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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: Not so obvious advice for new ALTs

    Started by Jiggit, July 4th, 2014 14:07
    10 Pages
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    • Replies: 199
    • Views: 110,469
    June 4th, 2016, 11:04 Go to last post
  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Basic application info and common JET myths

    Started by Page, September 28th, 2011 12:10
    • Replies: 12
    • Views: 16,629
    October 5th, 2014, 18:54 Go to last post
  3. 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
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 9
    • Replies: 169
    • Views: 74,873
    October 2nd, 2017, 08:38 Go to last post
  4. Sticky Thread Sticky: Attention: Lurkers!

    Started by word, October 2nd, 2013 10:58
    • Replies: 11
    • Views: 15,880
    January 19th, 2016, 12:13 Go to last post
  5. Sticky Thread Sticky: Word's Formerly Secret Interview Advice

    Started by word, January 9th, 2014 10:26
    4 Pages
    1 2 3 4
    • Replies: 68
    • Views: 45,115
    Yesterday, 14:41 Go to last post
  1. Early Placement- Criminal History Background Check

    Started by Difficultwork, January 13th, 2015 06:41
    • Replies: 8
    • Views: 1,674
    January 14th, 2015, 23:47 Go to last post
  2. Strange Job Offer After Application

    Started by DigitalHarp, December 31st, 2015 02:51
    • Replies: 14
    • Views: 4,128
    January 13th, 2016, 00:14 Go to last post
  3. Aspiring Applicant - Transcript Questions

    Started by dmparker1987, March 3rd, 2015 11:18
    • Replies: 17
    • Views: 5,196
    March 7th, 2015, 11:52 Go to last post
  4. Did I blow my chances?

    Started by dog8food, October 23rd, 2015 01:18
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 1,544
    October 24th, 2015, 12:09 Go to last post
  5. Cats in JET

    Started by driftingsong, January 20th, 2015 23:35
    • Replies: 18
    • Views: 5,890
    January 21st, 2015, 23:22 Go to last post
  6. No families?

    Started by ebochan, January 13th, 2015 15:11
    5 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5
    • Replies: 90
    • Views: 25,590
    February 2nd, 2015, 11:52 Go to last post
  7. Placement requests!

    Started by eeveewoo, October 23rd, 2014 15:23
    9 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 9
    • Replies: 174
    • Views: 13,931
    November 1st, 2014, 20:57 Go to last post
  8. Application Process Order

    Started by Eibig, August 6th, 2016 09:53
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 1,527
    August 7th, 2016, 10:05 Go to last post
  9. CIR Requirements and How Many are Sent Each Year

    Started by Eibig, August 6th, 2016 09:56
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 35
    • Views: 5,506
    August 30th, 2016, 01:02 Go to last post
  10. Using JET to eventually get a job in a private high school

    Started by elmaldito, August 11th, 2014 01:46
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 32
    • Views: 4,008
    August 26th, 2014, 14:49 Go to last post
  11. Poll: Current/former JETs: How many schools do/did you teach in?

    Started by elmaldito, April 19th, 2015 23:17
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 44
    • Views: 14,490
    May 22nd, 2015, 15:34 Go to last post
  12. Teaching languages apart from English on JET

    Started by elmaldito, August 25th, 2016 21:45
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 1,746
    August 27th, 2016, 19:44 Go to last post
  13. Wanting Advice: Considering Cancelling Interview

    Started by emperor_ing, January 20th, 2015 06:30
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 34
    • Views: 9,839
    February 5th, 2015, 14:46 Go to last post
  14. Coming to Saitama

    Started by Eriasu, March 6th, 2015 23:39
    4 Pages
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    • Replies: 61
    • Views: 21,968
    March 18th, 2015, 04:55 Go to last post
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 1,482
    June 23rd, 2016, 15:15 Go to last post
  15. Early Entry

    Started by fairiehearts, January 26th, 2015 08:45
    • Replies: 15
    • Views: 3,576
    January 28th, 2015, 13:03 Go to last post
  16. Weird issue with physician's form

    Started by Fantasylife, November 1st, 2014 07:36
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 911
    November 1st, 2014, 19:03 Go to last post
  17. Aspiring Irish JETs 2016: Interview format, etc.

    Started by FauxPandit, January 19th, 2016 06:06
    • Replies: 16
    • Views: 4,490
    April 29th, 2016, 23:50 Go to last post
  18. JET, Japan, and AD/HD

    Started by Ferigoisacat, October 24th, 2016 04:24
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 1,612
    October 24th, 2016, 08:45 Go to last post
  19. Is Interac worth going for?

    Started by firemarth, October 18th, 2014 14:37
    4 Pages
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    • Replies: 76
    • Views: 9,341
    October 27th, 2014, 11:22 Go to last post
  20. 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: 13,632
    December 19th, 2015, 09:05 Go to last post
  21. Applying for 2015 - reference letter question.

