The Hiring Process
Because of all of the organizations involved, the hiring process for JET is very long and convoluted. Any Contracting Organization wanting to participate in the JET Programme must use this hiring process. In February, each Contracting Organization tells CLAIR how many JETs they want, as well as any preferences they have. CLAIR then takes this information and tells the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) how many JETs to get from each country, and MOFA passes these numbers on to the Embassies and Consulates. After all of the Embassies and Consulates have chosen whom to hire, they send names to CLAIR, who then decide where to place everybody (trying to balance out prefectural requests, contracting organization requests, school requests, and JET requests).
Knowing this helps answer a lot of questions:
Can I Change My Mind After Deciding Not To Recontract?
No. After you choose not to recontract, your Contracting Organization tells CLAIR that your spot is available, and soon after, your spot is promised to a prospective JET. Even if you were the most popular JET at your school, and your principal and coworkers loved you, CLAIR cannot give you your job back.
I Know A Great Person To Replace Me
Unfortunately, if that person didn't go through the JET hiring process, your Contracting Organization cannot hire them as a JET.
I Still Haven't Heard From My School
Hyogo prefecture is one of the top hirers (by number) of new JET Program participants each year, the second largest number among all the prefectures of Japan. The additional administration required to manage such a large number of new participants means that it usually takes longer for Hyogo JETs to hear from their Contracting Organizations/Schools than new JETs in other prefectures.
Does CLAIR Listen To Our Placement Requests?
Yes they do, but your request is one of many factors that affects placement decisions. For example, Hyogo has a sister-state relationship with Western Australia, so many JETs from Perth get sent to Hyogo, (and most Australians from Melbourne usually do not). Also, CLAIR only assigns JETs to Contracting Organizations, and depending on the size of your CO, you might be assigned to a school. Schools with strong science programs might request an ALT with a background in science, a school planning a field trip to Ottawa might request an ALT from Canada, and many schools request ALTs that can speak Japanese. BOEs take these requests into consideration when they place their JETs.
In other words, they consider your request, but only very good reasons are given high priority (placement with a spouse), and even then, nothing is guaranteed.
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