Preparing for your job hunt in New Zealand

Career and job hunt

Last time we connected, we had a chat about how you’d make the move to this beautiful place called New Zealand.

I spoke about how you need to do your research before hopping onto that plane. Once you have passed that first stage and you have landed, the natural question pops up in your mind – where to next?

Once you have found a place to live, have opened a bank account and have bought a NZ SIM card/ NZ phone number, the next logical step is to find a good job.

The key word here is a good one. Sure enough, this is your first entry into the country and before you know it, you’ll start running out of money and the pressure of having a job will be right in front of you. But trust me, this is not a decision that needs to be rushed. Undue pressure can lead to poor decision making. Agreed?

So enjoy the benefits of starting afresh.

Step back, focus and have a good think about what direction your career will take in the new country. This is the perfect time to consider what you have achieved in your career to date and decide on your next challenge. Make a list of the strengths you can offer the market, and think carefully how to present that to employers, consider the type of culture you thrive in and what industries interest you. It is a small market so you want to minimise the amount of time to find your first role by targeting the most appropriate roles first time. Reflect first; act second.

This is the very start of your job-hunting project (the requirements gathering stage, so to speak). It is helpful to engage a family member/ partner and even a recruitment consultant. You’ll see the benefit of seeking advice as it will help you to align your skills and experience with your next goal. You also need to have a think about how you would translate your skills and past experiences in a comprehensive, articulate and ‘selling’ manner.

The next important “sprint” in our project, (remember, we are doing this the Agile way!) is to whip up your CV. Do some thorough research on what a New Zealand resume should include, and what layout is recommended. Then tweak your CV to meet the Kiwi way. Remember, when in Rome….

Let me give you a couple of tips.

Start the resume with an introduction, an objective (what role you are after), key strengths and then list your work history, projects, and achievements (do not forget about those, they are gold!). We always start with the most recent role and go backwards. Yet again, do seek professional advice and engage your recruitment consultant to ensure you are aligning your skills and experience with your next goal.

So that’s your glossy, impeccable, stellar CV sorted. The next step is to get ready to present yourself and your skills effectively when interviewing. Seek advice, consider how to dress, how to structure your spiel etc. In addition, research online and finally, start practicing! Practice makes perfect. Now start the search!

It is critical to keep a record of all the opportunities you are applying for as well as the recruitment consultants you are working with to ensure you avoid any potential double-ups; these are a no-no in NZ. It is probably best to pick one or two (at the most) recruitment partners who you can trust and work with. That way you have both full visibility of where your CV is going as well as working with one trusted advisor you can count on.

You are now fully equipped to go and get that dream job of yours.