Finding your job in New Zealand
Writing a good CV and cover letter can be crucial element in getting the job you want and achieving the target of a job offer in New Zealand. If an employer find an interest in your CV and cover letter, they’ll have you come in for an interview. You can find some samples and instruction of what you should include in your CV and cover letters, refer to our examples, and use our templates and tools to create your own documents.
Tips for creating a CV are available at Career New Zealand web site.
A Kiwi employer is only interested in only one question when he or she looks at your CV:
“Does this person have what it takes to do the job I’ve advertised?”
Below you’ll find files for download that will help you prepare your CV:
- New Zealand CV-empty template
- New Zealand Cover_Letter_template
- Career NEW ZEALAND Work-focused CV-template
- Career NEW ZEALAND CV-work-focused 1
- Career NEW ZEALAND Skills-focused CV-template 2
- Career NEW ZEALAND CV-skills-focused
- New Zealand CV SAMPLE FORMAT 1
The Interview phase
In many cases, employers will interview job candidates using Skype or similar video conferencing technology, while in other situations personal interview in a meeting may be required. New Zealand has many job opportunities for skilled foreign workers and the Internet makes seeking employment much easier than in the past.
Tips for a Skype interview:
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise is the government’s international business development agency. Their purpose is to help New Zealand businesses grow bigger, better and faster in international markets
Jobs sites to explore
- Auckland and the ITC industry:
- Auckland concentrates 30% of the workforce in New Zealand and attracts many quality immigrants from around the world, who are turning it into a center of entrepreneurship, innovation and information technology industries.
- Recently Auckland was elected by the international research and rating firm Mercer as one of the three cities with the best quality of life in the world.
- The New Zealand ITC sector report
- Information on Skills and Occupations in Demand
- An informative website about the growth potential of New Zealand in the fields of technology, computers and communications.
- List of the 100 largest companies in New Zealand:
- A website that explains the immigration process with an entire chapter devoted to work
- Government job seeking information
- Information for newly arrived immigrants in New Zealand
Top job seeking portals in New Zealand:
Looking for a job with an employer in New Zealand as a TALENT:
Such a job offer is included in a Work to Residence Visa under the section TALENT.
Following is a list of all employers authorized to recruit employees without the need for additional credentials from the immigration authority, who are certified as Accredited Employers.
It is possible to apply directly to appropriate employers in your field:
Leading recruitment companies:
General recruitment agencies
Job search by location.
Engineering, roading, stores/warehousing, and building and construction.
New Zealand full service recruitment and Human Resources Agency.
Accounting & finance, business support services, human resources, information technology, marketing & communications, operations and sales.
A range of industry sectors, including office, industrial, engineering, human resources, executive management, contact centre and information technology
Temporary, part-time, and permanent jobs.
Lawson Williams Consulting Group
Vacancies in a range of industries.
Generalist Recruitment Agency.
Executive, commercial, technical, trade, industrial and events and hospitality.
With specialist teams in Accounting and finance, business support, business transformation, contracting, financial services, fmcg, human resources and legal, manufacturing and industrial, public sector, retail and wholesale, sales and marketing, services, and supply chain and operations
Recruitment in Accounting and finance, business support and administration, engineering and operations, information and communication technology (ict), insurance, management, manufacturing and production, sales – technical and fmcg, warehousing and logistics.
Arts and media
The Big Idea
Jobs and opportunities in the creative sector.
The navy, army and air force.
A recruitment agency specialising in education vacancies.
NZ Education Gazette
Education and teaching positions.
Oasis Education Ltd
An employment agency for teachers (especially Auckland).
Engineering, construction, and transport
Automotive Employment New Zealand Ltd
A recruitment agency specialising in automotive recruitment in New Zealand’s motor industry.
For people wanting to work with buses.
Campbell and Partners
Recruitment search and selection specialist for people employed in the automotive, heavy diesel plant, equipment and marine industries.
Specialising in engineering and technical vacancies.
Specialising in engineering vacancies in Auckland.
Dare Contract Services
Specialising in the oil and gas, mining and infrastructure industries.
Engineer Network Group
Engineering jobs in New Zealand, Australia, and beyond.
The Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) website with engineering job vacancies.
Specialising in technical and trade recruitment.
Mainly engineers (professional and technician level) and electronics.
Engineer, technical staff, and tradespeople recruitment.
Rob Law Max Recruitment
Engineering, technical and infrastructure recruitment.
Specialising in engineering, construction, and infrastructure recruitment.
Technical Recruitment Solutions
Engineering vacancies recruitment.
Temporary and permanent trades jobs.
Farming, fishing, forestry and mining
Seasonal Work NZ
Vacancies in orchards, packhouses, vineyards, restaurants, tourism, hotels, food processing and farms.
Horse jobs in New Zealand, Australia, and the UK.
Fegan and Co
Recruitment for the farming sector.
Farming employment specialising in the dairy sector.
Forestry jobs in New Zealand and Australia.
Job vacancies in the conservation industry.
Seasonal and full-time work in the horticulture industry.
Job vacancies in local government in New Zealand.
The Government’s job website.
The Johnson Group
Specialising in policy, management, contracting, and related areas.
Health and care
Association of Salaried Medical Specialists
Listings of senior medical and dental vacancies in New Zealand hospitals and health services.
Au Pair Link
Recruitment of au pairs for New Zealand and overseas.
Jobs in childcare, petcare, special needs, homecare, tutoring, hanymen, house-sitting, gardening and senior care.
Do Good Jobs
Jobs in the not-for-profit and charity sectors.
Recruitment for charities and not-for-profit organisations.
Job vacancies in the New Zealand fitness and exercise industry.
Recruitment in health, nursing and staffing in New Zealand, Australia, Middle East, UK.
Public and private health care vacancies.
Health jobs recruitment agency.
Kiwi Health Jobs
Health sector jobs.
A company that fills childcare vacancies in NZ and overseas.
Recruitment company for locum doctors, consultants and nurses, offering work in New Zealand, and Australia.
Specialising in recruitment of health professionals.
Nurses, qualified social workers, locum doctors, home care and community support workers recruitment.
GP and nurse practitioner vacancies in rural New Zealand.
Psychology, corrections and mental health.
IT Jobs in New Zealand
Recruitment Agency with offices in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and London.
IT, accounting, marketing and communications, telecommunications and engineering, and government.
Candle New Zealand
Information technology and communications industry.
Recruitment of IT and telecommunications professionals.
Jobs offered in IT.
ICT jobs search.
Information and Telecommunications (ICT) industry recruitment.
Permanent and contract recruitment.
IT and software engineering jobs.
Leading IT associations:
Professional organizations in the fields of technology, computers and communications
- NZRise is helping digital technology businesses across New Zealand develop their full potential.
- Health Informatics New Zealand (HiNZ) is a not-for-profit organisation that supports information technology in the field of health systems.
- Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).
- Workhere connects highly skilled talents from around the globe with top New Zealand-based companies with jobs in demand.
- Computer Science Association.
- The New Zealand Software Association is the premier software industry networking organisation in Auckland.
- Project managers conferences.
- IT Connect New Zealand.
- New Zealand game developers association
Professionals, executive, and business
A recruitment agency specialising in executive roles.
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