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    shinikenshi Shinikenshi@h... </font>
    <font size="-0">Date: Wed Nov 26, 2003 1:11
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    <font size="-0">Subject: Hello fellow applicants! :)</font>
    <tt>I suppose it"s introduction time so here goes.

    My name is Chris Ling and I"m applying for the ALT position for next
    year. I"m finishing up university over at Univ. California at San
    Diego (UCSD). Shouts and salutations to anyone in the socali
    region. :)

    I got word of this board from another site so I figured I"d stop on
    in.

    I"m applying to mostly places in the Kansai area though my first
    choice is somewhere in Shikoku since I"ve heard many good things
    about this area. That and Kagawa is the homeplace of Shorinji Kempo
    which I am currently studying in my spare time.

    I"m crossing my fingers that it won"t suck too much that I am turning
    in my application tomorrow since I"ve heard from other people that
    turning it in this late in the application period might be bad if the
    quota for applicants is met much sooner.

    Here"s hoping I stick it out all the way through!

    -Chris


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    shinikenshi Shinikenshi@h... </font>
    <font size="-0">Date: Wed Nov 26, 2003 1:20
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    <font size="-0">Subject: Re: Intros, Placements, Etc.</font>
    <tt>Hey Nik,

    If in the case you are still working on your statement of purpose, I
    would recommend reading this essay from a JETer on his website:

    http://www.jetanuki.com/inside/jet/essay.htm

    It seems to be a good model on how to write a good JET essay. Though
    I"m turning my app in tomorrow (hopefully!) I think I still have
    loads to revise before I"m done.

    Hope that helps!
    Chris

    P.S. This is somewhat off topic, but on the matter of the points
    system and all, I"m wondering if I might be penalized on how the rec
    letters are presented.

    Basically, one of my rec letters (copies and all) is placed in a
    sealed folder while the other is in an envelope. Should I just be
    uniform and place everything in similar containment so the whole app
    looks uniform? Or is that just a trivial thing that I shouldn"t worry
    about? I figure that its so important not to get docked points for
    dumb mistakes that something like this should not be overlooked.

    --- In 2004JET@yahoogroups.com, Peter Honigmann Jr
    foleyhonigmann@s... wrote:
    I would just add this about the essay, and the entire process in
    general.

    What they are looking for a person who is genuinely interested in
    learning about the Japanese language and culture, as well as having
    an interest in teaching.

    The more you can demonstrate that you are a well-rounded individual
    who is open to new ideas, can handle change and unique situations
    well, and thrives on meeting new people and challenges, the better
    your chances are of getting through the process.

    You may already know this, but everything you do in the written app
    is assigned points. The neatness, the content of your essay, if you
    place your documents in proper order - all get assigned points. So if
    you receive enough points you will then get an interview. It
    definitely pays to spend time making it look nice and neat,
    proofreading your essay, and sending it in in good order.

    Hope that is of some help. I have also been involved in the actual
    interview process - so once you get picked for the interview I can
    offer some tips there as well.

    Peter

    Justin! justin@e... wrote:
    Nik,

    I read about the book on another forum, and have only finished the
    first two chapters of it. It seems like it"s basically an
    anthropological view of Japan"s international relations vis-a-vis
    the
    JET program. However, it does provide some valuable information
    concerning what the interviewers are looking for and various
    statistics. I believe it would have been good for me to have read
    it
    before writing my essay, but what"s sent is sent, eh? :) Is the
    Application due date the same in England as it is in the United
    States (Dec. 5th)? From what I"ve heard, the earlier you get it
    in,
    the better chance you have of getting an interview.



    --- In 2004JET@yahoogroups.com, Thomas, Nicholas D
    nicholas.thomas@i... wrote:
    Hi,

    My name is Nik, I live and work in London (England) and I am
    applying for
    JET this year. My application is nearly complete, I just have the
    essay left
    to go (Arrgh.)

