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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: 110,476
    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: 74,874
    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: 68
    • Views: 45,119
    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: 16,629
    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: 15,880
    January 19th, 2016, 12:13 Go to last post
  1. Kiwi 2015 applicants?

    Started by prasada, February 21st, 2015 14:05
    2 Pages
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    • Replies: 34
    • Views: 4,989
    April 25th, 2015, 11:58 Go to last post
  2. New JET Program website for USA

    Started by miamicoordinator, October 1st, 2014 23:03
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 4,833
    October 3rd, 2014, 16:50 Go to last post
  3. 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
  4. Shortlisted but no passport! Help!

    Started by Turtle Scarf, March 29th, 2017 23:14
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 38
    • Views: 4,454
    April 4th, 2017, 08:05 Go to last post
  5. Passport Question

    Started by weepinbell, November 26th, 2014 14:05
    2 Pages
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    • Replies: 20
    • Views: 4,396
    January 21st, 2015, 08:19 Go to last post
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 4,368
    October 2nd, 2014, 00:56 Go to last post
  6. Ini has left the building. Permanently.

    Started by Beer Baron, April 12th, 2015 01:26
    • Replies: 11
    • Views: 4,322
    August 20th, 2015, 15:14 Go to last post
  7. JETs Driving In Japan Questions

    Started by Valkerion, October 9th, 2014 05:09
    3 Pages
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    • Replies: 43
    • Views: 4,299
    October 31st, 2014, 12:25 Go to last post
  8. Aspiring Irish 2015 JETS

    Started by Murasaki Ookami, November 4th, 2014 22:17
    2 Pages
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    • Replies: 21
    • Views: 4,195
    March 30th, 2015, 14:02 Go to last post
  9. Singapore Interview 2017

    Started by threeemoons, January 11th, 2017 10:47
    2 Pages
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    • Replies: 22
    • Views: 4,168
    April 22nd, 2017, 19:17 Go to last post
  10. JET Desk and Deducting Points

    Started by balderdash7, November 21st, 2014 02:44
    • Replies: 19
    • Views: 4,133
    December 7th, 2014, 12:47 Go to last post
  11. 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
  12. Change in medical history after interview

    Started by dbw146, February 8th, 2015 02:02
    2 Pages
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    • Replies: 22
    • Views: 4,050
    February 9th, 2015, 04:43 Go to last post
  13. Using JET to eventually get a job in a private high school

    Started by elmaldito, August 11th, 2014 01:46
    2 Pages
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    • Replies: 32
    • Views: 4,008
    August 26th, 2014, 14:49 Go to last post
  14. TweedPawn's Hangout for Second Chances

    Started by TweedPawn, October 5th, 2014 04:03
    2 Pages
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    • Replies: 39
    • Views: 4,008
    October 26th, 2014, 09:24 Go to last post
  15. Married before JET Program?

    Started by Toki, April 7th, 2015 05:43
    • Replies: 10
    • Views: 3,978
    May 7th, 2015, 03:45 Go to last post
  16. Age of JETS

    Started by starxrox, July 28th, 2015 20:43
    2 Pages
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    • Replies: 22
    • Views: 3,942
    September 2nd, 2015, 07:51 Go to last post
  17. 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
  18. Depature Date questions

    Started by jetting?, February 28th, 2015 09:56
    • Replies: 14
    • Views: 3,812
    March 2nd, 2015, 09:47 Go to last post
  19. Have Any American Applicants Received Notification Yet?

    Started by Tara, January 5th, 2017 03:49
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 24
    • Views: 3,759
    January 13th, 2017, 08:18 Go to last post
  20. 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
  21. Seeking Advice: Trying to figure out who would make the best references

    Started by Mouri, September 7th, 2015 07:32
    2 Pages
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    • Replies: 25
    • Views: 3,733
    September 24th, 2015, 11:55 Go to last post
  22. Advice needed on Borderlink and JET

    Started by AppleSauce, January 30th, 2015 13:03
    • Replies: 11
    • Views: 3,659
    April 3rd, 2015, 11:54 Go to last post
  23. Tokyo JETs

    Started by genkispirit, June 23rd, 2015 05:02
    • Replies: 15
    • Views: 3,632
    June 26th, 2015, 01:40 Go to last post
  24. Early Entry

    Started by fairiehearts, January 26th, 2015 08:45
    • Replies: 15
    • Views: 3,576
    January 28th, 2015, 13:03 Go to last post
  25. Reasons for not receiving an interview?

