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Non-Official JET Applying Forum. Applying for JET or another ALT position this year? Missing the old "Aspiring" forums from Official? You've come to the right place! Feel free to ask questions, solicit advice, or seek help of any sort with the JET application process here. We'll be glad to help!

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  1. Going through the way-too-long misery of the JET Program application process? Read what previous applicants and JETs have said! You can read old SOPs here, pore through a treasure trove of advice and tips, and see what has worked (and what hasn't) in the past.

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  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: Statement of Purpose thread: advice and people who are willing to proofread

    Started by squirrelmagnolia, September 22nd, 2014 04:48
    9 Pages
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    • Replies: 169
    • Views: 62,884
    October 2nd, 2017, 08:38 Go to last post
  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Not so obvious advice for new ALTs

    Started by Jiggit, July 4th, 2014 14:07
    10 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 10
    • Replies: 199
    • Views: 96,580
    June 4th, 2016, 11:04 Go to last post
  3. Sticky Thread Sticky: Attention: Lurkers!

    Started by word, October 2nd, 2013 10:58
    • Replies: 11
    • Views: 13,536
    January 19th, 2016, 12:13 Go to last post
  4. Sticky Thread Sticky: Word's Formerly Secret Interview Advice

    Started by word, January 9th, 2014 10:26
    4 Pages
    1 2 3 4
    • Replies: 67
    • Views: 39,645
    November 2nd, 2015, 03:20 Go to last post
  5. Sticky Thread Sticky: Basic application info and common JET myths

    Started by Page, September 28th, 2011 12:10
    • Replies: 12
    • Views: 15,076
    October 5th, 2014, 18:54 Go to last post
  1. CIR Requirements and How Many are Sent Each Year

    Started by Eibig, August 6th, 2016 09:56
    2 Pages
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    • Replies: 35
    • Views: 4,645
    August 30th, 2016, 01:02 Go to last post
    • Replies: 16
    • Views: 2,209
    August 29th, 2016, 23:55 Go to last post
  2. Teaching languages apart from English on JET

    Started by elmaldito, August 25th, 2016 21:45
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 1,410
    August 27th, 2016, 19:44 Go to last post
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 1,484
    August 27th, 2016, 09:15 Go to last post
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 1,221
    August 24th, 2016, 11:41 Go to last post
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 1,567
    August 11th, 2016, 23:51 Go to last post
  3. Application Process Order

    Started by Eibig, August 6th, 2016 09:53
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 1,330
    August 7th, 2016, 10:05 Go to last post
  4. Why were you accepted by the JET Programme for a second time?

    Started by hedgington, June 13th, 2016 23:15
    2 Pages
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    • Replies: 20
    • Views: 5,339
    August 1st, 2016, 10:48 Go to last post
  5. Economics

    Started by fryfry, June 26th, 2016 09:12
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 39
    • Views: 5,180
    July 14th, 2016, 14:57 Go to last post
  6. placement preference question

    Started by Liamers, January 16th, 2015 09:06
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 84
    • Views: 12,255
    July 12th, 2016, 16:52 Go to last post
  7. 2016 Applications: Placements Megathread

    Started by Frap, May 11th, 2016 10:42
    11 Pages
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    • Replies: 214
    • Views: 33,500
    July 9th, 2016, 10:24 Go to last post
  8. Female ALTs wearing pants?

    Started by JPNLKatie, June 22nd, 2016 14:11
    2 Pages
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    • Replies: 39
    • Views: 4,936
    July 7th, 2016, 13:37 Go to last post
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 1,337
    June 23rd, 2016, 15:15 Go to last post
  9. How much luggage to take with you when moving to Japan?

    Started by JPNLKatie, April 2nd, 2016 04:13
    4 Pages
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    • Replies: 64
    • Views: 11,564
    June 9th, 2016, 18:12 Go to last post
  10. Aspiring US JETs 2016

    Started by thesquanticorn, October 31st, 2015 05:26
    39 Pages
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    • Replies: 764
    • Views: 86,731
    June 7th, 2016, 08:25 Go to last post
  11. Aspiring Australian JETs 2016

    Started by CherryChieri, October 6th, 2015 19:47
    15 Pages
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    • Replies: 282
    • Views: 45,915
    May 28th, 2016, 19:31 Go to last post
  12. Aspiring Canadian JETs 2016

    Started by AyaReiko, September 29th, 2015 12:54
    6 Pages
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    • Replies: 108
    • Views: 20,609
    May 27th, 2016, 08:33 Go to last post
  13. Are You My Pred?

    Started by BabyKing, May 11th, 2016 22:30
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 1,999
    May 12th, 2016, 08:52 Go to last post
  14. Aspiring Irish JETs 2016: Interview format, etc.

    Started by FauxPandit, January 19th, 2016 06:06
    • Replies: 16
    • Views: 4,025
    April 29th, 2016, 23:50 Go to last post
  15. Academic Reference

    Started by AllTooWell, April 24th, 2016 16:00
    • Replies: 13
    • Views: 2,729
    April 26th, 2016, 16:15 Go to last post
    • Replies: 31
    • Views: 4,900
    April 21st, 2016, 23:21 Go to last post
  16. Stay at home mom/dad

    Started by halleybelle, April 20th, 2016 23:04
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 1,726
    April 21st, 2016, 15:29 Go to last post
  17. 2015 Interview - Accepted and on thread.

