Tips for Applying to Jobs in Japan
In the previous video we discussed the options for getting to Japan. In this video we will discuss the steps need to apply for an English teaching job in Japan.
One of the easiest ways to find a job in Japan is to upload your resume to the GaijinPot Job System. Their database consists of hundreds of jobs and by creating your profile you can apply directly to potential employers.
A common question that is asked by many is;
“Can I apply for an English teaching job even if I am not a native English speaker?”
Generally most schools do prefer native English speakers but many are starting to realize the global nature of English and are actively searching for teachers who aren’t native English speakers. However, if you are a non native English speaker you should have a very high level of English comprehension.
Having an outgoing personality is also a big help in getting an English teaching job in Japan. When you are being interviewed keep in mind that the person doing the interview is imagining himself as your student. If you can make the interview interesting and engaging, you greatly increase your chances of landing the job.
Lastly, it is a good idea to have a basic understanding of the Japanese language. Being able to stammer out even a few words will show your willingness and enthusiasm to learn more about your new host country.