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Job hunting Rule 17: Different Treatment for Expats


Today I will give advice for the following question: “I was locally hired and work for a Japanese company. I have to do overtime even after the expats return home, and despite having had correspondence about the trouble that has occurred, it seems that there is a difference between the way the expats and local hires are treated. It’s bothering me so much that I am thinking about moving to a company that will appreciate me more.”


My answer is a little tough this time, so please be prepared. Why are you worried about that kind of thing? At the time that you joined the company as a local hire, you should have known there were expats in the company. Moreover, realistically speaking, there are likely differences between the conditions for expats and locally hired staff from the beginning. You might say that it is a waste of time to be troubled about those things that cannot be helped.


When I entered this industry, I visited the Los Angeles branch of a certain human resources company and registered with them. I was hired as a local staff at that company. This happened thirty years ago. The company recognized my performance and I was promoted above an expatriate as the head of that site. I am not using this story to brag. What I am saying is, rather than worrying about the job that you are in, shouldn’t proving your skills be a top priority?


If your current employer does not provide a fair evaluation of your abilities, how about moving to a local company or a company that does not have many expats? I also know many people who joined an American company and were promoted to management positions over their American coworkers. It sounds to me that what you are saying is an “excuse to want to run away from work.”

照子は人が大好きです。From 照子ワインバーグ(TWI代表)
Teruko loves people. From Teruko Weinberg of TWI.


Job hunting Rule 17: Different Treatment for Expats

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