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11. Unearthing the Potential of Young Job Seekers in Japan

11. Unearthing the Potential of Young Job Seekers in Japan

Shushoku Shop

In Japan, many companies focus their recruitment efforts on new graduates. These companies hope to enter into long-term relationships with employees and train them to become the best. But current trends indicate problems with retainment and career development. According to the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare, 30% of college graduates and 40% of high school graduates leave their first jobs within three years.

Many young people accept positions without any understanding of their new employer’s business practices of work culture. After a few months, when they realize their work is not what they had expected, these young employees often wish to leave their jobs. But dropping out of the traditional career track means sacrificing the security of a lifelong employer. Many who leave their first jobs end up bouncing between temporary or part-time work and are unable to build up enough experience to qualify for full-time employment. 

Recruit Holdings launched Shushoku Shop in 2006 as a recruitment service that helps young job seekers find full-time positions after leaving the traditional career track. According to a Shushoku Shop survey, 25% of young people who are unemployed or in non-regular employment feel unable to engage in job searching because they are not confident that they will be hired. Recruitment practices that emphasize skills and experience over work ethic and demeanor are preventing a new generation of workers from gaining valuable experience. That’s why Shushoku Shop has taken a new approach to recruiting that uplifts young job applicants and provides them with ongoing support.

Instead of submitting a resume, young job candidates meet with a Shushoku Shop career coordinator who helps them uncover their strengths and expectations. The goal of these meetings is to motivate the applicant and help them become confident in the skills they hold. The career coordinators then match applicants with companies that share Shushoku Shop’s mission to open up more job opportunities to young people. Participating companies are asked to screen candidates solely on their character and the company’s requirements for the position, not on experience.

As of January 2020, over 110,000 people have used Shusoku Shop’s services. Young people who have used the service also report a boost in their overall self-confidence. “My Shushoku Shop career coordinator re-examined my life with me,” one participant said. “Even when I applied for jobs online, I never got through the resume screening portion. Shushoku Shop supported me when I had lost confidence in myself.” 

Shusoku Shop provides recruitment support to about 8,300 companies (as of the end of May 2018) in seven locations in the Tokyo area and three in Kansai. In order to create a society that believes in and fosters young people’s potential, Shushoku Shop will continue to help young job applicants build the self-confidence they need to succeed.

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