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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: 72,310
    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: 107,657
    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: 15,416
    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: 44,048
    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: 16,342
    October 5th, 2014, 18:54 Go to last post
  1. Seeking feedback on personal statement draft

    Started by lmct1992, August 30th, 2016 08:52
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 1,695
    August 31st, 2016, 16:36 Go to last post
  2. 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: 5,393
    August 30th, 2016, 01:02 Go to last post
    • Replies: 16
    • Views: 2,675
    August 29th, 2016, 23:55 Go to last post
  3. Teaching languages apart from English on JET

    Started by elmaldito, August 25th, 2016 21:45
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 1,726
    August 27th, 2016, 19:44 Go to last post
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 1,816
    August 27th, 2016, 09:15 Go to last post
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 1,507
    August 24th, 2016, 11:41 Go to last post
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 1,761
    August 11th, 2016, 23:51 Go to last post
  4. Application Process Order

    Started by Eibig, August 6th, 2016 09:53
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 1,511
    August 7th, 2016, 10:05 Go to last post
  5. 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: 6,136
    August 1st, 2016, 10:48 Go to last post
  6. Economics

    Started by fryfry, June 26th, 2016 09:12
    2 Pages
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    • Replies: 39
    • Views: 5,749
    July 14th, 2016, 14:57 Go to last post
  7. placement preference question

    Started by Liamers, January 16th, 2015 09:06
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 84
    • Views: 13,518
    July 12th, 2016, 16:52 Go to last post
  8. 2016 Applications: Placements Megathread

    Started by Frap, May 11th, 2016 10:42
    11 Pages
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    • Replies: 214
    • Views: 35,955
    July 9th, 2016, 10:24 Go to last post
  9. Female ALTs wearing pants?

    Started by JPNLKatie, June 22nd, 2016 14:11
    2 Pages
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    • Replies: 39
    • Views: 5,788
    July 7th, 2016, 13:37 Go to last post
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 1,462
    June 23rd, 2016, 15:15 Go to last post
  10. 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: 12,712
    June 9th, 2016, 18:12 Go to last post
  11. Aspiring US JETs 2016

    Started by thesquanticorn, October 31st, 2015 05:26
    39 Pages
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    • Replies: 764
    • Views: 91,672
    June 7th, 2016, 08:25 Go to last post
  12. Aspiring Australian JETs 2016

    Started by CherryChieri, October 6th, 2015 19:47
    15 Pages
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    • Replies: 282
    • Views: 50,427
    May 28th, 2016, 19:31 Go to last post
  13. Aspiring Canadian JETs 2016

    Started by AyaReiko, September 29th, 2015 12:54
    6 Pages
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    • Replies: 108
    • Views: 22,078
    May 27th, 2016, 08:33 Go to last post
  14. Are You My Pred?

    Started by BabyKing, May 11th, 2016 22:30
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 2,091
    May 12th, 2016, 08:52 Go to last post
  15. Aspiring Irish JETs 2016: Interview format, etc.

    Started by FauxPandit, January 19th, 2016 06:06
    • Replies: 16
    • Views: 4,385
    April 29th, 2016, 23:50 Go to last post
  16. Academic Reference

    Started by AllTooWell, April 24th, 2016 16:00
    • Replies: 13
    • Views: 2,952
    April 26th, 2016, 16:15 Go to last post
    • Replies: 31
    • Views: 5,372
    April 21st, 2016, 23:21 Go to last post
  17. Stay at home mom/dad

    Started by halleybelle, April 20th, 2016 23:04
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 1,837
    April 21st, 2016, 15:29 Go to last post
  18. 2015 Interview - Accepted and on thread.

    Started by sharpinthefang, January 9th, 2015 09:20
    9 Pages
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    • Replies: 163
    • Views: 53,002
    April 8th, 2016, 10:22 Go to last post
  19. Relaxed Interviewers: Ominous or Inconsequential?

    Started by Those, January 29th, 2016 07:08
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 29
    • Views: 5,073
    April 4th, 2016, 22:31 Go to last post
  20. Thank you!

