Job websites & recruitment companies
People here find positions by using jobs websites or contacting recruitment companies (‘head hunters’).
People also contact employers directly. It is often the most successful approach.
Whichever approach, or approaches, you use, you will find most employers here are happy to consider people from overseas if there are no people in New Zealand available to fill the post.
Finding a job from overseas
There are lots of job websites in New Zealand. Many of them post jobs from employers expecting applications from people already in New Zealand. Some specialise in connecting with people overseas.
Specialist migrant job sites
Employers listing jobs on these websites may have more experience in hiring people from offshore. Workhere and Working in New Zealand are good sites to start off with.
Sector specific websites
Some specialised sectors and professions have dedicated job websites. If you are looking for a job in one of these sectors, check out the website:
General job websites
The most popular websites for jobs in New Zealand are TradeMe and Seek. These sites list a lot of vacancies.
You can find other general job vacancy websites on the careers.govt.nz website.
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New Zealand employers often use recruitment companies or agencies to find suitable employees, particularly for specialist and high-level jobs. You can register with more than one recruitment company. The New Zealand employment market is small, so it is important to keep track of who you have contacted about jobs and when.
You do not need to pay the company or agency as they get paid by the employer when they place someone in a job.
You can find a list of recruitment agents on the careers.govt.nz website.
Recruitment services for skilled migrants
If you are a skilled worker there is a specialist online migrant recruitment service you can access called New Kiwis. This free service matches skilled migrants and their partners with employers across New Zealand who need their skills.
Register your CV with New Kiwis and search for jobs advertised by employers registered with the site.
Depending on your specialty, you may be required to register with a professional body in order to get a job and visa. In any case, getting a visa may be more straightforward if you are able to obtain professional registration in New Zealand.
More details are on the Immigration New Zealand website.
Contacting employers directly
In New Zealand, approaching potential employers directly is an accepted and very successful approach.
Employers here often have vacancies they are not advertising on jobs websites, or that they have not got round to advertising yet. You may just be ‘the right person at the right time’.
In any case, showing this sort of initiative always impresses New Zealand employers, even if they refer you to a job application process or recruitment company.
You can also contact professional bodies and employer organisations directly.
Using phone or email
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 in your home country.
You can ask if they have any jobs now or coming up. You can also ask for an informal interview or at least for the opportunity to send in your CV with a covering letter.
If they do not have a suitable job for you, the people you contact may offer you the name of someone in another company. Or they may give you advice about other skills you have that may be useful to others.
Calling employers from overseas is not much harder than calling them in your home country. Just remember you must pay for the call and to check the time difference between your location and New Zealand.
Meeting in person
Many employers prefer meeting potential employees in person or at least face-to-face online. It may increase your chances of getting a job.
Today, on-line video calling makes this much easier than ever before. Just remember to schedule the call for core New Zealand business hours, usually NZST 09:00 to 17:00hrs. Be aware New Zealand switches to Daylight Saving time (NZDT) usually from late September to early April.
Some migrants take a fact-finding holiday here and make appointments to see key employers. Make sure you call or email ahead of time to set up the appointments. This will make a better impression with New Zealand employers.