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Mindflux
December 8th, 2009, 11:34
I'm getting out of these stupid mountains.
Working until the end of this contract and then moving somewhere else. I'm not going to work for interac or any of that other bullshit. Preferably, get hired directly with a school/BoE or otherwise a smaller less shitty company. Or even a non-english teaching job. (Ideal job would be working for some engineering company or something like that that needs someone with an understanding of science who can speak native level English).

So, basically, how do I go about finding work in this country?
My Japanese is more or less level 3 but should be significantly better in 6months.

Also, I'm basically limiting my search between Okayama and Kyoto/Nara unless something wonderful pops up somewhere else. Not that I'm really against going somewhere else but I know these places and I figure it's a large enough area that I shouldn't have trouble finding work.

So...suggestions?

cm2jr4
December 8th, 2009, 12:33
gaijinpot.com
daijob.com
careercross.com

ChuChuRocket!
December 8th, 2009, 13:05
Good luck. I hope you do find a job thats near JET quality. Its not easy.

Ini
December 8th, 2009, 14:50
Contacts. Just searching gajinpot with basic japanese and no other marketable skills just lumps you in with all the other mouth breathers. Unless you have someone to help you get your foot in the door or have 15 years relevant experience in your chosen industry you'll just end up like chu chu rocket.

ChuChuRocket!
December 9th, 2009, 16:00
Maybe look at Korea? There seems to be quite a few jobs over there that pay far more than your typical ALT dispatch job, and the cost of living is far lower.

Kurashiki (in Okayama) has a position paying 330,000 a month. Its a nice city, and only 20 minutes or so from Okayama City.

mteacher80
December 10th, 2009, 10:08
FINDING JOBS IN JAPAN


JCareer.com – http://jcareer.com (http://jcareer.com/) and JapanEnglishTeacher.com – http://japanenglishteacher.com (http://japanenglishteacher.com/) – Two sites run out of Australia.
Interac – Interac: Japan's leading private provider of Assistant Language Teachers - Official Website (http://www.interac.co.jp/recruit/)
GaijinPot: GaijinPot: Jobs, Apartments, and Information for living in Japan (http://www.gaijinpot.com/)
E-Central: 外資系転職求人情報 - イーセントラル 国際人のための求人情報サイト (http://www.ecentral.jp/index.php?l=e)
JobCube: Japan Jobs JobCube.com - Perfect Japan jobs for focused bilingual and Japan job minded professional people (http://jobcube.com/)
Jobs In Japan: Jobs in Japan (http://jobsinjapan.com/)
Japan Times Jobs: Japan Times Jobs - Bilingual Jobs, Careers and Employment in Japan (http://job.japantimes.com/index_e.php)
Japan Times Job Finder: The Japan Times Jobfinder: Jobs in Japan, bilingual employment opportunities (http://jobs.japantimes.jp/)
MyShigoto: Latest jobs in Japan | MyShigoto - Find jobs in Japan, post jobs for free (http://www.myshigoto.com/)
Temp Staff Universal: Universal Office, Tempstaff Co., Ltd. (http://www.tempstaff.co.jp/universal/eng/index.html)
Japan Guide Jobs: http://jobs.japan-guide.com/job_search.php
Tokyo Metropolis Jobs: http://metropolis.co.jp/tokyojobsemployment/1.1.inc.htm
Japanzine Jobs: Seek Japan :: Page-not-found.php (http://jobs.seekjapan.jp/jobs)
Ohayo Sensei www.ohayosensei.com/ (http://www.ohayosensei.com/)
Dave’s ESL Cafe www.eslcafe.com/ (http://www.eslcafe.com/)

Miss_igirisu
December 10th, 2009, 10:25
Temp Staff Universal: Universal Office, Tempstaff Co., Ltd. (http://www.tempstaff.co.jp/universal/eng/index.html)
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Damn, I totally thought it meant jobs at universal studios. Because I would LOVE to do that.

[URL]http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/group.php?gid=58753081264&ref=ts (http://www.eslcafe.com/)

This might be useful too.

nicklad
December 11th, 2009, 06:04
Mark, Miss-Igirisu, thanks for the links. I will be looking for a university job next autumn and I am sure they will come in handy, the facebook group particularly so.

I might also add these to the list: (I am sure some might be repeats of ones said, I just have a big list and couldn't be bothered weeding out those that were mentioned before- also, a couple might not be exactly job sites but more TEFL info sites.

