How international students can find a part-time job in Japan

One of the first things I do when I come to Japan is to look for a part-time job. What kind of part-time jobs do international students have? There are many people who do not know what to do. On this page, we will explain how to find a part-time job suitable for international students and recommended occupations. It also summarizes the points to note when international students work part-time in Japan. If you are looking for a part-time job in Japan, please refer to it.

How international students can find a part-time job in Japan

Index

  1 How to find a part-time job in Japan

   2 Popular part-time jobs for international students

    3 Points to note when working part-time

      Summary

 1 How to find a part-time job in Japan

Here are three ways to find a part-time job that is recommended for international students. First of all, it is a typical method to have a friend or senior introduce you to them. In addition, it is also recommended to use recruitment websites and agents.

 Get introduced to acquaintances and seniors

Getting introduced to you by seniors and acquaintances is the easiest way for international students. Part-time jobs introduced by friends and seniors of the same international students are often easy to work for. The reason is that the workplace is accustomed to hiring foreigners, so it is easy for the procedure of joining the company to proceed smoothly. Also, if you have seniors or people from the same country, they will tell you in their native language, so you will learn quickly. It will be easier to work than in a place where there are no foreigners. If there is someone who has been living in Japan for a long time, do not be shy and talk to them.

 Use the Recruitment Website

When your Japanese level improves, you can also look for a part-time job by yourself. Also, if you want to search by yourself, you should search using the Internet or town work. You can search for part-time job on the Internet and enter work location and nearest station. If you enter the welcome foreigners at the desired work location or keyword, it will be easier to narrow down the job openings that suit you and make it easier to find. In addition, the point to note is that it is difficult to understand whether it is a part-time job that even foreigners can work comfortably. Under Japanese law, it is not permissible to limit the nationality, age, or gender of applicants in a job opening. Therefore, even if you need native-level Japanese communication skills or have a part-time job that you cannot work unless you have a perfect understanding of Japanese culture and customs, it does not say "foreigners are not allowed". Even if you apply for a job that is difficult to work for if you are not Japanese, you will be rejected by documents and interview screening, and it will take extra time. To prevent such a thing, it is recommended to search by typing "foreigners welcome" in the keyword. There is also a way to search on a job website specializing in part-time jobs for international students. A typical website is town work. There are many job openings that are popular with international students such as restaurants and convenience stores. There are other well-known sites such as Baytre and Indeed.

 Using an Agent

There is also a way to find a part-time job that uses an agent (AGENT). The agent is a service that will do application and schedule adjustment on your behalf. In addition, correcting how to write resumes and providing interview guidance are also great merits for international students. If you can introduce an agent, you will get money, so they will look for you with all your might. Mainly hotel cleaning and lunch box work is done by an agent.

  2 Popular part-time jobs for international students

 Light work

When I first came to Japan, there are many part-time workers who do not use Japanese so much. The author also had his first part-time job in Japan at Yamato Transport and divided packages into small portions. You can do these things without using Japanese. It is a part-time job where you can watch and learn lunch boxes and vegetable cutting.

 Convenience store

At convenience stores, many foreigners work part-time. It is easy to match the time between being nearby and at the end of school. If you work part-time at a convenience store, you will have more opportunities to converse with Japanese people, and your Japanese will also improve. The work content of a convenience store is mainly to serve cashiers, take out goods, and clean the store. Some people may think that Japanese language proficiency is not very necessary. However, in reality, it is necessary to have a high level of communication skills. In recent years, convenience stores do not just sell products, but also pay utility bills and accept home delivery services, so there are many things to do. Some people may think that they can't do it, but it will be a good experience to try. There are convenience stores all over Japan, so you can work part-time anywhere with one experience.

 Restaurants and eateries

The restaurant is also a popular part-time job for international students. Restaurants are large in number and tend to be understaffed, so it is easy for international students to enter. At first, you will work without using Japanese, such as washing dishes, and gradually you will learn to cook and receive orders. Restaurant work is also recommended for those who want to improve their Japanese language skills. Even if you don't want to serve customers, there are also part-time jobs such as cooking and washing dishes. There are many restaurants where employees can eat rice for free or at a discounted price by saying "Makai". Since you don't have to go home and cook rice, part-time work at a restaurant is also recommended.

3 Points to note when working part-time

In order for international students to work part-time in Japan, permission for activities other than those specified in the status of qualification is required. An activity permit outside the status of residence is a permit that can be obtained by completing procedures at the Immigration Bureau when performing activities that are different from those permitted by the status of residence. International students are staying in Japan with the status of residence of "Student". Originally, work is not allowed under the status of residence of study abroad. However, there are many people who have no choice but to work part-time in order to cover living expenses and school fees in Japan. In such a case, by obtaining permission to engage in activities outside of the status of residence, you can work part-time as long as there is no hindrance to your studies.

What is required for the procedure for permission to engage in activities outside of the status of residence are a "Permission to Engage in Activities Outside of the Status of Residence", "Documents that clearly indicate the details of the activity such as a recruitment schedule", "Passport", and "Residence Card". If you prepare the above documents and complete the procedures at the Immigration Bureau that has jurisdiction over your place of residence, you will be granted permission to engage in activities outside the status of residence in 2 weeks to 2 months if there are no problems. When permission for activities outside the status of residence is obtained, it is written in the "permission column for activities outside the status of residence" on the back of the residence card as "permission: In principle, within 28 hours, excluding engaging in entertainment business, etc."

When international students work part-time in Japan, they can work no more than 28 hours per week. During long vacations, you can work part-time for up to 8 hours a day and up to 40 hours a week as a special case. For details, it is a good idea to ask a familiar person such as a school teacher.

There are also jobs that I can't work part-time. For example, international students are not allowed to work part-time in occupations equivalent to amusement and amusement business. Specific occupations include "pachinko parlor", "mahjong shop", "cabaret", "hostess and host", "sex customs", etc. In addition, "handing out leaflets at pachinko parlors" and "inviting cabarets" are prohibited.

    Summary

The easiest way to find a part-time job in Japan is to get an introduction from an acquaintance or senior. After you can speak Japanese to some extent, it is also a good idea to look for it on job sites and TOWN WORK. Popular part-time jobs for international students include convenience stores, restaurants, and bento shops. In addition, in order for international students to work part-time in Japan, they need to obtain permission to engage in activities outside of the status of residence. If you work without obtaining permission to engage in activities outside of the status of residence, it will be considered illegal work, so you need to be careful.

Working part-time is a part of life in Japan. I learn a lot through part-time work. I hope you can have a fun part-time job and meet kind friends.

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