What does it take to find a job?

What does it take to find a job in New Zealand?

Your professional background, a sound understanding of the New Zealand job market and business etiquette as well as the personal impression you will make will all be key factors for your chances of getting the job you want. 

Being actively supported by a team of New Zealand job search specialists throughout your job search process will give you the critical boost for your job search that will make all the difference.

You will be able to take full advantage of our local knowledge of the New Zealand job market and the job application process.

Addressing the right employers while also highlighting your overseas skills, attributes and experiences to match exactly what the employer is looking for will make a huge difference for your job search. 


The three cornerstones for a successful job application and how we can help 

In our opinion the success of your job search in New Zealand will depend on a combination of factors which we would roughly quantify in their importance as follows:

Your qualifications and work experience:  60% 

Our job search team will assist you in presenting your professional background in the best possible manner and in a format that will be understood and appreciated by New Zealand employers.

Solving the Catch22 dilemma:  10% 

Our Licensed Immigration Advisers will play an important role during your job search process. They will liaise with your future employer and with Immigration New Zealand to help you overcome the Catch22 dilemma: You will need a job to apply for a visa and a visa to get a job. 

Your involvement in the job search process:  30%  

While our job search team will give you their full support from start to finish, but you will have to be an active team player to make the most of your chances in the job market. It will ultimately be up to you to convince your future employer that you are the best candidate for the job. 


Important aspects to consider when looking for a job in a new country

General uncertainties 

Rules and regulations are different in your home country and you are not familiar with our country, let alone the job market. You will ask yourself:  

Professional etiquette

Once you have started your research, you will notice differences in professional etiquette that you might not have expected in New Zealand. 

Professional etiquette is based on the expectation of respectful, cultured behaviour, including courteous manners, appropriate image, and appropriate communications. It goes without saying that your job prospects will shrink if the interviewer feels disrespected by your behaviour. 

Cultural fit 

Every company's culture is slightly different and each is founded on different core values. What matters to employers is that the person they hire embodies those values  

Personal characteristics 

From our many years of experience with working with migrant job seekers, we think that it is possibly the personal impression you make that will have the greatest impact on whether you will get the job you want!


Important personal strengths:

1. Persistence - Perseverance - Commitment - Goal-Focused

The process of finding a job can be daunting and there will be good times and not so good times during the job search.

You have to possess a strong head and a strong sense of purpose to get through. Without persistence, you will give up, get frustrated or stop acting with the commitment required to make it. The job seekers with drive and passion who demonstrate enthusiasm through their words and actions are the ones to succeed.

Our advice:  If you’ve been looking for a while without success, don’t lose heart! This is a good opportunity to reevaluate what you’re looking for and broaden your search to other industries, roles or locations.

2. Clarity

You need to know your job search objectives. This is the first thing we develop in the job search strategy process. We help you create clear objectives – so you and others know exactly what you are looking for.

3. Efficiency

You have to create a strategy for your job search. 

4. Positive Attitude

Even if things are not going well at times you have to bring a positive attitude each time you step into an interview room or recruiting office. Candidates with a positive attitude will have a clear advantage.

5. Confidence

You need to display confidence. Employers don't hire desperate people. Therefore you need to build and maintain your confidence right at the start of your job search.  If you don’t believe in yourself, in your skills, education, and abilities, why should a prospective employer?

6. Follow-through

Employers might need a reminder that they met you in some cases and that you are the right fit for the job.

7. Good communicator

You have to be able to tell your story.  Make sure you can tell your story with the appropriate enthusiasm and energy.

8. Hard worker

You have to work on your new job. Lots of networking and research will be necessary to explore the job market, identify the right positions for you and then follow through with your job application.  

9. Likability 

Employers like people who are warm, friendly, easygoing, and cooperative with others.  New Zealand employers are looking for people who can join the team and be part of the work-family.


This is the willingness to accept challenges, the willingness to take on big jobs or even new jobs where there is a high degree of uncertainty and the possibility of failure. Courage also means the willingness to speak up and say exactly what you think and feel in a difficult situation. Employers admire men and women who are not afraid to speak their minds. And you demonstrate this in a job interview when you ask frank and direct questions about the company, the position, and the future that you might have with the organisation.


Our advice: Insider know-how and market knowledge will give you a huge advantage when looking for a job in New Zealand, but the deciding boost for the success of your job hunt lies in ongoing active support and feedback! 

Our job search team will work with you during your entire job search, providing you with their insider know-how and ongoing support and feedback. 


A tip to make your job search work for you: 'It’s a good idea to make the most of your Trade Me Jobs watch list.'


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If you want to give your job search in New Zealand a powerful boost talk to our Careers Coach Judi Lubetzky.

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