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    Hi all, I'm Vietnamese living in Chiba. I was a graduate student in economics at Ritsumeikan University (English program) and graduated a few months ago. When I was a student, I lived in Osaka with my boyfriend, who was working at a Japanese company there. After graduation, I returned to my country for a while and my boyfriend came back later then we got married. One month ago, I returned to Japan with my husband on a dependent status and moved to Chiba (due to his work). I'm on a job search process now and I've been applying for some jobs online. I got some interview opportunities but unfortunately haven't succeeded in getting a job offer. So I've decided to switch my job search strategy to recruitment firms in Tokyo. I would like to ask for some advice on whether it is helpful to use their services, which firms are reliable and what to prepare before I go to their places. I have some options in mind (Hello Work Shinjuku, Robert Walters Japan, Michael Page International). Has anyone here had any experience in dealing with such agencies? Please share with me some of your feedbacks. Thanks in advance

    P/S: I major in business and economics, with English at business level and conversational Japanese, little work experience. Though I know my chance of getting a job is limited, I haven't given up yet coz I have at least been successful in getting my resume noticed by some good firms here. (Hays Specialist, Optia Partners, Robert Walters and 2 other small financial firms are those who have asked me for an interview)

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    Originally posted by udon512 View Post
    Hi all, I'm Vietnamese living in Chiba. I was a graduate student in economics at Ritsumeikan University (English program) and graduated a few months ago. When I was a student, I lived in Osaka with my boyfriend, who was working at a Japanese company there. After graduation, I returned to my country for a while and my boyfriend came back later then we got married. One month ago, I returned to Japan with my husband on a dependent status and moved to Chiba (due to his work). I'm on a job search process now and I've been applying for some jobs online. I got some interview opportunities but unfortunately haven't succeeded in getting a job offer. So I've decided to switch my job search strategy to recruitment firms in Tokyo. I would like to ask for some advice on whether it is helpful to use their services, which firms are reliable and what to prepare before I go to their places. I have some options in mind (Hello Work Shinjuku, Robert Walters Japan, Michael Page International). Has anyone here had any experience in dealing with such agencies? Please share with me some of your feedbacks. Thanks in advance

    P/S: I major in business and economics, with English at business level and conversational Japanese, little work experience. Though I know my chance of getting a job is limited, I haven't given up yet coz I have at least been successful in getting my resume noticed by some good firms here. (Hays Specialist, Optia Partners, Robert Walters and 2 other small financial firms are those who have asked me for an interview)
    have u passed JPLT1 or can u write or read kanji? if not i suggest u get office work though haken company, all the recruitment companies would be greatful help u seeks for jobs ,however speak japanese in business level is essential.
    go to hongkong or singapore prehaps is more competitive

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    • #3
      Entry level - no meaningful work experience... In that case I'd be short listing the companies that you want to work for - and ask the recruiter to introduce you. Maybe start at the embassy, list up the firms with Japan-Vietnam ties, look for banner adds in newspapers, etc. Select companies that somehow mirror your personal interests - food, technology, whatever - and build a I want to work for you story....

      Good luck.

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      • #4
        Keep in mind that the 'top' headhunting companies usually specialize in highly-paid executive search and not care about entry-level positions. They are paid in the range of 25 % of that person's annual salary and for them, a Y 1.25 mio fee for a Y 5 mio salary does not look attractive. So feel free to contact them but rather expect that they put a low-level person in charge of you or won't accept your CV at all.
        If you already got interviews, that's excellent. That gives you some experience and hopefully some feedback on the areas that you could improve. If people think that your job experience is too low, maybe also consider an internship.

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