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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: Basic application info and common JET myths

    Started by Page, September 28th, 2011 12:10
    • Replies: 12
    • Views: 15,112
    October 5th, 2014, 18:54 Go to last post
  2. 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: 39,786
    November 2nd, 2015, 03:20 Go to last post
  3. Sticky Thread Sticky: Attention: Lurkers!

    Started by word, October 2nd, 2013 10:58
    • Replies: 11
    • Views: 13,592
    January 19th, 2016, 12:13 Go to last post
  4. Sticky Thread Sticky: Not so obvious advice for new ALTs

    Started by Jiggit, July 4th, 2014 14:07
    10 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 10
    • Replies: 199
    • Views: 96,924
    June 4th, 2016, 11:04 Go to last post
  5. 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: 63,192
    October 2nd, 2017, 08:38 Go to last post
  1. I'll possibly be 36 when I start JET - would that be too old?

    Started by 7beachbum, February 2nd, 2016 17:05
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 48
    • Views: 6,698
    February 5th, 2016, 16:02 Go to last post
  2. Lack of Japanese Knowledge

    Started by BabyKing, February 4th, 2016 21:54
    • Replies: 15
    • Views: 2,303
    February 11th, 2016, 19:49 Go to last post
  3. Is it possible to survive a not-so-great/bad interview?

    Started by 7beachbum, February 2nd, 2016 13:36
    5 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5
    • Replies: 82
    • Views: 14,555
    February 15th, 2016, 05:41 Go to last post
    • Replies: 18
    • Views: 4,413
    February 18th, 2016, 15:45 Go to last post
    • Replies: 11
    • Views: 2,883
    March 2nd, 2016, 09:52 Go to last post
  4. What are my chances?

    Started by BabyKing, November 7th, 2015 04:37
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 42
    • Views: 11,684
    March 2nd, 2016, 14:51 Go to last post
  5. Applying for JET Program and Depression

    Started by Irek, March 12th, 2016 09:29
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 2,602
    March 17th, 2016, 09:29 Go to last post
  6. FBI Background Check

    Started by jetting?, March 23rd, 2016 17:57
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 1,824
    March 24th, 2016, 06:41 Go to last post
  7. Aspiring UK JETs 2016

    Started by haitch40, October 17th, 2015 01:37
    10 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 10
    • Replies: 182
    • Views: 28,046
    April 2nd, 2016, 18:39 Go to last post
  8. Thank you!

    Started by BabyKing, April 3rd, 2016 01:46
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 1,360
    April 3rd, 2016, 04:24 Go to last post
  9. Relaxed Interviewers: Ominous or Inconsequential?

    Started by Those, January 29th, 2016 07:08
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 29
    • Views: 4,738
    April 4th, 2016, 22:31 Go to last post
  10. 2015 Interview - Accepted and on thread.

    Started by sharpinthefang, January 9th, 2015 09:20
    9 Pages
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    • Replies: 163
    • Views: 51,783
    April 8th, 2016, 10:22 Go to last post
  11. Stay at home mom/dad

    Started by halleybelle, April 20th, 2016 23:04
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 1,733
    April 21st, 2016, 15:29 Go to last post
    • Replies: 31
    • Views: 4,912
    April 21st, 2016, 23:21 Go to last post
  12. Academic Reference

    Started by AllTooWell, April 24th, 2016 16:00
    • Replies: 13
    • Views: 2,738
    April 26th, 2016, 16:15 Go to last post
  13. Aspiring Irish JETs 2016: Interview format, etc.

    Started by FauxPandit, January 19th, 2016 06:06
    • Replies: 16
    • Views: 4,034
    April 29th, 2016, 23:50 Go to last post
  14. Are You My Pred?

    Started by BabyKing, May 11th, 2016 22:30
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 2,013
    May 12th, 2016, 08:52 Go to last post
  15. Aspiring Canadian JETs 2016

    Started by AyaReiko, September 29th, 2015 12:54
    6 Pages
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    • Replies: 108
    • Views: 20,657
    May 27th, 2016, 08:33 Go to last post
  16. Aspiring Australian JETs 2016

    Started by CherryChieri, October 6th, 2015 19:47
    15 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 15
    • Replies: 282
    • Views: 46,042
    May 28th, 2016, 19:31 Go to last post
  17. Aspiring US JETs 2016

    Started by thesquanticorn, October 31st, 2015 05:26
    39 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 39
    • Replies: 764
    • Views: 86,870
    June 7th, 2016, 08:25 Go to last post
  18. 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: 11,594
    June 9th, 2016, 18:12 Go to last post
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 1,343
    June 23rd, 2016, 15:15 Go to last post
  19. Female ALTs wearing pants?

