Are you ready to start your job hunt in New Zealand?

Getting job search ready is a comprehensive process that should not be taken lightly.

You will be competing for your job with many other candidates and presentation and a sound knowledge of the specifics of the New Zealand job application process will be essential for your job search success.
Working with our Job Search Specialists on each of the four key elements of your job hunt will put you in a position where you will hit the ground running, saving you time and energy for when you want to be at your best.

Do you have the five key elements of your Job Search?

1. Do you have a New Zealand formatted CV and a convincing Cover Letter?

An employer takes about 30 seconds to read a résumé before deciding if they should shortlist your application.  Experienced recruiters will take even less time.

For your job application to go through the next stage of the recruitment process, your really want to present your CV and cover letter in optimal shape.

Drafting a CV and cover letter that will at the same time impressively present your overseas professional profile in a style that is appreciated and understood in New Zealand, and pass the 30 seconds test will be a challenge.

Jannie Allen, Job Search specialist + CV expert at NZIC, shares her insight:

"Do not start your job application with a 'Generic' CV.

Your CV is your first impression that could lead you to that perfect job and ultimately realise your dreams of moving to New Zealand.

Take your time in developing a plan of how to write your CV.

You need compelling and proven examples of achievements. You need to present these facts in a clear and precise way without over cluttering your CV."

2. Do you have an All-Star LinkedIn profile?

Our Job Search Specialists are passionate about optimising your profile on LinkedIn.

Our Job Search Specialist says:

Let's review some stats, shall we?

  • LinkedIn has over 760 million members in more than 200 countries worldwide.
  • Searching for a skilled person with a specific area of experience through this huge social media platform is now common practice.
  • It is no surprise to see that 87% of recruiters regularly use LinkedIn.
  • 122 million people have scored job interviews through this platform.
  • In New Zealand there were 2.2 million users in December 2020, which accounts for 45% of the country's entire population!

These are amazing numbers, and for a job seeker, when used correctly, LinkedIn can be a powerful tool to have in your job hunting arsenal.

But using LinkedIn comes with its own challenges:

With 45% of the entire NZ population using LinkedIn, it is now paramount to build a profile that will stand out from the crowd. 

New Zealand LinkedIn statistics

Our Job Search specialist says:

"Don't underestimate the importance of your LinkedIn Profile.

New Zealand employers use LinkedIn as one of their main candidate search tools.

Having a high ranking profile puts you ahead of your competition.

So creating an all-star LinkedIn profile will make a huge difference for the success of your job hunt."

3. Do you have access to the 'Hidden Job Market'?

In New Zealand, only 30% of all job opportunities are advertised.

The remaining 70% are not visible on job boards, be it in paper or online.

These 70% of job openings represent the Hidden Job Market.

For you as job seeker this means that you will miss out on 70% of all available jobs, if you don't know how to tap into the Hidden Job Market, and it also translates into tougher competition for the remaining 30% of 'visible' jobs.

The Hidden Job Market

Our short animation explains the Hidden Job Market and its implications on your job hunt success.

Judi Lubetzky, career Coach at NZIC, shares her insight:

"Developing a strategy on how to access the hidden job market through networking should be on every job seekers list.

Once your Licensed Immigration Adviser has identified your visa pathway to working in NZ, your Job Search Specialists will work with you on uncovering the many less obvious opportunities."

4. Do you have a strong Job Search Strategy?

The New Zealand Job market is very small and you might only get one chance at impressing the employer of your choice.

Getting this right is of the essence.

Having a strong job search strategy right from the start will allow you to target a specific role more efficiently, while also saving your resources, both financially and emotionally.

Our Job Search Specialist says:

"Searching for jobs can be a challenging and demanding endeavour.

Whether you are just starting out, or you have 20+ years under your belt, the effort is all the same.

Many job seekers take shortcuts, such as sending 1000 generic CV's, templated cover letters, and passively relying on job boards.

Trust me, this kind of activity will get you nowhere. Save yourself the frustration and have a clear strategic plan for your job search.

Don't work hard, work smart."

Are you ready for your job hunt?

If your answer is yes to all of the questions above, congratulations! You're already well on your way to starting your job search in New Zealand. 

If you have answered no to any of them, there is no shame in admitting that! Most job seekers would only have an outdated CV ready, optimised for their home country. The important part is that now you are aware of what you need to know before you can start your job hunt.

The New Zealand job market is ever changing and strategies that have worked in your home country may not be relevant here. You need someone you can trust, and who knows the ins and outs of the NZ job market.

How can our Job Search Specialists help?

Our Job Search Specialists will work with you on the four key elements of your job hunt.

But their expert support will not end there.

They will be by your side every step of the way, until you have found a job in New Zealand.

Read more about our Job Search Service.

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