3 tips for a successful career change in Japan amid the coronavirus
The global coronavirus pandemic has led to multiple questions regarding the future of employment of thousands, if not millions of people in Japan.
“What impact is the new coronavirus having on the job market?”
“Should I change my career now or wait?” and so on.
Obviously, the spread of the epidemic has a remarkable influence on the job market as well as recruitment demand. For those who are expecting a job change during this time or after the pandemic is over, what you should do is to analyse and gain an understanding about the current situation of the job market in Japan before doing any step for your job hunt. I mean, know your enemy is always a must-do, right?
Before going to "3 tips for a successful career change in Japan amid the coronavirus", let's ask yourself some questions:
1. Who should and should not change their careers at this time?
2. What professions are in high and stable demand?
3. 3 tips for a successful job search under the COVID-19 influence in Japan.
Who should and should not change their career at this time?
① WHO SHOULD CHANGE JOB?
●People who are currently unemployed.
If you are currently unemployed or looking for a job, you should move forward with your job search.
As the economy stagnates, the number of job openings will decrease. The longer you put it off, the more difficult it will be for you to change jobs.
In some cases, you may be forced to relax your terms and conditions or make compromises, but for now, your top priority is to find a job before the job market cools down.
● People who are mentally struggling to keep jobs.
If you are working under a poor working condition, a toxic environment or suffering frequent hard time at work, you’d better change your job soon. Unless there is an economic recovery in sight, you will have to work here for a few more years.
However, since the current job change is risky, please make sure to change your job while you are still employed.
② WHO SHOULD NOT CHANGE JOB?
● People who are still employed.
If you are currently employed, congratulations! Even if you have some uncomfortable problems with your employer, it is recommended that you take a wait-and-see attitude.
It is expected that the number of job openings will decrease as more companies scale back their recruitment efforts. In particular, the larger companies will be less likely to hire.Unless there are special circumstances, no need to put yourself at risk during this time.
● People who are not confident about their skills and backgrounds.
As potential hiring slots shrink, it becomes more difficult to change jobs for people with insufficient skills and experiences because as we mentioned earlier, employers now do not really want to spend money on staff training anymore.
So, your first priority should be to improve your performance at your current workplace while keeping an eye on the movement of the job market.
What professions are in high or stable demand?
Companies and industries that have not been significantly affected by the coronavirus, or whose hiring needs have not declined, have the following characteristics:
・Chronically understaffed industries
・IT, WEB, Information and Communication industry
・Ventures and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs)
・Companies that are in higher demand
Let’s take a look in more detail.
① Chronically understaffed industries.
Although those industries are in a brighter situation compared to others, it is unavoidable to experience a decline in sales and some are forced to refrain from doing business.
② IT, WEB, Information and Communication industry.
The IT industry tends to be relatively immune to coronavirus.
It is also easy to work remotely and flexibly according to the situation. In addition, with the spread of telecommuting, the demand for online tools and other business aspects is rather on the rise.
Even in the midst of the corona shock, the IT industry has found it easier to recruit, and more companies are conducting online interviews using Zoom and Skype.
③ Ventures and SMEs.
While major companies are holding back on hiring, there are a number of ventures and SMEs that are aggressively hiring in anticipation of the emergence of talented people on the job market that they cannot normally take advantage of.
Even if you want to work for a major company, you can try to improve your skills once you join a venture or small company, and then resume your job search when the job market has settled down.
④ Companies that are in higher demand
The corona pandemic has increased the demand for services in a number of companies.
For example, some in the game and e-commerce are making impressive sales due to the effects of self-restraint such as Nintendo and Amazon; thus, are rather in labour shortage.
3 tips for a successful job search under the COVID-19 influence in Japan.
① Change job while you are still working for your current company.
Do not quit your current job before you get a job offer from your potential new employer if you don’t want your income to be interrupted, unless you are ok with a few months (or even more) of living on your savings.
② Don’t rely solely on professional jobs listings websites (Daijob, Indeed etc.,)
Corporations that are in high demand for their workforce also try to reduce costs at this time by posting job openings on their website homepage. Also, ask your friends if they happen to know any job vacancy. Don’t miss your chance by focusing on only one source. Sometimes, opportunities come from the least expected place.
③ Use recruitment agents.
If you are not sure about the job market or your job potential, use recruitment agents. They are all free and most importantly, can help you catch up on useful information in the midst of the confusion caused by the coronavirus.
Increase your chances of success by all means!
In summary, the market trends given by coronaviruses are changing daily. When changing jobs, keep up with the latest information and make decisions on a case-by-case basis.
Also, try to avoid the three most dense situations (sealed, dense, and close) to reduce the risk of infection.
I hope that this article will help you in your career.
Source: Career theory