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The Job-Hunting Process in Japan

It's important for international students who plan to look for work in Japan to understand the unique culture and rules of the job-hunting process here. To make sure you succeed in finding work, be sure to understand the job-hunting process in Japan, and put together a plan.

The overall job-hunting schedule in Japan. In June the year before graduation, you'll have school events, summer vacation, periodic exams,
		and graduate school entrance exams. Because companies offering internships continue to increase each year, students can participate in summer internships from June to September,
		or winter internships from October to February, during which time you'll also be doing your self-analysis and industry research. From September until May of the following year, you'll do research of job types and companies.
		During spring vacation in March company information sessions will be held, and companies will begin accepting entry applications. Begin making your entry sheet to submit beginning in Mid-March. Exams and interviews will begin in June,
		and final offers will begin to be issued, too. There will be four months until the job offer ceremony in October.

Job-Hunting in Japan

The job search in Japan is characterized by a season that begins early, and a long period until job seekers receive their final offers. This system includes several especially unique cultural aspects and customs, so we'll explain a few of them here.

Group Hiring for New Graduates

In Japan, it's common for companies to recruit fresh university graduates once a year, meaning that students will take tests to apply to companies while still in school, and then begin working right after graduation. This means that students will have to prepare for the job hunt in their third year of university, or in their first year of graduate school.

Company Information Sessions

The job-hunting season begins with company information sessions. These are good opportunities for students to hear directly and more in-depth from companies about their business values, management policies, future goals, etc. Be sure to attend some information sessions, to better your understanding of the company of your choice.

SPI Aptitude Test

The SPI test is an aptitude test used by many companies in their recruitment selection process. The test is largely divided into ability and personality sections. The ability test seeks to measure an applicant's basic working abilities, and the personality test seeks to understand the way an applicant thinks about things and people, and their goals. There are many questions that are difficult for international students to answer, such as Japanese language or history questions, so it's best to prepare for this test with a prep test booklet.