A couple of tips on how to get a teaching job in Japan.

If you have yearning to come to Japan and work as a language teacher, then there are a couple of things you need to know in order to be hired. First of all having a university or college diploma is a prerequisite these days. Not so much because the company wants to make sure you went to school, but for – one: visa extension purposes and two: in order to woe students. If you happen to have graduated from a university such as Harvard or Princeton then you’re pretty much guaranteed a job even before the interview.

For those that haven’t graduated university, don’t despair. If you’re good looking with a fantastic smile, you’re in. Visas can be sorted, don’t worry. You see, many schools and language companies in Japan put their emphasis on looks when hiring. Educational background comes second, if you’re beautiful or handsome. It is all about image – beautiful people teaching a language. Your good looks bring in money and money is what it is all about for many firms. It doesn’t matter if you’re the dumbest person on the planet and have horrendous language skills, as long as you look like Tom Cruise or Johnny Depp or Julia Roberts or Angelina Jolie, you’re hired. You’ll have hundreds of students lining up to take your lesson, simply because, to many young Japanese, you are that movie star.


So, head to your local beauty salon and see if the pros can perform a miracle, Japan awaits.



2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Natalie
    Jun 12, 2013 @ 12:51:19

    Would it be easier to find a teaching job in Japan if I had been involved in the JET program? Thanks,and have a nice day~


  2. martywalpole
    Jun 12, 2013 @ 13:17:06

    Of course having experience on the JET program is always advantageous to anyone looking for work. You may find, however, that having experience in the JET program may only assist you in obtaining a position within a board of education; which is a whole lot better than the private sector. Private schools tend to hire the inexperienced so they can change working conditions and salaries without worrying about the newbie getting in touch with the authorities..


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