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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: 92,080
    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: 14,597
    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: 59,270
    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: 12,872
    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: 67
    • Views: 37,921
    November 2nd, 2015, 03:20 Go to last post
    • Replies: 18
    • Views: 2,060
    December 17th, 2014, 08:18 Go to last post
  1. FBI Background Check delayed?

    Started by hiddenlee22, March 17th, 2015 04:44
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 41
    • Views: 10,217
    July 1st, 2015, 09:17 Go to last post
  2. JET application follow up?

    Started by hiddenlee22, October 11th, 2014 22:54
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 1,467
    October 14th, 2014, 01:58 Go to last post
  3. Receiving your self addressed stamped envelope?

    Started by hiddenlee22, November 15th, 2014 02:05
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 1,287
    November 18th, 2014, 07:43 Go to last post
  4. After application process?

    Started by hiddenlee22, November 21st, 2014 06:19
    6 Pages
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    • Replies: 109
    • Views: 15,773
    January 10th, 2015, 01:18 Go to last post
  5. Terrible interview, still got into JET?

    Started by hiddenlee22, February 10th, 2015 01:27
    13 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 13
    • Replies: 252
    • Views: 51,140
    April 5th, 2015, 22:12 Go to last post
  6. Trying again for 2015?

    Started by ichigo, May 6th, 2014 10:44
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 43
    • Views: 8,085
    January 6th, 2015, 20:05 Go to last post
  7. Criminal History! Major Crisis!

    Started by impressionn, January 20th, 2017 08:59
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 1,238
    February 4th, 2017, 06:24 Go to last post
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 1,765
    February 5th, 2015, 22:33 Go to last post
  8. Move along, nothing to see here

    Started by Ini, November 2nd, 2015 11:50
    • Replies: 11
    • Views: 2,328
    November 2nd, 2015, 15:06 Go to last post
  9. Reference Letter Advice

    Started by injektilo, October 4th, 2016 00:38
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 1,092
    October 12th, 2016, 12:29 Go to last post
  10. Red Flags on Application?

    Started by injektilo, August 26th, 2017 05:10
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 301
    August 28th, 2017, 08:26 Go to last post
  11. Applying for JET Program and Depression

    Started by Irek, March 12th, 2016 09:29
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 2,491
    March 17th, 2016, 09:29 Go to last post
  12. Japanese before applying

    Started by ishawwite74, May 21st, 2014 22:29
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 84
    • Views: 8,219
    June 17th, 2014, 12:17 Go to last post
  13. 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: 8,709
    March 28th, 2015, 02:44 Go to last post
  14. Fiancé joining me in Japan in the future?

    Started by JestersJ, January 14th, 2015 05:23
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 857
    January 14th, 2015, 05:33 Go to last post
  15. Any early departure applicants out there?

    Started by JestersJ, February 24th, 2015 04:20
    3 Pages
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    • Replies: 54
    • Views: 11,871
    March 27th, 2015, 23:20 Go to last post
  16. Coming to Kochi!

    Started by JestersJ, March 19th, 2015 21:07
    2 Pages
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    • Replies: 34
    • Views: 7,398
    March 27th, 2015, 14:42 Go to last post
  17. SF Coordinator comments about driving...

    Started by JET ProgramCoordinator SF, January 14th, 2015 02:44
    9 Pages
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    • Replies: 164
    • Views: 29,603
    February 4th, 2015, 04:40 Go to last post
  18. Quick Question-Application Error

    Started by JetJaguar, November 6th, 2014 03:21
    • Replies: 16
    • Views: 1,871
    November 20th, 2014, 05:31 Go to last post
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 1,003
    October 14th, 2014, 01:43 Go to last post
  19. Which of these letters to include?