    Started by sharpinthefang, January 9th, 2015 09:20
    9 Pages
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    • Replies: 163
    • Views: 51,746
    April 8th, 2016, 10:22 Go to last post
  18. Relaxed Interviewers: Ominous or Inconsequential?

    Started by Those, January 29th, 2016 07:08
    2 Pages
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    • Replies: 29
    • Views: 4,727
    April 4th, 2016, 22:31 Go to last post
  19. Thank you!

    Started by BabyKing, April 3rd, 2016 01:46
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 1,359
    April 3rd, 2016, 04:24 Go to last post
  20. Aspiring UK JETs 2016

    Started by haitch40, October 17th, 2015 01:37
    10 Pages
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    • Replies: 182
    • Views: 27,997
    April 2nd, 2016, 18:39 Go to last post
  21. FBI Background Check

    Started by jetting?, March 23rd, 2016 17:57
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 1,819
    March 24th, 2016, 06:41 Go to last post
  22. Applying for JET Program and Depression

    Started by Irek, March 12th, 2016 09:29
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 2,591
    March 17th, 2016, 09:29 Go to last post
  23. What are my chances?

    Started by BabyKing, November 7th, 2015 04:37
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 42
    • Views: 11,637
    March 2nd, 2016, 14:51 Go to last post
    • Replies: 11
    • Views: 2,877
    March 2nd, 2016, 09:52 Go to last post
    • Replies: 18
    • Views: 4,399
    February 18th, 2016, 15:45 Go to last post
  24. Is it possible to survive a not-so-great/bad interview?

    Started by 7beachbum, February 2nd, 2016 13:36
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 82
    • Views: 14,512
    February 15th, 2016, 05:41 Go to last post
  25. Lack of Japanese Knowledge

    Started by BabyKing, February 4th, 2016 21:54
    • Replies: 15
    • Views: 2,297
    February 11th, 2016, 19:49 Go to last post
  26. I'll possibly be 36 when I start JET - would that be too old?

    Started by 7beachbum, February 2nd, 2016 17:05
    3 Pages
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    • Replies: 48
    • Views: 6,675
    February 5th, 2016, 16:02 Go to last post
  27. Applying with a history of depression?

    Started by ちから, January 10th, 2016 23:17
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 49
    • Views: 6,563
    February 4th, 2016, 21:49 Go to last post
  28. Preparing for the Mock Teaching Element of the Interview

    Started by Mouri, January 27th, 2016 12:09
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 2,287
    February 3rd, 2016, 14:05 Go to last post
  29. Any former Peace Corps Volunteers on here?

    Started by cdecorse, December 17th, 2015 15:54
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 1,958
    January 31st, 2016, 11:41 Go to last post
  30. Finally (!) looking to apply this coming October

    Started by UsagiUK, January 28th, 2016 00:04
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 1,332
    January 30th, 2016, 02:36 Go to last post
  31. Current JETs, mind Skype interviewing me?

    Started by Atrolle, January 17th, 2016 01:45
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 1,207
    January 29th, 2016, 13:20 Go to last post
  32. Looking to take the plunge (at last!)

    Started by UsagiUK, January 28th, 2016 06:58
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 865
    January 28th, 2016, 06:58 Go to last post
  33. 2016 JET US INTERVIEW LIST IS UP!!!!!

    Started by simplesam, January 9th, 2016 09:30
    • Replies: 15
    • Views: 2,857
    January 25th, 2016, 15:09 Go to last post
  34. Indicate change of location preference at interview?

    Started by Meow, January 20th, 2016 14:08
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 2,683
    January 21st, 2016, 08:29 Go to last post
  35. Facebook worry

    Started by BabyKing, December 6th, 2015 09:17
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 25
    • Views: 6,407
    January 13th, 2016, 13:43 Go to last post
  36. Strange Job Offer After Application

    Started by DigitalHarp, December 31st, 2015 02:51
    • Replies: 14
    • Views: 3,764
    January 13th, 2016, 00:14 Go to last post
  37. 2015 JET Alternates Thread

    Started by Sherlock, March 31st, 2015 07:28
    28 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 28
    • Replies: 549
    • Views: 140,590
    January 7th, 2016, 08:22 Go to last post
  38. Aspiring Singaporean JETs 2015

    Started by shue, February 16th, 2015 12:08
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 57
    • Views: 12,334
    January 1st, 2016, 13:34 Go to last post
  39. So who here's going for the second (or more) attempt this year?

    Started by firemarth, November 28th, 2015 15:16
    4 Pages
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    • Replies: 78
    • Views: 12,410
    December 19th, 2015, 09:05 Go to last post
  40. Aspiring US JETs 2015

    Started by naginataonthebrain, October 3rd, 2014 06:07
    88 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 88
    • Replies: 1,757
    • Views: 286,141
    December 18th, 2015, 08:57 Go to last post
  41. Japan and Phones

    Started by Viral, April 6th, 2015 04:40
    11 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 11
    • Replies: 205
    • Views: 45,902
    November 27th, 2015, 10:07 Go to last post
  42. Application Mistake

    Started by BabyKing, November 12th, 2015 12:45
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 2,728
    November 21st, 2015, 14:41 Go to last post

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