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Looking for a job close to home? Use our job search tool to find a job in Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka. This tool includes listings directly from local employers, as well as aggregating job postings from Workopolis and the Job Bank to give you the best selection of jobs close to home.

Finding a job can be a difficult and confusing time. Employment Ontario wants to help you get the training, skills and experience to achieve your goals. They offer free services and resources that are tailored to your specific needs.

For further assistance in finding a job or successfully getting back to work
contact your nearest Employment Ontario Service provider.


Job hunting tips and resources

We have searched the internet to find some of the best online job searching tip and resource pages out there - designed to help start your job search, prepare an application, succeed in the interview, and ultimately accept the job. 

Online tips and resources

Writing your resume and cover letter

Resume writing is not easy, and there is a wealth of conflicting information available on how best to write a resume, depending on if you have a little or lot of job experience, are looking for an entry level job, or the top job, in the trades, want to be in health care, or looking at a government position to give just a few examples. Many employers will also require you to submit a cover letter. Cover letters are a great way to more specifically showcase how and why you would be a good fit for the position being advertised.The resources below are designed to help you navigate the road of resume and cover letter writing. Do keep in mind that sometimes it can be easier to bounce your ideas, or seek assistance from a real person, so if you do not feel these online resources meet your needs, we encourage you to contact one of the helpful Simcoe-Muskoka Employment Service Providers for more help!

And do not forget to proofread, proofread, proofread – after all your hard work you would not want an employer to weed you out because you misspelt one word.

University of Toronto Resume and Cover Letter Writing Toolkit - This website is a great starting point in your resume writing journey. Reading through the online toolkit will help you target your resume appropriately and best articulate your skills and experience.

Toolkit Samples - Provides an excellent variety of resumes and cover letter examples and their associated job posting for a broad range of occupational fields to help you better understand how to tailor your cover letter and resume to meet the requirements of the job posting.  Also highlights examples of poor, improved, and most effective cover letter and resumes. 

Government Resume Writing - The Ontario Public Service website provides a great overview of how to generally prepare your job application (cover letter and resume) for a government job.  Although the language on here is specifically directed to working with the Ontario Public Service, the information on the website would be applicable to most government jobs. This website is also an excellent resource to help create content on anyone's resume, thoroughly explaining how to develop work accomplishment statements. 

Interviewing

So now that you have a fantastic cover letter and resume, and you have got the call you have been waiting for inviting you to interview, it is time to prepare to sit down face-to-face with this organization and tell them why they should hire YOU! Interviewing is one of the most critical, and often nerve-wracking parts of the job search, and it is essential you go to your interview well prepared, with a good idea of how you may answer some more general questions. The resources below will help you prepare to come out of your job interview on top!

Preparing for an Interview - This page will provide you with information to prepare for your job interview so that you can make a positive and lasting impression, including what you should know about the company and position you are interviewing for, and some potential questions you should be prepared to answer.

Accepting your job

Congratulations! You aced the interview and have been offered that job. Assuming, you want to accept the position, however, before taking that next step, here are a couple things to consider.

Are they offering you what you are worth?

Depending on the job being offered and the skill set and experience you bring to the table it is quite possible you may be able to negotiate your wage at your new job. Below you will find some tips to help you out during the negotiation process.  Be prepared to make concessions if this is a job you really want, but do not be afraid to ask for what you feel you are worth. 

Negotiating Your Salary - A very thorough resource on how to position yourself to be in the strongest position to negotiate for the salary and benefits you want to achieve. 

Negotiation Mistakes - Before you enter into a negotiation make sure you avoid these mistakes. 

Do you want the job?

If you want to build a strong employment track record, many people recommend staying at job for several years to build up your reputation and demonstrate your ability to commit to that organization. Before you accept the job offer consider if this is a position you would be happy in for the next 2 or more years? Have a look at these common reasons people turn down jobs.

Turning Down A Job OfferIf a job is not the right fit, you always have the option of turning it down, but you never know when you may be interested in working for that organization again. If you want to maintain a positive and professional relationship with that organization, this website has great advice on how to turn down your job offer gracefully.   

Sample Declining Letter

Employment Service Providers

Online resources are great, but unfortunately, they can not help you out if you have specific questions, or would like more in-depth assistance with your job search. If you are looking for a job and would like some face-to-face or workshop based assistance with preparing a cover letter or resuming, interviewing, or how to look for a job, the Simcoe-Muskoka area is home to 13 Employment Ontario Service Providers who can assist you!  

Employment Ontario helps local residents find work and they also help employers hire people with the skills they need. They provide resources – such as information about who's hiring — as well as personalized advice and services to help people assess their skills and experience, find work and start on the path to skills training. 

Here is a list of some of the standard workshops offered by Employment Service providers:

  • Applying to Jobs Online
  • Apprenticeship Training Information
  • Cover Letters
  • Working at Heights
  • How to Access the Hidden Job Market
  • Job Search Strategies
  • Online Job Search
  • Resume Writing
  • Second Career Information Session
  • SmartServe
  • WHMIS

Find an Employment Ontario Service providers near you.

Literacy Basic Skills provides training to adults over 19 years of age.  Learners choose 1 goal path among 5 available paths (secondary school credits, apprenticeship, employment, post-secondary, or independent).  We look at what each learner CAN do and WHERE they want to go, then we guide them through relevent learning activities to help them build their skills to reach their goals. Learning activities are available in reading, writing, math and basic computer skills. Learners work at their own pace. To locate your local Literacy provider click here Literacy Service providers.

