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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: 110,730
    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: 75,117
    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 09:26
    4 Pages
    1 2 3 4
    • Replies: 68
    • Views: 45,889
    July 19th, 2018, 14:41 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: 16,702
    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: 15,972
    January 19th, 2016, 11:13 Go to last post
  1. 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: 13,070
    June 9th, 2016, 18:12 Go to last post
  2. Applying for 2015 - reference letter question.

    Started by fluffybunny, August 28th, 2014 11:30
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 54
    • Views: 12,061
    February 19th, 2015, 23:57 Go to last post
  3. Best cities to list as preference?

    Started by toast, August 31st, 2016 19:37
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 45
    • Views: 11,975
    October 31st, 2016, 07:35 Go to last post
  4. Chances of being accepted?

    Started by hanna93, February 16th, 2015 06:49
    3 Pages
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    • Replies: 45
    • Views: 11,968
    February 26th, 2015, 12:54 Go to last post
  5. Arriving in Japan

    Started by greyjoy, April 11th, 2014 11:29
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 86
    • Views: 11,839
    September 16th, 2014, 12:58 Go to last post
  6. 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: 11,623
    September 10th, 2015, 15:55 Go to last post
  7. FBI Background Check delayed?

    Started by hiddenlee22, March 17th, 2015 03:44
    3 Pages
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    • Replies: 41
    • Views: 11,530
    July 1st, 2015, 09:17 Go to last post
  8. JET: 2018

    Started by Noogah, April 13th, 2015 07:28
    3 Pages
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    • Replies: 50
    • Views: 10,490
    April 15th, 2015, 22:54 Go to last post
  9. Placement Question

    Started by Kyle, March 31st, 2015 13:58
    2 Pages
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    • Replies: 20
    • Views: 10,320
    April 6th, 2015, 09:07 Go to last post
  10. Ladies clothing

    Started by weepinbell, April 18th, 2015 03:53
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 33
    • Views: 9,909
    April 21st, 2015, 18:22 Go to last post
  11. The obligatory I did x on the interview am I screwed thread

    Started by jakjak4161, February 5th, 2015 05:49
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 38
    • Views: 9,887
    March 28th, 2015, 01:44 Go to last post
  12. Wanting Advice: Considering Cancelling Interview

    Started by emperor_ing, January 20th, 2015 05:30
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 34
    • Views: 9,850
    February 5th, 2015, 13:46 Go to last post
  13. JET or Interac

    Started by Haleydru0519, July 26th, 2015 10:50
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 34
    • Views: 9,625
    August 10th, 2015, 01:45 Go to last post
  14. Is Interac worth going for?

    Started by firemarth, October 18th, 2014 14:37
    4 Pages
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    • Replies: 76
    • Views: 9,380
    October 27th, 2014, 10:22 Go to last post
  15. Japanese before applying

    Started by ishawwite74, May 21st, 2014 22:29
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 84
    • Views: 8,974
    June 17th, 2014, 12:17 Go to last post
  16. Trying again for 2015?

    Started by ichigo, May 6th, 2014 10:44
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 43
    • Views: 8,954
    January 6th, 2015, 19:05 Go to last post
  17. Questions Regarding School Placements

    Started by RavenParadox, October 7th, 2015 10:52
    3 Pages
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    • Replies: 43
    • Views: 8,477
    October 29th, 2015, 15:00 Go to last post
  18. Coming to Kochi!

    Started by JestersJ, March 19th, 2015 20:07
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 34
    • Views: 8,406
    March 27th, 2015, 13:42 Go to last post
  19. I'll possibly be 36 when I start JET - would that be too old?

    Started by 7beachbum, February 2nd, 2016 16:05
    3 Pages
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    • Replies: 48
    • Views: 7,781
    February 5th, 2016, 15:02 Go to last post
  20. Worth it?

    Started by RoflCopter, April 27th, 2014 02:25
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 37
    • Views: 7,762
    September 14th, 2014, 14:25 Go to last post
  21. Anyone applying for 2018?

    Started by phthalocyanine, September 15th, 2017 10:59
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 82
    • Views: 7,673
    June 15th, 2018, 13:09 Go to last post
  22. 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: 7,456
    December 2nd, 2014, 03:09 Go to last post
  23. Facebook worry

    Started by BabyKing, December 6th, 2015 08:17
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 25
    • Views: 7,246
    January 13th, 2016, 12:43 Go to last post
  24. Applying with a history of depression?

