- 26 year-old British male.
- I have a a BA Degree in Design.
- 8 Years work experience in the UK (Sales, admin etc).
- 1.5 years private English teaching experience in Japan.
- I speak, read and write basic Japanese.
After almost 2 years in Japan, I have still not found full-time employment in any sector after applying to 100's of companies ranging from design to housekeeping, with very little or no response from anyone, and if I am ever lucky enough to get a response, it is always the same "we regret to inform you that your application has been "unsuccessful" excuse or that I am "under qualified" or "inexperienced." I have even tried finding a job teaching full-time, but every single interview is the bloody same; I turn up, and I am greeted by another 50 applicants (no exaggeration) applying for the same job. Ridiculous to say the least. Once I got an interview with a teaching school close to where I live, and when i got there applicants were queuing down the street to get in! Another non-teaching job interview I got was for a financial adviser position in Asakasa. Sounded great. Not. To cut a long story short, they expected me to work purely on an insulting commission basis 10 hours a day Monday to Friday cold calling foreign clients which, by the way, I had to find myself with no base salary, and I had to buy my own computer for the office! Naturally I told them where to go. Finally, I got a part-time job in a guest house in Roppongi as a cleaner and assistant importer. That jobs was ok for the first few months, but as time went by, they started cutting my hours more, expecting me to do more, and what really sent me over the edge, they wanted to start paying me less and less to the point where they offered me \3000 for 5 hours work compared to \10,000 for 6 hours work! The owner was going senile and had the patience of elephant on a rampage, which definitely didn't help. Naturally I left.
My conclusion so far - An insult! I feel like my intelligence and moral character is constantly being insulted! Finding an honest job as a foreigner in Japan in my own experience has been a complete nightmare! So now I want to advise others on what they're likely to expect.
Call me unlucky, call me foolish, but I have searched and waited so patiently with no success.
Don't get me wrong. Japan is a wonderful country in terms of culture etc, but it seems to me if you are expecting to easily find work here without at least speaking the language to business level 2 or above, then you're in for a long and expensive journey to nowhere.
The moral of the story is - What can you do that a Japanese person can't?
Would be interesting to here from others with similar stories