    If anyone knows of any resources which might help in writing the
    essay, with
    tips or ideas etc. that would be greatly appreciated. Justin:
    Does
    that
    book, JET, importing diversity.. have any information that
    might
    help with
    the essay, and the application in general? I think I might try to
    pick a
    copy up after work today.

    Anyway, back to the introduction. I am 24, so not quite fresh out
    of uni,
    and I have been working for the last 3 years since graduating. I
    have never
    been to Japan, but I do speak some Japanese, and I have some
    family
    connections to Japan with my brother"s wife being Japanese.

    Thanks, and good luck everyone with their applications.

    Nik


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    Peter Honigmann Jr foleyhonigmann@s... </font>
    <font size="-0">Date: Wed Nov 26, 2003 3:58
    pm</font>
    <font size="-0">Subject: Re: [2004JET] Re: applying for Hyogo Pref.</font>
    <TT>Thanks to everyone who"s helped me so far. I think my girlfriend and
    I have settled on Hyogo as our first choice, and probably Kyoto and
    Nara prefs. as our second and third.

    Peter, did this engaged couple you knew request to live together in
    the same apartment, or just near each other? I wonder if that affects
    one"s chances of being placed with their significant other. Also,
    while my girlfriend and I are not engaged, we"re wondering if we
    should say we are in order to convince the JET panel that we"re
    serious about our relationship. Thoughts?


    --- In 2004JET@yahoogroups.com, "Peter Honigmann"
    foleyhonigmann@s... wrote:
    Hey there. I cannot offer any info on the location itself, but I
    would just tell you that you need to be aware of the high
    probability that you and your
    girlfriend will not be placed together.

    I went over with my wife and we got the same town, but being married
    is still no guarantee you get posted together.

    We knew another couple who were engaged and were posted about 70
    miles apart, which did not seem like much, especially in the US when
    you have your own car. But it turned out to be quite the ordeal, as
    one of them was in the country without direction train access. So
    they did not get to see each other as much as they liked.

    Just thought you might want to keep that in mind.

    --- In 2004JET@yahoogroups.com, "thatsasin" thatsasin@y... wrote:
    Hi all. My girlfriend and I are currently working on our JET
    applications and trying to decide on a placement request. We are
    leaning toward Hyogo prefecture, since we both spent a month in
    Kobe
    for a
    study abroad session and got to see a bit of the surrounding
    area (Kyoto, Himeji, Osaka, Nara, and so on). Also, I spent
    another
    month in Sendai afterwards and while it was nice, I definitely
    prefered Kobe.

    If anyone wants to share experiences they"ve had with living or
    working in Hyogo prefecture, I"d love to hear them. I"m especially
    curious about how big Hyogo is; I"ve looked at maps, but it"s hard
    to
    tell whether we"d have easy access (say, 45 minutes to an hour on a
    non-Shinkansen train) to Kobe and other nearby cities no matter
    where
    in Hyogo were placed. We would definitely prefer to have access to
    these cities, not only for familiarity, but because we"re both
    vegetarians and the larger cities might be the only places we can
    go
    to get certain
    vegetarian grocery items (I did a search and there"s
    apparently a handful of vegetarian stores in Kobe).

    sjsamurai007, since you lived nearby, maybe you could help me out,
    or
    just tell me about your general experience in the region. Any
    information would be helpful. Our second and third choices right
    now
    are Kyoto and Nara prefectures, and we"re trying to decide if we
    should switch one of them to the first choice or choose somewhere
    else
    entirely. Ah, decisions.
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    From:

    Peter Honigmann Jr foleyhonigmann@s... </font>
    <font size="-0">Date: Wed Nov 26, 2003 4:17
    pm</font>
    <font size="-0">Subject: Re: [2004JET] Re: Intros, Placements, Etc.</font>
    <TT>Hey Nik,

    If in the case you are still working on your statement of purpose, I
    would recommend reading this essay from a JETer on his website:

    http://www.jetanuki.com/inside/jet/essay.htm

    It seems to be a good model on how to write a good JET essay. Though
    I"m turning my app in tomorrow (hopefully!) I think I still have
    loads to revise before I"m done.

