All daily NZ newspapers carry a Situations Vacant section advertising
job vacancies. The largest listings can be found in the New
Zealand Herald, The Dominion Post and The Press with the majority
of vacancies advertised on a Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
Primary and secondary school teaching posts are advertised in The
Education Gazette which is published by the Ministry of Education
and vacancies within universities and polytechnics are advertised
in major papers and on the Websites of individual institutions.
Executive and professional management positions are generally
handled by private recruitment agencies and most international
placement agencies are represented in New Zealand.
Further contact information and advice for employment seekers is
included in the Top Internet Contacts booklet included in our
personalized New Zealand's Information Network.
The Governments social security agency, Work and Income,
provide free job-seeking services for unemployed residents.
Applying For A Job
Employers will require that you understand and speak
English. The standard of English demanded by most employers is
much higher than the qualifying International English Language
Testing System (IELTS) score required for permanent residence.
The more skilled your job, the better your English will need to
be. Consequently, even if you have scored 6.5 or higher in the
IELTS, there is much to be gained from continuing to improve your
skills in spoken and written English. A wide range of English
language courses is available for all levels.
Your Skills & Qualifications
The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)
evaluates professional and academic qualifications. This is done
on a comparative basis with similar New Zealand qualifications
and determines whether or not overseas qualifications meet New
Zealand standards. However, although NZQA evaluations are
official assessments, they are not binding on employers,
professional bodies or educational institutes. If your
qualifications do not meet New Zealand standards, you may have to
undertake extra study or retraining to secure the type of job you
want. When coming to New Zealand for employment opportunities you
should ensure that you bring original or certified copies of all
certificates, diplomas, degrees and professional
qualifications with you, as these will need to be sighted by
When responding to a job advertisement in writing, you
will be required to submit a curriculum vitae (CV) along with
your letter of application.
Your CV should be brief, as most employers prefer CVs of
between 2 and 4 pages.
It should provide a concise summary of your contact details, NZ
residence status, qualifications and computer skills,
professional/trade skills, work experience and achievements and
Some employers require you to have professional
registration even if this is not a legal requirement.
Consequently, the status of your professional training and
qualifications is extremely important. Although you may be
professionally qualified in your home country and have practiced
for a number of years, this does not mean your experience and
qualifications will be recognized automatically in New Zealand.
Many professional and trades people (such as doctors,
lawyers, plumbers and electricians) need to register with a
Registration Board before they can work in New Zealand.