FAQ

How does registration with WebStaff work?
To start with, send us your resume (En/Jp) through email to gs@webstaff.jp
We will then contact you to schedule a consultative meeting at our office in Shibuya or on Skype to find out about your skills and understand your aspirations.
What are the visa requirements to work in Japan?
Before you can start work in Japan you need to obtain a valid working visa.
A student visa will not allow you to work full time. If you do not have a visa yet, many companies can sponsor you in obtaining one, but some companies prefer you to possess a valid visa such as college visa or student visa for a smooth transition into a working visa.
If you start work as a dispatched employee from Webstaff there are also possibilities for us to sponsor you in getting a visa.
Should I also send in a Japanese resume?
While not all companies require you to have both a Japanese and English resume, it is strongly advised to prepare both.
If you need help with preparing a resume in Japanese, please talk to one of our career consultants.
Are there any costs involved when signing up to WebStaff?
Webstaff's services are completely free for potential candidates. All of the costs are covered by your potential employer.
How does health insurance work in Japan?
According to Japan's Labor Law your employer will facilitate enrollment in the National Health Insurance system and deduct a monthly premium directly from your salary.
How can I find a place to live?
While some companies provide accommodation, other times you are left to find something yourself.
There are many agencies tailored to help foreigners find housing in Japan.
Our career consultants can give you advice on how to find apartments too.
Is a minimum of work experience required to apply to Webstaff?
You can apply to Webstaff regardless of having any work experience.
We provide vacancies for new grads as well as mid-career.
We will assess your skills and help you create a portfolio if required.
Do you also offer internship or freelancing opportunities?
Aside from full-time jobs we also have a variety of internship and part-time offers available.
Working on a freelance basis is also possible through WebStaff's sister company, Home Workers Community (https://www.hwc.jp/).
I have concerns about fitting into a Japanese company. What are some of the challenges I can expect at work?
It is very difficult to give one answer to this question.
Everybody holds different expectations and will have different experiences. Nonetheless there are some issues that a lot of foreigners run into in a similar way and that can be prepared for beforehand.
We asked the members of our Global Team this very same question, and this is what they answered.

Luite Douma: I studied Japanese at university in my home country the Netherlands and at a language school in Kyoto. I really wanted to stay and work in Japan but as a foreigner found it very hard to know how I could effectively look for work, or even where to begin my search. Although I could already speak a certain level of Japanese it was still difficult for me to wade through the many Japanese only sites and find the right information. At WebStaff we provide full support in English through every step of the employment process, to make sure you find a job that meets your requirements and a work environment in which you feel comfortable.

Dmitry Eremeev: The work environment is quite different, but I think that you must prepare yourself to the fact that it'll not be the same as in your home country. This is Japan, so a lot of work is about manners: how you speak and what you do. I felt that it's not quite easy, entering this sort of work environment at 21 and having never lived in Japan before, but I got used to it. The work collective is like a big family, and the bosses understand that you need to get used to everything and grow. I'm sure that you'll enjoy it once you settle in.

Kushani Narangoda: I would say the biggest challenge when working in Japan is the Japanese language itself. Though I speak fairly good Japanese, it keeps challenging me until today. Polite and humble forms of the Japanese language are very important in business conversations, and it takes some time for a non-native Japanese speaker to learn and use it correctly. I think another challenge would be to maintain a similar style of working as your Japanese colleagues. Despite these difficulties we will do our best to match you with a company where you will feel at home.

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