Getting job-ready

A little forward planning and preparation will save a lot of time, frustration and stress in your job hunt.

You can get an idea of which industries are big employers in the region you are considering from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s report.

You also need to research what New Zealand employers look for in job applications and how to present yourself in the best possible way.

The New to New Zealand webpage for migrants is a good starting point for preparing for your job search.

New to New Zealand |

Regional Sectors and Specialisations | MBIE

Do some homework

Start by doing some research into which industries and sectors are important here, and which ones are needing skilled people. Our Job Market page will give you a good overview.

Then, dig a little deeper using the jobs database. You can search for specific job titles or professions and get information about pay, job opportunities, and the entry and qualification requirements in New Zealand.

If there is no role exactly like yours, then this site is an excellent place to check out other areas of work where your skills and experience may fit. 

Our job websites and recruitment companies page features a list of the main job websites used in New Zealand including in specific industries to get your job search started.

If you are coming to New Zealand as the partner of someone with a skilled migrant or work visa and want to try something new, the jobs database can help you come up with interesting job possibilities to explore.

Job market & key industries

Job websites and recruitment companies

Jobs database |

Job Seeker Online Course - To find a job, you need a well-conceived strategy.  This is the starting point for the Job Seeker Online Course. Complete this online course to gain great insights into preparing yourself for the New Zealand workforce.

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Finding work (01:28)

Finding work

Giselle Abrianos – For me find a job here in NZ was not so hard because I start to look for job when I was in Brazil. So first I started to check if the same position that I had in Brazil I could have here. So I already had some idea which companies I could work. So the company I am working now it was one company that I discovered when I was there.

Dominique O’Callaghan - I arrived on a Thursday night, had my first two interviews on a Friday morning, uhm, had my second interviews on a Wednesday and got offered the job on a Wednesday afternoon. 

Diego Abrianos - attending the workshops provided by ARMS it just kind of opened doors for me. Ah… I was able to find another organization that was called Omega and another called Chamber of Commerce. And combining the help I received from those three major organisations I was able to review my CV to improve my CV to the local standard and then after more six weeks I guess, I was able to get a job or to get a proposal to sign to get the job.

Lindsey Crummett – My brother-in-law’s best friend worked at Weta - remembered he said he would talk to Richard for me – and it just seemed so easy that I was able to set up a meeting and meet Richard Taylor, and it was, it actually blew my mind how quickly it happened, I was able to show him a sculpture I had done and I was blown away by how friendly and warm he was.


Regional opportunities

You can get an idea of what type of industries are big employers in the region you are considering from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's report below. 

Regional Sectors and Specialisations | MBIE

Prospective employers

You will want at least some basic background on the employers you’re considering - what sort of work they do, what they specialise in, how big they are, who they compete with, what clients and customers they have - for your own information.

It is not just for personal interest. You will also find that employers expect you to have this sort of general industry knowledge.

New Zealand companies tend to be small, so it can be relatively hard to get detailed information on them. However they will almost all have a website, so do some searching online.

As a shortcut, try Immigration New Zealand’s list of accredited employers (accredited because they frequently employ migrants). It has web addresses for over 450 businesses.

Accredited Employers List | Immigration New Zealand

Allow enough time

Gathering all the documents you need to have qualifications recognised or to apply for registration can be a time consuming task. Actually applying for registration or a qualifications assessment then having your immigration application processed will add more days and weeks.

Of course there will be costs - for example, gaining registration can sometimes be expensive. Remember to budget for them.

Make sure you allow enough time and money for all this when you are planning your move here. 

Qualifications and occupational registration

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