Having just got back from a business trip in Australia and New Zealand, it never seizes to amaze me the contrasts between the three countries.
With the changes INZ brought into effect late last year the necessity for a job offer in New Zealand to initially to be able to apply for a work visa and eventually a residency visa is now nearly 100% no matter which country you come from.
We spent nearly 2 weeks mostly visiting recruiters, so the following information is going to concentrate on NZ the job market and the do’s and don’ts on how to be successful:
DON’T: flood the market with your CV before you consider travelling to New Zealand.
Every recruiter we met with is wiling to work with people that had made the effort to go to New Zealand to secure employment however a big problem for an onshore recruiter is trying to promote you in a small market after you have already sent one ten or one hundred and ten CV’s for jobs advertised on job search sites.
New Zealand recruiters are at the coal face, they know what is expected, they know their client base, and they know what their clients are looking for. Most New Zealand companies at professional levels deal with local recruiters and often only advertise the job on job search sites because they know that it is part of the requirement for immigration purposes.
DO: Be prepared to travel to NZ if you are not prepared to NZ don’t Start the process. I am not suggesting it is impossible to get jobs without travelling but it happens approximately 5% of the time.
DON’T: Plan a trip that is too short i.e if you are planning on going to NZ for a week or two – unless for final interviews with employers that you have already been engaging with – that is too short. Realistically NZ employers take their time in making decisions regarding employing staff. Mostly this is because 80% of NZ companies are SME enterprises and therefore want to make sure that not only are you qualified for the position, but that your personality will fit in with your fellow works.
DO: take extreme care in the way your CV is prepared and presented. We can assist in this area. It may sound a mi9nor thing but it is probably the most important thing as your CV has to define you and your abilities in the workplace. NZ companies find that SA CV’s in general do not contain the content that they wish to see.
DON’T: Apply for a visitor’s visa to travel to NZ by supplying the wrong information i.e when you are applying you should be letting NZ immigration know the reasons for your trip and there are specific ways that this should be done.
DON’T: be inflexible when it comes to where your initial job should be. For example we all know Auckland is a beautiful city but property markets are extremely high therefore looking for positions outside Auckland can be cost effective and beneficial when it comes to the allocation of points.
I suppose I could talk all day and bore you further with more do’s and donts… but I wont, the plus factor is in general South Africans are well received in New Zealand because their work ethics are solid and they are prepared to work hard to establish themselves in a new country.
For more information please visit one of our monthly seminars hosted in JHB or contact us for a consultation.
With further changes pending if you qualify my suggestion is – JUST GET ON WITH IT!