The vast majority, if not all users of the Working Holiday visa, come to Japan with the intention of working a short period at least.

Japan seems, at first glance, a good choice for this. It is a country with a strong economy that, despite being stagnant for almost 20 years, has a very high labor consumption and an unemployment rate of only 2%. That is, the demand for employment is greater than the supply. There is a serious labour and staff shortage in most of the businesses and companies in Japan which is causing some troubles for the administration.

Sounds like good news for someone whose intention is to look for work in Japan … Right?

We, for the moment, do not want to assume any kind of commitment because it would be necessary to pay exclusive attention only to this section and it is time that we do not have right now, but we do try to share all the information we have. Therefore, do not hesitate to contact us  if you need any kind of guidance.

So far, the most common are placed in restaurants, factories or language teachers. Of course your previous experience will open more doors in other jobs. An interesting option would be to to work as an artist, if you play any instrument or sing/dance, etc.

Although we do not commit to this, we have been able to help several people fund jobs thorough our networks.

According to the Consular Section of the Japanese Embassy in Spain, they want to make this clear:

“WH’s program is to enable young people from both countries to immerse themselves in the other country for up to 1 year in order to appreciate the culture and way of life and thus foster mutual understanding, being able to develop specific secondary activities during the stay, such as how to participate in academic courses, work, participate in volunteer activities, develop unpaid work experiences … but always keeping in mind that the main objective should be vacation, with the rest of the activities being complementary to this main vacation objective”.

Simply out, this means that although the WH visa allows paid work and does not explicitly specify what is the maximum number of hours that can be worked during the year, it would not be well seen, for example, to perform a full-time job. We could say then that there is a theoretical limit of 20h per week.

As for salary, a normal average salary of a part time job is around JPY 1,000 per hour. Let’s say that we can take it as an indicative salary, this does not mean that you can not find salaries above and below, but we believe that it is a realistic figure for you to make any calculations needed.

CURRICULUM VITAE

RIREKISHO

In the same way as other countries, there are more or less official formats of the CV, in Japan they have their own version and used for most job applications.

Ideally it would be required to fill it out in Japanese, by hand. It would be alright for foreigners to fill it out in English.

Currículum in Japanese is 履 歴 書 ( Rirekisho ) and can be bought in any combini  (24h shops that are in all corners). If you prefer to download it, you can find the templates in pdf and doc, although the official version (purchased) are always beeter.

This would be an example of a rirekisho:

1.- Date

  • Date of CV being presented.
  • In Japan, a different way of naming the years is still used. However, the western format is, normally valid, always from highest to lowest: YYYY / MM / DD.
  • Immediately below appears the box for the name, usually in the format: Last Name – First name.
    If you know how to write your name in Katakana, it is advisable to add it too.

2.- Photo

  • There is not much to explain here. If the goal is an office job, better to wear a suit.
  • As usual, a recent photo is recommended (max 3 months) with a plain colour background(usually white or blue).

3.- Date of Birth

  • In the same format as used above. YYYY / MM / DD.

4.- Address

  • First box, your address in Japan.
  • Second box, if the contact address is different from the residence address, write here the address where you would like to receive notifications.

5.- Phone number

  • Contact number where you can receive calls and messages.

6.- Email

  • Personal email address.

7.- Education and Training

High schools, universities, etc., along with the year of entry and graduation.

8.- Professional Experience

  • Date, name of the company, main tasks developed, sector…
  • In reverse chronological order: from the most recent to the most recent.

9.- Other Skills

  • Other Skills and qualifications: Special Courses, driving licenses, etc.
  • Dates and notes if any.

10.- Motivation

  • Write the reason why you request this work in a simple way.
  • In preparation for a possible interview, it is preferable to prepare answers about the details that are reflected here in your CV.

11.- Hobbies and interests

  • It is better that these hobbies be related to work.

 12.- Expectations

  • What you expect in the long term for and from the company.
  • In the case of Working Holiday it is a bit complicated since it will always be a short-term relationship, but we recommend putting some standard style phrase like: “Follow Company rules”, “Grow together”, etc.

One option to find job offers are recruiting companies. The conversations with these companies are usually in Japanese. They are certainly useful, but also difficult to deal with.

The simplest option to find job offers is on the internet. Below we leave you some links that can be of help.

Good luck!