To learn more about whether New Zealand is currently recruiting for people in your industry, check the Skills Shortage List. IT and Science and Engineering are big in New Zealand as a whole, but remember that opportunities will vary by region. Research labour market information online in order to discover not only if, but where, your skills are in demand.
Once you have honed in on your target industry, a good strategy is to speak with people in New Zealand who are already working in related jobs. After all, there will be some differences in expectations, focus, and scope than you’ve come to know in your home country. Strong industry contacts can also help you understand what type of job you could get in New Zealand with your skills and qualifications, explain more about the requirements of the job, and possibly even put you in touch with potential employers.
Next it is necessary to write or update your CV. Be sure to include all of your most recent and relevant professional work experience, and then go further to include a list of your skills and examples of how you have successfully used those skills in the past. Make note of any awards and certificates you have received, and keep copies of them to have available if requested in an interview. Another great element to include is references from former employers.
In general, your CV should be at most two to three pages. Compose a customised cover letter to accompany it for every organisation to which you apply. If English is not your native language, it can be helpful to have a professional service proofread the document to make certain that the wording and style are right.
When you are ready to start applying for job vacancies, we recommend taking the following steps:
Talk to everyone about your search – family, friends, and neighbours – because you never know who might have a lead for you.
Read job ads in local newspapers.
Sign up with job vacancy websites, where you can upload your CV and be visible to potential employers, as well as apply directly to job postings.
Contact employers in your industry directly, and enquire whether they have any upcoming openings.
Sign up with a recruitment company – there is typically no charge to the job seeker for this service.