As an international student potentially seeking work in New Zealand in the future, it is important to understand what employers look for in hiring students and graduates so you can make the most of your time at university to develop the knowledge, skills, and attributes they often seek. You are the expert in your own life and developing your self-awareness and knowing who you are is the first step.
Top 10 tips for finding work in NZ
1. Understand what New Zealand employers are looking for.
2. Get involved.
3. Develop a network of personal contacts.
4. Enhance your communication skills.
5. Identify the right jobs for you.
6. Learn about job entry requirements. You can find information about visas and eligibility to work at New Zealand Immigration.
7. Research employers.
8. Learn how to apply for jobs in New Zealand.
9. Get New Zealand based work experience.
10. Remain positive and open minded.
We have the rest of the details on a resource in our office so come in and see us.
We offer seminars that will give you a wealth of information about CVs, cover letters and LinkedIn as well as opportunities to meet employers, visit local workplaces, learn about NZ workplace culture, and attend individual careers consultant appointments.
Also, our career fairs might be a bit different to what you are used to so come and see us and we will happily explain.
Five tips for international student career development
1) Make connections
New Zealand employers are looking for more than just degrees, they are interested in you as a person and your hobbies and interests. Join some meet-up groups, connect with services available on campus and attend networking functions. The more connections you make the better your chance of gaining employment will be.
2) Start early
Ask employers questions about what they are looking for. Research your chosen industry and find out what they are looking for. Start working with UC Careers early because some of the skills and qualities can take some time to develop.
3) Know the New Zealand market
There are some helpful places to go to help you suss out the New Zealand market. Guide to Kiwi workplaces talks about settling into New Zealand. Our NZ way of working gives you some guidelines about what work is like in New Zealand.
4) Stay up to date with VISA requirements
NZ study+work lets you know your rights and obligations regaring Immigration New Zealand.
5) Professional online presence
UC Careers offer Linked In seminars and are hsppy to discuss your profile with you. It is important to get this right because many employers will use social media to source good candidates.