Internship in Japan | Tips on Getting a Job in Japan After Doing an Internship

My name is Jesse. I’m from Vancouver, Canada It’s a recruitment firm, an executive search firm so we don’t focus essentially on any
specific industry we’re more functional specialists here so we focus on HR, accounting, finance, and IT Me, I was in charge of the IT division, so I was recruiting for Japanese national and multinational corporations. I got hired right in the beginning essentially. So I think it’s very fortunate for that
happen of course because my goal coming here was to be an intern for six
months hopefully do a good enough job where the company would want to hire me, but
luckily they said I was doing a good job in the beginning and then they extended employment, so here we are Even when I was in Canada, what I always
recommend is if you have your resume don’t lie on your resume, but you should definitely look at the job description
and tailor your resume to that job the tone of your resume can always be a
bit different without lying of course so a lot of people just make one resume and spam it out to jobs, so my advice is you should tailor it to each position you’re
applying to the second thing depending on what kind of the work you do, most
people will talk about what the company did my advice is just if you’re
going to be entering Japanese companies especially they’re more interested in
your role and specific contributions you’ve made if you’ve been
a part of any projects or companies they don’t care about what the company did, they just wanna know what you did and what were your contributions they will look at maybe transferrable accomplishments so they don’t have to be accomplishments that directly
relate to the opportunity that you’re applying for but can those accomplishments transfer over into this industry or job
that’s what they’re gonna look for within IT is tough to say, this is
kind of like a given I would just say if they have a good Japanese level like JLPT two or one they’re kind of already at the top but I would just say as long as they have good metrics or specific examples that’s usually enough for IT that’s kind of what I see that’s a lot of percentages and you know how they helped mediate security risks maybe for example or how they added to a certain
team by completing a project and like they brought in an X amount of revenue, so
it really just depends because I know these internships are for a wide
range of different sectors but I feel like most of the sectors want to see
something… like a commodity that they can not judge, but evaluate I guess Yeah so I would say anything with like digital and security architecture so just the planning around security and governance because there’s always new security
flaws coming up so that’s one definitely things within AI(s) like machine
learning is really good like predictive methods within data science there was one other I was trying to think of… has to do
with machine learning as well like machine automation but those ones I’m seeing a lot on the market and there’s not enough people to even do
those jobs and they don’t even care about like degrees and stuff they really just want
to see the experience so it’s good to go and do a certificate online or something and it adds to your portfolio but if you actually work or
even on a small project they would rather look at that and from new
students and if there’s the opportunity as well here to gain that experience as
well you don’t have to be so experienced, but I think if you show interest you wanna learn it’s a good stepping stone like ‘I did
an internship, I did this for six months’ and then it will maybe help you if you
want to stay in Japan longer Just to maybe study up on Japanese
before coming here like I really procrastinated with that I was like ‘I’m gonna study every day at this time’ and I just kind of let it slide by so my
mistake can be someone’s learning experience but I think knowing Japanese
is just it’s kind of helpful here but I am also an example where you have no
Japanese skill I can get by so that can give some people some kind of hope I guess. The other thing to just I think options will also be a little
bit more limited if you only know English I think there’s only so many
different types of jobs you can do for tech the other thing I realize is if
your report line or team speaks English then you can get away with
English, but a lot of my companies here that are even a multinational they want
Japanese communication just for internally although they’re dealing with making
business through all of Asia they’re all using English but it’s just for internal
communication so things all fall apart

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