http://www.tesol.net/tesljob.html (http://www.tesol.net/tesljob.html)
www.jacet.org (http://www.jacet.org/)
http://www.jacet.org/kobo/index.html (http://www.jacet.org/kobo/index.html)
http://www.britishcouncil.org/japan-about-us-job-vacancy.htm (http://www.britishcouncil.org/japan-about-us-job-vacancy.htm)
http://www.j-let.org/ (http://www.j-let.org/)
http://www.japanenglishteacher.com/ (http://www.japanenglishteacher.com/)
http://www.kfm.to/ (http://www.kfm.to/)
http://www.esl-galaxy.com/adults.html (http://www.esl-galaxy.com/adults.html)
https://jobs.gaijinpot.com/ (https://jobs.gaijinpot.com/)
http://www.ipu-japan.ac.jp/ (http://www.ipu-japan.ac.jp/)
http://www.englishfirst.com/trt/teach-english.html (http://www.englishfirst.com/trt/teach-english.html)
http://www.ohayosensei.com/index.html (http://www.ohayosensei.com/index.html)
www.es-primary.co.jp/ (http://www.es-primary.co.jp/)
http://english.teacher-student.com/english/application.html (http://english.teacher-student.com/english/application.html)
http://www.abcplus.info/#employmentopportunities (http://www.abcplus.info/#employmentopportunities)
www.aclipse.net (http://www.aclipse.net/)
http://www.7act.net/ (http://www.7act.net/)
http://www.globalpartners.co.jp/english/index.html (http://www.globalpartners.co.jp/english/index.html)
http://www.esljobs.com/ (http://www.esljobs.com/)
http://www.linguistic-funland.com/tesljob.html (http://www.linguistic-funland.com/tesljob.html)
http://www.ihworld.com/recruitment/teacher_vacancies.asp (http://www.ihworld.com/recruitment/teacher_vacancies.asp)
www.teaching-english-in-japan.net/directory/search/TESOl (http://www.teaching-english-in-japan.net/directory/search/TESOl)
http://www.jalt-publications.org/tlt/jobs/ (http://www.jalt-publications.org/tlt/jobs/)
http://www.debito.org/univquestions.html (http://www.debito.org/univquestions.html)
www.parkenglish.com (http://image.postman.co.kr/Check.html?TV9JRD0yMTMwMDgwMjM1&U1RZUEU9TUFTUw==&TElTVF9UQUJMRT1FQkFEMDY2MA==&UE9TVF9JRD0yMDA5MDYxNzEwMDAwMTE1MTIyNg==&VEM9MjAwOTA2MjQ=&S0lORD1D&Q0lEPTA0OA==&URL=http://www.parkenglish.com)
www.findateacher.net (http://www.findateacher.net/)
www.senseibank.com (http://www.senseibank.com/)
http://www.idiomsite.com/ (http://www.idiomsite.com/)
http://www.tokyowithkids.com/fyi/international_schools.html (http://www.tokyowithkids.com/fyi/international_schools.html)
http://japanese.about.com/od/jobsinjapan/Jobs_in_Japan.htm (http://japanese.about.com/od/jobsinjapan/Jobs_in_Japan.htm)
http://www.eltnews.com/ (http://www.eltnews.com/)
http://www.eltcalendar.com/ (http://www.eltcalendar.com/)
https://www.oupjapan.co.jp/cluboup/ (https://www.oupjapan.co.jp/cluboup/)
http://www.debito.org/greenlist.html (http://www.debito.org/greenlist.html)
http://www.ehow.com/how_4737441_teach-english-japanese-university.html (http://www.ehow.com/how_4737441_teach-english-japanese-university.html)
http://www.westgate.co.jp/application/ (http://www.westgate.co.jp/application/)

I have some more somewhere but I can't remember where I saved them. That is more than enough for any job hunter though I reckon.

UPGRAYEDD
December 11th, 2009, 08:54
god teaching sucks

dombay
December 14th, 2009, 19:14
I used to live next to Kurashiki. Really nice part of Japan I think.

But you could end up in some of the nastier parts of Kurashiki. It's huge.

Those parts are scary and definitely not 20 mins from Okayama City. Not that being 20 minutes from Okayama City is a good thing anyway but just something to keep in mind.

There's a few eikaiwa places HQed in Okayama as well I believe. Not a bad sort of place to look.

puma
December 14th, 2009, 22:25
god teaching sucks

x 12 fucking trillion

good luck though dude, but with 'about' 3kyuu and no marketable skills, 'interac or some other bullshit' is what it will likely be.

Gusuke
December 15th, 2009, 22:19
god teaching sucks

Ain't that the truth!

mteacher80
December 16th, 2009, 11:20
I miss teaching sometimes.

mothy
December 16th, 2009, 11:31
I wish I taught sometimes...

Miss_igirisu
December 16th, 2009, 13:12
I love every second of teaching. I'm with Mothy and wish I could do more teaching and less "let's repeat after Miss Igirisu!"

arislan
December 17th, 2009, 06:30
Kurashiki (in Okayama) has a position paying 330,000 a month. Its a nice city, and only 20 minutes or so from Okayama City.

But I heard the reason there's vacancies in Kurashiki is because the BoE is absolutely horrible to work for...

Coollead
December 17th, 2009, 18:27
Damn, I totally thought it meant jobs at universal studios. Because I would LOVE to do that.
If you want the info, I have it. They had a booth at the job fair.

UPGRAYEDD
December 17th, 2009, 18:33
how was the fair

Coollead
December 17th, 2009, 18:51
Awful. Aside from the aforementioned USJ jobs, everything was for Chinese/Koreans to work in factories or the overnight shift at Family Mart. I wish I was kidding. There was ONE job that required English, and while it didn't look all too bad, there were a ton of people with far better Japanese (and Korean, tri-lingual fucks) applying for it.

puma
December 17th, 2009, 20:34
Awful. Aside from the aforementioned USJ jobs, everything was for Chinese/Koreans to work in factories or the overnight shift at Family Mart. I wish I was kidding. There was ONE job that required English, and while it didn't look all too bad, there were a ton of people with far better Japanese (and Korean, tri-lingual fucks) applying for it.

