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All About Recruitment Agencies | Advancing your Career in Japan

Recruitment agencies might have a bad rep in other places, but Tokyo Creative CEO, Chris Okano shows you why they’re imperative to foreigners in Japan.

Posted: a month ago by Tokyo Creative Quote

Recruitment agencies might have a bad rep in other places, but Tokyo Creative CEO, Chris Okano shows you why they’re imperative to foreigners in Japan.

Posted: a month ago by Chris Quote

I think recruitment agencies may not have the best reputation globally and even in Japan, but from my experience I owe quite alot to some agencies who had helped me propel my career from nothing. If you guys have any questions relating to recruitment agencies, please let me know here! I will do my best to answer any questions you may have.

Posted: a month ago by Lalo Quote

What agencies are good for someone who wants to move to Japan (not there yet)?

I registered with Hayes and en world but I haven't heard anything from them so far.

Posted: a month ago by Daniel Quote

When I transitioned into adulthood here in the UK, jobs in my area were very limited, no surprise there. Someone recommended I go to a couple of agencies and I did just that. I explained the career path that I was looking to aim toward, which was somewhere in the creative space, whether that's camera operator or something entry level to get my foot in the door.
Instead the agencies made no effort to help me on my career path, they instead pushed retail work on me, which was always something that was readily available. I had no choice but to take some of those jobs while growing up, leaving me with really bad work experiences.

I can't fully blame the agencies however, perhaps I was asking for too much at the time. Maybe these agencies in Japan can be more fulfilling should I desire to move on from my teaching role in a few years time.
Thanks for your insight Chris!

Posted: a month ago by The Edamame Quote

Hi Chris, thank you for your insight. From what we can see, recruitment agencies processes are similar to most countries. That being said, we're curious about couple of things : Are these agencies asking for a full background check (diploma, previous employers , etc...) Would they test your language skills (English, French or other than Japanese) Could they require recommendation letters or direct references and if yes, is it important to have a local reference ? Thanks for your wisdom on this :D

Posted: a month ago by Elise Quote
by The Edamame a month ago
Hi Chris, thank you for your insight. From what we can see, recruitment agencies processes are similar to most countries. That being said, we're curious about couple of things : Are these agencies asking for a full background check (diploma, previous employers , etc...) Would they test your language skills (English, French or other than Japanese) Could they require recommendation letters or direct references and if yes, is it important to have a local reference ? Thanks for your wisdom on this :D

Hey The Edamame crew! To answer all your questions, if you're asking if they will delve into your history and ask your past schools for confirmation on whether you attended or call up your references, most likely than not, no! They most likely won't 'test' you on your language skill or require any direct references upon first meeting.

These recruiting agencies will usually ask you to bring your resume/CV, portfolio or cover letter(if applicable), and any important documentation you think that might be relevant to applying for a job. You can always ask them for any of the required documents you'll need to bring to your meeting, so don't be afraid to!

However, perhaps once you have made it to the final round of your interview with the agency's client, these additional documents might be something that the client chooses to ask for through your recruiting agent– eg. they might ask you for the official certification that proves you have completed a certain level of the JLPT etc. So the best way to avoid any awkward situations is to stay honest with your recruiting agent!

Posted: a month ago by The Edamame Quote
by Elise a month ago
Hey The Edamame crew! To answer all your questions, if you're asking if they will delve into your history and ask your past schools for confirmation on whether you attended or call up your references, most likely than not, no! They most likely won't 'test' you on your language skill or require any direct references upon first meeting.

These recruiting agencies will usually ask you to bring your resume/CV, portfolio or cover letter(if applicable), and any important documentation you think that might be relevant to applying for a job. You can always ask them for any of the required documents you'll need to bring to your meeting, so don't be afraid to!

However, perhaps once you have made it to the final round of your interview with the agency's client, these additional documents might be something that the client chooses to ask for through your recruiting agent– eg. they might ask you for the official certification that proves you have completed a certain level of the JLPT etc. So the best way to avoid any awkward situations is to stay honest with your recruiting agent!

Hi Elise ! Thanks for your reply ! We're moving to Japan in a couple of months and we really want to get prepared as much as possible (same as when we moved to Canada couple of years ago) in order to have the smoother transition possible.

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