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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: 96,559
    June 4th, 2016, 11:04 Go to last post
  2. 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: 62,872
    October 2nd, 2017, 08:38 Go to last post
  3. 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: 39,638
    November 2nd, 2015, 03:20 Go to last post
  4. Sticky Thread Sticky: Basic application info and common JET myths

    Started by Page, September 28th, 2011 12:10
    • Replies: 12
    • Views: 15,075
    October 5th, 2014, 18:54 Go to last post
  5. Sticky Thread Sticky: Attention: Lurkers!

    Started by word, October 2nd, 2013 10:58
    • Replies: 11
    • Views: 13,533
    January 19th, 2016, 12:13 Go to last post
  1. Applying for 2015 - reference letter question.

    Started by fluffybunny, August 28th, 2014 11:30
    3 Pages
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    • Replies: 54
    • Views: 10,417
    February 20th, 2015, 00:57 Go to last post
  2. Any early departure applicants out there?

    Started by JestersJ, February 24th, 2015 04:20
    3 Pages
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    • Replies: 54
    • Views: 12,101
    March 27th, 2015, 23:20 Go to last post
  3. JET: 2018

    Started by Noogah, April 13th, 2015 07:28
    3 Pages
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    • Replies: 50
    • Views: 9,533
    April 15th, 2015, 22:54 Go to last post
  4. 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
  5. Some simple advice for you while applying/interviewing

    Started by BeckyJones, October 24th, 2014 08:45
    3 Pages
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    • Replies: 48
    • Views: 4,565
    November 6th, 2014, 14:35 Go to last post
  6. 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
  7. Is there anything I can do now to boost my chances?

    Started by haitch40, September 1st, 2014 00:38
    3 Pages
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    • Replies: 46
    • Views: 6,471
    December 2nd, 2014, 04:09 Go to last post
  8. Pros and Cons of teaching different school levels

    Started by acpc2203, January 21st, 2015 02:57
    3 Pages
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    • Replies: 46
    • Views: 14,718
    February 6th, 2015, 13:18 Go to last post
  9. 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: 10,490
    September 10th, 2015, 15:55 Go to last post
  10. Chances of being accepted?

    Started by hanna93, February 16th, 2015 07:49
    3 Pages
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    • Replies: 45
    • Views: 11,084
    February 26th, 2015, 13:54 Go to last post
  11. Best cities to list as preference?

    Started by toast, August 31st, 2016 19:37
    3 Pages
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    • Replies: 45
    • Views: 9,707
    October 31st, 2016, 08:35 Go to last post
  12. Poll: Current/former JETs: How many schools do/did you teach in?

    Started by elmaldito, April 19th, 2015 23:17
    3 Pages
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    • Replies: 44
    • Views: 13,903
    May 22nd, 2015, 15:34 Go to last post
  13. Trying again for 2015?

    Started by ichigo, May 6th, 2014 10:44
    3 Pages
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    • Replies: 43
    • Views: 8,345
    January 6th, 2015, 20:05 Go to last post
  14. JETs Driving In Japan Questions

    Started by Valkerion, October 9th, 2014 05:09
    3 Pages
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    • Replies: 43
    • Views: 3,673
    October 31st, 2014, 12:25 Go to last post
  15. Moved: Alternative Forum

    Started by Lorenzo, April 8th, 2015 01:45
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  16. Questions Regarding School Placements

    Started by RavenParadox, October 7th, 2015 10:52
    3 Pages
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    • Replies: 43
    • Views: 7,223
    October 29th, 2015, 16:00 Go to last post
  17. CIR Interview 2015

    Started by BifCarbet, February 5th, 2015 02:07
    3 Pages
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    • Replies: 42
    • Views: 6,348
    March 27th, 2015, 15:04 Go to last post
  18. What are my chances?

    Started by BabyKing, November 7th, 2015 04:37
    3 Pages
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    • Replies: 42
    • Views: 11,635
    March 2nd, 2016, 14:51 Go to last post
  19. FBI Background Check delayed?

    Started by hiddenlee22, March 17th, 2015 04:44
    3 Pages
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    • Replies: 41
    • Views: 10,468
    July 1st, 2015, 09:17 Go to last post
  20. Do you use your iPad in Japan?

    Started by Haleydru0519, June 15th, 2015 10:55
    3 Pages
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    • Replies: 41
    • Views: 6,299
    July 21st, 2015, 15:50 Go to last post
  21. Forgot the word "and" in my SOP, just now realizing it. ..

    Started by WonderingUnicorn, January 8th, 2015 23:52
    3 Pages
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    • Replies: 40
    • Views: 5,458
    January 13th, 2015, 13:17 Go to last post
  22. Language study program - how difficult is it?

