The Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) publishes a guidebook containing essential information for international students job-hunting in Japan. The guidebook is a must see, as it explains in easy-to-understand words about preparations, applications, screening exams, and changing your residence status according to the stage of job-hunting activities.
The print edition of the guidebook (in Japanese) is available at the Consultation Room, the Student and Career Support Office, and the International Affairs Office.
Online editions are available in Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean.
Information on employment guidance is posted regularly on bulletin boards inside and outside the Student Service Building, for you to check when necessary. Also visit the Career Support Center website.
To work full-time in Japan, you must change your current “Student” residence status to one that permits work, such as “Specialist in humanities/international services” or “Engineer.” Apply for a permit to change your residence status at the Immigration Bureau. The necessary documents issued by the university range from those that can be obtained on the same day at an automatic issuing machine to those that require several days after you apply. Allow sufficient time when making preparations. Screenings for changing your residence status usually take between one and three months. For details, follow the link below.
Even if you cannot find work before graduation, you can remain in Japan and continue job-hunting for one year by applying to change your residence status to “Designated activities (to continue job search after graduation).” For details, ask the Immigration Bureau.
When finding work in a country other than Japan, the means for finding work varies by country. Use the Internet and other sources to collect information on finding work that country.
As soon as you find work, contact the International Affairs Office by e-mail with the name of your employer. If your job involves moving house, also provide your new address, phone number, and e-mail address.