We strongly recommend that applicants direct their chosen referees to this section of the website to ensure that they are made fully aware of our reference criteria.
You are required to obtain TWO references. It is the responsibility of applicants to choose referees that are relevant to their application - the JET Programme cannot offer specific advice regarding referees apart from the guidelines below. To strengthen your application we advise the following:
Final year undergraduate degree students and recent graduates are advised to include either:
ONE academic reference from your university tutor / lecturer AND ONE professional reference from your current or former employer
TWO academic references
If you are not a recent graduate, we would advise that you obtain either:
ONE academic reference from your former university tutor / lecturer AND ONE professional reference from your current or former employer
TWO professional references, each from either a current or former employer
The JET Programme does not provide reference forms, therefore it is the responsibility of the applicant to make sure referees are aware of the required reference format. Referees should write a standard reference ensuring that they satisfy the points below. The reference should:
The referee must sign the reference itself. It must be placed in an envelope, which must then be closed and sealed. The referee must then sign over the seal of the envelope to show that the reference has not been seen or tampered with.
The reference should be sent to the applicant, not directly to the JET Desk. This is so that it can be sent with the applicant's other documents in their application pack. Please do not send us the references, as many applicants wait for their references before applying. Applicants should send their two references together with the rest of their application materials.
Please note that references written by friends, family or friends of the family will lead to automatic disqualification from the application process. Please avoid obtaining references from work colleagues or from anyone else who has not supervised you directly.
If an applicant sends more than two references, two will be randomly chosen and the extra reference(s) will be discarded.
We ask for your patience in reading through all the instructions.