Most migrants will look for a job to earn a living in New Zealand and a job offer is often needed to meet visa requirements. But looking for employment in a new country is a daunting task.
Job hunting in New Zealand is different in many ways to what you are used from your home country. Here, simply sending out CVs can do more harm than good.
It is important to remember that New Zealand is small. Once you have identified a suitable role, you often only have one chance to make a good impression on your preferred employer.
"I am concerned about going to New Zealand with no work lined up, because I would burn through my reserves pretty fast. How can i get the assurance of knowing that I am able to work and earn in the local currency?"
"How do I approach the market?"
"What can I do to impress New Zealand employers?"
"Is my professional background valued in New Zealand?"
"What is appropriate job search etiquette, and what should I avoid?"
Our Job Search Coach Mark says:
You need a good level of knowledge of the New Zealand employment market and a good understanding of New Zealand's work place culture to make the most of your professional potential.
You need a partner on the ground in New Zealand.
There is a lot of research that you need to do to prepare and position yourself, and to thoroughly understand the New Zealand job market. This can be a daunting task for someone who might still be overseas, but our coaches will get you set up well to excel in this.
There is no 'one-size-fits-all approach to successful job searching and no job search is ever the same.
The success of your job search will depend on many factors, not 'just' your professional qualification and background.
You will have to learn how to navigate a job market that is foreign to you and how to present yourself as the best candidate for a chosen role.
Working with our Job Search Coach will ensure that you have the best support you can get for your job hunt in New Zealand.
Highly individualised one-on-one coaching sessions, delivering you the tools for your job search and taking into account your personal preferences for your job search approach.
For your job hunt to be successful, you need to start off with a strong strategy and have the tools and necessary know-how.
During your first meeting with your Job Search Coach, together you will establish the best way forward and develop a strong job search strategy.
Your CV is your most important marketing tool.
New Zealand employers only take 30 seconds to decide whether you will be invited for a job interview.
To get you job hunt ready, our CV specialist Jannie Allan will craft a Masterclass CV for you.
She will transfer your overseas skills and experience into a format that is appreciated and understood by New Zealand employers and shows your background in the best possible way.
"Dear Jannie, Wow! You made my CV look incredible. Thank you!"
"The CV looks great, thank you. Exactly the same with the cover letter, it is perfect! I am very happy with it and feel that it represents me really well!"
"Hi, Jannie, wow, nice work on the CV, if this crossed my desk I would strongly consider hiring myself."
Your job coaching sessions are based on that strategy, but will be fine tuned along the way if areas of special interest are identified during your meetings with your coach.
Topics covered in your coaching sessions can include any of the topics below, but will focus on covering the aspects required by you.
You might decide that you choose to focus on on one or several of those topics.
Throughout this time, the goal is to provide the best support for YOU.
Join our Job Search Coaches, as they talk about key aspects of job searching in New Zealand during these life panel online sessions.
Our Job Search webinars are an important component of our Job Search Service, and reserved exclusively for our job searching clients.
During our webinars you will have a chance to ask our Job Search Professionals your job search related questions, often leading to full blown panel discussions, with them exchanging their sometimes differing views on the subject.
As a result you will gain a valuable deeper understanding of job searching successfully in New Zealand, making you a stronger candidate for the job market as you gain confidence in the process.
We cannot stress enough the value you will find in attending these webinars!
Our webinars are constantly evolving, taking into account developments and changes in the job market.
Clients can attend these webinars as many times as they wish. No webinar is ever exactly the same.
In preparation for your move, you might want to start attending the webinars while you are still in your home country.
Familiarising yourself with specifics of the New Zealand job search process as early on as possible will help you to become a confident candidate.
We encourage you to join as many job search webinars as you can!
From our experience your focus for your job hunt will shift as your arrival in New Zealand comes closer and you will gain more insight as you repeatedly learn about these job search related topics.
A message to our job search clients from our Job Search Coach Mark in our exclusive LinkedIn Jobsearch group:
"All right: It’s Webinar Time! Tomorrow Jannie and I will be talking about “Cover Letters” and, most importantly, we’ll do Q&As!
What is a cover letter? Why is this important?
Is there a way to avoid writing a cover letter (spoilers – yes there is!! And Mark loves to talk about this).
Come, join and participate! – Even if you've attended this topic already, attend this one anyway as no two webinars are ever the same."
On completion of Foundation, and whenever you are ready to intensify your job search in New Zealand, Activate will empower you to escalate your job hunt.
Get targeted and fully individualised job search support from your personal job search coach!
One month before your confirmed date of arrival in NZ, your Job Search Coach will meet with you to double-check that you are fully “job search ready."
For the next 6 weeks you will be applying all of the job hunt techniques and skills you have accomplished during the Foundation stage, fully supported by your Job Search Coach.
You can expect to fully partner with your Job Search Coaches. They are absolutely committed to seeing you succeed with your job hunt and will support you in every aspect, from start to finish.
You will receive continuous professional support, guidance and encouragement, as you navigate the job market and close in on your perfect role.
Your Job Search Coach will support you in every aspect of this stage of your job search, including your job applications, networking activities, further interview preparation and training, employer feedback and fine-tuning of your job hunt activities.
And don't be afraid to ask them all your job search related questions. They are not only very professional, but also very friendly, with a sincere wish to help.
Our Job Search Coach Mark wants you to be realistic:
"The road ahead is challenging. 6 weeks of job search will be physically, emotionally and mentally draining. So be prepared.
There will always be a situation that is out of your control. Be ready to be flexible and be able to adjust.
You will be working closely with the Job Search Coach. Partnership and mutual trust is the key to your success.
