Finding a non-teaching job in Japan in limited time
June 19, 2012 10:44 PM Subscribe
Searching for a job in Japan... Can speak Japanese, but have only gotten job offers from low-paying ALT dispatchers so far. Visa running out. Other venues to search?
posted by Kamelot123 to work & money (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Former JET Programme ALT here. I posted a similar question to this about a month ago, but the situation has changed a bit.
I've been in Tokyo since earlier this month, on the job hunt. I can speak/read/write business level-Japanese, and if possible would like to be able to use it in my job. Learning a new skill would be nice as well, for future employment purposes.
The kicker is: My work visa will be expiring the first week of August, and thus I need to find a job in the next 3 or so weeks. And I have only gotten bites from dispatch ALT recruiters and eikaiwas (I hear few positive stories from these companies - the pay is low, and the opportunity for advancement is apparently close to nil). I'd like to find more substantial employment if possible. I would not be against direct-hire ALT'ing as well, but have not been able to find any hiring yet.
I have two conferences for bilingual speakers that I will be going to later this month, but who knows how they will turn out. The expiring visa thing is really leaving me crunched for time.
I'd love to know how other people in Tokyo or other areas of Japan found jobs(ideally of at least 30man a month). I've been mostly going through gaijinpot/daijob, as well as the sites for the conferences coming up. If anyone has any advice/information (or job hookups?!), it would be much appreciated. I have been sending a Japanese cover letter, as well as a Japanese 履歴書.
If this doesn't work out, I'm thinking of going home to the USA recouping my losses, and attending the upcoming Boston Career forum. But if I can find a semi-decent job while over here, that would much preferable.
Crossing my fingers that something comes up - Let me know what you guys/gals think!