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35th Annual Bay County Job Fair



Event Start Date: 2022/02/05 | 10:00am - 01:00pm

Bay County's largest hiring event is back on Saturday, February 5! 

The 35th Annual Bay County Job Fair will feature 60 local employers looking to hire talent like you.  Join us on Saturday, February 5, 2022, from 10 am - 1 pm at the Gulf Coast State College, Student Union East. Early entrance at 9 am for Veterans, military spouses and transitioning service members.


Bay Town Trolley is providing free rides to and from the event.  Walk-ins are welcome and the event is free. We encourage you to check our Facebook site for regular updates, developments and tips for successful participation at the job fair.  View flyer PDF here.


Need help preparing for the Bay County Job Fair? Contact us. 


See tips for success at the Bay County Job Fair below. 


Participating Employers

325th Force Support Squadron (FSS)


Bay County Council on Aging

Bay County Government 

Bay Credit Union

Bay District Schools

Bay District Schools Transportation

Bay Regional Juvenile Detention Center

Berg Pipe

Buffalo Rock

CareerSource Gulf Coast 

CBH, LLC - Burger King


Chick-fil-A Panama City Beach and Tyndall Parkway

Children's Home Society

City of Panama City

City of Panama City Beach- Beach Safety

Community Bank

David Costa ENT.-McDonald's

Department of Children and Families

Discovery Place by Lighthouse Church

Early Learning Coalition of NW Florida

Eastern Industries

Eastern Shipbuilding Group

Entera Branding

Florida Dept. of Corrections

Florida Mentor/ Sevita Health

Girls Inc.

Goodwill Big Bend Industries

Gulf Coast State College

Hilton Sun, Inc.

Hilton, Inc.

Innovative Professional Solutions 


Jensen USA

LWI&S Management Inc.


Merrick Industries 

Mooring USA Construction and Restoration 


NSC Plumbing

Oceaneering International, Inc.

Overland Contracting 

Panama City Beach Aquatic Center

Peaden LLC



Sheraton Panama City Beach

SkyWheel Attractions

Snelling Staffing

Sonic Drive In

Southeastern Surveying and Mapping Corporation

St Joe Hospitality



The Hertz Corporation

Tom Thumb 

Trane Technologies

U.S. Marine Corps

Waffle House


Wyndham Destinations


Daily tip for successful participation at the Bay County Job Fair

Check back each day until Feb. 5 for a new tip of the day!

Tip #1: Review and update your resume

Hiring managers spend an average of six seconds reading your resume. Create a resume targeted to the job you want, showcasing your relevant skills, experience, and accomplishments. Your resume should be 1-2 pages, error free, neatly formatted, and to the point. Bring several copies printed on high-quality paper. Contact us to receive more resume guidance from one of our professional employment specialists. Check out our online resume tutorial on YouTube.


Tip #2:  Research participating employers

Plan a job fair strategy by researching the employers participating in the job fair. Visit the organizations' websites and social media sites to review information about their values, mission, services, products, and career opportunities. Determine the skills they are looking for and include those in your resume and introduction. Decide who you want to visit and in what order. 


Tip #3:  Wear appropriate attire

Distracting clothing or appearance may create a negative first impression. As a general guideline, dress one level above the job for which you intend to apply. Dress for the job you want. Wear comfortable shoes, as you may be walking or standing for extended periods of time. You should be clean and well-groomed with minimal makeup, cologne and jewelry. Clothing should be clean, pressed and fit you well. Avoid athletic gear, jeans, shorts, t-shirts, sneakers, sandals and flip-flops. 


Tip #4:  Practice your introduction

Be friendly, confident, smile, use direct eye contact, and offer a firm handshake. Communicate what you want and what you have to offer in a 30-second "commercial" advertising your personal brand. Include your areas of expertise, relevant skills, key accomplishments, and how you will be of benefit to the employer. Practice your pitch until it comes natural to you.  Learn more about creating your introduction, or elevator pitch.


Tip #5:  Ask relevant questions

Ask questions so the recruiter comes away with a memorable and favorable impression of you. Impress them with the research you've done on the company. Ask question to determine if the company will be a good fit for you. Inquire about roles available, the qualities they look for, and the challenges the roles will be expected to face. Find out how you can learn and grow at the organization. Finally, ask how you can follow up on the application and hiring process. Read more about questions to ask at a job fair. 


Tip #6: Follow up after the Job Fair

Follow-up is an important step that many job fair attendees neglect. You will have an advantage if you take the time to follow up with employer conversations and leads. Collect business cards from the hiring managers so you know how to contact the organization. Send an email within 24 hours thanking the recruiter for their time, reiterate your interest and what you have to offer. Then ask for a time to meet for an interview or a longer conversation.


Bonus tip:  You've got this! Bring a friend

It's natural to be nervous, but keep in mind employers are there because they want and need to hire someone. They are eager to attract job candidates and want to talk to you. Have your outfit, resumes and notepad ready the day before to lessen stress the day of the event. Take a few deep breaths, smile and be friendly. As a confidence booster, ask a friend or family member who is also on a job hunt or interested in networking to join you.


Employers interested in participating

There is now a waiting list for employers to reserve a booth at this event. You may complete a registration form to add your organization to the waiting list: 


This event is brought to you by:

CareerSource Gulf Coast

Gulf Coast State College

Haney Technical Center

Bay County Chamber of Commerce

Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce

Naval Support Activity, Panama City

Tyndall Air Force Base


Event sponsors: 

iHeart Media 

Sonic Drive In (employer hospitality room sponsor) 

Bay Town Trolley