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.

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.


Working In

Industry specific websites

There are a number of websites that list many of the jobs available within a specific industry.

Healthcare jobs | Kiwi Health Jobs

Dairy farming jobs | Farm Source jobs

Education jobs | Education Gazette

Crown Research Institute jobs | Science New Zealand

More industry specific websites |

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

Jobs | Trade Me Jobs

Jobs | Seek

Job vacancy and recruitment websites |

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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.

New Kiwis

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.

Visit Our regions and cities to find the Regional Newcomers Skills Matching and Job Search Assistance programme provider in your region.

Recruitment companies

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 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.

Job vacancy and recruitment websites |

Direct contacts

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 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.

Informational interviews: How to succeed (03:14)

You don't have to wait for a job to be advertised. This video will show that there are many successful ways to find
out more about your industry and jobs in New Zealand.

"Hi Ruby the problem I'm having now is how to find out more information about my line of work and where do you think I should start? "Okay you could start by setting up an
informational interview." "Oh what is that?" "An informational interview is where you set up a chat or conversation with someone in your line of work you can find out about their industry and the aim is to build up a network of
professionals in that field so they can help you with your job search." "Oh that sounds great. What are the steps?" "First of all, do your research and think about people that you know are people that you've met people that you can contact that are in the
industry. Start with friends and family networks people who you've just come across previously, and you can try Google and LinkedIn before you have the meeting. Do some research, make a list of questions. Practice them, and that way
you'll get the most out of the meeting. To set up the meeting you can do this by email phone or LinkedIn, start off by introducing yourself and let them know that your research in the industry because you want to understand the industry from the New Zealand perspective. If you're emailing, don't send your CV, don't ask for a job. Your aim is to get their time this is a networking event, not a job-seeking event so you just want to get to talk to them for 15 minutes be flexible they're giving up their time
for you, so the interview can take place over the phone or in person, it's always more effective if you do it in person. Start off by introducing yourself and remember to thank them for sparing the time to see you. "Thank you very much for
meeting me."

All right seen it let the employer talk more than you and ask some of your specific questions which hopefully you will have practised beforehand so since the industry is really small what particular crops were excuse that in short supply in this industry in terms of HR I think you need people who it's
important to show your interest in the person who's giving you their time. "Thank you." What skills are needed in your area" "Well my area is almost on the sales side" If you're going overtime make sure that you check that it's okay for them to carry on. "it's getting close to 2 p.m. How are you for time?" "I have a few more minutes, say about 10."  "Thank you so much for your time and it has been really helpful for me."

"Oh my pleasure." After the interview, make sure that you send a thank you message. There is email or LinkedIn. "So how do you think it went?" "Yeah, it was great. I cannot believe it, the manager gave me 20 minutes to have the informational interview and I can say it's amazing." "Congratulations, it sounds like you made a really good
impression, let's see what happens next. Thank you."

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.

What employers want: Tips from NZ employers (5:43)

Communication skills - They're absolutely vital. They're important,  both written and verbal communication skills ensuring that you write very clearly and articulate it well and same within the
verbal communication. Speaking slowly, articulate yourself and actually think about what you're saying so that the other person understands with the same. 
"Teamwork and interpersonal skills in a candidate are extremely important for us. We're an organization that works in an agile way so you'll be working lots with people across the company and in
different project groups. Teamwork is essential. More and more collaboration is becoming the centerpiece of what makes us a successful organised group of people and it's about those
people connecting together and in today's world that we live in it's very diverse having that connection between that diversity as of gigs is extremely important nowadays anyone needs to be confident proud of their achievements
and be comfortable to show that in an interview. If you don't care about yourself, no one else will when we work.  We look at people that are aligned with the values of our organization, so the last value is excellence, and it really is being the best that you are bringing yourself to in and working as hard as you can and bringing the effort through another quality that we look for in candidates is that they're passionate and driven. We are a technology software development house, so people that are interested in technology and have a passion for and where the future of technology is going.

Self-management is really important because, yeah, New Zealand businesses as a whole team to be a lot flatter in the organizational structure. There's an expectation that you're proactive and recognizing what needs to be done in
doing it, so one of the key things that we're looking for people that we have passion for the job, sort of flexible people. They're really open to change, and also part of it is the real willingness to learn and adapt and be curious networkers. Always assess anyone in their own career and we also value their in their organization understanding what's going on within the industry in developing relationships with people, internally and externally within your industry so you develop more that relationship that also they're understanding it depending on what skills and background you bring to New Zealand. 

It may be more helpful to get some type of experience, potentially voluntary for a while you're starting to look for a job in New Zealand, it's a way of understanding how we work. Getting familiar with the language linking into the community and also aligning some voluntary work skills that can then be relevant for week scopes. Any candidate has analytical and critical thinking is someone we'd like to have on our radar as well. But also with the world that changing, it's a key skill set that people will have to have to be successful. If you look at where the future is going, you know problem-solving and collaboration to solve problems is really important. They can be very hard to assess in an interview situation. Building a CV or a repertoire of stories which you can illustrate how you've solved problems is important so I think initiative and drive for a candidate is very important in our organization so anyone that can demonstrate they can take something and drive it through to completion is someone we're looking for.

We are a values-based business so really understanding how you fit with the values that we have and what your values are. Make sure that you're not only the right person for us but it's also the right organization for you. We've got 51 different nationalities here at KPMG, over 30% of all of our hires come from overseas, so we don't necessarily have a fit we're looking for, people that add to the culture of the organization. It's really important that your CV matches the job description. We might get hundreds of CVS so it's important that your CV looks interesting in the first 30 seconds. One of the most important parts of pulling together a CV is to make sure that it's clear and concise and easy to read - a CV should say this person has the skills that we need so make sure to highlight and target your CV for every job. If you read a good CV,  it really gives you a feel of what that person can do, the personality what they represent and what they can accomplish, and you feel that you want to interview them.

Before sending your CV off, get someone to check it for grammar and spelling and that it actually feels clear and concise. To be honest, get two people to check it. If you can, I think a LinkedIn profile is a very good tool to have and I think it's something you should ensure that it's always up-to-date and relevant so cover letters form a really important part of any application it is meant to just encapsulate the key things that you want to get across. Still needs to be concise but it's a chance to be slightly more personal and put your own communication style on but just your own motivation and your own interest in the company in the role.

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