Career information & links

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:

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:



Entrepreneurship links

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

See the Franchise New Zealand information

Jobs sites to explore

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.

Advanced Personnel
Engineering, roading, stores/warehousing, and building and construction.

Recruitment Agency

Enterprise Consulting
New Zealand full service recruitment and Human Resources Agency.

Frog Recruitment
Accounting & finance, business support services, human resources, information technology, marketing & communications, operations and sales.

General recruitment.

A range of industry sectors, including office, industrial, engineering, human resources, executive management, contact centre and information technology

Kinetic Recruitment
Temporary, part-time, and permanent jobs.

Lawson Williams Consulting Group
Vacancies in a range of industries.

Generalist Recruitment Agency.

Martin Personnel
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.


Defence Careers
The navy, army and air force.


Education Personnel
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.

Career Engineer
Specialising in engineering and technical vacancies.

CRS Recruit
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.

Refocus Recruitment
Engineer, technical staff, and tradespeople recruitment.

Rob Law Max Recruitment
Engineering, technical and infrastructure recruitment.

Tandr 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.
Agricultural jobs.

Equus Connect
Horse jobs in New Zealand, Australia, and the UK.

Fegan and Co
Recruitment for the farming sector.

FRENZ Recruitment
Farming employment specialising in the dairy sector.

Friday Offcuts
Forestry jobs in New Zealand and Australia.

Conservation Jobs
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.

Geneva Health
Recruitment in health, nursing and staffing in New Zealand, Australia, Middle East, UK.

Public and private health care vacancies.

Health ProfessionalNZ
Health jobs recruitment agency.

Kiwi Health Jobs
Health sector jobs.

KiwiOz Nannies 
A company that fills childcare vacancies in NZ and overseas.

Kiwis STAT
Recruitment company for locum doctors, consultants and nurses, offering work in New Zealand, and Australia.

Lanz Recruitment
Specialising in recruitment of health professionals.

Life Recruitment
Nurses, qualified social workers, locum doctors, home care and community support workers recruitment.

Medacs Healthcare
Health jobs.

GP and nurse practitioner vacancies in rural New Zealand.

Doctor vacancies.

Psych Recruitment
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.

MCC People
ICT jobs search.

Pinnacle Recruitment
Information and Telecommunications (ICT) industry recruitment.

Sabre NZ
Permanent and contract recruitment.

Searchworks Ltd
IT and software engineering jobs.


Alpha Jobs

Leading IT associations:

Professional organizations in the fields of technology, computers and communications

Legal Jobs

Law Staff

Professionals, executive, and business

Alpha Recruitment
A recruitment agency specialising in executive roles.

Connex Recruitment

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