    Hope that helps!
    Chris

    P.S. This is somewhat off topic, but on the matter of the points
    system and all, I"m wondering if I might be penalized on how the rec
    letters are presented.

    Basically, one of my rec letters (copies and all) is placed in a
    sealed folder while the other is in an envelope. Should I just be
    uniform and place everything in similar containment so the whole app
    looks uniform? Or is
    that just a trivial thing that I shouldn"t worry
    about? I figure that its so important not to get docked points for
    dumb mistakes that something like this should not be overlooked.

    --- In 2004JET@yahoogroups.com, Peter Honigmann Jr
    foleyhonigmann@s... wrote:
    I would just add this about the essay, and the entire process in
    general.

    What they are looking for a person who is genuinely interested in
    learning about the Japanese language and culture, as well as having
    an interest in teaching.

    The more you can demonstrate that you are a well-rounded individual
    who is open to new ideas, can handle change and unique situations
    well, and thrives on meeting new people and challenges, the better
    your chances are of getting through the process.

    You may already know this, but everything you do in the written app
    is assigned points. The neatness, the content of your essay,
    if you
    place your documents in proper order - all get assigned points. So if
    you receive enough points you will then get an interview. It
    definitely pays to spend time making it look nice and neat,
    proofreading your essay, and sending it in in good order.

    Hope that is of some help. I have also been involved in the actual
    interview process - so once you get picked for the interview I can
    offer some tips there as well.

    Peter

    Justin! justin@e... wrote:
    Nik,

    I read about the book on another forum, and have only finished the
    first two chapters of it. It seems like it"s basically an
    anthropological view of Japan"s international relations vis-a-vis
    the
    JET program. However, it does provide some valuable information
    concerning what the interviewers are looking for and various
    statistics. I believe it would
    have been good for me to have read
    it
    before writing my essay, but what"s sent is sent, eh? :) Is the
    Application due date the same in England as it is in the United
    States (Dec. 5th)? From what I"ve heard, the earlier you get it
    in,
    the better chance you have of getting an interview.



    --- In 2004JET@yahoogroups.com, "Thomas, Nicholas D"
    nicholas.thomas@i... wrote:
    Hi,

    My name is Nik, I live and work in London (England) and I am
    applying for
    JET this year. My application is nearly complete, I just have the
    essay left
    to go (Arrgh.)

    If anyone knows of any resources which might help in writing the
    essay, with
    tips or ideas etc. that would be greatly appreciated. Justin:
    Does
    that
    book, "JET, importing diversity.." have any
    information that
    might
    help with
    the essay, and the application in general? I think I might try to
    pick a
    copy up after work today.

    Anyway, back to the introduction. I am 24, so not quite fresh out
    of uni,
    and I have been working for the last 3 years since graduating. I
    have never
    been to Japan, but I do speak some Japanese, and I have some
    family
    connections to Japan with my brother"s wife being Japanese.

    Thanks, and good luck everyone with their applications.

    Nik


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    <font size="-0">Date: Wed Nov 26, 2003 5:10
    pm</font>
    <font size="-0">Subject: Re: [2004JET] Hello!</font>
    <tt>Hi, I"m Eric, 28, working as a computer programmer in Chicago. I sent in my
    application a week ago and like everyone and their mom and I wanna be near
    Tokyo.

    I wasn"t aware of a web submission application, or that they scheduled
    interviews so quickly! Is that UK only?

    I think in the US you don"t get an interview til well after the new year.

    Good luck to you! Please keep us updated on how it goes.

    Eric




    On Wed, Nov 26, 2003 at 10:14:20AM -0000, Matt wrote:
    Hi everyone!

    My name is Matt Griffiths. I live in Swindon, UK. I sent my
    application off nice and early, and used the web submission thing,
    and I"ve got my interview this Friday. I"ve requested Kinki, Chuba,
    Kanto regions, in that order. As you see, I"ve not really any
    preference, but I"m hoping for somewhere reasonably central.

    Anyway, nice to meet you all, and wish me luck!

