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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: Attention: Lurkers!

    Started by word, October 2nd, 2013 10:58
    • Replies: 11
    • Views: 16,163
    January 19th, 2016, 12:13 Go to last post
  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Basic application info and common JET myths

    Started by Page, September 28th, 2011 12:10
    • Replies: 12
    • Views: 16,883
    October 5th, 2014, 18:54 Go to last post
  3. 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: 111,866
    June 4th, 2016, 11:04 Go to last post
  4. 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: 76,260
    October 2nd, 2017, 08:38 Go to last post
  5. 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: 47,041
    July 19th, 2018, 14:41 Go to last post
  1. "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: 19,111
    June 12th, 2015, 13:17 Go to last post
  2. "Upgrades" to CIR?

    Started by AyaReiko, August 7th, 2015 09:51
    • Replies: 10
    • Views: 3,561
    August 13th, 2015, 09:00 Go to last post
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 1,279
    October 24th, 2015, 23:32 Go to last post
  3. 'Home town' confusion

    Started by lmct1992, November 19th, 2016 05:07
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 2,441
    November 21st, 2016, 18:56 Go to last post
  4. 2015 Canadian Hopefuls :)

    Started by genkispirit, November 19th, 2014 05:17
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 1,069
    November 20th, 2014, 14:57 Go to last post
  5. 2015 CIR Placement requests

    Started by okonomiyaki2, November 9th, 2014 16:02
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 1,302
    November 11th, 2014, 03:34 Go to last post
  6. 2015 Interview - Accepted and on thread.

    Started by sharpinthefang, January 9th, 2015 09:20
    9 Pages
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    • Replies: 163
    • Views: 53,913
    April 8th, 2016, 10:22 Go to last post
  7. 2015 Interview Results

    Started by PuddingHead, March 30th, 2015 22:46
    12 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 12
    • Replies: 223
    • Views: 45,094
    April 29th, 2015, 00:34 Go to last post
  8. 2015 JET Alternates Thread

    Started by Sherlock, March 31st, 2015 07:28
    28 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 28
    • Replies: 549
    • Views: 150,695
    January 7th, 2016, 08:22 Go to last post
  9. 2015 Reference Letter Question

    Started by ShareBear, May 22nd, 2014 20:41
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 1,415
    May 22nd, 2014, 21:26 Go to last post
  10. 2015 US Application Question

    Started by weepinbell, October 16th, 2014 01:15
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 1,151
    October 16th, 2014, 07:05 Go to last post
  11. 2016 Alternates Thread

    Started by simplesam, March 31st, 2016 05:07
    12 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 12
    • Replies: 234
    • Views: 41,057
    November 12th, 2016, 19:22 Go to last post
  12. 2016 Applications: Placements Megathread

    Started by Frap, May 11th, 2016 10:42
    11 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 11
    • Replies: 214
    • Views: 37,031
    July 9th, 2016, 10:24 Go to last post
  13. 2016 JET Program Application

    Started by Saxman, March 24th, 2015 01:39
    19 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 19
    • Replies: 363
    • Views: 75,063
    October 17th, 2015, 00:31 Go to last post
  14. 2016 JET US INTERVIEW LIST IS UP!!!!!

    Started by simplesam, January 9th, 2016 09:30
    • Replies: 15
    • Views: 3,174
    January 25th, 2016, 15:09 Go to last post
  15. 2017 Alternate List

    Started by Yggdrasilyte, April 14th, 2017 06:48
    • Replies: 17
    • Views: 2,443
    April 21st, 2017, 12:38 Go to last post
  16. 2017 Hopefuls/applicants self-intro thread

    Started by Madjawa, September 29th, 2016 09:40
    6 Pages
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    • Replies: 111
    • Views: 22,935
    March 30th, 2017, 08:09 Go to last post
  17. 2017 Interview Stage - Megathread (All countries)

    Started by Frap, January 10th, 2017 10:35
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 1,774
    January 14th, 2017, 19:11 Go to last post
    • Replies: 19
    • Views: 2,192
    November 17th, 2014, 08:50 Go to last post
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 4,387
    October 2nd, 2014, 00:56 Go to last post
  18. Academic Reference

    Started by AllTooWell, April 24th, 2016 16:00
    • Replies: 13
    • Views: 3,079
    April 26th, 2016, 16:15 Go to last post
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 211
    June 1st, 2018, 09:10 Go to last post
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 1,704
    August 30th, 2014, 15:41 Go to last post
  19. Advice for current dispatch ALT in Japan who is applying to JET?

    Started by project_4, October 26th, 2014 20:57
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 20
    • Views: 2,381
    November 4th, 2014, 19:03 Go to last post
  20. Advice for women buying suits?

