FAQ for Candidates

Find answers to a number of commonly asked questions

Regarding haken employment

What is haken employment?

It is the Japanese word for temporary employment, where a staffing agency, such as Spotted Staffing, dispatches employees to client companies on a contract basis. While haken staff report to their supervisor at the company, they have an employment contract with the staffing agency.

The staffing agency pays the employee’s salary and provides social benefits.

What are some of the benefits Spotted Staffing provides for haken employees?

We provide a variety of benefits, including:

• social and health insurance coverage
• travel expenses
• visa application sponsorships
• Japanese or English translation/interpretation support
• training in a variety of areas, such as IT, software, and language
• support for obtaining certain certifications relating to career advancement

Can I become a permanent employee after starting out on a haken contract?

Yes. There is a chance that you could be asked to become a permanent employee at the client company. If that is something you would be interested in pursuing, Spotted Staffing will happily support you throughout the transition process.

What is a temp-to-perm contract?

It is a type of contract that starts out as haken and potentially leads to a permanent position in six months or less. It gives candidates the opportunity to experience work at a company and get a strong sense of its culture before possibly being offered a full-time role at the company.

Regarding registration and employment at Spotted Staffing

How do I register with Spotted Staffing?

After you give us some basic information about yourself — through our Contact page, by e-mail, or over the phone — a Spotted Staffing consultant will set up a meeting with you to find out, in detail, about your work experience, your goals, and your expectations. We will also use the meeting to assess some of your skills. Registration is complete at the end of this meeting. We will then inform you about different positions, based on your interest and skill levels, as they become available.

If you choose to apply for a position with a client company and are given an offer following an interview, you will then sign an employment contract with Spotted Staffing and start working as a haken employee at the client company.

Can I register if I am still a student?

At Spotted Staffing, we mostly support candidates with several years of work experience. We would ask that only mid-career jobseekers register.

What types of positions does Spotted Staffing specialize in filling?

At Spotted Staffing, our focus is on skilled workers in the IT field — such as IT engineers, IT architects, program managers, product managers, and project managers — as well as back office staff.

We work with both Japanese and non-Japanese client firms, so you may have a chance to use your English or Japanese language skills at the company where you are placed.

How long does it take from the time I register to the time I start working?

It depends on a number of factors, including your skills, your expectations, and the availability of relevant roles. Once you are registered with Spotted Staffing, we will begin sending you information about positions our clients are looking to fill. If you have certain skills and qualifications client companies are looking for, we will send you information on multiple positions at the same time.

Can you guarantee that I will be chosen for a position?

We cannot. But we guarantee that we will do everything we can to find a position for you that is in line with your skills and expectations.

Do I need to pay anything for Spotted Staffing’s services?

No, you don’t. Candidates are not required to pay anything for our services.

What should I do if I have a problem while working for a client company as an employee of Spotted Staffing?

You should contact us right away. Your consultant will listen to your concern and work closely with you to ensure it is resolved quickly and to your satisfaction.