    Matt



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    Justin! justin@e... </font>
    <font size="-0">Date: Wed Nov 26, 2003 5:15
    pm</font>
    <font size="-0">Subject: Re: Hello!</font>
    <tt>Hello Eric!

    I don"t know the application process in the UK, but on the US
    application it specifically states that anything submitted through
    the web would NOT be accepted. Our interviews will be in mid to late
    February. Good Luck!

    -Justin


    --- In 2004JET@yahoogroups.com, otteer@l... wrote:
    Hi, I"m Eric, 28, working as a computer programmer in Chicago. I
    sent in my application a week ago and like everyone and their mom and
    I wanna be near Tokyo.

    I wasn"t aware of a web submission application, or that they
    scheduled interviews so quickly! Is that UK only?

    I think in the US you don"t get an interview til well after the new
    year.

    Good luck to you! Please keep us updated on how it goes.

    Eric




    On Wed, Nov 26, 2003 at 10:14:20AM -0000, Matt wrote:
    Hi everyone!

    My name is Matt Griffiths. I live in Swindon, UK. I sent my
    application off nice and early, and used the web submission
    thing,
    and I"ve got my interview this Friday. I"ve requested Kinki,
    Chuba,
    Kanto regions, in that order. As you see, I"ve not really any
    preference, but I"m hoping for somewhere reasonably central.

    Anyway, nice to meet you all, and wish me luck!

    Matt



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    <font size="-0">Date: Wed Nov 26, 2003 5:21
    pm</font>
    <font size="-0">Subject: E-mail choices</font>
    <tt>Just a note to everyone - I noticed this board is getting a lot of
    activity and I think that"s a great thing! So you don"t feel bogged
    down with e-mails, remember there are different options such as Daily
    Digest (Get all the e-mails from one day inside of one e-mail) or No
    E-mail (You can check the e-mails on the group page). I realize most
    of you probably know this, I just didn"t want people getting
    frustrated that they had to sort through so many e-mails.




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    <font size="-0">Date: Wed Nov 26, 2003 5:23
    pm</font>
    <font size="-0">Subject: Re: Hello!</font>
    <tt>Matt,

    That"s awesome that you"re getting an interview so early. In the US,
    we have to wait around a few more months. Does that mean you"ll get
    the decision sooner as well? Good luck at the interview - let us
    know how it goes!

    -Justin


    --- In 2004JET@yahoogroups.com, Matt dynamisx@b... wrote:
    Hi everyone!

    My name is Matt Griffiths. I live in Swindon, UK. I sent my
    application off nice and early, and used the web submission thing,
    and I"ve got my interview this Friday. I"ve requested Kinki, Chuba,
    Kanto regions, in that order. As you see, I"ve not really any
    preference, but I"m hoping for somewhere reasonably central.

    Anyway, nice to meet you all, and wish me luck!

    Matt


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    From:

    Thomas, Nicholas D nicholas.thomas@i... </font>
    <font size="-0">Date: Wed Nov 26, 2003 5:37
    pm</font>
    <font size="-0">Subject: RE: [2004JET] Re: Hello!</font>
    <tt>From the JET UK webpage (http://www.jet-uk.org/application.html)

    1. Web Application Form

    You can apply online. This method is strongly recommended as it enables
    faster administration.

    Click here to start. (Secure connection)

    The online application can then be accessed through the link,
    https://www.jet-uk.org/cgi-bin/Application/AppForm.html

    Note, however, that even after applying online you still need to submit all
    the documents to the Japanese embassy, as normal. The purpose of the online
    appliction is not to replace the regular method, but rather to enable
    faster administration

    Maybe this is why the UK interviews have started already?

    I submitted my online application today. I will follow up by hand delivering
    all the appropiate documents to the Embassy in the next day or two.

    Nik





    -----Original Message-----
    From: Justin!
    To: 2004JET@yahoogroups.com
    Sent: 26/11/2003 17:15
    Subject: [2004JET] Re: Hello!

    Hello Eric!

