Joplin Middle School Students Apply for Jobs at the North Pole - KOAM TV 7

Joplin Middle School Students Apply for Jobs at the North Pole

      Most kids won't get their first job until they turn sixteen but at North Middle school in Joplin today,  dozens applied to work at the North Pole.

Students took the process pretty seriously and learned real life lessons.

"I practiced for a month," says Grace Nielson an eighth grade student.

While she applied to be North Pole doctor others  vied for the job of candy chef, toy maker and even warehouse supervisor.

Professionals in business including KOAM-TV sales managers and  the news director interviewed students.

Kamryn Montoya explained why she was best qualified to be warehouse supervisor.  "I'm  a captain of several sports. I'm  teen council. I show leadership  throughout the school and clubs. I would think my best  quality for this would be my leadership because if you're going to be a supervisor   you're gonna have to show leadership and responsibility."

 Even though they say  it was  a nerve wracking experience , the students say they learned something from preparing for their job interviews.

Kamryn says, "You're not exactly sure what they're going to say (ask)  so I would practice a bunch of questions and I would just just calm down."

 Chandler Coles, another eighth grader says,  "So, you don't  want to  go to an interview without that kind of  experience. Cause just like I was,  you're going to be nervous.  And you're going to probably  mess up  unless you have some sort of experience."

They dressed for success. Students  researched jobs,  prepared applications packets, got reference letters  and for some the biggest  challenge was  writing  a  resume.

Grace says, "I have a lot of extra- curricular activities so I didn't want to put all of them on there. So I chose my top ten. So I feel like making the resume was the hardest part and  deciding what you want  to put on there and what you want to leave off that  doesn't have to do with the job, necessarily."

Their teacher Sara Reineke says students are fiercely competitive and many asked about what to wear and if they could ask about benefits packages. She says getting reference letters makes  students have adult relationships. And she says resume writing shows them early that they need to make good choices because someone will be checking when they apply for jobs.

  “Which makes them realize it's important  to get involved and do great things in their lifetimes."

       The students were graded on each part of the application packet,but could earn bonus points if they were finalists for jobs.  And those who landed North Pole positions earn a day off school at an internship.

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