Japan's Most Rewarding and Lucrative Industry.
No Japanese Language Skills Required.

Whether you’re fresh out of college, an English teacher who wants to quadruple their salary, or simply think “headhunting” is cool after having watched the Norwegian film Hodejegerne, this 141-page guide covers everything you need to help you land a job in the recruitment industry in Japan.

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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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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 Booking.com Japan. Previously worked with Netflix, Spotify, and Facebook.

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

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

Who should read this book?

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. 

What Readers Are saying

Usually, when non-Japanese speaking people's job option is to be an English teacher to settle down. Misha was the special case that started from recruiting that this book will help you walk through how to start a job as recruiter from the beginning as non-Japanese speaker, Misha himself was an excellent recruiter that this book will give you a good insight


Got the job! Finding a job is a game and this book isn’t just a strategy guide- it’s a cheat code. I knew the questions before the interviewers could ask them. Despite having no experience in the field, I aced the role play interviews, all by following Misha’s advice. Misha’s perspective as a former Hiring Manager will give you exactly what you need to succeed and the rest is up to you. Now that I flew by the interviews and landed myself a job at an executive recruitment firm, I just hope Misha writes the sequel: “How to be a recruiter in Japan”


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eBook and 1-1 Consulting Session via Skype

  • 1-1 Skype Session
  • Feedback on your resume  
  • Interview preparation/ offers tips/ advice on negotiation
  • Advice on moving to Japan/relocation
  • Open Q&A


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 $5. 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

How to Become a Recruiter in Japan: The Ultimate Guide

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