What you need to do now

The key to succeeding in job hunting is to be prepared, knowing thyself and your purpose.

As mentioned in this article applying before graduation, and why you must apply to companies and not jobs in Japanevery year there is a fixed period during which most companies open job positions for new graduates.

Today I will walk you through different steps companies take and what you, as an applicant, should do to get that dream job of yours.

Let us start from backwards

Most companies,

  1. Require new-graduates to start working from April 1st
  2. Hold their "job offer ceremony" on October 1st, marking the end of job hunting
  3. Announce interview screening results from June to August
  4. Open job positions from March 1st
  5. Hold recruitment related events from the prior summer

What you will need to do?

Probably one of the obvious ones - you will need to be prepared

As you can see the job-hunting timeline is quite fixed in Japan. When you start applying to companies in March, you will soon get caught up with the job-hunting race, busy writing applications and preparing for interviews, while at the same time taking classes and working on your graduation thesis.

Months from March to May are probably going to be the busiest periods for you as a job applicant. For this reason, prior preparation is crucial. By the time you will need to select companies you want to apply for and know proper applications procedures, as well as the requirements of those companies.

When to start?

Frankly speaking, the sooner you start the better. In practice, most Japanese students start the process 1 year prior.

Major companies often participate in job fairs and hold seminars to promote their business and select potential candidates. Earliest of these events happen in fall, while the majority of them take place between January to March. Participating in job fairs is essential since it will help you understand where you want to apply.

Similarly, recruitment agencies and universities also hold events related to the job-hunting process. These events cover important topics such as: finding your dream career, preparing job applications and training for your interviews! However, the catch is most of these events are held in Japanese, hence might be difficult for some to understand.


To summarize you MUST start early, preferably before March 1st. Ideally, by the end of January, you should know to which companies you want to send your applications and what is the correct format of the said applications.

A word of caution, your Japanese level and your understanding of your career of choice will subsequently affect your preparation time. Typically, people with low Japanese ability tend to be more confused because of the complexity of the process, hence take more time. Besides, not having a clear career goal will result in confusion regarding which job-hunting seminars or events to attend since they tend to be specific for different industries.

But do not get overwhelmed after reading this article. Always remember we are here to guide you.

As a good preparation we are holding Instagram lives from time to time on our account, so make sure to sign up for at least one of them!
(ps: our next instagram live is Saturday 19th from 1:30pm!)

Wishing you all the very best in your journey and looking forward to hearing from you!

Juliette Tempia
Harmony For Inc.

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