    I don"t know the application process in the UK, but on the US
    application it specifically states that anything submitted through
    the web would NOT be accepted. Our interviews will be in mid to late
    February. Good Luck!

    -Justin


    --- In 2004JET@yahoogroups.com, otteer@l... wrote:
    Hi, I"m Eric, 28, working as a computer programmer in Chicago. I
    sent in my application a week ago and like everyone and their mom and
    I wanna be near Tokyo.

    I wasn"t aware of a web submission application, or that they
    scheduled interviews so quickly! Is that UK only?

    I think in the US you don"t get an interview til well after the new
    year.

    Good luck to you! Please keep us updated on how it goes.

    Eric




    On Wed, Nov 26, 2003 at 10:14:20AM -0000, Matt wrote:
    Hi everyone!

    My name is Matt Griffiths. I live in Swindon, UK. I sent my
    application off nice and early, and used the web submission
    thing,
    and I"ve got my interview this Friday. I"ve requested Kinki,
    Chuba,
    Kanto regions, in that order. As you see, I"ve not really any
    preference, but I"m hoping for somewhere reasonably central.

    Anyway, nice to meet you all, and wish me luck!

    Matt



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    Peter Honigmann Jr foleyhonigmann@s... </font>
    <font size="-0">Date: Wed Nov 26, 2003 5:43
    pm</font>
    <font size="-0">Subject: Re: [2004JET] Hello!</font>
    <TT>Hi, I"m Eric, 28, working as a computer programmer in Chicago. I sent in my application a week ago and like everyone and their mom and I wanna be near Tokyo.

    I wasn"t aware of a web submission application, or that they scheduled interviews so quickly! Is that UK only?

    I think in the US you don"t get an interview til well after the new year.

    Good luck to you! Please keep us updated on how it goes.

    Eric




    On Wed, Nov 26, 2003 at 10:14:20AM -0000, Matt wrote:
    Hi everyone!

    My name is Matt Griffiths. I live in Swindon, UK. I sent my
    application off nice and early, and used the web submission thing,
    and I"ve got my interview this Friday. I"ve requested Kinki, Chuba,
    Kanto regions, in that order. As you see, I"ve not really any
    preference, but I"m hoping for
    somewhere reasonably central.

    Anyway, nice to meet you all, and wish me luck!

    Matt



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    From:
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    <font size="-0">Date: Wed Nov 26, 2003 5:51
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    <font size="-0">Subject: Re: [2004JET] Hello!</font>
    <tt>I live in Chicago, Logan Square. What will the JET group do? Where and when
    will you meet? Feel free to email me off list if that seems more appropriate.

    Eric


    On Wed, Nov 26, 2003 at 09:43:27AM -0800, Peter Honigmann Jr wrote:
    Eric:

    Do you live in Chicago, or the outlying suburbs? Just curious as I am trying
    to
    locate people for a JET group in the western suburbs.

    I believe you are correct about the US, they do not let you know about the
    interviews until January.

    Peter

    otteer@l... wrote:

    Hi, I"m Eric, 28, working as a computer programmer in Chicago. I sent in
    my application a week ago and like everyone and their mom and I wanna be
    near Tokyo.

    I wasn"t aware of a web submission application, or that they scheduled
    interviews so quickly! Is that UK only?

    I think in the US you don"t get an interview til well after the new year.

    Good luck to you! Please keep us updated on how it goes.

    Eric




    On Wed, Nov 26, 2003 at 10:14:20AM -0000, Matt wrote:
    Hi everyone!

    My name is Matt Griffiths. I live in Swindon, UK. I sent my
    application off nice and early, and used the web submission thing,
    and I"ve got my interview this Friday. I"ve requested Kinki, Chuba,
    Kanto regions, in that order. As you see, I"ve not really any
    preference, but I"m hoping for somewhere reasonably central.

    Anyway, nice to meet you all, and wish me luck!

