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Making the most of Immigrating to New Zealand

The New Zealand Government is serious about attracting the right people to their country. It remains one of the economically most successful countries in the world – and it is still growing. New Zealand is keen on settling professionals with the right skills.

Making The Most Of Immigrating To New Zealand

To add to its appeal crime figures, especially serious crimes like murder and rape, are exceptionally low. Sweetening the deal for qualifying migrants is the fact that the country is exceptionally beautiful, offers a top notch infrastructure and world class health care and education.


Find out if you qualify for a New Zealand work permit by consulting a recognized and accredited immigration consultant.

The New Zealand Government shares their tips for successfully adapting to all aspects of life in New Zealand:

Seek help and advice

An excellent option is ‘New Kiwis’, a programme run by Auckland Chamber of Commerce. It’s designed to help returning Kiwis or newcomers to find New Zealand careers.

New Kiwis has a website for online job searching. It also has employment liaison officers you can contact for support. They’ve helped lots of people in your position before, so you can be sure of a sympathetic hearing. They know how hard it can be finding meaningful employment appropriate to your skills and qualifications, especially when you’re not familiar with the Kiwi way of doing things.

A ‘job-ready’ checklist

You may have great skills that are in demand, but being new here, you’ll still be at a disadvantage in some aspects compared to Kiwis going for the same job. Working through the items on this checklist will help you identify and overcome some of your weak spots.

1. Understand the Kiwi workplace

Showing an employer that you are familiar with how Kiwi workplaces operate will give them confidence that you will be comfortable in your new role.

Get some background information from our Worktalk resource and Newcomers Guide.

If you don’t have any experience in a role in New Zealand, try some volunteering while you are job hunting.

2. Understand local qualifications and professional memberships

Be prepared in interviews to describe how your qualification compares with local ones. Remember your interviewer may have a similar qualification, so be tactful if you think your version is better! For information on how qualifications from overseas compare with local ones speak to your migration agent.

3. Master Kiwi English

To work in New Zealand, you’ll need to be able to understand, speak and write English well.

4. Manage your work history

If settling in and job hunting is taking a while, you may have some gaps in your CV. It will help if you can show you’ve been using the time to improve your knowledge and understanding of Kiwi culture, local workplace customs, or Kiwi English.

5. Meet people, make friend and contacts by volunteering

Doing voluntary work is a very good way to meet people, build up work experience in New Zealand and fill in any awkward gaps in your CV. Volunteering can also lead to references, which can be a real asset in your job search.

6. Be flexible

You need to be flexible in your search for a job you’d really like.

To start with, look beyond your qualifications. Dig deeper and think hard about what skills and work experience you have. These are ‘transferable’ skills that can open up jobs you’re good at and enjoy, but that may be in slightly different fields than you’d originally considered.

Many of the skills employers look for in a candidate are transferable skills, or skills that can be used in a variety of jobs.

Another part of being flexible is not just focusing on particular job titles. Broaden your search to look for vacancies that need the transferable skills you’ve identified.

The Careers New Zealand Jobs database lets you search for job descriptions that might include your transferable skills.

7. Seek out opportunities

Many jobs in New Zealand - perhaps as many as 70-80% of them - are never advertised. So, as well as looking for advertised jobs you need to seek these jobs out and put yourself in situations that might lead to offers.


Meeting people and joining professional networks is the usual way to start. That can start conversations that can lead to an introduction… that can lead to a project…. that can lead to a position.

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