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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: 99,368
    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: 65,283
    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: 40,760
    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: 15,395
    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: 13,984
    January 19th, 2016, 12:13 Go to last post
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 4,108
    November 20th, 2014, 20:39 Go to last post
  1. Aspiring Irish JETs 2016: Interview format, etc.

    Started by FauxPandit, January 19th, 2016 06:06
    • Replies: 16
    • Views: 4,098
    April 29th, 2016, 23:50 Go to last post
  2. The Somewhat Late 2017 Placements Thread

    Started by Madjawa, May 31st, 2017 08:41
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 26
    • Views: 4,081
    June 6th, 2017, 09:46 Go to last post
  3. Passport Question

    Started by weepinbell, November 26th, 2014 14:05
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 20
    • Views: 4,073
    January 21st, 2015, 08:19 Go to last post
  4. New JET Program website for USA

    Started by miamicoordinator, October 1st, 2014 23:03
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 4,062
    October 3rd, 2014, 16:50 Go to last post
  5. Aspiring Irish 2015 JETS

    Started by Murasaki Ookami, November 4th, 2014 22:17
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 21
    • Views: 3,984
    March 30th, 2015, 14:02 Go to last post
  6. Strange Job Offer After Application

    Started by DigitalHarp, December 31st, 2015 02:51
    • Replies: 14
    • Views: 3,833
    January 13th, 2016, 00:14 Go to last post
  7. Shortlisted but no passport! Help!

    Started by Turtle Scarf, March 29th, 2017 23:14
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 38
    • Views: 3,828
    April 4th, 2017, 08:05 Go to last post
  8. Age of JETS

    Started by starxrox, July 28th, 2015 20:43
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 22
    • Views: 3,795
    September 2nd, 2015, 07:51 Go to last post
  9. Change in medical history after interview

    Started by dbw146, February 8th, 2015 02:02
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 22
    • Views: 3,761
    February 9th, 2015, 04:43 Go to last post
  10. JETs Driving In Japan Questions

    Started by Valkerion, October 9th, 2014 05:09
    3 Pages
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    • Replies: 43
    • Views: 3,752
    October 31st, 2014, 12:25 Go to last post
  11. 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: 3,676
    August 26th, 2014, 14:49 Go to last post
  12. TweedPawn's Hangout for Second Chances

    Started by TweedPawn, October 5th, 2014 04:03
    2 Pages
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    • Replies: 39
    • Views: 3,645
    October 26th, 2014, 09:24 Go to last post
  13. JET Desk and Deducting Points

    Started by balderdash7, November 21st, 2014 02:44
    • Replies: 19
    • Views: 3,620
    December 7th, 2014, 12:47 Go to last post
  14. Married before JET Program?

    Started by Toki, April 7th, 2015 05:43
    • Replies: 10
    • Views: 3,593
    May 7th, 2015, 03:45 Go to last post
  15. Depature Date questions

    Started by jetting?, February 28th, 2015 09:56
    • Replies: 14
    • Views: 3,514
    March 2nd, 2015, 09:47 Go to last post
  16. Terrified 2016 applicant

    Started by Haleydru0519, March 31st, 2015 18:22
    • Replies: 12
    • Views: 3,500
    April 2nd, 2015, 02:44 Go to last post
  17. 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: 3,485
    September 24th, 2015, 11:55 Go to last post
  18. Singapore Interview 2017

    Started by threeemoons, January 11th, 2017 10:47
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 22
    • Views: 3,454
    April 22nd, 2017, 19:17 Go to last post
  19. Disclosing tattoos on application

    Started by HawkeyeKateBarton, September 28th, 2015 05:25
    • Replies: 19
    • Views: 3,439
    October 21st, 2015, 15:39 Go to last post
  20. Advice needed on Borderlink and JET

    Started by AppleSauce, January 30th, 2015 13:03
    • Replies: 11
    • Views: 3,319
    April 3rd, 2015, 11:54 Go to last post
  21. "Upgrades" to CIR?

    Started by AyaReiko, August 7th, 2015 09:51
    • Replies: 10
    • Views: 3,291
    August 13th, 2015, 09:00 Go to last post
  22. Advice on declaring previous anxiety.