    Matt



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    Matt dynamisx@b... </font>
    <font size="-0">Date: Wed Nov 26, 2003 6:07
    pm</font>
    <font size="-0">Subject: Interview</font>
    <tt>
    Yeah, its nice, but I was kind of expecting it much later, so only a
    week"s notice was a bit of a shock. I"m told they started
    interviewing early applicants in mid November here in the UK. I doubt
    I"ll get my result any earlier, so it just means I get to stew even
    longer than everyone else!

    As for the web submission: I"m sure its nice for them, but I still
    had to send off everything except written proof of my existence
    signed by God in quadriplicate. Well, at least I could print off the
    application form, instead of revealing my terrible handwriting.

    I"ve done some research on interview questions, and at the moment,
    I"m sweating trying to decide what to sing if they want to hear me
    croak something out. (It filters out the shy ones, apparantly).

    Anyway, any tips for the interview gratefully accepted!

    Cheers,

    Matt


    --- In 2004JET@yahoogroups.com, Justin! justin@e... wrote:
    Matt,

    That"s awesome that you"re getting an interview so early. In the
    US,
    we have to wait around a few more months. Does that mean you"ll
    get
    the decision sooner as well? Good luck at the interview - let us
    know how it goes!

    -Justin


    --- In 2004JET@yahoogroups.com, Matt dynamisx@b... wrote:
    Hi everyone!

    My name is Matt Griffiths. I live in Swindon, UK. I sent my
    application off nice and early, and used the web submission
    thing,
    and I"ve got my interview this Friday. I"ve requested Kinki,
    Chuba,
    Kanto regions, in that order. As you see, I"ve not really any
    preference, but I"m hoping for somewhere reasonably central.

    Anyway, nice to meet you all, and wish me luck!

    Matt


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    <font size="-0">Date: Wed Nov 26, 2003 9:13
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    <font size="-0">Subject: Re: Hello!</font>
    <tt>Hey guys. It sounds like each area is different. I"m from Canada,
    and there is no such thing as web applications. Also, my due date
    for the JET program was much sooner than some, later than others.
    Weird eh? Guess different embassies do different things.





    --- In 2004JET@yahoogroups.com, otteer@l... wrote:
    Hi, I"m Eric, 28, working as a computer programmer in Chicago. I
    sent in my application a week ago and like everyone and their mom and
    I wanna be near Tokyo.

    I wasn"t aware of a web submission application, or that they
    scheduled interviews so quickly! Is that UK only?

    I think in the US you don"t get an interview til well after the new
    year.

    Good luck to you! Please keep us updated on how it goes.

    Eric




    On Wed, Nov 26, 2003 at 10:14:20AM -0000, Matt wrote:
    Hi everyone!

    My name is Matt Griffiths. I live in Swindon, UK. I sent my
    application off nice and early, and used the web submission
    thing,
    and I"ve got my interview this Friday. I"ve requested Kinki,
    Chuba,
    Kanto regions, in that order. As you see, I"ve not really any
    preference, but I"m hoping for somewhere reasonably central.

    Anyway, nice to meet you all, and wish me luck!

    Matt



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    <font size="-0">Date: Wed Nov 26, 2003 9:23
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    <font size="-0">Subject: Where did you apply to go?</font>
    <tt>I applied to go to three different prefectures, and I indicated urban
    for my preference.

    1. Tochigi Prefecture
    2. Chiba Prefecture
    3. Kanagawa Prefecture

    I was hoping that with this thread, we can meet others who wish to go
    to the same areas, and share info on those areas. Please post your
    areas too... I am interested!

    About Tochigi: I have a friend who has travelled there, and said it
    was beautiful. There are many shrines, and ancient things to see
    there... it is also a half hour bullet train trip (depending on where
    you live) to Tokyo. I also knew a Japanese-citizen girl who I met
    here in Canada, who lives there and teaches English, and gets ALTs to
    help her teach. I did some tutoring with her a while back, and
    learned how it works. Anyhow, she highly recommended the area. It
    is just supposed to be extraordinary. And wouldn"t it be funny if by
    random chance I got stationed at her school? That would be just too
    crazy.

