Have you visited Salem Ma and ever thought you would like to work and live in the area? I did. Eventually, I made the move a decade ago. What’s stopping you? A job? Salem is a service-oriented community and if your interests or skills are aligned towards a retail & hospitality job, have I got good (and bad) news for you. The good: the Salem Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the MassHire North Shore Career Center to host a Retail & Hospitality Job Fair! The bad: the job fair takes place this Wednesday, June 19th from 1:30 – 3:30 pm.

Not much time to sharpen your resume. But there are plenty of websites to assist you. Plus, you can always walk into the MassHire North Shore Career Center, sign up, and avail yourself of a counselor’s advice. (pssst, ask nicely and you might even be able to print up multiple resume copies in case you don’t have a printer).

The Salem Chamber of Commerce is expecting from 20-25ย  businesses to participate in the Retail & Hospitality Job Fair with info on full time and part-time jobs. Some companies are unrelated. Some may be competitors. All are working together to create opportunities in the local Salem retail & hospitality job market.

According to a study discussed in an article on Jobs.net:

“Jobs in the hospitality industry are open to every skill of education and experience. Dishwashers, housekeepers, maintenance workers, kitchen staff, servers, and support staff often hire on with excellent companies with no more than a high school diploma or a vocational diploma. However, there is also a need for managers, supervisors, and specialized clerical workers, consultants, marketing professionals, and other workers. These jobs pay well, and usually require at least an associate or bachelor degree.

Many students working toward a bachelor’s or higher degree in hospitality management work as mid-level restaurant or hotel managers or support staff during college or for their internship. In fact, food service jobs account for 8 percent of all the employment in the U.S. The hospitality industry earns trillions of dollars per year worldwide. In addition to the many full-time positions available, the hospitality industry offers lots of part-time positions.”

Employment in this sector reported a 17% job growth between 2004 and 2014.

The Retail & Hospitality Job Fair will be held at the Levesque Community Life Center, 401 Bridge Street in Salem. Dress for success. Sweatpants are not acceptable. For more info, call 978-825-7200.