    Started by BabyKing, April 3rd, 2016 01:46
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 1,421
    April 3rd, 2016, 04:24 Go to last post
  21. Aspiring UK JETs 2016

    Started by haitch40, October 17th, 2015 01:37
    10 Pages
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    • Replies: 182
    • Views: 29,938
    April 2nd, 2016, 18:39 Go to last post
  22. FBI Background Check

    Started by jetting?, March 23rd, 2016 17:57
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 1,954
    March 24th, 2016, 06:41 Go to last post
  23. Applying for JET Program and Depression

    Started by Irek, March 12th, 2016 09:29
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 2,915
    March 17th, 2016, 09:29 Go to last post
  24. What are my chances?

    Started by BabyKing, November 7th, 2015 04:37
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 42
    • Views: 12,896
    March 2nd, 2016, 14:51 Go to last post
    • Replies: 11
    • Views: 3,142
    March 2nd, 2016, 09:52 Go to last post
    • Replies: 18
    • Views: 5,022
    February 18th, 2016, 15:45 Go to last post
  25. 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: 16,183
    February 15th, 2016, 05:41 Go to last post
  26. Lack of Japanese Knowledge

    Started by BabyKing, February 4th, 2016 21:54
    • Replies: 15
    • Views: 2,523
    February 11th, 2016, 19:49 Go to last post
  27. I'll possibly be 36 when I start JET - would that be too old?

    Started by 7beachbum, February 2nd, 2016 17:05
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 48
    • Views: 7,521
    February 5th, 2016, 16:02 Go to last post
  28. Applying with a history of depression?

    Started by ちから, January 10th, 2016 23:17
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 49
    • Views: 7,008
    February 4th, 2016, 21:49 Go to last post
  29. Preparing for the Mock Teaching Element of the Interview

    Started by Mouri, January 27th, 2016 12:09
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 2,731
    February 3rd, 2016, 14:05 Go to last post
  30. Any former Peace Corps Volunteers on here?

    Started by cdecorse, December 17th, 2015 15:54
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 2,116
    January 31st, 2016, 11:41 Go to last post
  31. Finally (!) looking to apply this coming October

    Started by UsagiUK, January 28th, 2016 00:04
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 1,436
    January 30th, 2016, 02:36 Go to last post
  32. Current JETs, mind Skype interviewing me?

    Started by Atrolle, January 17th, 2016 01:45
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 1,298
    January 29th, 2016, 13:20 Go to last post
  33. Looking to take the plunge (at last!)

    Started by UsagiUK, January 28th, 2016 06:58
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 932
    January 28th, 2016, 06:58 Go to last post
  34. 2016 JET US INTERVIEW LIST IS UP!!!!!

    Started by simplesam, January 9th, 2016 09:30
    • Replies: 15
    • Views: 3,025
    January 25th, 2016, 15:09 Go to last post
  35. Indicate change of location preference at interview?

    Started by Meow, January 20th, 2016 14:08
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 2,995
    January 21st, 2016, 08:29 Go to last post
  36. Facebook worry

    Started by BabyKing, December 6th, 2015 09:17
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 25
    • Views: 7,070
    January 13th, 2016, 13:43 Go to last post
  37. Strange Job Offer After Application

    Started by DigitalHarp, December 31st, 2015 02:51
    • Replies: 14
    • Views: 4,045
    January 13th, 2016, 00:14 Go to last post
  38. 2015 JET Alternates Thread

    Started by Sherlock, March 31st, 2015 07:28
    28 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 28
    • Replies: 549
    • Views: 147,737
    January 7th, 2016, 08:22 Go to last post
  39. Aspiring Singaporean JETs 2015

    Started by shue, February 16th, 2015 12:08
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 57
    • Views: 13,317
    January 1st, 2016, 13:34 Go to last post
  40. 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: 13,305
    December 19th, 2015, 09:05 Go to last post
  41. Aspiring US JETs 2015

    Started by naginataonthebrain, October 3rd, 2014 06:07
    88 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 88
    • Replies: 1,757
    • Views: 303,875
    December 18th, 2015, 08:57 Go to last post
  42. Japan and Phones

    Started by Viral, April 6th, 2015 04:40
    11 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 11
    • Replies: 205
    • Views: 49,347
    November 27th, 2015, 10:07 Go to last post

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