WORK & STUDY
If you're finishing up on JET, then otsukaresama desu!
You're no doubt thinking about your next steps
WRITING THAT RESUME
Let's talk about resume building.
First up, this will be an introduction, and you should be aware that different countries and different industries may potentially have slightly different requirements. We recommend of course doing some research to get up to speed - and speak to your local JETAA chapter members for help!!
Check out Life After JET podcast if you like listening more than reading. Focusing on the lives and careers of ex-JETs, interview guests talk about how they got into their careers, and pass on some information and advice to go about it.
Capitalising on your JET experience
It's surprising that some JETs feel that their JET experience would be somehow difficult or irrelevant, unless you're looking for a career in education. However, it can actually be an advantage - self promotion is key when writing a resume, so using words that play up your skills and experience on JET is important. This document by JETAANY lists words to use on your resume, and we have to mention AkitaJET's amazingly comprehensive document on the subject.
The After JET conference every year usually features resources and presentations on how to leverage your JET experience in your interviews and resumes. See for example 2017's conference on "Transferable skill sets JETs can promote".
The Japanese resume
Thinking of staying on in Japan? Japanese resumes (rirekisho - 履歴書) are highly standardised, with many companies preferring resumes to be traditionally hand-written, and in kanji. However, exceptions do occur, for tech jobs and foreign companies, which may allow more western-style resumes to be submitted. But as with JET, every situation is different, and pay careful attention to the specifications of the job application.
Useful links that explain the structure and method of writing (and presenting) rirekisho:
JET CERTIFICATE OF PARTICIPATION
One way that CLAIR assists former JET Programme participants is by providing a basic form of employment verification.
Because CLAIR is not the actual employer of JETs, this Certificate of Participation cannot be proof of employment per se and may not be sufficient for some situations, but it does serve as proof of participation in the JET Programme.
Formal proof of employment can only be obtained from your former contracting organization. CLAIR can provide basic proof of participation along the lines of: “Our records show that _____ was a participant on the JET Programme from _____ to _____ , working in _____ (prefecture / city / town).”
Please check with the CLAIR / Japan Local Government Center office that works with your chapter to see if they offer this service and to receive further information.
CLAIR Tokyo (headquarters)
PURSUING FURTHER STUDIES
Some choose to pursue further study after JET, and there are resources and support available.
Scholarships are available for past JETs, however at this stage, this is mostly available in some American universities, and one in Tokyo. You can check the list out at the US JET Programme website, which also contains other JETAA-related sites for job opportunities.