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JET Program Perspective: Strengthening Your Application

About a year after I came back from the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program, I met a girl my age at a party who was interested in the program. She said to me that she didn't apply when she was in college because she felt it was too competitive. After finishing the program I had completely forgotten about the lengthiness of the process and the anxiety it caused for its applicants.

In this post I will express my opinions on what you can do to strengthen your JET application.
Background The JET Program invites professionals to Japan to teach at its PK-12 schools or work at its government offices. It is organized by several Japanese government branches which include: the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), and the Ministry of Education among others. JET Program participants who become Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) are likely to go on to work for a public school or a Board of Education. Those who become C…

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