He has a TEFL and maths skills.
ANy good looking person (like me) cannot jute get a teaching job-can they?
2004-07-01, 06:31 PM
You are not your brother.
To get a job here you need:
a work visa
a university degree
a well laid out CV
good shoe leather
enough money to support yourself till you find work/get paid (cvould be up to 3 months before you see a pay check)
Some native speakers just off the boat spend 90-days of a tourist visa in japan without finding work. It all depends on what you bring to the table and how you present yourself.
2004-10-14, 03:32 PM
What about going to Tokyo with a visa (I have one that's good until June) and trying to get private students through referral websites (senseibank.com etc.)?