    Started by ちから, January 10th, 2016 22:17
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 49
    • Views: 7,177
    February 4th, 2016, 20:49 Go to last post
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 7,174
    November 20th, 2014, 19:39 Go to last post
  25. Doing JET with no teaching experience

    Started by weepinbell, April 9th, 2015 11:47
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 33
    • Views: 6,948
    April 10th, 2015, 23:12 Go to last post
  26. Do you use your iPad in Japan?

    Started by Haleydru0519, June 15th, 2015 10:55
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 41
    • Views: 6,910
    July 21st, 2015, 15:50 Go to last post
  27. CIR Interview 2015

    Started by BifCarbet, February 5th, 2015 01:07
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 42
    • Views: 6,675
    March 27th, 2015, 14:04 Go to last post
  28. 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: 6,315
    August 1st, 2016, 10:48 Go to last post
  29. Certificate of Eligibility Concerns

    Started by gahrok, January 20th, 2015 16:07
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 21
    • Views: 6,122
    January 24th, 2015, 16:49 Go to last post
  30. Expungement?

    Started by namiburlesk, January 22nd, 2015 05:01
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 25
    • Views: 6,112
    January 31st, 2015, 20:58 Go to last post
  31. Forgot the word "and" in my SOP, just now realizing it. ..

    Started by WonderingUnicorn, January 8th, 2015 22:52
    3 Pages
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    • Replies: 40
    • Views: 6,071
    January 13th, 2015, 12:17 Go to last post
  32. Female ALTs wearing pants?

    Started by JPNLKatie, June 22nd, 2016 14:11
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 39
    • Views: 6,019
    July 7th, 2016, 13:37 Go to last post
  33. Discrepancy between Self-Assessment Medical Form and CoH

    Started by RainbowSheep, June 10th, 2015 01:34
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 26
    • Views: 5,948
    August 25th, 2015, 01:13 Go to last post
  34. Economics

    Started by fryfry, June 26th, 2016 09:12
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 39
    • Views: 5,943
    July 14th, 2016, 14:57 Go to last post
  35. Cats in JET

    Started by driftingsong, January 20th, 2015 22:35
    • Replies: 18
    • Views: 5,920
    January 21st, 2015, 22:22 Go to last post
  36. Aspiring Australian JETs 2017

    Started by Teddy, December 3rd, 2016 18:51
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 28
    • Views: 5,743
    March 31st, 2017, 19:06 Go to last post
    • Replies: 15
    • Views: 5,668
    September 5th, 2016, 17:07 Go to last post
    • Replies: 31
    • Views: 5,617
    April 21st, 2016, 23:21 Go to last post
  37. CIR Requirements and How Many are Sent Each Year

    Started by Eibig, August 6th, 2016 09:56
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 35
    • Views: 5,590
    August 30th, 2016, 01:02 Go to last post
  38. Application question - do you think I will be automatically disqualified?

    Started by Lorenzo, November 22nd, 2014 10:01
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 31
    • Views: 5,511
    November 28th, 2014, 00:06 Go to last post
  39. Regards to Mental Condition on the Application

    Started by Protestah, February 2nd, 2017 01:25
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 31
    • Views: 5,405
    February 21st, 2017, 09:26 Go to last post
  40. CIR

    Started by squirrelmagnolia, October 6th, 2014 00:37
    • Replies: 16
    • Views: 5,262
    October 8th, 2014, 22:30 Go to last post
  41. Relaxed Interviewers: Ominous or Inconsequential?

    Started by Those, January 29th, 2016 06:08
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 29
    • Views: 5,257
    April 4th, 2016, 22:31 Go to last post
  42. Aspiring Applicant - Transcript Questions

    Started by dmparker1987, March 3rd, 2015 10:18
    • Replies: 17
    • Views: 5,214
    March 7th, 2015, 10:52 Go to last post
  43. 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: 5,201
    November 6th, 2014, 13:35 Go to last post
  44. The Somewhat Late 2017 Placements Thread

    Started by Madjawa, May 31st, 2017 08:41
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 26
    • Views: 5,197
    June 6th, 2017, 09:46 Go to last post
    • Replies: 18
    • Views: 5,155
    February 18th, 2016, 14:45 Go to last post
  45. Question regards the self declared medical form.

    Started by phillyjoeremarkable, November 9th, 2014 20:06
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 22
    • Views: 5,034
    November 11th, 2014, 14:38 Go to last post
  46. Language study program - how difficult is it?

    Started by reli3133, May 24th, 2014 19:12
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 39
    • Views: 5,030
    July 4th, 2014, 12:17 Go to last post

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