Career change guide

The Best Time of The Year To Switch Your Job

IF you know there is a time when it is advantageous to change jobs, you want to start a job change activity at that timing. Especially for foreigners, the timing of changing jobs is different between their home country and Japan, so knowing the best time to change jobs in Japan will make it easier to plan for your new CAREER. So, this time, we are going to tell you the good timing of a job change and the important points to decide when to change jobs.

The BEST Time To Change Jobs


In Japan, it is generally said that the number of job openings increases from December to February and that it is easier to get a job offer from February to March. On the other hand, the time it takes to change jobs varies case by case.


Job Offers Increases From December To February

In general, the recruitment activities of companies will become active, and the number of job openings will increase from December to February,



Japanese companies often start the first half of the fiscal year in April and the second half in October. There are many patterns in which mid-career recruitment is actively adopted according to the timing and strengthens the internal structure.



Also, this is a time when the number of rivals (other job hunters) increases because many people start their job change activities before and after their bonus.


Benefits of Changing Jobs At A Time When There Are Many Job Openings

  • The availability of many positions due to the replenishment of retirees, there are many options for changing jobs
  • Many companies want to make it in time to take over, so it will be easier to be hired if you match the image of human resource, they are looking for 
  • If you get hired by the company in April & October, there will likely be employees who join the company at the same time, and it is easy to become familiar with the company


Disadvantages of Changing Jobs When There Are Many Job Openings

  • As numbers of job hunters increases and there are more rivals, there are cases where if you lack knowledge or experience, you will fail in the document selection process and do not proceed to the interview 
  • IF you fail to convey your enthusiasm & motivation, it will be difficult to move on to the next stage of the interview


The number of job openings is large, but the number of job hunters is not great. So, we SUGGEST aiming between April to May

In April & May, companies that unable to hire employees by April 1st continue the job openings and the job offers, so the motivation of hiring is quite HIGH.



On the other hand, the number of job hunters decreases compared to March because the number of job hunters is HIGHER on April 1st. For this reason, there are fewer rivals, and it is easy to lead to document selection and job offers.


Don’t Be Too Particular About The Time!

There are times when changing jobs gets very active, but the real importance is being hired by the company you want to work at. 



When it comes to that, you don’t have to be too particular about the time. There is a possibility that you can’t prepare enough because there are too many job openings.



It is IMPORTANT to decide the timing of changing jobs considering your current skills and the characteristics of the industry you are considering.



For foreigners, the procedure for changing jobs, such as switching work visas, is complicated. No matter when you change jobs, we ADVISE you to collect enough information before you start job hunting so that you can successfully get the JOB YOU WANT!


Consider Your Career & Life Plan To Decide When To Change Your Jobs.


Each person has their points when to change jobs. Depending on your age, you need to think about when to change your job, INCLUDING your life plan and career plan.


Learn The Basic Business Manners In Your 20’s

You MUST have basic business manners such as greetings, how to receive phone calls, and how to write e-mails in your 20’s when you work in Japan.



IF you are in your 4th year of working and you are changing to the same industry or the same position, you may be expected to play the active role as an immediate force.



Even if you are a foreigner, if you are a mid-career employee, the required level will be HIGH.



IF you have ever worked in Japan, your experience will be a STRENGTH, so be aware that you should acquire the minimum business manners that can be used in Japan before you change your job.


You Are Required To Be An Immediate Active Force & Have Management Skills In Your 30’s

In your 30’s, you must be able to perform perfectly in general work by yourself, but management experience is also a CRITERION to your HIRING.



The skills required by age varies from country to country, but in Japan, when you are over 30 years old, you are often welcomed as a mid-level employee, so it is easier to emphasize whether you were on a position.



Also, if you don’t have Management Experience, you can make a HUGE difference with your surroundings if you wear Specialized Skills.



If you are an engineer, you can change jobs advantageously if you have work experience in multiple programming languages and have language skills as a bridge engineer. Doing the idea of the opening of an over the devastating procedure.


After Age 40, It Should Be Management To Management

The key is what you achieved as a manager and whether you can differentiate yourself from other applicants.



Even in management, there are many times when you open the lid and didn’t do anything about it, so you’ll be able to explain your efforts and achievements specifically.



Because Management jobs are a very important position for companies, they are often asked by recruitment agents as private jobs. We RECOMMEND that you consult a job change agent instead of a job change site or Hello Work.


Thinking About The Time Of Changing The Job From The Change In Your Life Stages Such As Marriage, Pregnancy, And Childbirth

It is said many people decide when to change their job due to changes in their LIFE STAGES. Many men and women start job change activities because they want to spend more time with their families and need more income to support their families.



The Labor Standards Law stipulates that employees will receive maternity leave, but parental leave may not be available within 1 year of joining the company. If you are thinking about pregnancy, childbirth, OR child-rearing at the same time as your job change activities, it is best to start a job change activity in reverse so that you can join the company more than one year before pregnancy and childbirth.



If you are a foreigner, you may be thinking of applying for a “Dependent Visa”. Depending on the timing of your job change, you may not be able to apply, so make sure to check it.



“Career Change Can Be Difficult For Foreigners In Japan! Status of Residence & Career Change Situation”


What You Want To Do Before You Decide To Retire Somsuk


Review Your Career Plan

We RECOMMEND that you clarify what you want to do in the FUTURE, what kind of career you want to pursue, and what you need to do to achieve that. Try considering whether there is anything that can be absorbed by your current company. If you think about changing jobs, it is recommended to try self-analysis first.



(Try Reading How To “Self-Assessment” For Your Career Change)


Think About When You Can Resign Without Bothering Others

It is better to avoid retirement on the timing of a busy season or right after your promotion. Why is it better to miss this season? Here is why.



When you retire on this timing, it will cause trouble not only to the company but also to your CLIENTS. So, a good time to retire is between projects or at the period of Low season.



To retire at the desired time, let’s inform the intention of retirement 2~3 months before retirement at the latest.



Let everyone take over what you’ve been doing so you do not TROUBLE your colleagues, subordinates, and business clients after your retirement.


PLAN The Schedule of The Entire Job Change Activities

Make sure you PREPARE your documents for an interview, suits, and other preparations for your job hunting activities.



Especially if you have a clear timing to decide which company you want to go to; you need to be CLEAR about what you need to do.



There are a lot of things that can confuse you on the timing of changing jobs and preparing for your job in Japan that you are not used to.



We SUGGEST you consulting with an agent so you can get advice on when and what to do exactly.



For example, engineers often have projects starting in April, so you might want to adjust to your current job to participate in the project that starts in April at your new company.



Then, adjust the timing for joining the new company so that you can participate in the project from the planning stage.



IF you know that the project, you’re working on will close in six months, it’s time to start MOVING. Even if it goes smoothly and you get a job offer 3~4 months later, you can negotiate with a company and have them wait for you to join the company.



However, if the time when you can join the company is 6 months or a year later, the company not wait, so it is necessary to inform the time when you can join the company in advance when you talk about conditions or when you join the company.


Important To Clarify Your Wishes & The Timing of Your Job Change


There are 2 main reasons for you to change jobs, such as when you start a job hunt because you want to change your job, OR when you need to change your job due to changes in your life stage. In both cases, it is important to organize what you want to prioritize and what might happen when you start the job BEFORE you start your job hunting.



If you apply for a lot of jobs randomly, you won’t get GOOD RESULTS. It is very important to think about what you want to do and decide when to go on a job hunt, rather than worrying about when job openings will increase.




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