Employment as an English Teacher in Japan

Teaching English in Japan is possible if you are qualified, and well prepared for the interview. We've prepared a few guidelines for the interview to help you find employment as an English teacher in Japan.

Your resume for Teaching English in Japan

Most of the employers will require a personal essay, cover letter, letters of recommendation, and a formal transcript of your education together with a photo. Some expect a full-length photo while most are happy with a passport size picture. Paste the picture with your name on the back, at the top right corner of your resume. Black and white pictures are better if you need to fax the resume.

Include the following in your resume:

  • Your full name, marital status, citizenship, date and place of birth, age and whether you have a working or tourist visa.
  • Street address, fax and telephone number, mobile phone number, and email address.
  • List membership of professional organizations.
  • Work history and relevant experience, including the name and address of each school, date that you started and the termination date, position held, responsibilities, courses, and level of presentation.
  • Apart from a brief overview, also supply more details in a descriptive manner.
  • Give a summary review of your experience.
  • List any publications or presentations that you've done.
  • List your computer and software related skills as well as all additional language abilities.
  • Name at least one hobby.

Interviewing tips to get employment as an English teacher in Japan

The interview starts with the first call. Let them ask the questions and stay polite even when some of their questions offend you. Enquire about the curriculum and students, values and expectations. Be prepared to fax a resume and remember to take it to the interview. Keep in mind that the paper size is narrower than the American size and you should therefore use a wider margin space for your resume. They will invite you for an interview if you pass the telephone screening. The interviews are the same as in the rest of the world. You are expected to arrive earlier than the appointment. Dress in a neat and conservative manner. Men should wear suits, while women should dress formal and wear nylons.

Don't lie when asked if you can speak Japanese and be prepared to take a test to proof your teaching skills. They will ask you questions related to your personal life, goals, values and teaching experience. And will test your ability to work with children so prepare a lesson to illustrate your skills. They expect you to bring a picture of yourself, your diplomas and certificates, your resume, and a visa. Don't make salary demands; they will ask you what you expect and may give you an offer right away or take as long as a week.

The interview may stretch over a period of two days and don't be surprised if they offer you accommodation at a teacher's house. They will use the time to evaluate your behavior, morals and adaptability.

Working as an English teacher in Japan can be very rewarding. Not only will you gain valuable knowledge, but will also experience a new culture. Use these guidelines to make the process of finding a job in Japan a bit easier. Teaching English in Japan is within your reach.