    Started by naginataonthebrain, January 14th, 2015 07:04
    8 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 8
    • Replies: 147
    • Views: 29,686
    January 22nd, 2015, 19:55 Go to last post
  21. Advice needed on Borderlink and JET

    Started by AppleSauce, January 30th, 2015 13:03
    • Replies: 11
    • Views: 3,712
    April 3rd, 2015, 11:54 Go to last post
  22. Advice on declaring previous anxiety.

    Started by Mr.Index, January 5th, 2015 09:18
    • Replies: 11
    • Views: 3,522
    January 31st, 2015, 09:34 Go to last post
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 1,761
    March 8th, 2017, 16:44 Go to last post
  23. After application process?

    Started by hiddenlee22, November 21st, 2014 06:19
    6 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 6
    • Replies: 109
    • Views: 18,005
    January 10th, 2015, 01:18 Go to last post
  24. After the Excitement

    Started by balderdash7, April 6th, 2015 02:39
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 82
    • Views: 23,536
    April 24th, 2015, 06:52 Go to last post
  25. Age of JETS

    Started by starxrox, July 28th, 2015 20:43
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 22
    • Views: 3,993
    September 2nd, 2015, 07:51 Go to last post
  26. Alternate vs Shortlist Candidates Help Please

    Started by mookielove, February 2nd, 2015 02:14
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 1,900
    February 2nd, 2015, 09:14 Go to last post
  27. Alternates Hangout

    Started by LaVie, April 3rd, 2014 08:53
    50 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 50
    • Replies: 989
    • Views: 114,176
    February 27th, 2015, 14:21 Go to last post
  28. Moved: Alternative Forum

    Started by Lorenzo, April 8th, 2015 01:45
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  29. Any '17/18 aspirers out there?

    Started by LeBron, August 9th, 2016 21:29
    • Replies: 12
    • Views: 3,590
    December 20th, 2016, 17:44 Go to last post
  30. Any early departure applicants out there?

    Started by JestersJ, February 24th, 2015 04:20
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 54
    • Views: 13,276
    March 27th, 2015, 23:20 Go to last post
  31. Any former Peace Corps Volunteers on here?

    Started by cdecorse, December 17th, 2015 15:54
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 2,229
    January 31st, 2016, 11:41 Go to last post
  32. Anyone applying for 2018?

    Started by phthalocyanine, September 15th, 2017 10:59
    5 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5
    • Replies: 82
    • Views: 8,334
    June 15th, 2018, 13:09 Go to last post
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 1,799
    August 11th, 2016, 23:51 Go to last post
  33. Anyone having trouble printing the forms?

    Started by arual, November 14th, 2014 09:25
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 978
    November 26th, 2014, 23:24 Go to last post
  34. Application mess up

    Started by riyakou, November 11th, 2015 12:06
    • Replies: 8
    • Views: 2,713
    November 12th, 2015, 23:36 Go to last post
  35. Application Mistake

    Started by BabyKing, November 12th, 2015 12:45
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 2,947
    November 21st, 2015, 14:41 Go to last post
  36. Application Process Order

    Started by Eibig, August 6th, 2016 09:53
    • Replies: 7
    • Views: 1,569
    August 7th, 2016, 10:05 Go to last post
  37. Application question - do you think I will be automatically disqualified?

    Started by Lorenzo, November 22nd, 2014 11:01
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 31
    • Views: 5,537
    November 28th, 2014, 01:06 Go to last post
  38. Applying for 2015 - reference letter question.

    Started by fluffybunny, August 28th, 2014 11:30
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 54
    • Views: 12,097
    February 20th, 2015, 00:57 Go to last post
  39. Applying for 2019

    Started by Popapop2, September 11th, 2018 06:02
    2 Pages
    1 2
    • Replies: 33
    • Views: 1,099
    October 9th, 2018, 02:09 Go to last post
  40. Applying for JET Program and Depression

    Started by Irek, March 12th, 2016 09:29
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 3,063
    March 17th, 2016, 09:29 Go to last post
  41. Applying to companies simultaneously?

    Started by mirai, August 21st, 2017 12:52
    • Replies: 10
    • Views: 1,283
    August 29th, 2017, 15:20 Go to last post
  42. Applying with a history of depression?

    Started by ちから, January 10th, 2016 23:17
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 49
    • Views: 7,231
    February 4th, 2016, 21:49 Go to last post
  43. Are You My Pred?

    Started by BabyKing, May 11th, 2016 22:30
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 2,148
    May 12th, 2016, 08:52 Go to last post

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