How find a job in NZ before arriving

So before landing in NZ to start the next chapter of your life, ideally it would be good to be employed

Easier said than done especially if you are based in the UK, like I am

So here I’ll outline some tips for job searching in NZ

1. Online

Trade Me Jobs is New Zealand’s most visited jobs site, and provides a wide range of vacancies.

MyJobSpace.co.nz  A job vacancy site where job seekers can set up a profile and online CV.

Seek  An extensive list of job vacancies from employers across New Zealand and Australia. Also provides an email notification service and career development resources and training information.

Work and Income job search database  A large selection of current New Zealand job vacancies and general advice.

2. Recruitment agencies

You need to get a feel of the market place for your industry and who better to sell you than the peoples whose livelihoods rely on placing candidates with companies? Get a list of NZ recruiters from here. I would suggest doing what I did and connect with them on social media or email and organise an ‘exploratory chat’ on what the market is like for your expertise and how likely you would be of being placed. Remember recruiters can only put you forward, you still have to sell yourself to the client

3. Get your CV up to New Zealand spec

we are a funny bunch and do things differently so don’t be surprised if get told that your CV needs to be more pleasing on the Kiwi eye.

4. Send CV but don’t stop there

From personal experience it is always, always, always better to cold call the recruiter or employer (if the employer is advertised) this shows confidence and if your calling from 10 time zones away, initiative. You will be remembered in the person mind as someone that takes the bull by the horns, we like that. (cold calling your next job)

5. Connect on Social Media

Find the recruiter on social media and add them as a connection. How many CV’s do you think they see every day? Well in NZ, you could be thinking that just because it’s a small country they won’t see as many as the country you are coming from? Wrong!. Recruiters are inundated with CV’s, emails, automated marketing requests from job board sites, you need to keep front of mind with all this noise. Share some content about yourself, blog article, online project, Youtube interview/project, Charity activity, anything that is going to set you apart from the competition and shows that you are a professional in your online presence.

 

 

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Nicholas Manarangi

After 10 years away Nick and his family are returning to New Zealand. Leaving their busy London lives behind and exchanging it for new challenges in Auckland. Motivated by family and a change in lifestyle.

Nick's Dutch wife is mostly concerned about the quality of NZ chocolate and cheese.Hope we don't disappoint.
connect here

Nicholas Manarangi

After 10 years away Nick and his family are returning to New Zealand. Leaving their busy London lives behind and exchanging it for new challenges in Auckland. Motivated by family and a change in lifestyle. Nick's Dutch wife is mostly concerned about the quality of NZ chocolate and cheese. Hope we don't disappoint.