MUSKOKA — We’re back, we’re open for business and if you need a job — we need workers.
That’s Monday’s message for the free at muskokavirtualjobfair.eventbrite.ca.
Moderator and host Norah Fountain, executive director of the Muskoka Lakes Chamber of Commerce, says as more businesses re-open and the high summer season is here, jobs are plentiful in Muskoka.
On Monday, June 22, job seekers can learn about the variety of career opportunities waiting for them from the comfort of their own homes — and devices — by attending the Muskoka Virtual Job Fair.
The Muskoka-wide Virtual Job Fair starts at 1:30 p.m. Monday and will run until 3:30 p.m. and it’s free to hear directly from employers and employment agencies about why working in Muskoka can be so rewarding, says Fountain.
There are dozens of companies big and small offering jobs.
To take part, people sign up for free at muskokavirtualjobfair.eventbrite.ca.
Then they just click on the Zoom link sent to them, and they’ll be able to see and hear about jobs all across the region. They can submit resumes on the spot to the employment agencies or to employers directly.
Fountain adds this event came together quickly because of the need for employers to fill jobs and concerns by people unemployed due to COVID-19 and feeling uncertain about their future.
“As well, Canada Summer Job grants have been announced in the past few weeks and there still may be more of those announcements coming,” she says, “and students are eager to get to work: they just need to know what’s out there.
“Our employment agency partners jumped on board with the idea right away and started reaching out to employers they knew were looking for staff.
“We decided to feature just ten employers as there’s only so much room on a virtual screen, but we’ve been flooded by requests by other employers wanting to get involved.
“With only a three-week turnaround time, we had to hold the line at the first six who signed up in two days, but we are taking job descriptions from other employers and will feature their jobs, too,” she continues.
Plus, the employment agencies — including Agilec in Bracebridge, Employment North in Gravenhurst and the YMCA Employment Services in Huntsville — have a list of careers they will be sharing.
The Muskoka Lakes Chamber has a job board as does the Bracebridge Chamber and those postings will also be highlighted.
Featured employers include Deerhurst Resort, Duraline, The JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort and Spa, Walmart (Bracebridge and Huntsville), Rocky Crest Golf Club, The Lake Joseph Club, Sherwood Inn, Boyd Cleaning Services and Fowler Construction.
Adds Fountain, “we couldn’t have done this without the generous support of the District of Muskoka Community and Planning Services, and the Simcoe Muskoka Workforce Development Board.”
The Chamber is also helping sponsor this event, and Michelle Emson of Sanctuary Studios will be the behind-the-scenes technical producer, running promo reels and short videos about work life in Muskoka. As well as on Zoom, the event will be shared on Facebook Live on the Muskoka Lakes Chamber’s Facebook page.
For more information, contact Fountain at 705-706-2122 firstname.lastname@example.org