Middle Schoolers Get 1st Look at Professional Life at Mock Job Fair

Matt Masterson, WTTW

Middle schoolers at James Madison Elementary may be a few years away from entering the workforce full time, but that isn’t stopping them from getting a leg up on the interviewing process.

Students at the Greater Grand Crossing school organized its first-ever mock job fair Friday, offering sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders there the chance to practice resume writing and build interview skills with professionals from across Chicago.

“I spend most of my days dealing with crime and violence, and there’s only that one aspect of young people’s lives that I see,” said Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx, one of the guests at Madison on Friday, “so I wanted to come out here and encourage them in this process, enrich them in their public speaking skills, their interviewing skills because I think it’s just vitally important for them to do that.”

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