In a lot of ways, looking for a job in New Zealand is very similar to looking for a job in the UK. You seek out the relevant employer, send your CV and cover letter, make contacts and network, go to interviews and try to present yourself professionally. However, the fact that you are applying for a job in a country that is not your own makes the job search process a little different. Here are some of the reasons why looking for a job in New Zealand will differ from finding one in your hometown.
You’ll Need to Have the Right Visa First
Before you are allowed to work in New Zealand you will have to have the correct working visa. The visa that is right for you depends on your length of stay, your qualifications, your occupation, your age and many other factors. This is an added step to the job search that locals will not need to go through. Make sure that you get started on the visa application process as early as possible so that you will be approved with plenty of time to find a job.
You Need to Format Your CV Differently
CVs in New Zealand are formatted slightly differently than in the UK, so make sure that you change yours so that it looks “right” to a New Zealand employer. You can find templates online.
You Won’t Necessarily Be Able to Meet Employers Face to Face
This is one of the challenges of looking for a job in New Zealand – if you get called back for an interview before you arrive you will have to communicate via Skype rather than face to face. Skype interviews can leave a lot to be desired and some old fashioned employers will still prefer face. However, if you approach the Skype interview with a professional attitude it can still be an effective way of making a good first impression with your employer.
You Are Competing With Locals
Another factor in an overseas job search when you emigrate to New Zealand from the UK is that you will be competing with similarly qualified locals for the same job. They will have a slight advantage over you in some ways, because they will have more of a knowledge of New Zealand culture, training by a local New Zealand school and perhaps some contacts in the network with the employer. Also, they can work freely without having to worry about obtaining a visa or meting its qualifications. When you are applying for a job overseas it’s important to be able to show that you are the absolute best match for the position and that the employer is better of hiring you than a local.
Your Qualifications Might Not Be Recognised
When you move from the UK to New Zealand the qualifications and training you have might not be recognised in New Zealand. It will be necessary to get your qualifications assessed so that you can receive recognition for the equivalent New Zealand qualifications. This might take a bit of time and hassle, but it will mean that you will be able to find jobs in your field in New Zealand.
Your Employer Might Not Be Aware of Companies You Have Worked For
You might have worked for one of the leading companies in your industry, but there is a chance that your New Zealand employer might not be aware of UK companies and brands and might not recognise this.
When you are writing your CV it helps to include background information on the company or name the closest New Zealand equivalent company so that your employer can get a better understanding of your past job history.
You’ll Have to Start Networking From Scratch
Unlike in your hometown where you already have an established network, in New Zealand you’ll have to start from zero and build up connects in your career field. However, if you are friendly and outgoing it won’t take you long. Get to know the people in your neighbourhood, join local groups and clubs and talk to the people you meet. Someone who you connect with might have a great lead for a job possibility that suits you perfectly.
These are just a few reasons why finding jobs in New Zealand for UK citizens is different than finding jobs back home. However, it’s not impossible and with the right strategies you will find your ideal New Zealand job before you know it.