    Started by fluffybunny, August 28th, 2014 11:30
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 54
    • Views: 12,031
    February 20th, 2015, 00:57 Go to last post
  22. Question about Gap in education at same institute

    Started by fluffybunny, October 24th, 2014 02:02
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 799
    October 24th, 2014, 02:39 Go to last post
  23. 2016 Applications: Placements Megathread

    Started by Frap, May 11th, 2016 10:42
    11 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 11
    • Replies: 214
    • Views: 36,456
    July 9th, 2016, 10:24 Go to last post
  24. 2017 Interview Stage - Megathread (All countries)

    Started by Frap, January 10th, 2017 10:35
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 1,681
    January 14th, 2017, 19:11 Go to last post
  25. Lesson Plan

    Started by frayedflower, January 29th, 2015 00:00
    • Replies: 13
    • Views: 3,380
    January 29th, 2015, 15:28 Go to last post
  26. Letter of Recommendation Question

    Started by fryfry, October 14th, 2015 04:58
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 1,707
    October 21st, 2015, 00:24 Go to last post
  27. How many transcripts are needed?

    Started by fryfry, October 26th, 2015 05:38
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 1,266
    October 27th, 2015, 11:33 Go to last post
  28. Economics

    Started by fryfry, June 26th, 2016 09:12
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 39
    • Views: 5,864
    July 14th, 2016, 14:57 Go to last post
  29. Studying Abroad while Applying for JET - transcript?

    Started by gabriellem, October 25th, 2015 20:01
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 1,145
    October 28th, 2015, 08:26 Go to last post
  30. Certificate of Eligibility Concerns

    Started by gahrok, January 20th, 2015 17:07
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 21
    • Views: 6,100
    January 24th, 2015, 17:49 Go to last post
    • Replies: 13
    • Views: 3,280
    October 10th, 2016, 14:36 Go to last post
  31. 2015 Canadian Hopefuls :)

    Started by genkispirit, November 19th, 2014 05:17
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 1,052
    November 20th, 2014, 14:57 Go to last post
  32. Tokyo JETs

    Started by genkispirit, June 23rd, 2015 05:02
    • Replies: 15
    • Views: 3,632
    June 26th, 2015, 01:40 Go to last post
  33. PLACEMENTS!!! 2015 General Placements Thread

    Started by gibbity, May 14th, 2015 06:05
    19 Pages
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    • Replies: 362
    • Views: 82,271
    July 9th, 2015, 04:51 Go to last post
  34. Waitlist/Re-application

    Started by Gkmurphy, April 17th, 2018 22:18
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 483
    April 18th, 2018, 08:46 Go to last post
  35. Arriving in Japan

    Started by greyjoy, April 11th, 2014 11:29
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 86
    • Views: 11,814
    September 16th, 2014, 12:58 Go to last post
  36. Shipping

    Started by greyjoy, July 17th, 2014 13:41
    • Replies: 18
    • Views: 2,128
    July 18th, 2014, 07:30 Go to last post
  37. Is there anything I can do now to boost my chances?

    Started by haitch40, September 1st, 2014 00:38
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 46
    • Views: 7,444
    December 2nd, 2014, 04:09 Go to last post
  38. Aspiring UK JETs 2016

    Started by haitch40, October 17th, 2015 01:37
    10 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 10
    • Replies: 182
    • Views: 30,587
    April 2nd, 2016, 18:39 Go to last post
  39. Online form

    Started by haitch40, October 22nd, 2015 20:16
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 733
    October 22nd, 2015, 20:16 Go to last post
  40. Do you use your iPad in Japan?

    Started by Haleydru0519, June 15th, 2015 10:55
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 41
    • Views: 6,889
    July 21st, 2015, 15:50 Go to last post
  41. Terrified 2016 applicant

    Started by Haleydru0519, March 31st, 2015 18:22
    • Replies: 12
    • Views: 3,750
    April 2nd, 2015, 02:44 Go to last post
  42. JET or Interac

    Started by Haleydru0519, July 26th, 2015 10:50
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 34
    • Views: 9,596
    August 10th, 2015, 01:45 Go to last post
  43. Stay at home mom/dad

    Started by halleybelle, April 20th, 2016 23:04
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 1,867
    April 21st, 2016, 15:29 Go to last post
  44. Chances of being accepted?

    Started by hanna93, February 16th, 2015 07:49
    3 Pages
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    • Replies: 45
    • Views: 11,943
    February 26th, 2015, 13:54 Go to last post
  45. Disclosing tattoos on application

    Started by HawkeyeKateBarton, September 28th, 2015 05:25
    • Replies: 19
    • Views: 3,833
    October 21st, 2015, 15:39 Go to last post
  46. Choosing 2nd reference

    Started by HawkeyeKateBarton, September 28th, 2015 05:30
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 1,586
    October 2nd, 2015, 13:09 Go to last post
  47. Ex-JETs applying to return to the programme

    Started by hedgington, October 22nd, 2014 08:54
    3 Pages
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    • Replies: 45
    • Views: 11,597
    September 10th, 2015, 15:55 Go to last post
  48. Why were you accepted by the JET Programme for a second time?

    Started by hedgington, June 13th, 2016 23:15
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 20
    • Views: 6,243
    August 1st, 2016, 10:48 Go to last post

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