Job search challenges and tips to be successful
How can we facilitate your job search in New Zealand?
Do some research
It is important you do your homework before applying for jobs. Thoroughly research the industries and sectors that you are qualified for or experienced in. You will quickly get an idea of what jobs are advertised frequently. Our Immigration News page frequently lists jobs from our partner employers. Sign up to our newsletter or our Facebook page for updates.
A diverse strategy
Not all jobs are advertised online. You may have to reach out to a recruiter in your sector, or if relevant to your industry, explore the hidden job market.
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Is your occupation in demand?
The Careers New Zealand website and their Jobs database are a good starting point to determine if an occupation is in demand, and to find out about pay scale (link to salaries in nz), job opportunities in New Zealand, qualification requirements, and alternative positions similar to what you are looking for.
If you do find a job you are interested in, it is also a good idea to do some research on the employer itself, who is the best person to contact in the human resources department, the size of the company, their competitors, career prospects within the organisation, etc.
What is the average salary in New Zealand for your occupation?
You need to know what you are worth, but also what you can reasonably expect, based on New Zealand salaries, the level of responsibility involved in the role, and the experience required. Immigration New Zealand relies on salary brackets from various sources to determine a 'market rate'. For every visa application you must be offered at least what a New Zealander would earn if they were to be employed in this role.
Immigration New Zealand has a list of over 1,700 Accredited Employers. The list is not exhaustive but constitutes a good starting point. They hold an accreditation because they frequently employ migrants and the process is greatly facilitated for these applications. Getting a visa under the Accredited employer scheme may be a pathway to residence after working for 2 years in New Zealand with a salary at or above NZ$79,560.
Do you want to find out more about job search in New Zealand? We provide our clients with a comprehensive Job Search Package to help them find work in New Zealand.