Contributor

James Winovich

James is an ex-ALT turned translator/blogger who helps people have as much fun as possible while working in Japan. Whether you're having a tough time winning over a JTE or getting hired in the first place, James wants to help.

Articles

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Ask James: Am I Too Old to Teach in Japan?

Age is just a number until you put it on your job application.

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Ask James: Can I Get A Job in Japan Without A College Degree?

Good news: It is possible to work in Japan without a degree. But how should you go about it?

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Ask James: I Don’t Drink but I’ve Been Invited to my First Nomikai

Sometimes there is pressure to drink to excess and let off steam at Japanese office parties. What do you do if you don't drink — and don't want to jeopardize your standing at work?

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Ask James: How Can I Play A Bigger Role in the Classroom?

What to do when you feel like a useless decoration in your team-teaching classes.

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Ask James: Working in Japan

The pros and cons of practicing Japanese with colleagues if you work at a language school in Japan.

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Finding Work in Japan: If You Don’t Want to Teach English, Don’t

Despite what you might think, you don't have to teach English in Japan.

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3 Things to Consider Before Getting a Pet in Japan

Pets are for life, not just for クリスマス.

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Finding Work in Japan: The Whole Point of Your Resumé

Your resumé shouldn't get you the job, it should get you the interview — that's where you get yourself the job!

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Finding Work in Japan: Don’t Make Your Resume About You

I bet you think this resume is all about you. Heads up: It's not.

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Finding Work in Japan: The One Secret to Improving Your Resumé

Here's one guaranteed way to improve your resumé for that dream job in Japan.

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Finding Work in Japan: The One Thing You Shouldn’t Say on Your Resume

Everyone wants to work in Japan, bro.

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Rethinking the JET Programme

While it feels like a JET’s job is to teach English and to teach English alone, that isn't always the case.

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