1) job experience
2) advanced degree
3) 2-kyuu/1-kyuu

pick at least two.

Coollead
December 17th, 2009, 21:48
1) job experience
2) advanced degree
3) 2-kyuu/1-kyuu

pick at least two.
OK, well, I should mention that this job fair was aimed at study abroad students who wanted to stay in Japan after graduation. I was one of very few people there who actually had graduated from college almost two years ago.

The job I was looking at required neither experience nor an particular degree. It was a communication job. Basically, it was a coordinator between factories in different countries, making sure they have their supplies in order. It didn't look like a particularly difficult job, and it was much higher paying than JET. They were looking for native English speakers however. JLPT-2 level seemed fine. The only drawback was they were hiring for April starts.

A few jobs were looking for JLPT Level 1 explicitly, but then they also listed 中国人 as "strongly preferred."

Gusuke
December 18th, 2009, 09:40
OK, well, I should mention that this job fair was aimed at study abroad students who wanted to stay in Japan after graduation. I was one of very few people there who actually had graduated from college almost two years ago.

The job I was looking at required neither experience nor an particular degree. It was a communication job. Basically, it was a coordinator between factories in different countries, making sure they have their supplies in order. It didn't look like a particularly difficult job, and it was much higher paying than JET. They were looking for native English speakers however. JLPT-2 level seemed fine. The only drawback was they were hiring for April starts.

A few jobs were looking for JLPT Level 1 explicitly, but then they also listed 中国人 as "strongly preferred."

That sounds exactly what my girlfriend does at her company; but man, I'd break contract in a heartbeat to do that.

mteacher80
December 18th, 2009, 09:54
i mean breaking contract is not something i would ever recommend. but do you lot know that starting next year they are upping the amount of april hires from Australia and new zeleand in order to combate the amount of "april quitters"
it works out best for those two countries, as their university graduation dates fit on an april hire schedule better than those of 英 米 加...

UPGRAYEDD
December 18th, 2009, 11:18
you forgot 波

mteacher80
December 18th, 2009, 13:13
its was one of the .'s in ... :)

papa
December 21st, 2009, 09:18
i mean breaking contract is not something i would ever recommend. but do you lot know that starting next year they are upping the amount of april hires from Australia and new zeleand in order to combate the amount of "april quitters"
it works out best for those two countries, as their university graduation dates fit on an april hire schedule better than those of 英 米 加...

You mean JET is hiring in April from Aust and NZ, or other companies?

mteacher80
December 21st, 2009, 09:44
JET

dombay
December 22nd, 2009, 23:30
That's fab in theory. In practice your graduation from an Australian university happens whenever they feel like it. Mine was scheduled for April then got moved to June. I'm glad that policy wasn't in place when I came over.

Sciby
December 25th, 2009, 08:21
Just to clarify, there's no opportunities if you dont have *some* Japanese ability, correct?

I was thinking about trying to find a job after JET, and I've been informed by some folk in the industry that some IT jobs don't require J-go (or at least, very little), and yet I'm not so sure about that. I have plenty of IT industry experience and the associated pieces of paper, but my J-go sucks...

Miss_igirisu
December 25th, 2009, 12:58
I know a few Brazilians who work in factories and don't have any J-go....

Coollead
December 25th, 2009, 13:39
Just to clarify, there's no opportunities if you dont have *some* Japanese ability, correct?

I was thinking about trying to find a job after JET, and I've been informed by some folk in the industry that some IT jobs don't require J-go (or at least, very little), and yet I'm not so sure about that. I have plenty of IT industry experience and the associated pieces of paper, but my J-go sucks...
Depends on where you're trying to work. If you're an international company (think, for example, Microsoft or Coca-Cola), Japanese is probably not as important as it would be if you wanted to work at somewhere like NTT Docomo or Rakuten. I'd recommend looking for IT at places that cater to foreigners, like Kansai Scene magazine, or something similar that will have a large amount of English speaking staff.

Most listings I've seen though, need at least a speaking level Japanese. Of course, if you're working at some factory, then yeah, I don't think they care what language you speak, as long as you're cheap labor.

papa
December 26th, 2009, 18:28
Just to clarify, there's no opportunities if you dont have *some* Japanese ability, correct?

I was thinking about trying to find a job after JET, and I've been informed by some folk in the industry that some IT jobs don't require J-go (or at least, very little), and yet I'm not so sure about that. I have plenty of IT industry experience and the associated pieces of paper, but my J-go sucks...

I know a guy who works in IT for a small bank in Tokyo who had limited Japanese when he got the job about 7 years ago. It's passable now, but not great still.

Oneiro
January 1st, 2010, 19:43
Likewise, I had a friend in Kansai who edited adult videos despite his less-than-stellar Japanese.