Are you planning on moving to New Zealand? The Land of the Long White Cloud is a wonderful place to live – the scenery is gorgeous, the people are warm and friendly, the culture is laid back and fun and there are so many great activities to enjoy. If living in New Zealand is your dream, the first step will be to find a job in this beautiful country.
In order to work in New Zealand you will need the appropriate work visa. Applying for New Zealand visas isn’t too difficult, but it is important to follow the correct procedure and choose the working visa that is most appropriate for your situation. Make sure that your visa application has been approved before you accept a job, as the employer will need to verify that you are allowed to work in the country.
New Zealand Job Hunting Tips
When it comes to finding a job when you are moving to New Zealand, here are some helpful tips that will help you to increase your chances of success:
- Start applying from overseas before you move to New Zealand, giving yourself a head start on your job search.
- It’s totally acceptable to start applying for jobs before your visa is approved, just make the situation clear to your potential employer. If you get a job this might even help with your visa application. Of course, you won’t be allowed to start working until the visa is approved.
- If you get a Skype interview while you are still in the UK, the difference in time zones might mean that you need to take the call in the middle of the night. Be professional and prepared for this, as it just might be a great opportunity for you.
- Conduct some research online into the labour market in New Zealand. This will help you to figure out what opportunities are available – and in which regions.
- Determine where you want to live in New Zealand and find out whether your job is available in that part of the country.
- Take a good look at your CV and make sure that it contains all of your experience and skills.
- Make sure that you send copies of any awards and certificates that you have received.
- Your CV shouldn’t be too long – two or three pages at the most. There should also be a concise cover letter that is a one page ‘sales pitch’ about why you think you’re ideal for the job.
- Ask your former employers to write you written references.
- New Zealand is a very small country and job hunting here relies on personal recommendations and word of mouth. You will be more successful if you do some research into the person who will be making the decision and target your application directly to them.
- Don’t forget to follow up. Wait a while after you have sent your application, then call the company to check that they have received it. Ask them if they have any other questions that you could answer.
- Remember to be patient when you are seeking a job in New Zealand. The pace of life here is slower and things tend to move at a more laid back pace. (Remember, this is a positive thing and it is why many people choose to live here!) If you don’t get an immediate response from your application don’t panic too much, just make a note to follow up in a little while.
- Two great websites for finding jobs in New Zealand are Seek and TradeMe. You will usually find a lot of vacancies listed here.
- If you are living in Christchurch or Wellington the Chamber of Commerce can help to match your skills with available jobs in your region.
- A recruitment agency can also be a good way to find a job, especially for specialist or high level jobs. You can register with a couple of recruitment agents, but be careful about applying with too many. If you are put forward to the same job by multiple recruitment agencies that will make you look unprofessional – and there is a chance of this since the New Zealand employment market is so small.
These are just a few tips to keep in mind when it comes to finding jobs in New Zealand. You might even want to consider taking a preliminary holiday there to do some research, make some contacts and introduce yourself to employers before you make the big move.