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    Work in New Zealand- Job Opportunities and Tips for Successful Job Application

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    Supriya Sarkar

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    Made up your mind about working in New Zealand? Just get a job in New Zealand and apply for a work visa, and you are good to go! You can even settle in New Zealand after working for several years by simply applying for a resident visa. The good thing is it is perfectly acceptable and legal to apply for a job in New Zealand before you get your visa because majorly, it becomes easy to get a work visa once you have already secured a job in a foreign country.

    You must be wondering if it is easy to get a job in New Zealand when you are an international candidate. The answer is, it’s possible to seek a job in New Zealand if you are able to prove yourself to be a better candidate than a domestic candidate. This is perfectly evident from the graph given below which depicts the count of NZ work visas that were approved and rejected in different months of the year 2020. As we can see here that the approval rate is quite higher than the rejection rate meaning that obtaining a job in New Zealand and a work visa is easy if one adequately meets the requirements.

    No. of New Zealand Work Visa Approved or Rejected (2020)

    Graph I: Month-wise Approval or Rejection Count of NZ Work Visa in the year 2020.

    When it comes to work visa approval for New Zealand, India seems to have done much better than other countries in the year 2020. However, in terms of rejection also it has surpassed other countries, although the count is quite low as compared to the approval number. Let’s have a look at the numbers:

    Country-wise NZ Work Visa Approval_Rejection (As of July, 2020)

    Graph II: NZ work visa approval and rejection count of different countries in the year 2020.

    Plan and Prepare Yourself for Jobs in New Zealand

    For a seamless job hunt, you need to outline a proper plan and make necessary preparations. This will not only save your precious time but also enhance your possibility of getting a job in a foreign land like New Zealand.

    Here a few steps that will help you plan your job hunt and take you an inch closer to your dream of working in New Zealand:

    • Find out more about industries in New Zealand
      • Before you head towards New Zealand, it’s imperative to carry extensive research on the big recruiters in the areas you wish to work in.
      • Also, try researching on the companies that are in requirement of skilled and industry-ready individuals
      • Find out more on the type of industries that are in huge demand in New Zealand and try studying the job market
    • Research on the qualities New Zealand employers look for
      • There are a set of competencies that employers always look to judge the potential of a candidate. These are:
        • Getting an idea about what employers may like in an individual increases one’s chances of cracking through the job interview.
        • Positive attitude
        • Good communication skills
        • Ability to work as a team
        • Eagerness to acquire new skills
        • Good analytical skills
        • Flexibility
    • Look for job prospects and requirements
      • While there are so many job portals, one of the most resourceful portals is ‘careers.govt.nz jobs’.
      • On this job portal, you may look for various designations, required skill sets, salary for different roles, and potential employers based on your previous experience.
    • Start hunting for desirable jobs
      • There are a variety of job portals that may come to your help while you are searching for employment opportunities from overseas. Two most popular portals are:
      • Upon finding suitable employers, you may either contact them via these job portals or directly contact them over email or phone,
      • For general job search, you may explore the following websites:
        1. Job vacancy and recruitment websites | careers.govt.nz
        2. Seek
        3. Trade Me Jobs
        4. For specific job search you may look into:
          • Healthcare jobs | Kiwi Health Jobs
          • Dairy farming jobs | Farm Source jobs
          • Education jobs | Education Gazette
          • Crown Research Institute jobs | Science New Zealand
        5. As you will be hunting jobs from overseas, the most useful job portal for you is ‘New Kiwis’, a job portal exclusively for migrants and their partners
        6. WorkHere
        7. Find jobs | Working In New Zealand
    • Research on probable employers
      • Upon finding suitable employers, your next step should be to do a thorough background search and find out more about them. This ideally should include:
      • There are a total of 450 companies in New Zealand that hire migrant employees quite frequently. You may probably check with them for better insights.
      • Kind of work they are involved in
      • Their specializations
      • Size of the company
      • Their potential competitors
      • Information related to their clients and customers
    • Be ready to invest the required time and money
    • Since a few jobs may require you to register for them in New Zealand or get your transcripts assessed. Also, you’ll be required to apply for a work visa on successfully clearing a job interview.
    • Thus securing a job in New Zealand can be a time-consuming affair and will also require some expenses
    • Therefore, it is highly recommended that before heading towards New Zealand for jobs, you keep in hand enough time and funds for a smooth process.

    Job Market of New Zealand

    As already discussed we know how important it is to understand the present job market of New Zealand before you make any move. Existing data have revealed that the job market of New Zealand has become stronger in the recent few years as economic growth of 3% on an annual basis has been recorded. In the year 2018, a dip in the unemployment rate was recorded after a span of 10 years which clearly indicates the strength of New Zealand’s job market.

    Although the New Zealand government has predicted slowdown in the economy and jobs, a surge of 1.8% is expected on an annual basis. This means that every year from now on, New Zealand would be requiring about 47,000 employees for different job roles.

