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36th Annual Bay County Job Fair on Feb. 4, 2023



Event Start Date: 2023/02/04 | 10:00am - 01:00pm

Bay County's premier hiring event is back on Saturday, February 4! 



The 36th Annual Bay County Job Fair will feature 70+ local employers with hundreds of open jobs ready to hire talent like you.  Join us on Saturday, February 4, 2023, from 10 am - 1 pm at Florida State University - Panama City in the Holley Center. Early entrance at 9 am for Veterans, military spouses and transitioning active-duty service members.


This is a free event and walk-in job seekers are welcome. We encourage you to check our Facebook site for regular updates, developments and tips for successful participation at the job fair.


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


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


Participating Employers

  • Advanced Fire Protection Services, Inc
  • B & C Technologies 
  • Bay County BOCC
  • Bay County Sheriff's Office
  • Bay Credit Union
  • Bay District Schools 
  • Bay Youth Summer Work Foundation 
  • Berg Pipe
  • Bluegreen's Bayside Resort & Spa
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Bay County
  • Burg Management Company
  • By The Sea Resorts
  • CareerSource Gulf Coast 
  • CBH, LLC - Burger King
  • City of Lynn Haven 
  • City of Panama City
  • Coastal Waste and Recycling 
  • Costa Enterprises - McDonald's 
  • Department of Children and Families
  • Dept. of the Navy
  • DSI Security 
  • E.F. San Juan, Inc.
  • Early Education and Care, Inc
  • Eastern Shipbuilding Group
  • Ellis Agency Insurance
  • Express Lane 
  • FedEx Ground
  • FirstService Residential
  • Florida Department of Corrections - Calhoun CI
  • Florida Department of Corrections - NW FL Reception Center
  • Florida Department of Corrections - Gulf CI 
  • Florida Department of Corrections - Holmes CI
  • Florida Department of Juvenile Justice - Probation Office
  • Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation 
  • Fourteen Foods - Dairy Queen
  • FSU Panama City
  • Gallo Mechanical
  • Geico Local Office/Moulder Insurance Agency 
  • Goodwill Industries Big Bend
  • Gulf Coast State College 
  • HCA Florida Gulf Coast Hospital
  • Hilton Sun, Inc.
  • Hilton, Inc.
  • iHeartMedia 
  • LBA Hospitality
  • LocaliQ
  • LWI&S Management Inc.
  • Magellan Federal 
  • Margaritaville
  • Martha Blackmon Milligan Law Firm
  • Merrick Industries
  • Mocama Marine 
  • Northwest Florida Health Network
  • Oceaneering International, Inc
  • Panama City Beach Fire Rescue, Beach Safety Division 
  • PanCare of Florida, INC 
  • Peaden, LLC
  • Publix Sports Park 
  • QLM 
  • Royal American Hospitality, Inc.
  • ScribeAmerica
  • Snelling Staffing
  • Sonic Drive In 
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Starbucks
  • Target 
  • The Blake at Panama City Beach 
  • The St. Joe Company
  • Transportation Security Administration 
  • Waffle House
  • WonderWorks
  • Wyndham Destinations



Tips for successful participation at the Bay County Job Fair


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.

Register for a FREE resume workshop on January 11 or 25 in preparation for the event.

Contact us to reserve your seat, as space is limited.  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. Look out for our website and social media updates to see the employer list, as registration is ongoing.


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.



This event is brought to you by:

CareerSource Gulf Coast

Gulf Coast State College

Haney Technical College

Bay County Chamber of Commerce

Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce

Naval Support Activity, Panama City - Fleet & Family Support Center

Tyndall Air Force Base - Military and Family Readiness Center


Veteran Resources:

Bay County Vet Center 


Event sponsors: 

iHeart Media