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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: 96,630
    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
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    • Replies: 169
    • Views: 62,915
    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: 39,662
    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: 15,082
    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: 13,540
    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: 286,204
    December 18th, 2015, 08:57 Go to last post
  2. 2015 JET Alternates Thread

    Started by Sherlock, March 31st, 2015 07:28
    28 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 28
    • Replies: 549
    • Views: 140,596
    January 7th, 2016, 08:22 Go to last post
  3. Alternates Hangout

    Started by LaVie, April 3rd, 2014 08:53
    50 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 50
    • Replies: 989
    • Views: 108,993
    February 27th, 2015, 14:21 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: 95,560
    June 29th, 2015, 13:20 Go to last post
  5. 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: 89,057
    July 13th, 2015, 21:22 Go to last post
  6. Aspiring US JETs 2016

    Started by thesquanticorn, October 31st, 2015 05:26
    39 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 39
    • Replies: 764
    • Views: 86,748
    June 7th, 2016, 08:25 Go to last post
  7. Interview Advice/Prep?

    Started by weepinbell, January 13th, 2015 10:47
    23 Pages
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    • Replies: 444
    • Views: 77,679
    February 8th, 2015, 05:36 Go to last post
  8. PLACEMENTS!!! 2015 General Placements Thread

    Started by gibbity, May 14th, 2015 06:05
    19 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 19
    • Replies: 362
    • Views: 77,340
    July 9th, 2015, 04:51 Go to last post
  9. 2016 JET Program Application

    Started by Saxman, March 24th, 2015 01:39
    19 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 19
    • Replies: 363
    • Views: 67,781
    October 17th, 2015, 00:31 Go to last post
  10. Terrible interview, still got into JET?

    Started by hiddenlee22, February 10th, 2015 01:27
    13 Pages
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    • Replies: 252
    • Views: 52,301
    April 5th, 2015, 22:12 Go to last post
  11. 2015 Interview - Accepted and on thread.

    Started by sharpinthefang, January 9th, 2015 09:20
    9 Pages
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    • Replies: 163
    • Views: 51,751
    April 8th, 2016, 10:22 Go to last post
  12. Aspiring Australian JETs 2016

    Started by CherryChieri, October 6th, 2015 19:47
    15 Pages
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    • Replies: 282
    • Views: 45,931
    May 28th, 2016, 19:31 Go to last post
  13. Japan and Phones

    Started by Viral, April 6th, 2015 04:40
    11 Pages
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    • Replies: 205
    • Views: 45,907
    November 27th, 2015, 10:07 Go to last post
  14. 2015 Interview Results

    Started by PuddingHead, March 30th, 2015 22:46
    12 Pages
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    • Replies: 223
    • Views: 42,232
    April 29th, 2015, 00:34 Go to last post
  15. Aspiring Australian 2015 JETS

    Started by blackxpetals, September 23rd, 2014 18:11
    8 Pages
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    • Replies: 140
    • Views: 38,379
    April 15th, 2015, 10:19 Go to last post
  16. 2016 Alternates Thread

    Started by simplesam, March 31st, 2016 05:07
    12 Pages
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    • Replies: 234
    • Views: 35,266
    November 12th, 2016, 19:22 Go to last post
  17. 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: 34,494
    January 30th, 2015, 01:30 Go to last post
  18. 2016 Applications: Placements Megathread

    Started by Frap, May 11th, 2016 10:42
    11 Pages
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    • Replies: 214
    • Views: 33,506
    July 9th, 2016, 10:24 Go to last post
  19. Placement Map??

    Started by Sherlock, April 26th, 2015 02:15
    7 Pages
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    • Replies: 135
    • Views: 31,253
    May 15th, 2015, 10:37 Go to last post
  20. SF Coordinator comments about driving...

    Started by JET ProgramCoordinator SF, January 14th, 2015 02:44
    9 Pages
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    • Replies: 164
    • Views: 30,398
    February 4th, 2015, 04:40 Go to last post
  21. Background Check shiz

    Started by ambrosse, March 31st, 2015 10:30
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 98
    • Views: 29,064
    April 13th, 2015, 12:14 Go to last post
  22. Aspiring UK JETs 2016

    Started by haitch40, October 17th, 2015 01:37
    10 Pages
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    • Replies: 182
    • Views: 28,000
    April 2nd, 2016, 18:39 Go to last post
  23. Driving...

    Started by weepinbell, March 31st, 2015 11:16
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 85
    • Views: 27,509
    April 6th, 2015, 11:12 Go to last post
  24. For the rejected.

    Started by Rmtcts, April 2nd, 2015 20:23
    4 Pages
    1 2 3 4
    • Replies: 66
    • Views: 26,672
    April 10th, 2015, 21:52 Go to last post
  25. Advice for women buying suits?

