Advice from a human resource staff from a major logistic company

2017.01.10 update
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This time, we asked a human resource staff of Company A, one of major logistics companies known as "Takuhaibin" (parcel delivery) service. He(She) told us about work contents and also gave us instructive information about job-hunting activities, from job interview to job offer. What is the most important thing to get a job offer as a "Package handler", the most popular part-time job for overseas students ? Please see the hints.

Multinational workplace

This time, a staff who gave us advice is in charge of employing package handlers in the warehouse which is administrative headquarters of Tokyo area. He (She) says their office is making a proactive effort to employ students from abroad.

According to him (her),multinational people are working as package handlers, of which 90 percent are students. Most of the student-workers are from Vietnam, following with China, Afghanistan, Russia, Nepal and many other countries. Through the working experience here, you can also get the opportunities to make friends with other overseas students.
A woman in a working suit is delivering a parcel

About "Package Handler "

■ Quite simple work♪
The job you will be involved in is sorting packages. To be specific, sorting packages according to destinations of the recipients. High Japanese language skill is not required, but if you are able to read "Kanji (Chinese characters)",you have an advantage in sorting packages quickly.

You can read addresses written on delivery slips. Of course this is not compulsory. You don't have to worry. We have a management system supports non-Japanese speakers in their work.

■ Possibility for step-up after you got used to the work!
Our main staffs with long careers are working as part-time workers. They are in charge of making posters, translating documents, and interpreting at the work site. Also, we have a leader system in our management system.

Taking the leadership in the workplace must be a useful experience for your future job-hunting activities. We are looking for the challenges of overseas students to this position.

■ We support limited working hours of overseas students - 28 hours a week!
We have a management system for our part-time workers to meet employment regulation on maximum 28 working hours a week. Students who have more than two part-time jobs have to manage their working hours to meet this rule, but workers working only for us don't have to worry about working hours. We will take care of it.

Job hunting process from job interview to job offer

A Job interview you'll have to get over is only once. The interviewer sees if you can communicate in Japanese.
The common questions they will ask you are quite simple like these : "Where are you from ?", "Where do you live ?", "Which university do you go to ?".
We don't take Japanese language skills into selection policy. However, you have more probability of a job offer, if you have high Japanese language skills. Especially in peak seasons, once you attend joint job fairs (with a job interview), almost 90 percent of applicants will get job offers.

*A job offers is given to you on the phone on the next day of a job interview.

Things you have to be careful 1: Call back within the day!

In case we can't reach you on the phone and if we don't receive your return call within the day we call you for a job offer, we unfortunately will have to withdraw our offer of employment.
We would not like you to lose your chance after sparing your valuable time for the interview, so please don't forget to call-back. It is important to contact us within the day you receive our phone call, except our non-business hours.

Process from job offers to employment contract

After you received a job offer from the employer, employment contract are made before the first working day. Your personal seal is required for the contract .
Sometimes we see personal seals using "Kanji" as phonetic equivalent for their names, like "スミス⇒素実素". But these personal seals are not allowed to use on public documents.
Please bring the personal seals you always use for public documents when you submit to public facilities or school.

Things you have to be careful 2: Open your bank account in advance!

Most of the overseas students have their bank account in "Yucho Bank". If you have not opened the account, please open it as soon as possible.
Basically, your wages will be transferred to your bank account. If you don't have a bank account your pay day will be delayed.

Special tips for you "How to get hired?"

If you can work three days week, the probability of employment is higher than when you can work one day a week. We would say "The more available you are, the higher probability you have".

Some candidates ask "Will I be able to work with no experience in the field ?". The answer is "No problem." But if you have any experience of working in logistics industry, Please do not hesitate to appeal it in an interview.

There are peak seasons in logistics industry. In these seasons, we are desperate for workforce to deal with tons of parcels. So possibility of employment is higher than other seasons. The busiest seasons in a year are summer and Christmas season - one week before and after July 1, and from mid December to early January.

Our recruitment is open one month before peak seasons. If you are interested in this part-time job, it is easier to search on the internet with the keywords, "仕分け(Package handler)" or "大量募集(Large-scale recruitment)" for the job information.

A typical daily schedule for a work day

■Move from home (or school) to the workplace

■Wait for the shuttle bus to the workplace at the closest station
Of course, bus fare is free. The bus schedule is arranged to arrive at the workplace before every start time of the shift work. So you can easily go to the workplace! About 10 minute-ride on a bus takes you to the workplace.

■Arrive at the workplace, change clothes.
Get ready for the work (change to a working suit with gloves and a safety cap)

■Get straight to work
Package handling work needs patience. You have to work steadily by yourself. While you are working, almost no Japanese conversation is required, so it doesn't matter, even if you cannot speak Japanese. Most of the packages you will handle are small parcels and DMs, which are not so heavy that a single worker can carry by himself. Women can also handle packages without worries.

■A break time *1
Regardless of their work shifts, all workers take a break at the same time. You can use the cafeteria where you can buy drinks and foods. Take a break and refresh yourself for the next work hours.

■Resume the work
Resume package sorting after a break. When the leaving time planned on your work shift comes, punch your time card. and leave the workplace.

■eave for home after working hard
Shuttle bus takes you to the station, so you don't have to worry about night shifts.

*1: A break time is given when you work more than 6 hours a day.

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