    Started by reli3133, May 24th, 2014 19:12
    2 Pages
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    • Replies: 39
    • Views: 4,645
    July 4th, 2014, 12:17 Go to last post
  23. TweedPawn's Hangout for Second Chances

    Started by TweedPawn, October 5th, 2014 04:03
    2 Pages
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    • Replies: 39
    • Views: 3,592
    October 26th, 2014, 09:24 Go to last post
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. The obligatory I did x on the interview am I screwed thread

    Started by jakjak4161, February 5th, 2015 06:49
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 38
    • Views: 8,958
    March 28th, 2015, 02:44 Go to last post
  27. Shortlisted but no passport! Help!

    Started by Turtle Scarf, March 29th, 2017 23:14
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 38
    • Views: 3,575
    April 4th, 2017, 08:05 Go to last post
  28. Worth it?

    Started by RoflCopter, April 27th, 2014 02:25
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 37
    • Views: 6,981
    September 14th, 2014, 14:25 Go to last post
  29. CIR Requirements and How Many are Sent Each Year

    Started by Eibig, August 6th, 2016 09:56
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 35
    • Views: 4,643
    August 30th, 2016, 01:02 Go to last post
  30. Wanting Advice: Considering Cancelling Interview

    Started by emperor_ing, January 20th, 2015 06:30
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 34
    • Views: 9,028
    February 5th, 2015, 14:46 Go to last post
  31. Kiwi 2015 applicants?

    Started by prasada, February 21st, 2015 14:05
    2 Pages
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    • Replies: 34
    • Views: 4,569
    April 25th, 2015, 11:58 Go to last post
  32. Coming to Kochi!

    Started by JestersJ, March 19th, 2015 21:07
    2 Pages
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    • Replies: 34
    • Views: 7,595
    March 27th, 2015, 14:42 Go to last post
  33. JET or Interac

    Started by Haleydru0519, July 26th, 2015 10:50
    2 Pages
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    • Replies: 34
    • Views: 8,659
    August 10th, 2015, 01:45 Go to last post
  34. Ladies clothing

    Started by weepinbell, April 18th, 2015 03:53
    2 Pages
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    • Replies: 33
    • Views: 9,320
    April 21st, 2015, 18:22 Go to last post
  35. Doing JET with no teaching experience

    Started by weepinbell, April 9th, 2015 11:47
    2 Pages
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    • Replies: 33
    • Views: 6,252
    April 10th, 2015, 23:12 Go to last post
  36. 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: 3,591
    August 26th, 2014, 14:49 Go to last post
  37. Regards to Mental Condition on the Application

    Started by Protestah, February 2nd, 2017 02:25
    2 Pages
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    • Replies: 31
    • Views: 3,907
    February 21st, 2017, 10:26 Go to last post
  38. Application question - do you think I will be automatically disqualified?

    Started by Lorenzo, November 22nd, 2014 11:01
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 31
    • Views: 4,910
    November 28th, 2014, 01:06 Go to last post
    • Replies: 31
    • Views: 4,898
    April 21st, 2016, 23:21 Go to last post
  39. Error reported in the JET Application

    Started by Ark42, October 16th, 2014 09:39
    2 Pages
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    • Replies: 30
    • Views: 2,954
    October 22nd, 2014, 22:31 Go to last post
  40. Is a Driver's License a dealmaker/breaker?

    Started by mirai, August 29th, 2017 15:31
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 30
    • Views: 1,555
    September 5th, 2017, 14:27 Go to last post
  41. Japanese driving test

    Started by sharpinthefang, May 30th, 2014 05:23
    2 Pages
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    • Replies: 29
    • Views: 2,900
    May 30th, 2014, 22:01 Go to last post
  42. I thought I'd introduce myself

    Started by Kislingbury, November 6th, 2014 13:59
    2 Pages
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    • Replies: 29
    • Views: 2,549
    November 10th, 2014, 14:23 Go to last post
  43. Relaxed Interviewers: Ominous or Inconsequential?

    Started by Those, January 29th, 2016 07:08
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 29
    • Views: 4,726
    April 4th, 2016, 22:31 Go to last post
  44. Aspiring Australian JETs 2017

    Started by Teddy, December 3rd, 2016 19:51
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 28
    • Views: 4,539
    March 31st, 2017, 19:06 Go to last post
  45. Discrepancy between Self-Assessment Medical Form and CoH

    Started by RainbowSheep, June 10th, 2015 01:34
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 26
    • Views: 5,207
    August 25th, 2015, 01:13 Go to last post
  46. The Somewhat Late 2017 Placements Thread

    Started by Madjawa, May 31st, 2017 08:41
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 26
    • Views: 3,496
    June 6th, 2017, 09:46 Go to last post
  47. Hair Dyes

    Started by tobio, September 16th, 2014 14:52
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 25
    • Views: 2,797
    September 26th, 2014, 08:48 Go to last post
  48. Expungement?

    Started by namiburlesk, January 22nd, 2015 06:01
    2 Pages
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    • Replies: 25
    • Views: 5,712
    January 31st, 2015, 21:58 Go to last post
  49. Seeking Advice: Trying to figure out who would make the best references

    Started by Mouri, September 7th, 2015 07:32
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 25
    • Views: 3,450
    September 24th, 2015, 11:55 Go to last post

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