It is important to make a good impression of yourself as a potential employee, but not to appear too boastful about your achievements.
Many people make the mistake of writing a CV and using it for every job application. New Zealand employers expect you to adjust your CV to suit each job so that it highlights the skills that are relevant to the job.
People suggested that my CV was not what New Zealand employers would look at. Where I come from we prepare a CV in a different way: we give all our experience right from day one. Here, nobody likes to read a story!
Most New Zealand employers expect a cover letter with your CV when you apply for a job. A cover letter is a ‘sales pitch’ about why you think you are ideal for the job.
Your cover letter should:
briefly introduce yourself
outline your main relevant skills and experience
make an argument for why you are the right person for the specific job.
Just like your CV, it should focus on details that are relevant to the job you are applying for and it should be brief – no longer than 1 page.
Use a formal and persuasive style when writing a cover letter. It is a good idea to have a generic letter that you can adjust to match the job description you are applying for.
Remember to bring your qualifications with you to New Zealand. If you are sending them in with an application, send a copy. Keep the originals safe and get copies made and certified. If you are in New Zealand, a Justice of the Peace (JP) can certify them.