Recruiters in Japan
What are they looking for?
Most recruiters in Japan are looking for candidates whose background and skills match the ones they think a client will want. If you contact a recruiter or a recruiter contacts you, they are looking to understand if you fit that profile. Depending on what area they specialize in (industry like IT, Finance, or Life Sciences) and the level of the candidate they handle (Junior, Mid-level, and Senior), you can try to tell if you are in their target area.
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Recruiters and Functional Teams
Many recruiters have their teams broken up into functional teams, such as Healthcare/Life Sciences, Accounting and Finance, Banking, and other industry practices. Here is a link to a list of 80 Recruitment companies.
Life Sciences Industry
You should conduct searches for recruiters that have specialized teams in the industry you want to work in. Here is a link to an article with life sciences companies where you can check open positions on their websites.
Accounting and Finance
Here is a list of 100 accounting companies in the US, for reference. All of the big recruitment companies have a Finance and Accounting team, who would have open positions in companies and specialized consultancies. There are local certifications in Japan for Accounting, as well as demand for people with international certifications like the CPA.
Information Technology positions are typically the largest section of the bilingual job boards in terms of the number of positions open at Japanese and foreign firms. More and more there are positions open for mid-career positions available for bilingual IT professionals and also professionals who don't speak Japanese. Depending on the certifications and experience, there is more need for foreign professionals by global companies in Japan to help with their dispersed teams across Asia and the rest of the world.
Sales and Marketing
There are different positions for sales and marketing across industries, but a common point is whether they are customer-facing or not. In general, sales positions pay more depending on whether they directly face a customer, and then what type of customer it is. If you enjoy dealing with customers and helping them solve problems, then explore sales and marketing positions. There are more available that require Japanese ability, but depending on the customer profile, there are some that are specifically focused on international customers who communicate in English or another language.
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