Sunday, 15 September 2019

Read your contract

Here is another basic piece of advice, read your contract before you sign it.

Your potential employer could promise you a 20% bonus, 40 days vacation each year and a bottle of unicorn tears. But if it isn't in your contract, it doesn't mean jack.

A recruiter only wants to fill a vacancy and some of them will promise anything to get you to sign the contract and start work. They aren't working for your interests, they are working for theirs and will say anything to get you to sign on the line. By taking the time to read the contract you will be able to determine the difference between their words and the facts in front of you.

If there is a discrepancy between their promises and the contract simply point it out and walk away. There is no point in dealing with liars as they will make excuses or attempt to explain away the discrepancy. There are many people desperate for employment in Japan who are prepared to accept shitty working conditions, why do you need to be one of them? Why even work in Japan?

Another tip for working in Japan, search for reviews and news about the company.

And by search, I don't just mean on Google but also via other means such as on Facebook, Glassdoor, Linkedin and Reddit. Google does not index every single page on the internet and certainly could have missed someone's rant on Reddit or Facebook about how a company stuffed them around. Maybe there is an article on the Japan Times or Japan Today that you can only find by going directly to their site. Searching via other means could help you find Red Flags that you might have missed otherwise.

See if you can find any references to them with the various union websites as well, the General Union is a good place to start. See if there is a specific union for employees at your prospective employer, most of the larger Eikaiwa have a dedicated union.

Life is short, you don't want to waste your time working for a black company.

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