    Started by Mr.Index, January 5th, 2015 09:18
    • Replies: 11
    • Views: 3,252
    January 31st, 2015, 09:34 Go to last post
  23. Early Entry

    Started by fairiehearts, January 26th, 2015 08:45
    • Replies: 15
    • Views: 3,248
    January 28th, 2015, 13:03 Go to last post
  24. Tokyo JETs

    Started by genkispirit, June 23rd, 2015 05:02
    • Replies: 15
    • Views: 3,194
    June 26th, 2015, 01:40 Go to last post
  25. Lesson Plan

    Started by frayedflower, January 29th, 2015 00:00
    • Replies: 13
    • Views: 3,185
    January 29th, 2015, 15:28 Go to last post
  26. Have Any American Applicants Received Notification Yet?

    Started by Tara, January 5th, 2017 03:49
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 24
    • Views: 3,167
    January 13th, 2017, 08:18 Go to last post
  27. Passport Help

    Started by Verbatim, March 31st, 2015 08:24
    • Replies: 10
    • Views: 3,115
    April 2nd, 2015, 05:25 Go to last post
    • Replies: 18
    • Views: 3,066
    September 15th, 2015, 02:05 Go to last post
  28. Error reported in the JET Application

    Started by Ark42, October 16th, 2014 09:39
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 30
    • Views: 3,012
    October 22nd, 2014, 22:31 Go to last post
  29. Statement of Physician and medication

    Started by laserlight, October 17th, 2014 23:10
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 20
    • Views: 2,994
    November 25th, 2014, 22:53 Go to last post
  30. Japanese driving test

    Started by sharpinthefang, May 30th, 2014 05:23
    2 Pages
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    • Replies: 29
    • Views: 2,959
    May 30th, 2014, 22:01 Go to last post
    • Replies: 11
    • Views: 2,950
    March 2nd, 2016, 09:52 Go to last post
  31. The Block system

    Started by Madjawa, November 3rd, 2016 10:10
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 2,924
    November 4th, 2016, 10:23 Go to last post
  32. Reasons for not receiving an interview?

    Started by toast, January 11th, 2017 16:41
    • Replies: 14
    • Views: 2,910
    January 18th, 2017, 08:15 Go to last post
  33. Any '17/18 aspirers out there?

    Started by LeBron, August 9th, 2016 21:29
    • Replies: 12
    • Views: 2,897
    December 20th, 2016, 17:44 Go to last post
  34. 2016 JET US INTERVIEW LIST IS UP!!!!!

    Started by simplesam, January 9th, 2016 09:30
    • Replies: 15
    • Views: 2,890
    January 25th, 2016, 15:09 Go to last post
  35. What are my chances of being accepted?

    Started by chronophile, October 20th, 2016 15:12
    • Replies: 14
    • Views: 2,858
    October 25th, 2016, 13:44 Go to last post
  36. JET application, Job references and other bits!

    Started by XR89, September 21st, 2015 23:18
    • Replies: 19
    • Views: 2,856
    October 6th, 2015, 08:32 Go to last post
  37. Indicate change of location preference at interview?

    Started by Meow, January 20th, 2016 14:08
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 2,856
    January 21st, 2016, 08:29 Go to last post
  38. Hair Dyes

    Started by tobio, September 16th, 2014 14:52
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 25
    • Views: 2,851
    September 26th, 2014, 08:48 Go to last post
  39. What do you guys think they want from me?

    Started by Tunana, January 29th, 2015 18:45
    • Replies: 11
    • Views: 2,800
    January 31st, 2015, 09:47 Go to last post
  40. Academic Reference

    Started by AllTooWell, April 24th, 2016 16:00
    • Replies: 13
    • Views: 2,788
    April 26th, 2016, 16:15 Go to last post
    • Replies: 8
    • Views: 2,777
    April 2nd, 2015, 08:15 Go to last post
    • Replies: 13
    • Views: 2,771
    October 10th, 2016, 14:36 Go to last post
  41. Application Mistake

    Started by BabyKing, November 12th, 2015 12:45
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 2,765
    November 21st, 2015, 14:41 Go to last post
  42. Japanese language requirements for elementary school?

    Started by Snegurochka, February 13th, 2015 15:25
    • Replies: 10
    • Views: 2,727
    February 20th, 2015, 03:43 Go to last post
  43. Applying for JET Program and Depression

    Started by Irek, March 12th, 2016 09:29
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 2,656
    March 17th, 2016, 09:29 Go to last post
  44. JET and Student Loan Debt

    Started by ambrosse, October 9th, 2014 22:31
    • Replies: 17
    • Views: 2,632
    October 11th, 2014, 03:33 Go to last post
  45. I thought I'd introduce myself

    Started by Kislingbury, November 6th, 2014 13:59
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 29
    • Views: 2,578
    November 10th, 2014, 14:23 Go to last post

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