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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: 99,218
    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: 65,186
    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
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    • Replies: 67
    • Views: 40,704
    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: 15,377
    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: 13,964
    January 19th, 2016, 12:13 Go to last post
  1. Early Placement?

    Started by krayziesensei, October 4th, 2014 01:52
    • Replies: 12
    • Views: 1,488
    October 9th, 2014, 14:52 Go to last post
  2. US Applications - Megathread

    Started by Shincantsen, September 29th, 2016 01:01
    • Replies: 8
    • Views: 1,479
    September 29th, 2016, 09:54 Go to last post
  3. Seeking feedback on personal statement draft

    Started by lmct1992, August 30th, 2016 08:52
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 1,477
    August 31st, 2016, 16:36 Go to last post
  4. Canadian Interviews - Any JETs know the time slots?

    Started by YeezyMode, January 24th, 2015 11:56
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 1,473
    January 24th, 2015, 22:11 Go to last post
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 1,470
    September 3rd, 2015, 15:09 Go to last post
  5. Did I blow my chances?

    Started by dog8food, October 23rd, 2015 01:18
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 1,467
    October 24th, 2015, 12:09 Go to last post
  6. Anyone applying for 2018?

    Started by phthalocyanine, September 15th, 2017 10:59
    • Replies: 12
    • Views: 1,454
    October 13th, 2017, 23:46 Go to last post
  7. Choosing 2nd reference

    Started by HawkeyeKateBarton, September 28th, 2015 05:30
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 1,427
    October 2nd, 2015, 13:09 Go to last post
  8. Placement preference question

    Started by Snow, June 2nd, 2017 04:02
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 1,387
    August 22nd, 2017, 09:10 Go to last post
  9. INTERVIEW LIST IS UP---Oh wait

    Started by naginataonthebrain, January 13th, 2015 05:08
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 1,386
    January 13th, 2015, 05:55 Go to last post
  10. Application Process Order

    Started by Eibig, August 6th, 2016 09:53
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 1,385
    August 7th, 2016, 10:05 Go to last post
  11. Shipping application via Fedex??

    Started by WonderingUnicorn, October 8th, 2014 12:40
    • Replies: 12
    • Views: 1,374
    October 9th, 2014, 11:03 Go to last post
  12. Thank you!

    Started by BabyKing, April 3rd, 2016 01:46
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 1,373
    April 3rd, 2016, 04:24 Go to last post
  13. Receiving your self addressed stamped envelope?

    Started by hiddenlee22, November 15th, 2014 02:05
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 1,372
    November 18th, 2014, 07:43 Go to last post
  14. JET USA - Updated?

    Started by Cool, September 27th, 2016 13:07
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 1,363
    September 30th, 2016, 05:03 Go to last post
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 1,360
    June 23rd, 2016, 15:15 Go to last post
  15. Finally (!) looking to apply this coming October

    Started by UsagiUK, January 28th, 2016 00:04
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 1,357
    January 30th, 2016, 02:36 Go to last post
  16. 2015 Reference Letter Question

    Started by ShareBear, May 22nd, 2014 20:41
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 1,353
    May 22nd, 2014, 21:26 Go to last post
  17. 2017 Interview Stage - Megathread (All countries)

    Started by Frap, January 10th, 2017 10:35
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 1,352
    January 14th, 2017, 19:11 Go to last post
  18. Is it too late to say I'd be happy to go before July?

    Started by prazza, January 8th, 2015 08:24
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 1,349
    January 9th, 2015, 05:05 Go to last post
  19. Do corrected errors ruin chances?

    Started by OriginalName, November 17th, 2015 20:22
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 1,334
    November 19th, 2015, 21:08 Go to last post
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 1,329
    October 11th, 2014, 02:30 Go to last post
  20. Did I blow it?!

    Started by riyakou, November 10th, 2015 23:45
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 1,325
    November 10th, 2015, 23:45 Go to last post
  21. JET, Japan, and AD/HD

    Started by Ferigoisacat, October 24th, 2016 04:24
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 1,316
    October 24th, 2016, 08:45 Go to last post
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 1,311
    August 24th, 2016, 11:41 Go to last post
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 1,307
    August 4th, 2014, 11:31 Go to last post
  22. List of Interview Questions

    Started by ChasingTheSun, January 30th, 2017 06:13
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 1,278
    January 30th, 2017, 17:10 Go to last post
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 1,277
    February 8th, 2017, 15:14 Go to last post
  23. Reference Letter Advice

    Started by injektilo, October 4th, 2016 00:38
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 1,276
    October 12th, 2016, 12:29 Go to last post
  24. Proof of Graduation question

    Started by YeezyMode, November 18th, 2014 03:17
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 1,262
    November 21st, 2014, 06:30 Go to last post
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 1,261
    March 8th, 2017, 16:44 Go to last post
  25. Aspiring UK JETs 2017 - Megathread

    Started by Monty, October 19th, 2016 22:27
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 1,253
    October 20th, 2016, 08:12 Go to last post
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 1,251
    October 30th, 2014, 01:31 Go to last post
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 1,248
    November 20th, 2014, 15:45 Go to last post
  26. Proof of Study Abroad?

    Started by Cipher, November 11th, 2016 11:14
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 1,248
    November 14th, 2016, 08:31 Go to last post
  27. Current JETs, mind Skype interviewing me?

    Started by Atrolle, January 17th, 2016 01:45
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 1,226
    January 29th, 2016, 13:20 Go to last post
  28. 2015 CIR Placement requests

    Started by okonomiyaki2, November 9th, 2014 16:02
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 1,224
    November 11th, 2014, 03:34 Go to last post
  29. Question on Abroad Experience

    Started by musicnote, October 20th, 2015 05:12
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 1,212
    October 20th, 2015, 16:14 Go to last post
  30. How many transcripts are needed?

    Started by fryfry, October 26th, 2015 05:38
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 1,193
    October 27th, 2015, 11:33 Go to last post
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 1,181
    October 24th, 2015, 23:32 Go to last post
  31. Dropping my minor?

    Started by Applicant2014, December 4th, 2014 04:45
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 1,167
    December 5th, 2014, 12:52 Go to last post
  32. Question - Previous Acceptance

    Started by Cipher, October 18th, 2016 10:32
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 1,164
    October 18th, 2016, 10:43 Go to last post
  33. Getting application reopened? (UK Applicant)

    Started by thatitguy, November 15th, 2015 03:14
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 1,154
    November 15th, 2015, 04:16 Go to last post
  34. Reference letter requirements - how strict are they?

    Started by bloodr0se, October 20th, 2016 21:40
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 1,111
    October 20th, 2016, 21:40 Go to last post
  35. Proof of Study Abroad

    Started by mcguiresa, October 12th, 2015 09:49
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 1,090
    October 18th, 2015, 12:26 Go to last post
  36. Statement of Purpose review!

    Started by chronophile, October 31st, 2016 04:57
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 1,085
    October 31st, 2016, 04:57 Go to last post
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 1,071
    October 14th, 2014, 01:43 Go to last post
  37. To whom are letters of reference addressed?

    Started by darfurorphan, October 15th, 2015 07:32
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 1,060
    October 17th, 2015, 03:22 Go to last post
  38. 2015 US Application Question

    Started by weepinbell, October 16th, 2014 01:15
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 1,054
    October 16th, 2014, 07:05 Go to last post
  39. Studying Abroad while Applying for JET - transcript?

    Started by gabriellem, October 25th, 2015 20:01
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 1,043
    October 28th, 2015, 08:26 Go to last post

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