Tips for applying for a job in New Zealand

applying for a job in new zealandOnce you have found suitable positions in New Zealand, it is time to submit your applications.

Applying for a job in New Zealand must however be done with a few basic principles in mind.

Heeding these will give you a greater chance of getting a positive reply from employers.

Applying for a job in New Zealand

1. Get your CV right

New Zealand have a very specific CV style. CVs are short, usually only two to three pages, and information should highlight skills – not necessarily simply list experience. Redoing your CV in this style is more likely to lead to success when applying for a job in New Zealand.

Consider these important additions too:

  • Indicate your visa status.
  • New Zealand employers may not be familiar with companies you’ve worked for. Consider including a short description of each company. For example, what industry the company is in and a link to a website.
  • Provide a New Zealand postal address and phone number where possible.

2. Keep track of your applications

You are going to apply for many jobs, so keep a detailed record of all your applications that go out. Applying for two jobs at one company or following up on the wrong job won’t only be embarrassing – it might cost you that dream job.

3. Be flexible

Don’t expect everything to work like it does at home.

Interview processes might be different in New Zealand than what you’re used to.

Your job in New Zealand might include more responsibilities than you’re accustomed to.

It might even be necessary for you to start on a slightly lower rung of the career ladder when starting out in New Zealand. Once you have New Zealand knowledge and experience, however, you could quickly make your way up the ladder again.

Be able and willing to adapt at every step and moving to New Zealand will be much easier on you.

4. Know your technology

It is highly likely that an interview will be conducted over Skype or another internet-based communication platform. Be sure that you are familiar with all the major platforms and have an account on each.

Call friends as test runs first – you don’t want to only figure out how to use a platform on the day of an interview or the day before.

Most importantly…

5. Only start applying when you have removed as many obstacles as possible

Picture yourself as a manager, based in in New Zealand. You are seeking new staff and the CVs are piling up in your inbox from all over the world.

You are open to foreign recruits and appreciate the skills they will bring, but where do you start:

  • How do you even know they will qualify for a work visa or residency?
  • What about their qualifications – are they accepted in New Zealand?
  • Do they need some form of professional registration?
  • What about their English language ability?
  • How long will the process take?
  • What do you, as an employer, have to commit to?

Recruiting foreign workers, as you can see, is not that simple. Which is why in the vast
majority of cases, you as the applicant either get no response or are asked if you have a work visa.

Imagine instead you are the employer in a different scenario. You open an application and start to read:

Dear Sir,

I am applying for the position of <<position advertised>>. As you will see from the covering letter from my licensed migration agent I can confirm the following:

I have been assessed for residency for New Zealand and scored 120 points.

Subsequent to this, I have submitted my expression of interest application during which process I completed the required professional registration and NZQA.

No IELTS was required due to my qualifications.

As such I do not require any form of employer sponsorship, so my application carries with it no burden on you, as the employer, other than making a normal job offer if you feel I am an appropriate candidate.

For me to obtain residency the process will take approximately 8 weeks from job offer and my migration agent has already been retained for this process.

I am more than willing to fly to New Zealand if you require, and understand that this may be an integral part of the interview process.

For an employer this choice is simple – provided the person above is right for the job. The applicant has committed to the process, taken care of the formalities and is in a position to move soon.

This is the best time to apply for a job in New Zealand – when you have removed as many obstacles for the employer as you can.