Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Tips for finding a job in New Zealand: Part 2



Tips for finding a job in New Zealand: Part 2
If you are just starting your career, New Zealand may well give you a jump start, providing you with opportunities for hands-on experience you might not see for years back home. And if you are a self-starter, that skill is valued here. If you bring middle or senior management experience, your ability to help train and show New Zealanders new techniques may be of great value to the economy.

When it comes to finding work in New Zealand, most people moving here at least start the process before coming to New Zealand. This can be simply a matter of scanning the jobs online at New Zealand employment sites. You can find links to popular sites at

Other people start applying for jobs before coming here, while some wait until they're on the ground. Either way, there are a few things you can do that can help your prospects when talking to New Zealand employers -- starting with these 6 tips:

1. Know the time differences
Be prepared to talk to potential New Zealand employers in their business hours, which may mean an early morning or late evening call for you. And don't forget, time zone differences can mean it's Monday in New Zealand when it's Sunday where you are. To check the current date and time in New Zealand see the clock at In preparation for phone calls outside your usual work hours, make sure the phone numbers you provide are those you can answer at any time of the day. Or night.

2. Know the hurdles
You may know more about the appropriate visas and permits than anyone you talk to, which means you can reassure them. It can be helpful to tell your prospective employer that, to the best of your knowledge, you'll be approved for a work visa once you have a job offer from them.

3. Put New Zealand in your CV or resume
Update your CV or resume with a few New Zealand twists. For instance, note that the title Vice President is not used in New Zealand, so make sure you describe your role in terms of responsibilities, management and authority. Be aware that your new employer won't necessarily be familiar with the companies you've worked for outside New Zealand, so add a brief overview about the company, its size and successes. And add a statement or two that shows why you're considering a move to New Zealand and what you can bring to the country and the company.

4. Do your research
If you know the name of the company or organisation where you're applying for a job, check their website. Look at their news section for more background information. Look for websites of industry associations related to the company or organisation, so you can gain a better understanding of the bigger issues facing the sector in New Zealand. You may have the perfect international experience to help them deal with those issues. Another useful area of research is through the government website,, where you can find the various government departments and regulatory bodies that are involved in your sector of work.

5. Talk to New Zealanders
Tell everyone you can that you're thinking about moving to New Zealand. You could be surprised at how many people know someone here or know another New Zealander who may be able to help with advice or extra information, or may even have even a lead on a new job.

6. Sell yourself
Our advice in Part 1 about being humble still applies, but you do need to sell yourself and your experience. Think about how your experience could be translated into benefits for a New Zealand employer. The online research you do (see above) will help here, but also be prepared to ask lots of questions when talking to the employer. This will help you gain insights that will identify how you can be a good fit for the company.

More info
To see more tips about finding a job in New Zealand, see Part 1 of our top tips which appeared in our last newsletter. Click here to see the article.

You might also be interested in reading how other people found their jobs in New Zealand. Click here to read their stories.