How is Recruitment Different in Japan and Asia?


From country to country there are both major and minor differences in the way we do business. From mass scale production to working with local craftspeople, the business we do depends on where we are and the people we work with.

There is perhaps no country on the planet more technologically minded than Japan. Almost every technological advancement or new piece of kit has some link to this forward-thinking country, but the entirety of Asia is often on the lookout for ways to do things just that little bit differently, to pave the way forward to progress.

The single biggest difference between recruitment in Japan and Asia and the rest of the world is a very international flavour. This is a continent overall which welcomes foreign workers with open arms, and understands the different skills and knowledges that can work hand in hand with business growth. Of course, the challenge for those workers is a very simple one – the language. Over time it is hoped that there will be change in this regard, but the very fact that the country is opening up to foreign workers is encouraging.

Some of the biggest multi-national corporations on the planet have offices in not only Japan but across Asia as a whole. That should tell you something about how much of a powerhouse this part of the world is when it comes to future business growth and importance. Despite that, the recruitment process in this part of the world hasn’t really progressed in line with the western world, e.g. the US and UK.

Of course, how businesses in Japan and across Asia recruit members of staff very much depends on where they are from. Working visas are not the easiest things in the world to obtain, and this requires a commitment from the company to not only employ the person in question, but to sponsor them in some ways too.

Almost everything you see is technologically minded, most evidently in Japan itself. Staff, whether Asian or from another part of the world, need to be keen, eager to learn, intelligent, and focused entirely on the job at hand. They need to have quality technological skills and a problem solving mind-set. These are the sheer basics of working in this demanding, yet exciting part of the world, with its complete focus on technological development.


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