Job websites & recruitment companies
Before you move, your first task will probably be finding a job. That is because most migrants need a job offer to get a work visa.
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But if you are eligible for another sort of visa, such as a residence, working holiday, or partner visa, you can get your visa first.
Specialist websites if you are overseas
There are a number of websites designed to connect offshore workers with New Zealand employers. Employers listing jobs on these websites may have more experience in hiring migrants. Two to consider are Workhere and Working In.
Industry specific websites
There are a number of websites that list many of the jobs available within a specific industry.
General job websites
The two most popular websites for job seekers in New Zealand are TradeMe and Seek. These sites list a lot of vacancies. But if you are searching from overseas, you may find some employers are not always open to hiring.
You can also find a list of other job vacancy websites, including industry specific websites, on careers.govt.nz.
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New Kiwis online migrant recruitment
The New Kiwis online migrant recruitment programme is a free national service that connects skilled migrants and their partners with employers who need their skills. Register your CV with New Kiwis and search for jobs advertised by employers registered with the site.
Regional Newcomer Skills Matching and Job Search Assistance programmes
Regional Newcomer Skills Matching and Job Search Assistance programmes build links between job-seeking migrants, such as partners and spouses of skilled migrants, and employers that need their skills.
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New Zealand employers often use recruitment companies or agents to screen candidates and find suitable employees, particularly for specialist and high-level jobs. These agents get a finder’s fee from the employer when they successfully place someone in a job.
The careers.govt.nz website has a comprehensive list of recruitment companies and specialist job vacancy websites.
You might want to register with more than one recruitment agent. That is generally fine, but do not overdo it. Being put forward for the same job by more than one recruitment agent makes you - and the agent - look unprofessional. The New Zealand employment market is small, so it is especially important to keep track of who you have contacted about jobs and when.
Some jobs are not advertised so contacting employers, or professional or employer organisations, directly can be a good strategy.
Showing initiative always impresses Kiwi employers. Do not be afraid to call or email a company you are interested in working for, even if that is not how you do things at home.
Even if they do not have a suitable job suitable, the people you talk to may offer you the name of colleagues in another company, or give you advice about other skills you have that may be useful to others.
Many employers prefer face-to-face meetings, so visiting New Zealand and organising in-person interviews may increase your chances of getting a job.
Many migrants take a preliminary fact finding holiday here and make appointments to see key employers. Make sure you set up the appointments by calling or emailing ahead of time, as Kiwi employers do not appreciate last-minute scheduling.
Calling employers from overseas is not that much harder than calling them in your home country these days, thanks to the various low cost calling options available like Skype. Just remember to check the time difference between your location and New Zealand.