This Support System in Japan Helps You Look for Your Perfect Job

And it's totally free of charge!

If you’re living in Japan and are looking for job opportunities, searching through the internet or paying headhunters are not the only options you can try. In Japan, there is a unique support system called “Hello Work” run by the Employment Security Bureau, under the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare.

What is Hello Work?

Hello Work is a consulting service for job hunting with more than 550 branches nationwide. It doesn’t only provide job listings, it also helps you find a job that best fits your personality, skills, and career.

They also teach some how tos when creating resumes, decorum during interviews, and so on. If you need to acquire new skills, the consultant will introduce some job training information, too. You can either ask the consultants or search for information by yourself with the provided PCs at the branches.

Where Should You Go?

Among 550 branches, there are currently four branches that specifically offer employment services to foreigners. These are mainly for students currently studying in Japan, and someone who is currently working in Japan but wants to change jobs. Because of this, the majority of the staff explain in Japanese. The opening hours vary depending on the branch you are visiting.

1. Tokyo
21/F Odakyu Daiichi Seimei Building, 2-7-1 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku District, Tokyo
TEL: 03-5339-8625

2. Nagoya
8/F Yamaichi Building, 2-14-25 Nishiki, Naka District, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture
TEL: 052-855-3770

3. Osaka
16/F Hankyu Grand Building, 8-47 Kakuda-cho, Kita District, Osaka City, Osaka
TEL: 06-7709-9465

4. Fukuoka
12/F Elgala Office, 1-4-2 Tenjin, Chuo District, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture
TEL: 092-716-8608

As of March 2018, 8,548 people are registered. If you look into the newly registered people for that year, 31.3% are Chinese, 22.7% are Vietnamese, and 14.1% are Nepalese. 

How Does It Work?

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Upon arriving at Hello Work, you will be asked to fill in a form to provide information on your desired jobs and salary range. If you want to consult with an advisor, it might take around 30 to 40 minutes. While they have an English speaking staff, they encourage that you converse in Japanese so they can also measure your proficiency in the language.

2. Receive a Hello Work Card

After your application is completed, the staff will give you the Hello Work Card. You will show this card whenever you visit the branches so that the staff can easily find your information.


3. Services Offered

They provide consulting services and job opportunities. When you find a certain job you want to apply for, they will contact the company and arrange the interview on your behalf. In addition, they will provide a letter of reference that you can bring to the interview together with your resume. Tip: If you are scheduled for an interview on the following day, it may be best to go and check the location a day before so you won’t worry about getting lost on the big day.

They also hold seminars where you can learn the basic decorum during an interview, how to make an appealing resume, Japan’s labor law, and others.

They also conduct a joint job fair with about a hundred participating companies about three times a year. Other companies approach them to hold a private job fair. Hello Work also helps match the job seeker and a company willing to hold a company tour or an internship. The internship is held twice a year, in spring and in summer. They are usually five days in length but can be extended to two weeks.

If you are concerned with your visa status, you can ask the specialized advisor who works with the ‎Immigration Bureau of Japan.

Moreover, when you quit your job, you may also apply for the allowance of unemployment insurance or other benefits offered by Hello Work under certain conditions.

One of the perks of being operated by the ministry is that it's totally free of charge for both job seeker and company which makes it the best option for those who seek employment in Japan.

They also offer consultation for foreigners who are permanent residents or dependents at their Shinjuku Kabukichochosha branch.

 (21 August 2019)

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