    Started by JetMaybe2015, October 29th, 2014 09:23
    • Replies: 17
    • Views: 1,829
    October 30th, 2014, 01:26 Go to last post
  20. Depature Date questions

    Started by jetting?, February 28th, 2015 09:56
    • Replies: 14
    • Views: 3,357
    March 2nd, 2015, 09:47 Go to last post
    • Replies: 8
    • Views: 2,607
    April 2nd, 2015, 08:15 Go to last post
  21. FBI Background Check

    Started by jetting?, March 23rd, 2016 17:57
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 1,774
    March 24th, 2016, 06:41 Go to last post
  22. Clothing advice for new JETs

    Started by Jiggit, May 14th, 2014 10:00
    8 Pages
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    • Replies: 149
    • Views: 14,954
    November 2nd, 2014, 07:26 Go to last post
    • Replies: 18
    • Views: 4,206
    February 18th, 2016, 15:45 Go to last post
  23. 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: 11,165
    June 9th, 2016, 18:12 Go to last post
  24. Female ALTs wearing pants?

    Started by JPNLKatie, June 22nd, 2016 14:11
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 39
    • Views: 4,684
    July 7th, 2016, 13:37 Go to last post
  25. JET Early Departure Reply Approximate Dates?

    Started by kakikala, March 11th, 2017 14:53
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 466
    March 12th, 2017, 13:01 Go to last post
  26. I thought I'd introduce myself

    Started by Kislingbury, November 6th, 2014 13:59
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 29
    • Views: 2,462
    November 10th, 2014, 14:23 Go to last post
  27. Statement of Purpose Reviews

    Started by Kislingbury, October 6th, 2015 11:38
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 917
    October 21st, 2015, 14:44 Go to last post
  28. Early Placement?

    Started by krayziesensei, October 4th, 2014 01:52
    • Replies: 12
    • Views: 1,420
    October 9th, 2014, 14:52 Go to last post
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 1,193
    October 30th, 2014, 01:31 Go to last post
  29. Placement Question

    Started by Kyle, March 31st, 2015 13:58
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 20
    • Views: 9,371
    April 6th, 2015, 09:07 Go to last post
  30. Statement of Physician and medication

    Started by laserlight, October 17th, 2014 23:10
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 20
    • Views: 2,771
    November 25th, 2014, 22:53 Go to last post
  31. Alternates Hangout

    Started by LaVie, April 3rd, 2014 08:53
    50 Pages
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    • Replies: 989
    • Views: 107,341
    February 27th, 2015, 14:21 Go to last post
  32. Any '17/18 aspirers out there?

    Started by LeBron, August 9th, 2016 21:29
    • Replies: 12
    • Views: 2,571
    December 20th, 2016, 17:44 Go to last post
  33. placement preference question

    Started by Liamers, January 16th, 2015 09:06
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 84
    • Views: 11,815
    July 12th, 2016, 16:52 Go to last post
  34. So which consulates have sent out interview dates so far?

    Started by Linden, January 21st, 2017 03:48
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 597
    January 28th, 2017, 12:52 Go to last post
  35. Seeking feedback on personal statement draft

    Started by lmct1992, August 30th, 2016 08:52
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 1,283
    August 31st, 2016, 16:36 Go to last post
    • Replies: 16
    • Views: 2,033
    August 29th, 2016, 23:55 Go to last post
  36. 'Home town' confusion

    Started by lmct1992, November 19th, 2016 05:07
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 1,720
    November 21st, 2016, 18:56 Go to last post
    • Replies: 19
    • Views: 1,934
    November 17th, 2014, 08:50 Go to last post
  37. 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: 4,727
    November 28th, 2014, 01:06 Go to last post
  38. Moved: Alternative Forum

    Started by Lorenzo, April 8th, 2015 01:45
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  39. Minor concerns over the physical application form

    Started by Lost Bunny, September 29th, 2015 11:22
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 926
    September 29th, 2015, 16:02 Go to last post
  40. 2017 Hopefuls/applicants self-intro thread

    Started by Madjawa, September 29th, 2016 09:40
    6 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 6
    • Replies: 111
    • Views: 18,257
    March 30th, 2017, 08:09 Go to last post
  41. The Block system

    Started by Madjawa, November 3rd, 2016 10:10
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 2,673
    November 4th, 2016, 10:23 Go to last post
  42. The Somewhat Late 2017 Placements Thread

    Started by Madjawa, May 31st, 2017 08:41
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 26
    • Views: 2,754
    June 6th, 2017, 09:46 Go to last post

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