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5 Awesome Ways to Prepare for Career Fair

Ready, Set, Resume!

Make sure that your resume is up to date before the Career Fair. Employers want to see a clear and concise snapshot of your experience, skills and abilities. If you need help editing your resume, you can always send it over to resume@salemstate.edu or make an appointment with a career services advisor.

Resume Review Night will be held on Thursday, February 21 from 2–5 pm. Sign up for a time slot via the online form. Don’t forget to bring multiple copies of your resume with you to the Career Fair!

Dress to Impress, It Can Lead You to Success

Leaving a good impression with the employer is vital and it starts with appearance. It is important to present yourself in a professional manner. This includes wearing clean, properly fitting, business attire. Some staple pieces to have in your closet are a pair of nice pants and/or skirts, and a blazer. You also don’t want to break the bank trying to look good, so check out Old Navy or H&M for professional and stylish clothing items at an affordable price!

We also have a JC Penney Suit Up event coming up exclusively for Salem State students, at the North Shore Mall (Sunday, February 24 from 3–6 pm), so be sure to check it out! Register on Handshake

Communication is Key They Say, and They’re Right!

When introducing yourself to employers, have a 30-second elevator pitch ready to deliver. Focus on your strengths, experiences and goals for this. Don’t forget to speak clearly and confidently and keep in mind when you communicate with someone, it’s not just you doing the talking, your body language also speaks volumes. It is important to look confident. Make sure your body language appears open and that you are attentive and DO NOT cross your arms! Also, don’t be afraid to practice a firm handshake and make eye contact. To make a good first impression, remember to be confident, engaging and respectful.

Research: Get Your Facts Right

Before Career Fair you should do your research about the different companies that will be there so that you have an idea who you would like to speak with. It is important to have background knowledge about the company and employer you will be speaking to at the Career Fair so you can show off your preparation and commitment to obtaining a position. You want to show the employer that you have what it takes to be a part of their company! Doing your research shows that you are interested in and invested in their company. It can also help you highlight which of your skills and experiences make you most suited for the company!

Follow-Up and Create a Lasting Impression

One of the final things that you should do to make your Career Fair experience worthwhile is to collect business cards and follow-up with everyone that you spoke with at Career Fair. It is important to send a follow-up thank you email to the employers. Pro-tip: Jot down some notes from your conversations with different employers to refer back to later to write a more personalized thank you. In your email, don’t forget to mention your appreciation for their time and any other important parts of the conversation you had.

Upcoming Event Information

Resume Review Night

Thursday, February 21,  2–5 pm,  Viking Hall 123 - In Starbucks on Central Campus

  • Receive advice from employers who want to hire SSU talent. 
  • Employers include: Barton Associates, Black Diamond Network, City Year, Enterprise, Harvey Performance and South Bay Community Services
  • For more information, visit Handshake.
  • To sign up for a time-slot, fill out this form.
Suit-Up Exclusive Event at JCPenney

Sunday, February 24, 3–6 pm at JCPenney, Northshore Mall in Peabody, MA

  • Receive 40% off all professional attire, shoes and accessories
  • Free mini makeovers and samples provided at Sephora
  • Measurement stations and style assistance
  • Dress to impress at the Career Fair, for interviews and on the job or internship
  • Shuttles bus available to/from the event. $10 cash deposit to hold a spot on the bus. Deposit will be returned at the time of the event. 
  • Register on Handshake
Career Fair

Thursday, February 28,  4–6:30 pm, Gassett Fitness Center

  • 130+ employers will be on campus recruiting SSU talent
  • Hundreds of jobs and internship opportunities
  • View a complete list of employers here
  • Register on Handshake
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