Can you find a job in New Zealand?

"What are my chances of finding a job and are my skills in demand in New Zealand?"  

This will be one of the most important questions you will have when considering a move to New Zealand. 

In most cases, the answer to your question will be: 'If you have good skills and work experience, your chances of finding a job in New Zealand are good.'

In any case, looking for a job in a new country is a daunting task and knowing where you stand will put you in a strong position when making a responsible decision about your move to New Zealand. 


Feedback from our Job Search Professional Anna:  

"The recruiter also told me market-wise that things are slowing down in Christchurch, hotting up in Queenstown, starting to get busy in Wellington, and well, Auckland is always busy." 


Our advice: To begin with do as much market research as you can!  

It is important that you have a clear and realistic understanding of every stage of your migration, and of your job chances in particular, before taking any far-reaching steps.  

We encourage you to do as much market research as possible well ahead of your move. The internet is the best starting point. 

Two of the leading websites for job listings in New Zealand are: 

If you see a good number of jobs advertised that match your skills, you will know that you are in a good position when you start your job applications. 


Another piece of advice to you from our Job Search Professionals:  Explore the Jobs Database published by CareersNZ:


This might sound obvious to you, but it is definitely an excellent way of building up confidence in your job search and in your decision to move to New Zealand. 

Being a confident job applicant will help you feel in control of your migration process. 


The Skill Shortage Lists

Another very reliable way to find out whether your skills are in high demand in New Zealand is to study the three Essential Skills in Demand Lists, also called Skill Shortage Lists.

They reflect the current labour market situation as they have been put together as a result of feedback from various industry sectors.

The Shortage Lists are updated by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment on a regular basis to ensure that the changing needs of the labour market are met. 


Scanning through the lists to see whether your profession is listed will be a good starting point for you when evaluating your chances in the job market:

1.The Long Term Skill Shortage List, LTSSL

2.The Regional Skill Shortage List, ISSL

3.The Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List


If your skills are on one of the Essential Skills in Demand Lists, this can mean two things for you:

  1. It gives you an indication that your chances of finding a job are very good. 
  2. Your work and resident visa applications might be more straight forward than for other migrants. 


"What if my occupation is not listed in one of the Shortage Lists?" 

"Does that mean I will not be able to find a job and cannot migrate to New Zealand?"

If you do not find your occupation in one of the Shortage Lists, you can assume that it might be a little bit harder for you to find a job.

You will also have to be prepared to overcome a few more hurdles on your path to your Skilled Migrant visa.


You can boost your chances!

By working with us you will be able to make the most of your professional potential in what will be a foreign job market for you.

Our Job Search Professionals will prepare, coach and support you throughout your entire job search process, while our Licensed Immigration Advisers will ensure that you will obtain a visa that will allow you to take up your employment and start working.  

We do not make any false promises to you and this is reflected in our fee structure: Our fees are largely success-based.

This shows our determination to be successful for you!

Find out more about how our Job Search Team can help you find a job!


A word of caution:

Some websites advise job seekers to send out as many job applications as they possibly can.

We strongly disagree with that approach!

The New Zealand job market is comparably small and we strongly recommend, that, while it is a good idea to do as much market research as possible to identify key employers, you might want to refrain from sending out any job applications at all before you can be certain that you have a good chance of being successful. 

It is quite likely that you only have one chance to present yourself to a specific employer of your choice and you want to make sure that you give it your best shot!

First impressions always count! Once your application has been rejected or ignored, it will get much harder to convince the same employer that you are indeed the best candidate for the job. 

Another reason to be cautious: In our experience recruitment agencies will also not be interested in working with you, once you have sent out a number of job applications and are no longer new to the market. 


Our Advice:

We advise you to work with our team right from the start.

We want your job application to stand out from competing applications!  Our Job Search Professionals will ensure that you make the most of your professional potential by presenting yourself in the best possible light. It is important that we work with you on transferring your skills into a format that is understood and appreciated in New Zealand before sending out any job applications.  

Working with our Licensed Immigration Advisers will improve your chances!  When approaching the job market,  it is important to assure your potential employer right from the start, that - while you do not have a work visa yet - your visa application is in professional hands and will not cause any problems or delays for the employer.


Working with our team of Job Search Professionals and Licensed Immigration Advisers will put you in a strong position and vastly improve your chances of securing a job offer!



Find out more about working in New Zealand: 


Client Feedback during the process: 

First of all, I want to thank you for the fantastic, complete and detailed work that you have done with my job application materials. Now I feel more confident about future job applications. Thank you for your suggestions and recommendations. Of course, now I’m searching for potential job offers in the Online Job Seeker Sources and Recruitment Agencies. When I find a job offer suitable for me, before to apply I’ll contact you to ask your opinion.

Best regards, Jorge, Argentina   


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