    Started by JPNLKatie, June 22nd, 2016 14:11
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 39
    • Views: 4,957
    July 7th, 2016, 13:37 Go to last post
  20. 2016 Applications: Placements Megathread

    Started by Frap, May 11th, 2016 10:42
    11 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 11
    • Replies: 214
    • Views: 33,582
    July 9th, 2016, 10:24 Go to last post
  21. placement preference question

    Started by Liamers, January 16th, 2015 09:06
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 84
    • Views: 12,286
    July 12th, 2016, 16:52 Go to last post
  22. Economics

    Started by fryfry, June 26th, 2016 09:12
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 39
    • Views: 5,199
    July 14th, 2016, 14:57 Go to last post
  23. 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: 5,360
    August 1st, 2016, 10:48 Go to last post
  24. Application Process Order

    Started by Eibig, August 6th, 2016 09:53
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 1,333
    August 7th, 2016, 10:05 Go to last post
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 1,573
    August 11th, 2016, 23:51 Go to last post
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 1,233
    August 24th, 2016, 11:41 Go to last post
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 1,492
    August 27th, 2016, 09:15 Go to last post
  25. Teaching languages apart from English on JET

    Started by elmaldito, August 25th, 2016 21:45
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 1,417
    August 27th, 2016, 19:44 Go to last post
    • Replies: 16
    • Views: 2,221
    August 29th, 2016, 23:55 Go to last post
  26. CIR Requirements and How Many are Sent Each Year

    Started by Eibig, August 6th, 2016 09:56
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 35
    • Views: 4,665
    August 30th, 2016, 01:02 Go to last post
  27. Seeking feedback on personal statement draft

    Started by lmct1992, August 30th, 2016 08:52
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 1,435
    August 31st, 2016, 16:36 Go to last post
    • Replies: 15
    • Views: 4,865
    September 5th, 2016, 17:07 Go to last post
  28. US Applications - Megathread

    Started by Shincantsen, September 29th, 2016 01:01
    • Replies: 8
    • Views: 1,422
    September 29th, 2016, 09:54 Go to last post
  29. Which program/route to go down?

    Started by soph3, September 24th, 2016 02:24
    • Replies: 10
    • Views: 1,779
    September 29th, 2016, 21:35 Go to last post
  30. JET USA - Updated?

    Started by Cool, September 27th, 2016 13:07
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 1,298
    September 30th, 2016, 05:03 Go to last post
    • Replies: 13
    • Views: 2,676
    October 10th, 2016, 14:36 Go to last post
  31. Reference Letter Advice

    Started by injektilo, October 4th, 2016 00:38
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 1,230
    October 12th, 2016, 12:29 Go to last post
  32. [US] Personal Statement feed back!

    Started by Megenes, September 12th, 2016 07:04
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 1,780
    October 12th, 2016, 19:31 Go to last post
  33. Question - Previous Acceptance

    Started by Cipher, October 18th, 2016 10:32
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 1,113
    October 18th, 2016, 10:43 Go to last post
  34. Aspiring UK JETs 2017 - Megathread

    Started by Monty, October 19th, 2016 22:27
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 1,184
    October 20th, 2016, 08:12 Go to last post
  35. Reference letter requirements - how strict are they?

    Started by bloodr0se, October 20th, 2016 21:40
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 1,053
    October 20th, 2016, 21:40 Go to last post
  36. JET, Japan, and AD/HD

    Started by Ferigoisacat, October 24th, 2016 04:24
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 1,261
    October 24th, 2016, 08:45 Go to last post
  37. Medical - Australian applicants

    Started by The Buddha Hulk, October 23rd, 2016 17:15
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 1,440
    October 24th, 2016, 10:12 Go to last post
  38. What are my chances of being accepted?

    Started by chronophile, October 20th, 2016 15:12
    • Replies: 14
    • Views: 2,759
    October 25th, 2016, 13:44 Go to last post
  39. Who should I ask to write my reference letter?

    Started by chronophile, October 26th, 2016 14:40
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 1,563
    October 28th, 2016, 12:05 Go to last post
  40. Statement of Purpose review!

    Started by chronophile, October 31st, 2016 04:57
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 1,019
    October 31st, 2016, 04:57 Go to last post

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