As I’ve discussed before on this website, finding a job in Japan can be a daunting task for foreigners. Even for those living in their native country, finding a full-time job can be a difficult and infuriating task. However, in the modern age, it’s possible to find jobs from the comfort of your computer chair. Today, we’ll be talking about some of the myriad websites one can use to hunt for full-time work in Japan.
As was mentioned in the article on part-time work, Gaijinpot is always an option for job hunters. However, as always bears mentioning, Gaijinpot consists primarily of English Teaching roles, many of them eikaiwa. If you’re not looking for this kind of work, Gaijinpot is likely not the website for you, though it will occasionally have other types of listings. One of the major benefits to using Gaijinpot is that you do not need an account to look through its listings nor do you need one to apply to them. Because of this, Gaijinpot is definitely worth keeping an eye on, if only for the hope of spotting a hidden gem.
The Japanese version of the Indeed website is quite spartan in its design, but it has a number of jobs for a variety of fields listed within its massive library. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll likely be able to find it here! However, there are some notable caveats; to save job listings for later, you’ll need to sign up for an account with the website, though just browsing doesn’t require one. The larger issue for many is that the Indeed website is exclusively in Japanese, so those without any knowledge of the language will struggle to make heads nor tails of it, as the visual design is not particularly intuitive, to say the least. However, if you know what you’re doing, this can be an excellent spot for any type of job search.
While many see Linkedin as a hub for inspirational quotes and professional connections, the job board is surprisingly robust, and it’s option for easy applications is quite useful for those without the time nor desire to re-enter the information from their resume a million different times. With a sleek layout and a dearth of options in both English and Japanese, LinkedIn is a solid choice for your job hunt.
A personal favorite of mine, Wantedly specializes in connecting job hunters with Japanese startups. Rather than traditional applications, users fill out a profile and request an opportunity to visit a company and converse with the people there, leading to a lower-pressure environment for both parties. While Wantedly primarily features Japanese-language jobs (since it’s mostly Japanese Startups) and requires an account even to browse, it’s definitely a site worth checking out.