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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: 109,306
    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: 73,745
    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: 44,585
    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: 16,495
    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: 15,650
    January 19th, 2016, 12:13 Go to last post
  1. Aspiring US JETs 2015

    Started by naginataonthebrain, October 3rd, 2014 06:07
    88 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 88
    • Replies: 1,757
    • Views: 309,257
    December 18th, 2015, 08:57 Go to last post
  2. Alternates Hangout

    Started by LaVie, April 3rd, 2014 08:53
    50 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 50
    • Replies: 989
    • Views: 113,029
    February 27th, 2015, 14:21 Go to last post
  3. Aspiring US JETs 2016

    Started by thesquanticorn, October 31st, 2015 05:26
    39 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 39
    • Replies: 764
    • Views: 93,939
    June 7th, 2016, 08:25 Go to last post
  4. Aspiring Canadian JETs 2015

    Started by tobio, September 22nd, 2014 11:00
    29 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 29
    • Replies: 576
    • Views: 100,997
    June 29th, 2015, 13:20 Go to last post
  5. 2015 JET Alternates Thread

    Started by Sherlock, March 31st, 2015 07:28
    28 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 28
    • Replies: 549
    • Views: 149,559
    January 7th, 2016, 08:22 Go to last post
  6. Aspiring UK 2015 JETs

    Started by T.H.S., October 18th, 2014 22:28
    27 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 27
    • Replies: 535
    • Views: 93,263
    July 13th, 2015, 21:22 Go to last post
  7. Interview Advice/Prep?

    Started by weepinbell, January 13th, 2015 10:47
    23 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 23
    • Replies: 444
    • Views: 85,999
    February 8th, 2015, 05:36 Go to last post
  8. 2016 JET Program Application

    Started by Saxman, March 24th, 2015 01:39
    19 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 19
    • Replies: 363
    • Views: 74,258
    October 17th, 2015, 00:31 Go to last post
  9. PLACEMENTS!!! 2015 General Placements Thread

    Started by gibbity, May 14th, 2015 06:05
    19 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 19
    • Replies: 362
    • Views: 81,879
    July 9th, 2015, 04:51 Go to last post
  10. Aspiring Australian JETs 2016

    Started by CherryChieri, October 6th, 2015 19:47
    15 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 15
    • Replies: 282
    • Views: 51,495
    May 28th, 2016, 19:31 Go to last post
  11. 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: 57,466
    April 5th, 2015, 22:12 Go to last post
  12. 2016 Alternates Thread

    Started by simplesam, March 31st, 2016 05:07
    12 Pages
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    • Replies: 234
    • Views: 39,717
    November 12th, 2016, 19:22 Go to last post
  13. 2015 Interview Results

    Started by PuddingHead, March 30th, 2015 22:46
    12 Pages
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    • Replies: 223
    • Views: 44,572
    April 29th, 2015, 00:34 Go to last post
  14. 2016 Applications: Placements Megathread

    Started by Frap, May 11th, 2016 10:42
    11 Pages
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    • Replies: 214
    • Views: 36,215
    July 9th, 2016, 10:24 Go to last post
  15. Japan and Phones

    Started by Viral, April 6th, 2015 04:40
    11 Pages
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    • Replies: 205
    • Views: 50,062
    November 27th, 2015, 10:07 Go to last post
  16. Aspiring UK JETs 2016

    Started by haitch40, October 17th, 2015 01:37
    10 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 10
    • Replies: 182
    • Views: 30,395
    April 2nd, 2016, 18:39 Go to last post
  17. Placement requests!

    Started by eeveewoo, October 23rd, 2014 15:23
    9 Pages
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    • Replies: 174
    • Views: 13,808
    November 1st, 2014, 20:57 Go to last post
  18. MONSTER POST: JET Interview Guide, From 5th Year JET

    Started by Apollo87, January 22nd, 2015 12:15
    9 Pages
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    • Replies: 174
    • Views: 37,684
    January 30th, 2015, 01:30 Go to last post
  19. SF Coordinator comments about driving...

    Started by JET ProgramCoordinator SF, January 14th, 2015 02:44
    9 Pages
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    • Replies: 164
    • Views: 33,978
    February 4th, 2015, 04:40 Go to last post
  20. 2015 Interview - Accepted and on thread.

    Started by sharpinthefang, January 9th, 2015 09:20
    9 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 9
    • Replies: 163
    • Views: 53,441
    April 8th, 2016, 10:22 Go to last post
  21. Newbies, I want your input on ithinkimlost.com.

    Started by Beer Baron, January 14th, 2014 02:13
    9 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 9
    • Replies: 160
    • Views: 26,184
    January 29th, 2015, 08:26 Go to last post
  22. Clothing advice for new JETs

    Started by Jiggit, May 14th, 2014 10:00
    8 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 8
    • Replies: 149
    • Views: 16,715
    November 2nd, 2014, 07:26 Go to last post
  23. Advice for women buying suits?

