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Finding Work in New Zealand

When you decide to move to New Zealand, one of the most important issues to handle is that of employment. You will need the right visa and a job offer, which can take some time, effort, and thoughtful consideration. Luckily, Auckland Immigration is here to help get you started on the path to the career of your dreams.


Following are some of the most in-demand skills in New Zealand right now, as well as some advice for landing the best job for you.


Highest median salaries for jobs advertised on Trade Me in 2017:

Information architects (IT) – $135,000

Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence (IT) – $115,000

Cybersecurity Specialists – $105,000.

Construction Project and Contract Management – $105,000

IT Sales – $105,000

Finance Managers & Controllers – $100,000

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.

After sending out applications, prepare yourself for possible interviews by thinking about what kind of questions an employer might ask you. It can help organise your thoughts to write down your answers and then practise answering the questions out loud with friends or in front of a mirror. Another valuable action is to do research on the company and formulate questions that you can ask the interviewer. This goes a long way towards demonstrating that you are prepared for the job and excited by the prospect of working for them.


Depending on your employment goals, the following websites can be very helpful in terms of finding a job online:



Recruit Me

Seasonal Jobs

Pick NZ


Remember that it may take six months or so to receive that job offer, so don’t get discouraged and give up in the middle. We wish you the best of luck in your search! ⋆