Building a professional network in a foreign country can be challenging. However, migrant job seekers can benefit substantially from it. Watch the following video to learn more about the importance of networking and how to do it successfully in New Zealand:
As 97% of New Zealand businesses are small organisations, employers and employees are often in close contact. This is why when hiring, 4 out of 5 employers, prefer to do so through their social network — looking for people they can trust.
If you are considering moving to New Zealand or if you have just arrived, creating your network of contacts or even knowing where to start can be a daunting process.
Anna Fyfe, one of our Job Search Coaches, is confident that the best way to begin is to reach out to employers, employees and recruiters in your industry, and ask them to have an informal chat over a coffee. This might seem odd for international job seekers, but in New Zealand, is quite common.
Reaching out and networking doesn’t mean you should ask for a job straight away. The objective is to show your interest in their industry, asking what the challenges and opportunities are and how you might fit in, given your expertise.
In Anna’s experience, when looking for a job in New Zealand, most people are reluctant to reach out to new and unfamiliar contacts and build their local network.
It usually takes a real switch in mindset to commence the networking process. You might have to do things differently to the way you’ve done them previously and in your home country.
Anna encourages job seekers in your position to write well prepared and personalised emails and LinkedIn messages to people who might be able to offer you advice about your industry.
Remember that you are approaching a different culture to what you may be used to.
We recommend keeping in mind that:
The information for this article was extracted from Anna's original blog-post "You want me to do what?!".
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