    A large chunk of the openings will be in the high skilled jobs, expected to be filled by international candidates majorly. Also, New Zealand always seeks highly skilled employees from different parts of the world. To keep people aware of the skills that are high in demand, it regularly keeps on updating ‘Essential Skills in Demand’ (ESID)’ officially.

    In case if you find your desired job in this list, it means there is a good chance that you will make up for it as there will be a shortage of local people who could fill up the vacant positions. Key industries that are having shortages are tabulated below:

    Industry Long-term Shortages Regional Shortages Construction and Infrastructure Shortages
    Agriculture and forestry Yes - -
    Construction Yes Yes -
    Education Yes - -
    Engineering Yes Yes Yes
    Finance/business Yes Yes -
    Health and social services Yes Yes -
    ICT and electronics Yes - -
    Recreation, hospitality & tourism Yes Yes -
    Science Yes - -
    Trades Yes Yes Yes
    Transport Yes - -

    Get Your Qualifications Assessed for Jobs in New Zealand

    Being an international job seeker, you may have to get your qualifications assessed by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) if they are not mentioned in the list of common international qualifications that have already been evaluated by the New Zealand National Qualifications Framework.

    Thus before deciding to work in New Zealand, you will be required to gain a thorough idea about the New Zealand qualifications and find out whether your qualifications are equivalent to them.

    Get Yourself Professionally Registered

    There are a number of professions in New Zealand that require employees to register themselves by law in order to undertake employment as one of the following:

    Architect Immigration adviser
    Barrister Line mechanic
    Barrister and solicitor Medical laboratory scientist/ technologist
    Cable jointer Medical laboratory technician
    Chiropractor Medical practitioner
    Clinical dental technician Medical radiation technologist
    Clinical dental therapist Nurses and midwives
    Dental hygienist Occupational therapist
    Dental technician Optometrist
    Dental therapist Osteopath
    Dentist Pharmacist
    Dietitian Physiotherapist
    Dispensing optician Plumber, gasfitter and drain layer
    Electrician Podiatrist
    Electrical appliance serviceperson Psychologist
    Electrical engineer Real estate agent
    Electrical inspector Cadastral surveyor
    Electrical installer Teacher
    Electrical service technician Veterinarian
    Financial adviser -

    Thus if you are planning to go for one of the occupations mentioned above, you will need to provide evidence proving that you will be able to meet the requirements.

    In case if you are going to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the Skilled Migrant Category, you will need to either fully or provisionally register yourself prior to submission of EOI. And failing to do so may hamper your probability to be eligible for EOI, chances of getting selected or invited for residence application.

    Develop a CV that Gets You a Job in New Zealand

    A CV forms an integral part of a job application because it helps an employer to gain an insight into your employment background and your competencies. Thus, developing an interesting CV may help you fetch a desirable job. Employers of New Zealand primarily look for CVs that are crisp and easy to comprehend, stating all relevant information about the applicant. This includes:

    • Technical and personal
    • Relevant work experience
    • Education background and qualifications
    • Participation in social events and volunteering experience
    • Proof related to the application of skill set (can be demonstrated through examples)

    Furthermore, as you describe your previous employer, there are chances that employers of New Zealand may not know about them. So while you describe your prior job experience, you also include detailed information about your previous employer, such as:

    • Workforce strength
    • Office location
    • Weblinks which can be accessed for detailed information
    • Kind of work the employer was mainly concerned about

    Moreover, in order to make your application stand out from the rest, you include a cover letter along with the CV that majorly:

    • Explains you as a person
    • Briefs about your competencies and job experience
    • Proves why you can be a suitable candidate for the job role.

    As you write the cover letter, make sure that you adopt a formal and convincing tone so that the employer feels that you could be the right fit for the position.

    Prepare Yourself for Job Interviews in New Zealand

    As you prepare yourself for employment opportunities in New Zealand, it is important to learn how employers carry interview processes. It’s said that employers of New Zealand adopt a casual approach towards interviewing their potential candidates. They may ask and talk about almost anything, probably to know the natural self of a candidate. However, it’s essential that you:

    • Research your potential employer properly
    • Reflect upon your competencies that make you a perfect candidate for the position
    • Think about the practical examples you may quote to prove your competencies

    On the day of the interview, you must do the following to make it to the desired job role:

    • Try being confident and professional while being friendly
    • Analyse the questions asked and intentions behind them before giving any answer
    • Convey about your past work experience efficiently and confidently
    • Try providing to the point answers by arranging your thoughts well
    • Show that you can easily adapt to the work environment of New Zealand
    • Tell the employer that you are always open to learning new skills

    Thus seeking a job in New Zealand can be easy if you strategize everything in advance and prepare yourself for an overseas job experience. So start brushing your skills if you really want to see yourself working in New Zealand in the coming time.