    Started by toast, January 11th, 2017 16:41
    • Replies: 14
    • Views: 3,570
    January 18th, 2017, 08:15 Go to last post
  26. "Upgrades" to CIR?

    Started by AyaReiko, August 7th, 2015 09:51
    • Replies: 10
    • Views: 3,521
    August 13th, 2015, 09:00 Go to last post
  27. Advice on declaring previous anxiety.

    Started by Mr.Index, January 5th, 2015 09:18
    • Replies: 11
    • Views: 3,472
    January 31st, 2015, 09:34 Go to last post
  28. Any '17/18 aspirers out there?

    Started by LeBron, August 9th, 2016 21:29
    • Replies: 12
    • Views: 3,441
    December 20th, 2016, 17:44 Go to last post
  29. Statement of Physician and medication

    Started by laserlight, October 17th, 2014 23:10
    2 Pages
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    • Replies: 20
    • Views: 3,413
    November 25th, 2014, 22:53 Go to last post
  30. Lesson Plan

    Started by frayedflower, January 29th, 2015 00:00
    • Replies: 13
    • Views: 3,380
    January 29th, 2015, 15:28 Go to last post
    • Replies: 18
    • Views: 3,358
    September 15th, 2015, 02:05 Go to last post
  31. What are my chances of being accepted?

    Started by chronophile, October 20th, 2016 15:12
    • Replies: 14
    • Views: 3,335
    October 25th, 2016, 13:44 Go to last post
  32. The Block system

    Started by Madjawa, November 3rd, 2016 10:10
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 3,301
    November 4th, 2016, 10:23 Go to last post
    • Replies: 13
    • Views: 3,281
    October 10th, 2016, 14:36 Go to last post
  33. Japanese driving test

    Started by sharpinthefang, May 30th, 2014 05:23
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 29
    • Views: 3,258
    May 30th, 2014, 22:01 Go to last post
  34. JET application, Job references and other bits!

    Started by XR89, September 21st, 2015 23:18
    • Replies: 19
    • Views: 3,254
    October 6th, 2015, 08:32 Go to last post
  35. Passport Help

    Started by Verbatim, March 31st, 2015 08:24
    • Replies: 10
    • Views: 3,252
    April 2nd, 2015, 05:25 Go to last post
  36. Error reported in the JET Application

    Started by Ark42, October 16th, 2014 09:39
    2 Pages
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    • Replies: 30
    • Views: 3,242
    October 22nd, 2014, 22:31 Go to last post
    • Replies: 11
    • Views: 3,171
    March 2nd, 2016, 09:52 Go to last post
  37. Hair Dyes

    Started by tobio, September 16th, 2014 14:52
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 25
    • Views: 3,139
    September 26th, 2014, 08:48 Go to last post
  38. What do you guys think they want from me?

    Started by Tunana, January 29th, 2015 18:45
    • Replies: 11
    • Views: 3,134
    January 31st, 2015, 09:47 Go to last post
  39. 2016 JET US INTERVIEW LIST IS UP!!!!!

    Started by simplesam, January 9th, 2016 09:30
    • Replies: 15
    • Views: 3,099
    January 25th, 2016, 15:09 Go to last post
    • Replies: 8
    • Views: 3,092
    April 2nd, 2015, 08:15 Go to last post
  40. JET and Student Loan Debt

    Started by ambrosse, October 9th, 2014 22:31
    • Replies: 17
    • Views: 3,044
    October 11th, 2014, 03:33 Go to last post
  41. Indicate change of location preference at interview?

    Started by Meow, January 20th, 2016 14:08
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 3,018
    January 21st, 2016, 08:29 Go to last post
  42. Academic Reference

    Started by AllTooWell, April 24th, 2016 16:00
    • Replies: 13
    • Views: 3,001
    April 26th, 2016, 16:15 Go to last post
  43. Is a Driver's License a dealmaker/breaker?

    Started by mirai, August 29th, 2017 15:31
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 32
    • Views: 2,999
    February 16th, 2018, 06:38 Go to last post
  44. Applying for JET Program and Depression

    Started by Irek, March 12th, 2016 09:29
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 2,984
    March 17th, 2016, 09:29 Go to last post
  45. Japanese language requirements for elementary school?

    Started by Snegurochka, February 13th, 2015 15:25
    • Replies: 10
    • Views: 2,956
    February 20th, 2015, 03:43 Go to last post

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