Best Time to Apply for an English Teaching Job in Japan
Job hunting is a tedious process that requires a lot of patience. Writing a killer cover letter, perfecting your resume, applying to jobs and waiting for employers to call can be a stressful experience.
To save yourself from any unnecessary extra stress make sure you are applying for a job at the right time. The peak of hiring season for English teachers in Japan is in April, with many companies start conducting phone interviews as early as January.
In this video, Rhyming Gaijin offers his tips on how to deal with the phone interview. He stresses the importance of being relaxed and polite during interviews, as this would help the employers determine how effective you communicate with others. If they like you, you might actually get scheduled for a face-to-face interview.
Peak hiring for what kind of teaching position, though? If you want to get a job with an ALT dispatch company or eikaiwa, then yes, April is the peak season. But if you’re looking for a direct-hire job with a private school or university, then April is a bit too late, as that’s when schools begin. Even January is a bit late.
Most private schools begin looking to fill vacancies in October or November. It’s especially important to try during this period because if a school doesn’t have an ALT position, then they’re more willing to create one for the impending school year as opposed to the middle of the school year.