Host annual job fair. 

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Target: Host annual job fair. 

Current performance: Please read update below.

In 2019, the City of Tallahassee had an immediate need to fill several vacant positions in various departments throughout the organization. Many of the open positions—several of which were in the City’s utility departments—did not require a college degree, technical certification, or prior experience. In response to this need, the City hosted a job fair at the Smith-Williams Service Center.

The job fair was organized to provide City departments with a pool of qualified applicants interested in working for the City. The City engaged in extensive public outreach leading up to the event, including social media advertisements; radio commercials; flyers sent to homeowners associations, libraries and community centers; and interviews with local news programs. The job fair attracted over 300 job seekers, and at least 90 of the applicants received job offers or second interviews on the spot.

Given the success of the job fair, the City hosted virtual job fairs in December 2020, May 2021, and three virtual career fairs in Fiscal Year (FY) 2022, in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce. During the job fairs, participants had the opportunity to learn about the City of Tallahassee, its open positions, and future career paths. Several City departments provided presentations on their services and career opportunities, and participants were able to speak with City representatives during breakout sessions. The Virtual Job Fair attracted approximately 240 participants in 2020 and approximately 100 participants in 2021. In 2022, the job fair attracted 185 attendees resulting in the hiring of 16 new City employees.

Additionally, staff participated in eight career fairs hosted by Florida A&M University, Florida State University, Leon Works Job Expo, TradeswHERk (Lively), Tallahassee Community College, and Professional Women’s Forum (Chamber of Commerce). The City will continue to hold job fairs to retain talent in our City.

Human Resources & Workforce Development. Last Updated: August 2022