    Started by naginataonthebrain, January 14th, 2015 07:04
    8 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 8
    • Replies: 147
    • Views: 26,549
    January 22nd, 2015, 19:55 Go to last post
  26. Newbies, I want your input on ithinkimlost.com.

    Started by Beer Baron, January 14th, 2014 02:13
    9 Pages
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    • Replies: 160
    • Views: 24,583
    January 29th, 2015, 08:26 Go to last post
  27. No families?

    Started by ebochan, January 13th, 2015 15:11
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 90
    • Views: 23,056
    February 2nd, 2015, 11:52 Go to last post
  28. CIR Applicants 2014

    Started by Penguee, November 6th, 2014 14:52
    6 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 6
    • Replies: 118
    • Views: 22,751
    September 19th, 2015, 14:22 Go to last post
  29. International Banking/Bringing $

    Started by weepinbell, April 16th, 2015 03:31
    6 Pages
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    • Replies: 105
    • Views: 21,689
    April 21st, 2015, 15:11 Go to last post
  30. After the Excitement

    Started by balderdash7, April 6th, 2015 02:39
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 82
    • Views: 21,359
    April 24th, 2015, 06:52 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: 20,617
    May 27th, 2016, 08:33 Go to last post
  32. Stuff to bring

    Started by weepinbell, April 27th, 2015 23:14
    6 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 6
    • Replies: 114
    • Views: 20,151
    June 4th, 2015, 00:54 Go to last post
  33. Coming to Saitama

    Started by Eriasu, March 6th, 2015 23:39
    4 Pages
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    • Replies: 61
    • Views: 20,012
    March 18th, 2015, 04:55 Go to last post
  34. 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: 19,303
    March 30th, 2017, 08:09 Go to last post
  35. "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: 18,219
    June 12th, 2015, 13:17 Go to last post
  36. Piercings on the Self-Assessment Medical Form?

    Started by arual, November 13th, 2014 10:32
    6 Pages
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    • Replies: 103
    • Views: 17,664
    March 10th, 2015, 08:34 Go to last post
  37. After application process?

    Started by hiddenlee22, November 21st, 2014 06:19
    6 Pages
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    • Replies: 109
    • Views: 16,222
    January 10th, 2015, 01:18 Go to last post
  38. 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: 16,026
    January 30th, 2015, 11:51 Go to last post
  39. Clothing advice for new JETs

    Started by Jiggit, May 14th, 2014 10:00
    8 Pages
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    • Replies: 149
    • Views: 15,344
    November 2nd, 2014, 07:26 Go to last post
  40. People with offspring

    Started by squirrelmagnolia, February 9th, 2015 03:38
    4 Pages
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    • Replies: 61
    • Views: 15,097
    May 19th, 2015, 21:54 Go to last post
  41. Pros and Cons of teaching different school levels

    Started by acpc2203, January 21st, 2015 02:57
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 46
    • Views: 14,719
    February 6th, 2015, 13:18 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
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    • Replies: 82
    • Views: 14,516
    February 15th, 2016, 05:41 Go to last post
  43. Poll: Current/former JETs: How many schools do/did you teach in?

    Started by elmaldito, April 19th, 2015 23:17
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 44
    • Views: 13,912
    May 22nd, 2015, 15:34 Go to last post
  44. Drugs!

    Started by weepinbell, April 6th, 2015 11:00
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 56
    • Views: 13,684
    April 9th, 2015, 08:14 Go to last post
  45. Placement requests!

    Started by eeveewoo, October 23rd, 2014 15:23
    9 Pages
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    • Replies: 174
    • Views: 12,750
    November 1st, 2014, 20:57 Go to last post
  46. So who here's going for the second (or more) attempt this year?

    Started by firemarth, November 28th, 2015 15:16
    4 Pages
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    • Replies: 78
    • Views: 12,413
    December 19th, 2015, 09:05 Go to last post
  47. Aspiring Singaporean JETs 2015

    Started by shue, February 16th, 2015 12:08
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 57
    • Views: 12,335
    January 1st, 2016, 13:34 Go to last post
  48. placement preference question

    Started by Liamers, January 16th, 2015 09:06
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 84
    • Views: 12,256
    July 12th, 2016, 16:52 Go to last post
  49. Any early departure applicants out there?

    Started by JestersJ, February 24th, 2015 04:20
    3 Pages
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    • Replies: 54
    • Views: 12,105
    March 27th, 2015, 23:20 Go to last post
  50. What are my chances?

    Started by BabyKing, November 7th, 2015 04:37
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 42
    • Views: 11,646
    March 2nd, 2016, 14:51 Go to last post

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