    The other two prefectures, Chiba and Kanagawa. I do not know too
    much about them, but they are close to some interesting areas and
    came recommended from other sources. Anyone hear anything, or know
    anything, about Tochigi, Chiba, or Kanagawa?


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    <font size="-0">Date: Wed Nov 26, 2003 9:39
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    <font size="-0">Subject: Re: [2004JET] Interview</font>
    <tt> As for the web submission: I"m sure its nice for them, but I still
    had to send off everything except written proof of my existence
    signed by God in quadriplicate.

    *chuckle*; It sure seems that way considering the amount of information
    the program requires of its applicants. Still, I"ve encountered worse
    in my time, so no major complaints here.

    Well, at least I could print off the
    application form, instead of revealing my terrible handwriting.


    Wasn"t sure if I should handwrite or type the application; in corporate
    circles, companies use samples of handwriting to pass some evaluation
    and judgement of the character and personality of their applicants. I
    guess I"ve been staring at this application packet for too long -
    perhaps I"m reading too far into it.

    I"ve done some research on interview questions, and at the moment,
    I"m sweating trying to decide what to sing if they want to hear me
    croak something out. (It filters out the shy ones, apparantly).


    Sing? That"s unusual. Is there something I"ve missed in the
    application, or is this just something you"ve detailed as a skill in
    your personal statement? Is it me or are there any folks out there who
    are having a bit of trouble writing TWO full pages about oneself? Sure,
    I"ve done a lot in my life, but I have to consider keeping that life
    story pertinent to the application and the program.

    Ganbatte!


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    <font size="-0">Date: Wed Nov 26, 2003 9:46
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    <font size="-0">Subject: Where to put Japan internship on application?</font>
    <tt>I was a participant in something called the Miyagi Internship, an
    exchange program between the state of Delaware and Miyagi Prefecture,
    in the summer of 2002. I"m wondering where on my application I should
    mention this, because I wanted to go into a little detail regarding my
    duties and experiences during the internship. Would putting it under
    the Employment History section be appropriate? I was not paid except
    for bus/transit fares and startup money. So far I have listed my
    current job which I"ve held since 1999. I could list another job I
    held briefly in 2002, but it was a webmaster position and not very
    relevant to JET.


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    From:

    Thomas, Nicholas D nicholas.thomas@i... </font>
    <font size="-0">Date: Wed Nov 26, 2003 11:43
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    <font size="-0">Subject: RE: [2004JET] Where to put Japan internship on application?</font>
    <tt> thatsasin ,

    I"m no expert, but I would have thought that the essay would be the ideal
    place to discuss this. You can then go into quite a lot of detail, talking
    about what you accomplished while you were there, what problems you faced,
    how you overcame them, and how they relate to who you would be suitable for
    JET.

    Nik

    -----Original Message-----
    From: thatsasin
    To: 2004JET@yahoogroups.com
    Sent: 26/11/2003 21:46
    Subject: [2004JET] Where to put Japan internship on application?

    I was a participant in something called the Miyagi Internship, an
    exchange program between the state of Delaware and Miyagi Prefecture,
    in the summer of 2002. I"m wondering where on my application I should
    mention this, because I wanted to go into a little detail regarding my
    duties and experiences during the internship. Would putting it under
    the Employment History section be appropriate? I was not paid except
    for bus/transit fares and startup money. So far I have listed my
    current job which I"ve held since 1999. I could list another job I
    held briefly in 2002, but it was a webmaster position and not very
    relevant to JET.



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    <font size="-0">Date: Wed Nov 26, 2003 11:52
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    <font size="-0">Subject: Essay</font>
    <tt>I am just putting the finishing touches to my essay, and I was just
    wondering, how important is it to stick to the brief that they give you?

    I find that I have a lot to write about part 1), quite a lot but not as much
    for part 2), and next to nothing for part 3). Does it matter if i leave out
    part 3 entirely?

    I have come across a few sample essays on the internet of past successful
    applicants, and they don"t seem to stick to the brief at all (and in fact
    were signifcantly shorter than the word count that is recommended). This
    leads me to believe one of two things, either a) The brief has changed in
    recent years, or possibly is different between embassies, or b) It is really
    not important at all to stick to the brief, as long as you can write a
    compelling and relevant essay.

