Job websites & recruitment companies
Before you move, your first task will probably be finding a job. That’s because most migrants need a job offer to get a work visa.
Looking for regional info?
The exception is if you’re eligible for another sort of visa, such as residence, working holiday, or a partner visa. In these circumstances, you can get your visa first.
Specialist websites if you're 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 industry specific websites that list many of the jobs available within an industry.
General job websites
The two most popular websites for job seekers in New Zealand are called TradeMe and Seek. These sites list a lot of vacancies, but if you’re searching from overseas you may find some employers aren’t always open to hiring.
You can also find a list of other job vacancy websites, including industry specific websites on Careers New Zealand.
New Kiwis employment service
New Kiwis is a free service for migrants. When you register on their database, one of their team will guide you through the process of finding work in your industry. They can also help you format your CV and prepare for interviews.
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 New Zealand 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’s generally fine, but don’t 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’s especially important to keep track of who you’ve contacted about jobs, and when.
Finding work in the Canterbury rebuild
If you think you might be able to find work in the rebuilding of Christchurch and Canterbury following the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, the first place to look is the Canterbury Skills & Employment Hub.
Employers are able to use the Hub to offer jobs essential for the rebuild, even if those jobs aren’t on Immigration New Zealand’s official skills shortage lists.
If there are no suitable New Zealanders on the database, employers using the Hub can get faster approval from Immigration New Zealand for a work visa for an international applicant.
Some jobs aren’t advertised and contacting employers or professional or employer organisations directly can be a good strategy.
Showing initiative always impresses Kiwi employers. So, don’t be afraid to call or email a company you’re interested in working for, even if that’s not how you’d do things at home.
Even if they don’t have a job that’s 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 don’t 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.