Japan Job Fairs
by Zoe McLaughlin
In February and October, Disco International (www.discointer.com) holds job fairs (www.careerforum.net) in the U.S. for people who are bilingual in Japanese and English. If a person has even some Japanese language skills these job fairs can be the best way to find jobs in Japan other than teaching English. This year's October fair will be held in Boston from October 21-23. The February job fair in San Francisco generally focuses on people with technical degrees.
The focus of the job fair is to match companies looking for bilingual employees with the Japanese students who are studying at universities in the U.S.; however, this is also a unique opportunity for non-Japanese who want to work in Japan to meet recruiters from big named employers such as Mitsubishi, Honda, and Hitachi.
Before coming to the fair a candidate must register through the web site (www.careerforum.net). Some companies do recruiting before the fair by sending out messages to candidates who have registered. There is no cost to attend. The participating companies foot the bill. There are even scholarships available for people with the right qualifications. Some people never even attend the job fair but use the web site as a means of connecting with potential employers to help defer the cost of travel to the fair.
Even if you don’t get a job, attending the fair is a great cultural experience.