    I"ve pasted a copy of the brief for the essay below, to remind you, and also
    in case it is different from the one you were given. All comments are
    welcome.

    Note: I am an alt applicant, with little or no teaching experience, so for
    me part 3) is basically the imagine you are in front of a class of 40...
    bit. This is the main bit I am having trouble with, and tbh am very tempted
    to leave it out as none of the sample essays I have seen seem to address
    this.

    Nik

    Essay brief
    ============

    *1 This is your personal statement of between 800 and 1000 words. Your essay
    must be typed, font size 12 and double-spaced on A4 paper. It should consist
    of three main sections, including the following points:

    1) General Statement.
    This should set forth your reasons for wishing to participate on the JET
    Programme.

    2) What can you contribute to the Programme?
    * If you have any experience of living abroad for an extended period, what
    aspect did you find the most difficult to adapt to? Was there any specific
    problem you had to overcome?

    * OR if you have not had any experience of living abroad, do you consider
    yourself to be adaptable to new circumstances and people? What situations
    have you found yourself in that have required such adaptation?

    3)For ALT applicants only: Teaching ideas
    * If you have some teaching experience, what methods of teaching, classroom
    approaches, etc., have you used, and which have you found the most valuable?

    * OR, if you have little or no experience, imagine you are in front of a
    class of 40 students, many of whom are not interested in studying English.
    How would you go about motivating them? What methods or approaches do you
    think you might use? What advantages do you think they might have?

    For CIR applicants only: Current Affairs
    What political or social issues in the UK do you think a Japanese person is
    most likely to be interested in and why?

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    <font size="-0">Date: Wed Nov 26, 2003 11:53
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    <font size="-0">Subject: Re: Interview</font>
    <tt> Well, at least I could print off the
    application form, instead of revealing my terrible handwriting.


    Wasn"t sure if I should handwrite or type the application; in
    corporate
    circles, companies use samples of handwriting to pass some
    evaluation
    and judgement of the character and personality of their applicants.
    I
    guess I"ve been staring at this application packet for too long -
    perhaps I"m reading too far into it.

    My point exactly, nothing good could come of analysing my handwriting.

    Sing? That"s unusual. Is there something I"ve missed in the
    application, or is this just something you"ve detailed as a skill
    in
    your personal statement?

    A skill? Not unless you count being able to warble an entire song
    without hitting ANY of the correct notes. My TESOL trainers assured
    me that it won"t affect teaching, since young kids only care about
    volume!

    I found an interview advice page, and the author warned she was asked
    to sing, to see if she was afraid of making a fool of herself in
    public. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst!
    (http://www.genkistar.com/japan/tips.html)

    Is it me or are there any folks out there who
    are having a bit of trouble writing TWO full pages about oneself?
    Sure,
    I"ve done a lot in my life, but I have to consider keeping
    that life
    story pertinent to the application and the program.

    Heh, I struggled to fill a page about myself, so I just waxed on
    about my teaching philosophy. I"ve yet to find out if this is a good
    thing or not.

    As for some top interview tips, I found this page, written by a JET
    examiner, and its quite amusing too.
    http://karatethejapaneseway.com/arti...interview.html


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    <font size="-0">Date: Thu Nov 27, 2003 3:22
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    <font size="-0">Subject: Re: Interview</font>
    <tt>
    Well, at least I could print off the
    application form, instead of revealing my terrible handwriting.


    My mother wrote the final draft of my application so it would look
    legible. How professional is that?

    As for my placement preferences, these were my choices:

    1. Otsu, Shiga Prefecture - This is where I did a 9 month
    work/study. It is also my fiancee"s hometown. It"s a gorgeous area.

    2. Nara - Ancient and Beautiful city. Also, coincides with my
    academic field of interest (Tenrikyo)

    3. Kobe - Just a wonderful city - and near Kyoto (With probably a
    better chance of getting the placement


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