In addition to the services provided by your Employment Service provider and Literacy, there are a wide range of employment services available to people with barriers to employment and Aboriginal services.  To locate additional services available in your community click here other Service providers.


Internships, co-ops, apprenticeships and volunteering

Want to get more on the job experience?  There are a variety of ways to gain experience in your chosen career path.   

Apprenticeship

Have you ever thought of a career in the trades, but do not know where to start? Finding an employer or sponsor who is willing to train you can be a daunting task.  The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities is a great place to start your search for an employer. Find out more.

Careers in Trades is a fantastic resource on apprenticeships in Canada, from an overview of the trades, explaining career paths, and how to get started in a skilled trade that fits your interests. 

Did you know there are also grants to support you apprenticing in a Red Seal Trade? Find out more.

Internship

An internship is a working opportunity for undergraduates and students that typically last four to twelve weeks where they apply their studies in a workplace setting to gain valuable work experience.

Internships available in the region can be found on this website, but if you would like to search more broadly you can learn more about where to find other internships here

Internships - This website features an excellent overview of the benefits, expectations, and keys to success are in internship situations. 

Volunteering

Volunteering gives you experience, helps you develop skills, expands your network, lets you check out an occupation or industry, builds your confidence, and helps you get to know yourself. Visit Imagine Canada for more on the benefits of volunteering.

Cooperative education

Cooperative education is an opportunity to let you apply what you have learnt in school and decide if this career option is right for you.

Find out more about cooperative education


Educational opportunities

Looking to upgrade your skills and certifications, consider going back to school.  We have a number of excellent post-secondary opportunities in our region.

Georgian College - With more than 125 career-focused programs across seven locations in Central Ontario (Barrie, Midland, Muskoka, Orangeville, Orillia, Owen Sound and South Georgian Bay), Georgian serves 11,000 full-time students and 28,000 Continuing Education registrants annually. Georgian’s University Partnership Centre enable the College to also offer a number of undergraduate and graduate degrees with a growing number of partner institutions. Fostering a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation, Georgian prepares students to become not only job seekers, but also job creators. Georgian works together with industry and community partners to offer relevant, cutting-edge curriculum as well as quality work placements and co-op experiences. Visit their page and find a program that fits your career interests today. 

Lakehead University (Orillia Campus) - The Orillia campus of Lakehead University offers a range of programs including anthropology, business, criminology, education, English, environmental sustainability, geography, media studies, and social work. The campus also offers a unique interdisciplinary studies option, which combines the arts and sciences, as well as programs in business, education, and social work.

Progressive Training College of Business and Health (Bracebridge Campus) - The Bracebridge campus offers a variety of programs and services including diploma programs in Business; Office Administration and Health Care; computer training courses; helps with job placement services; and essential skills training.

Collège Boréal The Barrie access center provides a wide range of post-secondary training and employability services in French.

Alternate Education and Training Centres, Trillium Lakelands District School Board - There are 6 Alternate Education and Training Centres in the Trillium Lakeland District School Board with three located in Muskoka (Bracebridge, Gravenhurst and Huntsville). The AETC’s offer an alternate setting for students age 16 and older to pursue their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and for adults who may be interested in academic upgrading or improving their employment skills. Programs available through the AETCs include http://anewstart.ca/our-programs/oyap/ Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program, http://anewstart.ca/our-programs/co-operative-education/ Paid Co-operative Education, PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition) and http://anewstart.ca/our-programs/maturity-credits/ Maturity Equivalencies. Courses are offered in classroom settings and online. For locations and course offerings please visit http://anewstart.ca anewstart.ca 


Income support

Find yourself unemployed?  There are resources out there to help you get through the tough times; visit the links below to find out what could be available to support you.

Employment InsuranceEmployment Insurance provides temporary financial assistance to unemployed Canadians who have lost their job through no fault of their own, while they look for work or upgrade their skills.

Ontario WorksIf you are in temporary financial need, Ontario Works can provide you with money, and help you find a job.

Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)Income support provides financial help for people with disabilities who are in need. It can help pay for living expenses, like food and housing.


Getting to your job

We live in a big region it is not always easy getting to a job close to home.  Find out transportation options available to you.


Living here

County of Simcoe

Ideally situated in Central Ontario, between Lake Simcoe and Georgian Bay, Simcoe County is considered by many to be Ontario’s four-season outdoor playground.  Residents enjoy breathtaking views, a vibrant arts and cultural community, walking trails, parks, marinas, shopping, dining, and a variety of entertainment ranging from world class shows at Casino Rama to local theatre productions, snowmobiling, skydiving, horseracing, lounging on the beach, boating, and skiing are just some of the activities you can do in our County.

Several hospitals and numerous health care providers are located throughout the local municipalities and  Georgian College, the Georgian College University Partnership Program and Lakehead University provide a number of post-secondary educational opportunities for youth or those wishing to upgrade their skills. The area attracts residents looking for a high quality of life without the high cost of living.

District of Muskoka

The appeal of Muskoka’s lifestyle combined with our range of employment opportunities sets this area apart. Our healthy natural environment is something that we pride ourselves on, and we are working hard to maintain a balance between growing our economy and protecting the natural beauty that has been drawing people here for generations.  We also have a wide range of employment, business, and lifestyle options for you to consider in Muskoka.

For more information on what Muskoka has to offer, please visit our website the District of Muskoka.


Success stories

This site has been successful in connecting many employers to the right resources and employees they need to help grow their business.  Learn more about how others have successfully leveraged this website and regional resources to meet their needs here.


Education and training calendar

Visit the calendar page to see what education and training opportunities are available to help you upgrade your skills and find your ideal job.