One of the biggest struggles for many international students is getting a full-time job after achieving a New Zealand qualification. If you are the one who is facing such an issue or if you are planning to come here and want to know about the job search, then this article might help you!
Experience is Must!
This is one of the main aspects an organization looks for when finding candidates. Your home country work experience doesn’t count much here unless it is of technical skills such as IT, engineering etc.
International students are allowed to work 20 hours per week during their studies in New Zealand. If you are eligible to work while studying, make sure that you take full advantage of this opportunity to gain local experience. Look not only for paying jobs; volunteer works and internships are also the best options as all of these will be counted in your experience. Besides, ensure to build your CV and cover letter in kiwi format i.e. short and informative. Many universities help students to make their curriculum vitae and cover letters, mention all the works that you’ve done in New Zealand; whether it’s a volunteer, internships, or any other job.
There are several job sites such as www.seek.co.nz, www.sjs.co.nz, www.careers.govt.nz. I would suggest to speak to your university/college career hub and take their suggestions, advise to kick start your job hunt.
Grow your Network
Here in New Zealand the word of mouth works even better than the curriculum vitae and cover letters. Having a strong network during a job search is profoundly critical.
It’s significant to hang out with your University buddies, stay in contact with your professors and old colleagues. Do connect yourself with social media sites like Facebook and LinkedIn to find out any career expo’s around your vicinity.
Always note before going for Job hunting; rejections, failures are such that you’ll certainly face them. But remember, you’re not the only one here! There are others too who became part of such a scenario. Don’t quit, keep your learning tab on and eventually hard work pays off.
Be advised to apply for your post-study work visa within 3 months of the date you complete your degree.