The top New Zealand Jobseeker FAQs – answered

It can be hard to know where to start when you begin your search for a job in New Zealand. Whether you’re searching from within New Zealand or abroad, you will no doubt have a lot of questions about how to find the right job for you. For this reason, we’re answering the top New Zealand jobseeker FAQs.

We understand that searching for a job can be a daunting task, especially in a new country. And while there are plenty of jobs out there, where to find them and how to apply is another story altogether.

Here we will answer the questions we come across the most to offer some clarity on job seeking in New Zealand.

What are the employment websites in New Zealand?

New Zealand’s two main employment websites are Seek and TradeMe Jobs. These sites are being constantly updated with new job listings across all industries.

Both sites make it very easy to conduct a search based on location, classification and work type (ie. full time, part-time or contract). You are also able to have each site notify you when the job of your preference comes available.

Our website has a job search tool and offers a great way to connect with New Zealand employers. As we aim to link skilled migrants with Kiwi employers, our job search tool is an easy way to see if your skills match those in demand.

While Seek and TradeMe are great job sites, it doesn’t hurt to think outside the square. LinkedIn also has a job search tool and offers plenty of networking opportunities. If you don’t have a LinkedIn page, we suggest setting one up and building your contacts.

Another option is to contact companies directly. While they may not have an opening at that point in time, they may be able to advise if one is coming up or keep your CV on hand for the future.

It’s all about getting yourself out there and trying as many avenues as possible.

Where can I find CV and Cover Letter templates?

We have a CV and cover letter templates available on our website. You can find these here.

Always remember to customise your cover letter to the job you are applying for. Let the employer know why you are the best person for the job and what you will bring to the company.

We have covered CV and cover letter writing in an earlier blog for you to refer back to. Here you’ll find some handy tips on creating a CV and cover letter that really stand out.

What is the current job market like in New Zealand?

Currently, we’re in the midst of an employers’ market. This means that there are more job seekers than jobs available in New Zealand.

With this in mind, the New Zealand job market is somewhat competitive. However, the government still expects the workforce to grow at a rate of 1.8% annually, resulting in the need for around 47,000 more workers each year into the foreseeable future.

This is good news for skilled migrants and covers a broad range of industries.

If you are interested in living and working here, we recommend checking out the immigration skills shortage list. Here you’ll find a list of industries actively looking for skilled workers.

What is a career objective?

A career objective is an outline of the type of job you are looking for and why you think you would be the right candidate for the job you are applying for.

Your career objective should be a short paragraph at the top of your CV. In this paragraph, you should also state what skills and attributes you can bring to an organisation.

What are the core skills?

Your core skills are your major work-related skills.

This should be detailed in list form to show the tasks you perform regularly that would be required by an employer.

As an example, if you are a Software Developer, you would list the programmes you are proficient in.

If you boast a broad range of skills, research some job vacancies to see what skills are in demand. From here you can compile a list of skills applicable to kinds of jobs you’d apply for.

What are the professional attributes?

Here you can talk more about who you are as a person. Your personality and work style count for a lot in a workplace and employers want to gauge how well you would fit within their team.

Some examples of professional attributes are:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Great team player
  • Ability to manage time and meet deadlines
  • Great attention to detail

You are the best person to explain your personal attributes so make sure you include as many as possible.

Am I likely to find a job in New Zealand without a visa?

Depending on the size of the company, some employers are willing to assist with supporting you through your Visa application process. However, many companies will expect you to take responsibility for this.

If you’re planning on living in New Zealand permanently, you will need a Visa to work in order to acquire employment here. Visitor Visas only apply to those who plan to stay in New Zealand for up to three months. Ensure you have the right Visa here.

What is the purpose of NewKiwis?

Our main purpose is to link skilled migrants with job vacancies in New Zealand.

We provide a job search tool as well as a number of resources to help migrants find work and settle in New Zealand.

What does it cost to use NewKiwis?

Nothing. New Kiwis is a free employment service. There is no cost for either job seekers or employers which enables connections to be made easily.

Who administers NewKiwis?

New Kiwis is administered by staff at the  Auckland Business Chamber. The website is delivered in partnership between Auckland Business Chamber and New Zealand Immigration within the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment).

The administrators of the site are dedicated to maintaining the website and supporting both job seekers and employers.

There are many ways to go about searching for a job in New Zealand but there are a few things to consider before you set out on the job hunt. By answering these top New Zealand job seeker FAQs, we can clear up some of the more burning questions on the topic.

There are three things to remember when searching for a job in New Zealand:

  • Be patient
  • Be proactive
  • Persevere

With these attributes, you’ll find the right job for you and make immigrating to New Zealand much more of a seamless process.

Please check out our helpful resources in our info centre which cover a wide range of different subjects surrounding New Zealand immigration.

“I just want to thank you for your time and support that you have extended to me. I am truly grateful! It was really a great experience.” - Fatima Juson, Client Care Co-ordinator

We’re happy to provide advice and answer any other questions you may have. We know the value of having skilled migrants in New Zealand and we welcome anyone who is planning on living and working here. Contact us here if there’s anything else you need help with.