Unnaturally Colored Hair and Interviewing for a Job in Japan

by Dana
(USA)

Job Interview Attire for Women - Look the Look

Job Interview Attire for Women - Look the Look


Tremendous site! I'm American and seriously considering applying for English teaching jobs in Japan. I currently have long pink hair with one side of my head shaved. If this cut/color is too extreme for a job in Japan, I don't mind changing it. But how would it affect my chances to have this hairstyle in a video interview, for example? Should I go back to blonde and re-part my hair so that the shaven side is hidden?

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Unnaturally Colored Hair And Job Interviews For Teaching in Japan
by: Anonymous

Hi Dana,

Well it certainly sounds like a rad haircut to say the least. It is too radical and you definitely need to do something with it to be taken seriously as an ESL teacher.

Japan is a bit of a quirky country as you probably already know. They do give foreigners some leeway as they sort of rationalize things to some degree. What I mean to say is Japanese sort of expect foreign ESL teachers to be different.

What you need to keep in mind is that there is a limit. Although this is a gray area, nonetheless it exists. Japanese are quite image minded people.

Other things to keep in mind is if you don't have TEFL certification and or teaching experience, you'll be in an entry level meat-and-potatoes job. This means ALT work including the Jet Programme or Eikaiwa.

Image plays a large role especially for companies like Berlitz, ECC, Nova Holdings etc.
Your hair style should be conservative and your clothing too. Otherwise they may consider you more concerned with your look then being a good ESL teacher.

And this also goes for tattoos and pierces.

Hope this helps and good luck

John

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