How can I find a Job in New Zealand

How can you find a job in New Zealand?

Most migrants need to have an offer of skilled employment in order to apply for a work visa or a resident visa for New Zealand. However, it can be challenging to convince an employer to commit to employing you without a valid visa.

In the following video Jane Orsman, one of our Job Search Coaches, shares some tips on how to improve your chances of obtaining that crucial job offer in a highly competitive market. 

How to write a New Zealand CV

What you consider a well-tailored and comprehensive CV, could be seen differently in New Zealand. The cultural differences in CV writing are vast and easy to underestimate. 

New Zealand employers prefer concise skill-focused CVs, where experience tends to be more relevant than qualifications. There is also a standard vocabulary and jargon used for every industry that you should know and use correctly, as they can differ from one country to the next.

Keep in mind that the employment market is relatively small and competitive. There are also many migrants in a similar position as you. It is important to develop a highly tailored and specialised CV, relevant and "fit for purpose" for the right job market in order to be competitive.

When applying for a job in New Zealand, your CV is likely to be competing with 40 to 100 other candidates. Employers often don't have much time to do a thorough review, therefore they will look for what they consider to be the most important information. Understanding and adapting to what they are most interested in is crucial. This will require continuous fine-tuning of your applications based on the feedback - or lack thereof - that you receive from potential employers.


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Networking the New Zealand way

New Zealand's labour market is mostly based on a network of contacts and professional connections. 

According to Careers NZ, a government agency, only 1 out of 5 employers advertise their job vacancies online. Most jobs are not advertised, and finding out about them depends solely on who you know. 

Networking is crucial to find work in New Zealand. 

It is worthwhile to develop your networks with employers, managers and employees in similar roles. You should be able to reach them via LinkedIn, email or phone. Keep in mind that there is a certain etiquette involved with this process.  

New Zealanders are usually open to friendly invitations and willing to help if approached in the right way. This doesn't mean asking them if they have a job for you straight away, but instead showing your interest in their industry, asking what the challenges and opportunities are and how you might fit in, given your experience. 

Direct or straight forward questions are less common in New Zealand. Employers and managers prefer a more subtle way of communicating. If you understand this, you are more likely to be able to connect and be seen as a potential team member or colleague.


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How to write a New Zealand Cover Letter

A cover letter is a single-page A4 letter addressed to the person who advertised the position. It will be your first point of contact with employers, to get them interested in your CV and interviewing you.

A well-written cover letter should be personalised and explain why you want the role and how your skills and experience are relevant. The more you learn about the employer's business and their expectations, the better you will be able to adapt your letter to show your value to their business. 

Can I get personalised Job Search Assistance?

Yes, you can. Our Job Search Coaches have been successfully helping people like you for years.


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If you want to find out what it takes to find a job in New Zealand, ask our Job Search Coach Jane Orsman for a Free Assessment.

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