    Started by naginataonthebrain, January 14th, 2015 07:04
    8 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 8
    • Replies: 147
    • Views: 29,220
    January 22nd, 2015, 19:55 Go to last post
  24. Aspiring Australian 2015 JETS

    Started by blackxpetals, September 23rd, 2014 18:11
    8 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 8
    • Replies: 140
    • Views: 41,186
    April 15th, 2015, 10:19 Go to last post
  25. Placement Map??

    Started by Sherlock, April 26th, 2015 02:15
    7 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 7
    • Replies: 135
    • Views: 32,752
    May 15th, 2015, 10:37 Go to last post
  26. "The Last Supper" Thread for 2015 JETs

    Started by ambrosse, May 18th, 2015 01:57
    7 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 7
    • Replies: 130
    • Views: 18,880
    June 12th, 2015, 13:17 Go to last post
  27. CIR Applicants 2014

    Started by Penguee, November 6th, 2014 14:52
    6 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 6
    • Replies: 118
    • Views: 24,907
    September 19th, 2015, 14:22 Go to last post
  28. Stuff to bring

    Started by weepinbell, April 27th, 2015 23:14
    6 Pages
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    • Replies: 114
    • Views: 21,317
    June 4th, 2015, 00:54 Go to last post
  29. 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: 22,029
    March 30th, 2017, 08:09 Go to last post
  30. After application process?

    Started by hiddenlee22, November 21st, 2014 06:19
    6 Pages
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    • Replies: 109
    • Views: 17,809
    January 10th, 2015, 01:18 Go to last post
  31. Aspiring Canadian JETs 2016

    Started by AyaReiko, September 29th, 2015 12:54
    6 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 6
    • Replies: 108
    • Views: 22,476
    May 27th, 2016, 08:33 Go to last post
  32. International Banking/Bringing $

    Started by weepinbell, April 16th, 2015 03:31
    6 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 6
    • Replies: 105
    • Views: 23,556
    April 21st, 2015, 15:11 Go to last post
  33. Piercings on the Self-Assessment Medical Form?

    Started by arual, November 13th, 2014 10:32
    6 Pages
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    • Replies: 103
    • Views: 19,410
    March 10th, 2015, 08:34 Go to last post
  34. Background Check shiz

    Started by ambrosse, March 31st, 2015 10:30
    5 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5
    • Replies: 98
    • Views: 30,493
    April 13th, 2015, 12:14 Go to last post
  35. No families?

    Started by ebochan, January 13th, 2015 15:11
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 90
    • Views: 25,527
    February 2nd, 2015, 11:52 Go to last post
  36. Arriving in Japan

    Started by greyjoy, April 11th, 2014 11:29
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 86
    • Views: 11,778
    September 16th, 2014, 12:58 Go to last post
  37. How bad is the flight, and cost for tickets for accompanying family?

    Started by starfish, January 22nd, 2015 06:40
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 86
    • Views: 16,895
    January 30th, 2015, 11:51 Go to last post
  38. Driving...

    Started by weepinbell, March 31st, 2015 11:16
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 85
    • Views: 29,652
    April 6th, 2015, 11:12 Go to last post
  39. Japanese before applying

    Started by ishawwite74, May 21st, 2014 22:29
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 84
    • Views: 8,890
    June 17th, 2014, 12:17 Go to last post
  40. placement preference question

    Started by Liamers, January 16th, 2015 09:06
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 84
    • Views: 13,889
    July 12th, 2016, 16:52 Go to last post
  41. After the Excitement

    Started by balderdash7, April 6th, 2015 02:39
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 82
    • Views: 23,362
    April 24th, 2015, 06:52 Go to last post
  42. 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: 16,466
    February 15th, 2016, 05:41 Go to last post
  43. Anyone applying for 2018?

    Started by phthalocyanine, September 15th, 2017 10:59
    5 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5
    • Replies: 82
    • Views: 6,405
    June 15th, 2018, 13:09 Go to last post
  44. So who here's going for the second (or more) attempt this year?

    Started by firemarth, November 28th, 2015 15:16
    4 Pages
    1 2 3 4
    • Replies: 78
    • Views: 13,545
    December 19th, 2015, 09:05 Go to last post
  45. Is Interac worth going for?

    Started by firemarth, October 18th, 2014 14:37
    4 Pages
    1 2 3 4
    • Replies: 76
    • Views: 9,265
    October 27th, 2014, 11:22 Go to last post
  46. For the rejected.

    Started by Rmtcts, April 2nd, 2015 20:23
    4 Pages
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    • Replies: 66
    • Views: 28,423
    April 10th, 2015, 21:52 Go to last post
  47. 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: 12,936
    June 9th, 2016, 18:12 Go to last post
  48. People with offspring

    Started by squirrelmagnolia, February 9th, 2015 03:38
    4 Pages
    1 2 3 4
    • Replies: 61
    • Views: 16,659
    May 19th, 2015, 21:54 Go to last post
  49. Coming to Saitama

    Started by Eriasu, March 6th, 2015 23:39
    4 Pages
    1 2 3 4
    • Replies: 61
    • Views: 21,883
    March 18th, 2015, 04:55 Go to last post
  50. Aspiring Singaporean JETs 2015

    Started by shue, February 16th, 2015 12:08
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 57
    • Views: 13,470
    January 1st, 2016, 13:34 Go to last post

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