About Us

Stepfirst is a service of TAO Group.  Our company was originally founded in 2007 as TAO Executive Search, and our Japan office was opened in 2009. 

We are licensed by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare to provide recruitment services in Japan. (Licence number 14 – ユ – 300740)

Stepfirst specializes in talent management and recruitment solutions. We work with all businesses, large and small, to help provide the best services possible.  

While recruitment is not rocket science, it can be a lengthy and complex task.  Particularly for those who do not regularly screen candidates for their organization.

Stepfirst has that experience, and we relish the challenge of identifying the most suitable candidates for our clients’ organizations. We know that getting the best candidate can mean the difference between our clients’ success and failure. We pride ourselves on our unique combination of personal service and professionalism throughout our entire recruitment and integration process. We try to ensure we obtain the best, most suitable candidates for our clients.

Our Values

  • We place great importance on providing the best possible recruitment service 
  • We are passionate about delivering a truly professional and honest service to both the clients we serve and the candidates we recruit
  • We understand the importance of communicating, listening, and learning to improve the services we provide
  • We are committed to innovation to improve our service, whether this would be through better training methods, greater creativity, refined processes, and/or improved technology.