★When looking for part-time work★
・When you want to work part-time, you need to apply for the 「資格外活動許可 (Permission to Engage in Activity Other Than That Permitted under the Status of Residence Previously Granted)」.
・If you were granted 「留学 (study abroad)」status and the period of eligibility of residence is over 6 months, you can apply for this permission.
・Amount of time you can work part-time must be less than 28 hours per week (or within 8 hours per day during summer and other vacations).
※Even if the amout of time is under the maximum time, you are prohibited from working in service industry like a bar, pachinko parlors, mahjong establishments.
★Finding where to work part-time★
・Look for part-time work classifed ads on the Internet, newspaper, in-store poster, etc. (Some may be introduced by your Japanese school.)
・Contact the company and prepare necessary paperwork (履歴書 (resume)). (Resume is available for purchase at a convenience store.)
・Go to the pre-arranged interview location with your paperwork.
・After the interview, wait for the acceptance/rejection notice.
・Go to an interview in plain clothes. (Eg: white shirt with black pants, etc.)
・Be sure to arrive at the interview location 5 minutes before the scheduled time.
・Stand still until the interviewer asks you to 「座ってください (suwattekudasai; please sit)」.
・Greet the interviewer appropriately at the beginning and end of the interview, and answer his/her questions clearly.
・Statement of purpose (Why do you want to work in that company/store/shop？)
・Possible hours of work (What hours and days of the week you can work？)
・Japanese language ability (How much do you understand Japanese？)
※Even if you cannot speak Japanese well, make an appeal by telling the interviewer that you are studying Japanese very hard.
・It would be nice if 「雇用契約書 (contract of employment)」is given to you by the employer for your part-time job, but many Japanese companies omit this process citing a lack of such business custom in Japan.
・To deal with such situation, tell the employer that your Japanese language skill is not perfect and that you don’t want to misunderstand your work condition, and ask him/her to write down a memo detailing work days, time, wage, wage payment date, and name and telephone number of the employer (person in charge of your workplace). (If the employer refuses to write them down for you, you should write them down by yourself and have the employer check the content. Such a memo can keep you out of unnecessary trouble, and should there be any trouble, it may work in your favor.)
・Receive wage payment slip and keep all of them by yourself.
※Even if you are a part-time worker, you must call the employer when you take a day off or are late for work in advance.