KidsMatter Job Fair in Naperville

Young professionals were able to browse the job market and develop basic skills to be successful workers at the 10th Annual Job Fair hosted by KidsMatter at North Central College.

“One of the assets that’s most important in young peoples’ lives is work force preparation. It’s skills that they need to interact with future employers, to hold down a job and be successful at it, to develop the skills that they need to be the future employees of the world,” said Idalynn Wenhold, Executive Director of KidsMatter.

Over 60 businesses participated, offering everything from internships to year-round employment opportunities.

“I think it’s a really amazing opportunity just to have all these different businesses around and I can have a chance to put myself out in the working world without scarily going to every single shop out there,” said Emma Salgado, a student at Neuqua Valley High School.

Students were also able to gain some tips and tactics for increasing their odds of securing a job through resume building workshops and mock interviews.

“The volunteers here are professionals and they made me feel like I was in a real interview, and I wasn’t as nervous as I thought I’d be. He was very friendly and made me feel like I was ready to go into a real interview,” said Alex Valentino, a student at Benet Academy.

The event is about more than just finding a summer job: it’s about the skills students gain in the process so they’re better prepared when they go for those jobs in the future.

Naperville News 17’s Rachel Pierson reports.

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