This eBook covers everything from submitting your resume, choosing the culture that bests fits you, exclusive interview tips, and negotiating your own salary

Whether it’s your first job in Japan or you’re considering a career transition, working in the recruitment industry can be extremely rewarding, fun and lucrative. This guide will walk you through the ins and outs of the Japanese recruitment landscape, provide actionable tips, and set you up for success throughout the entire interview process.

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Why Recruitment?

In 2013 there were over 3,000 registered recruitment agencies in Japan. Five years later, the number has more than doubled to over 7,000 firms. There is a severe labor shortage in Japan, an increase in foreign investment, and a growing need for high quality recruiters. Since many of the recruitment agencies work with international companies, it’s a job that you can do with relatively little to no Japanese language ability.


What You’ll Learn from This Book

What type of recruitment agency is right for you

In-depth review of recruitment business models/styles in Japan

How to ace role-play interviews and answer trick questions

Dozens of great questions you can ask interviewers

Biggest mistakes to avoid and overcoming the perception of being a “flyjin”

Salary structures, perks, and how to negotiate favorable terms

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What's Inside

When I first interviewed for jobs in Japan the advice I read was spread across online forums, and was questionable at best. The lack of information was one inspiration for writing this eBook, and I wish I had a guide like this before I went to my first interview in Japan. 

I hope you can find something useful here that takes you closer to finding a great job in the recruitment industry!


What other exercises and practical advice are in the book?


  • The common misconceptions about the Japanese recruitment industry
  • Deep dive into Japanese employment practices and culture
  • Cold-calling scripts for headhunting and business development 
  • Identifying your own motivators and assessing company culture 
  • Negotiating deadlines, weighing risks and making the best decision 

Featuring advice from experts in the industry:

Serial Entrepreneur. Ex-recruiter covering e-commerce, travel and blockchain-based talent solutions, 8+years recruitment in  Japan 

Recruiter at Japan. Previously worked with Netflix, Spotify, and Facebook.

Co-founder at GetUp Japan, Employer Branding, 8+ years Japan recruitment experience.

Onsite recruiter @ Amazon Japan, previously at American Express. In house+agency experience.

Career doctor/manager @ Pac Recruitment covering IT/Web. 15+ years as an executive-recruiter, Japan-based covering APAC. 

Who should read this book?

  • Entry level/ new graduates
  • Get the low down on the recruitment industry in Japan to decide whether it's the right move for you
  • Step by step instructions to tailor your resume for recruitment
  • Hear from recruiters who joined the industry right out of college
  • Ex-English teachers
  • Featuring interviews with teachers who successfully made the transition into a new industry.
  • Learn how to spot the "bad" recruitment firms
  • Scripts for interview role-plays and salary negotiation
  • Mid-level/senior professionals
  • Actionable advice for anyone looking to move into recruitment in Japan
  • Extra salary negotiation tactics, contract types to consider and tax-savings tips
  • And much more!

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About the author

Misha Yurchenko

Hey my name is Misha and I’m a Tokyo-based ex-recruiter, author and blogger. In the past 5 years I’ve helped companies like Amazon, Facebook and Netflix build their hiring strategies, started (and shut down) my own company, learned Japanese, and quit my job. My goal is to share what I’ve learned in hopes of providing something useful to those around me. Follow me on Quora or my blog here. 

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What Readers Are saying

Working as a recruiter, I've dug into multiple books on interviewing techniques so I can provide worthwhile advice to my clients. This book paints a far clearer picture in the head of the reader of how to properly sell yourself in a job interview, and comes with very concrete examples and pieces of actionable advice. It's very thorough and doesn't leave you with any "but what about...?" 's. Definitely recommended reading for anyone going into an important job interview.

Joseph Lofgren

I highly recommend reading this book from start to finish. Out of all the writings I've ever come across regarding the STAR interviewing method, this has been the most comprehensive. It encourages readers to actively participate through self-reflection while providing a ready to go template with relatable examples. What I loved the most was one of the last sections that encouraged self-care. So besides gaining a more comprehensive understanding about how to approach interviewing, I got some life tips!

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Can I still apply to become a recruiter if I don’t live in Japan? 

Generally speaking, yes. I landed my first recruitment job while I was living in the U.S. and never even visited their Tokyo office before I agreed to join. That said, some recruitment firms only hire those who already have a visa, so you’ll need to check with individual firms. 

I hear bad things about recruitment. Should I even bother applying? 

There are literally thousands of recruitment firms in Japan and some of them are certainly bad apples. It’s a matter of vetting each company by asking probing questions, as well as understanding your own motivators and what culture you’d fit in.  I get into this in detail in the eBook.

Do you have a discounts?

Yes. Become a monthly subscribe on my Patreon page and I’ll give you a 50% discount and you can get the book for $10. On top of this you get access to other exclusive articles and blog posts on my site.

What do I get if I sign up for 1-1 consulting? 

  • 1-1 one hour Skype where we can discuss your plan for applying to certain recruitment companies and whether it’s the right move.
  • Honest feedback on your resume with specific tips to improve. 
  • Interview tips, feedback, and objective advice on any pending offers you have.
  • Tips on living/working in Japan.
  • And whatever other questions you have!

I’m a non-native speaker. Will it be hard for me to understand your book?

The book has been professionally edited and we have worked hard to make it accessible for native and non-native speakers. Read the first pages using “Look inside” feature on Amazon page of the book to see if you’re comfortable with the level of complexity.

I have a question. How can I contact you?
Please contact me via Facebook on my page here

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