Career Services Just for JETs

Program Finished for 2019

USJETAA is excited to offer free career counseling and resume review services to JET alumni. To be eligible, you must be an alumni of the JET program, a member of USJETAA, and a resident of the U.S. All of the services take place online, so you can participate from your home or work.

USJETAA will be offering 25 career counseling sessions and 20 resume review opportunities to JET alumni on a first-come, first-served basis. Since services are limited, JET alumni are only eligible to participate in 1 (one) free service (a career counseling or a resume review session). Our career and resume experts are JET alumni who want to give back to the JET community, and so they will also be offering discounted rates for additional services. Please see below for more details on these services.

2020 program will begin in late August or early September

Career Counseling with Emily Frank

Building a career can be hard work, especially for people with international experience. But you can have a career you love! And Emily Frank is here to help. She will work with you to help you find a career path that will make you happy, and give you the tools to land those jobs. This service is great for JET alumni who are still figuring out what they want to do or who are thinking about changing careers. The free career consultation is a one hour virtual session with minimal email support. There will be 25 sessions offered to JET alumni on a first-come, first-served basis. Once these free sessions run out, Emily will also offer discounted sessions at $120. Please contact Emily for details.

All one hour sessions will take place virtually through the Zoom platform or in person if you are located in the Denver, Colorado area. The sessions will be scheduled starting August 19, 2019 and will run through November 1, 2019. Please follow the link below to sign up for a time to meet with Emily! After you have signed up, Emily will contact you directly and send you more information.

Funding for the Career Counseling service is generously provided by The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP).

Who is Emily Frank?

Emily Frank (Hokkaido, 1993-1996) graduated from Smith College and was an AET in southern Hokkaido from 1993-1996. After spending a lot of time afterwards feeling lost, she eventually got a master's degree in counseling and now helps others who are similarly lost regarding careers. She spent over 12 years working at a large public university, and has been in private practice since January, 2018. Emily is based in Denver, but does distance work with clients from all over the globe. She has been able to offer free career counseling to over 50 JET alumni in the past through grants like this, and has enjoyed reconnecting with fellow JETs that way.

Resume Review with Kamara Toffolo

If you already know your next career steps, Kamara is here to help you create an industry specific resume to land your dream job! Kamara will look at the type of jobs you’re seeking, assess your resume, and give you advice to customize your resume to tell your career journey. There will only be 20 free sessions offered to JET alumni on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please be as specific as possible when filling out your application. To be accepted to this service, you should know the field and position that you are tailoring your resume to fit. This service is not appropriate for general resumes (which we do not recommend using) or if you aren't sure of the job or field you want. Not sure if your resume is ready for this kind of review? Check out Kamara's video on No-Nonsense Resume Advice Just for JETs before applying.

Alumni are only able to participate in one free service. If you’re not quite sure what type of job you’re looking for, we recommend checking out Career Counseling with Emily Frank above.

Once you have filled out the form below outlining your career goals and ideal career path, Kamara will contact you directly to ask for your existing resume.  Kamara will create a custom private video on YouTube, which tells you how you can hone this resume. The video will be up indefinitely, so you can get your resume in the best shape possible for your job search. Kamara will also be available to take questions publicly over LinkedIn and will run an "Office Hours" post here every Friday. If you would like her to look at future resumes or LinkedIn profiles, she has agreed to offer further sessions at the discounted rate of $75. Please contact her for further details.

Funding for the Resume Review service is generously provided by The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) and CLAIR.


Who is Kamara Toffolo?

Kamara Toffolo (Gunma, 2007-2008) is a resume writer, LinkedIn consultant, and job search strategist who helps clients worldwide DARE to do work DIFFERENTLY!  Whether a bold and brazen professional ready to shake things up and make a BIG career change, a go-getting manager primed to score a well-deserved promotion, or a high-impact executive strategizing their next career transition, Kamara helps her clients land great-fitting gigs! Kamara has been a featured writer and expert in many publications including Forbes, Business Insider, Inc., and The Daily Muse to name a few, and was published in the best-selling book YouMap®: Find Yourself. Blaze Your Path. Show the World! She was also named by Jobscan as the #1 Job Search Expert to Follow on LinkedIn for 2019.

Once applications open, the registration form will be below.