The Job Search Coach isn’t there to do the activities for you. We will not dictate how you need to do your job, nor will the coaches find the jobs for you. Remember this is your job, you need to take charge and the Job Search Coaches will support you in the direction you want to take.
Having said that, we are absolutely passionate about helping our clients with finding their perfect job in New Zealand and will go above and beyond for you to enable you to reach your goal: your job in New Zealand!"
We used to assume that you will be in New Zealand at this stage.
However, a number of clients have successfully gone through Activate while they were still in their home country.
"As we are all fine-tuning and improving our communication systems - some of this due to Covid restrictions - remote meetings have become more acceptable to New Zealand employers. Together with our Job Search Coaches you will be able to determine whether this is might be an option for you. "
Our Job Search Coaches are highly qualified and experienced. The are fully committed to seeing you succeed with your job hunt and will support you in every aspect, from start to finish.
"Jannie your support has been just phenomenal. You have provided exactly what I needed, where and when I needed it. Having your precious insights and ongoing emotional support gave me the confidence to push through a really hard time. I cannot give you a big enough thank you!"
Our Fusion Service will lift your job search to a whole new level.
From our experience, having a Licensed Immigration Adviser by your side improves your chances of securing a job offer.
If you are using our Fusion Service, our Job Search Professionals will liaise with our Licensed Immigration Advisers throughout your job search process.
This will ensure that your job search is aligned with visa requirements and you will only apply for jobs that have the potential to give you points for your Expression of Interest or fulfil work visa requirements.
Having a Licensed Immigration Adviser by your side will give your potential New Zealand employer the reassurance that your visa process will run smoothly, lowering their uncertainty, hesitance and barriers to the job offer.
Working with our Licensed Immigration Advisers will help your Job Hunt.
While our borders are now finally gradually re-opening, we can now start working with you on becoming the best candidate on the New Zealand job market you can be.
Our Job Search Service is tailored to provide highly efficient job search support to migrants job seekers, while they are still unable to enter New Zealand due to Covid border restrictions.
The Foundation stage of our Job Search Program can be completed entirely remotely and is a great way for you to actively work towards your goal of finding a job and making a real difference for your move to New Zealand.
Some clients have succeeded in securing job offers over the past year, while they were still in their home countries.
"I am concerned about going to New Zealand with no work lined up, because I would burn through my reserves pretty fast. How can I get the assurance of knowing that I am able to work and earn in the local currency?"
Our Job Search Team will work on getting you through your job hunt as fast and smoothly as possible, starting by getting you ready long before you even arrive in New Zealand.
Building a solid base for your arrival will enable you to hit the ground running and save a lot of time usually necessary for finding your feet in a new environment.
Our continued support will then give you a further powerful boost for your job hunt, allowing you to get results faster and speed up your job search process.
This will not only save you money for hotels, travels to interviews etc, but it will also put you in a position to generate an income in New Zealand within the shortest time possible.
"Can you guarantee us that we will find a job in New Zealand if we are using our Job Search Service?"
Of course not! But we do have a team that is highly experienced team in job hunting, with vast networks and expert knowledge of the employment market.
Migrants who actively follow all the steps and mentoring will benefit the most. The success of your job search will depend on how well we will be able to cooperate with you. We need your help to help you!
Register your interest in our free Immigration and Job Search Webinar.
NZIC was a great help in getting my family and I to New Zealand. Anna was worth her weight in gold, she was fantastic at helping me format my CV and search for jobs that suited my skill set. In the end, I got a great job in a great city. Carsten and his team were very thorough and helpful when it 2020 came time to apply for and get our visas. Because of that, once we submitted our paperwork immigration had everything they needed from us and did not have to come back for more information. They are now helping us with our resident visas, and I’m certain that the process will be the same. I’d recommend them highly.
“NZIC shows commitment and provide professional immigration service.
At first, Maj kindly explained the whole process and what to expect. I was coached and introduced to New Zealand job market by their Job Search team, and getting assistance until I got a job in the country. The Visa team would also follow me up on my pending documents, so I never felt left out. Truly recommended for those seeking out an option to live in New Zealand. Big thanks from me and my whole family for things NZIC did for us..!”
"NZIC was the only company in New Zealand that we could find with a comprehensive Job Search service!"
"Thank you for your help on that journey! My job hunting has really been improved thanks to NZIC! Anna was always by my side, giving me advice, working on my CV and Cover Letter and even correcting my English! And then, thanks to Carsten, my application for my work visa has been accepted within only 3 days!"
"Dear Carsten, Katrina and all of our friends at NZIC- We can still hardly believe this wonderful event of our residency visas having come through! Thank you so much for all of your guidance, support and encouragement throughout the process; without you, we would have been adrift. J and I are over the moon.
We cracked open a bottle of local NZ sparkling wine last night to celebrate. Thank you for standing by us through this uncertain journey. It has made the world of difference to us having you there."
K.T South Africa October, 2020
No matter which visa type might be right for you, to get started fill in the Free Assessment form and let us know your plans for New Zealand.
Our Licensed Immigration Advisers will carefully assess the information you have provided and will give you their honest and upfront opinion on whether you might qualify for a visa.
If we assess your chances as realistically good, we will invite you to our popular Free Immigration Webinar, where you will learn everything you need to know about your visa and job hunt to make an informed decision about your next step on your way to living in New Zealand.
The decision of migrating to a new country is one of the most important decisions you will make in your life and we want you to be fully informed at all times during your decision making process.
To prove to you that we actually mean this, we are happy to provide all necessary information for your decision making process to you for free, starting with our Free Assessment.