One of the biggest challenges travellers on
a working holiday face is not actually finding a job, but finding one quickly. We’ll go
through all the tools you need to find a job in New Zealand quickly in this video. Plus,
we’ll give you a complete job-search checklist, coming up! Hey guys, we’re Robin and Laura, the team
behind BackpackerGuide.NZ, helping you plan an epic trip in New Zealand.
In this video, we’re not only going to show you how to find a job in New Zealand, but
how to find one quickly. Finding a job quickly is pretty essential when you’re on a tight
budget. With a proactive approach and using the multiple ways of finding a job that we
list in this video, you’re likely to find a job well within two weeks of job searching!
First, we’ll go through four effective methods for finding job vacancies, and then we’ll
give you a complete checklist for your New Zealand job search. But before we get started,
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Zealand in the future. Plus, we release new videos about New Zealand every single day
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And with that, let’s get on with the video. First, let’s talk about applying for New
Zealand jobs online. This is the first element of your job search.
It’s the easiest option because you don’t even need to leave the hostel, as long as
you have a good WiFi connection. By the way, you can get tips on finding WiFi in New Zealand
in another one of our videos linked up in the description below.
While applying for jobs online is an easy process, you do need to be quick with online
job applications, especially in busy towns and cities where there’s likely to be competition.
The quicker you apply for a job after it has been listed, the better. Most job listings
websites will show the date the job was listed. Another tip is to apply for New Zealand jobs
online before you reach the destination where you want to find a job. This will give your
job search a good headstart. You’ll spend less time trying to find a job once you arrive
in your chosen destination and more time attending interviews. Online job applications often
take a couple of weeks to process, so putting some time aside while you are travelling to
apply for jobs will increase the chance of interviews to attend when you arrive.
The New Zealand job listing websites and pages to check out include TradeMe, Seek, Recruit
Me, Seasonal Jobs, Pick NZ and even BackpackerGuide.NZ/Jobs. We’ll link up to an article with all those
websites listed in the description below. If you know exactly which company you want
to work for, go directly to their website where they will sometimes display job openings.
For example, this is a popular method for New Zealand’s ski fields to get staff. And
as a cheeky extra tip, if you are looking for ski season jobs, which is pretty popular
in New Zealand, we’ve linked up a couple of advice articles in the description too.
Our next job searching tip is make sure you also approach employers face-to-face.
Only a fraction of the jobs going in New Zealand are advertised online. Approaching an employer
and simply asking for a job goes a long way in New Zealand.
Once you have found a place you love and want to find a job in, print off some CVs and take
a walk around the town. Walk into offices, hostels, shops, cafes, for example, and ask
for the manager and ask if there are any jobs openings available? Showing you are proactive
and confident are traits highly sought by employers.
With this method you need to be persistent! You might not get a job on the first try,
but there might be something waiting around the corner just for you. This is by far the
most effective method of finding a job in New Zealand. Trust us.
Another method of finding a job in New Zealand is to browse newspapers, bulletins and job
boards. Probably your first experience of living like
a local is picking up a local newspaper or bulletin, which is a magazine with short news
stories and classified advertising, and having a look at the job listings. These can usually
be found in convenience stores and bottle shops. Find out when the newspaper or bulletin
is released so you can be one of the first to pick it up and apply for the jobs inside.
And yes, they still use notice boards in New Zealand! These are found in local supermarkets
and convenient stores. At the entrance of supermarkets, they often have notice boards
filled with job ads, rooms to rent and items to sell. A similar sort of thing can be found
in many backpacker hostels. Ask the receptionist in your hostel if they have a job notice board.
Another thing you can do to boost the job searching process in join a recruitment agency.
This option is by no means something you should solely rely on, but it is certainly a helpful
tool in your job search kit! The idea of a recruitment agency is for them
to match you up for an interview with potential employers. Signing up to a job recruitment
agency is usually free, so you have nothing to lose. Plus, they have access to jobs that
may not be advertised elsewhere. You can read our full guide on job recruitment
agencies on BackpackerGuide.NZ for more information on how they work. Although they are a good
way of finding employers, remember that getting the job with your CV and interview is up to
you. So that’s some of the effective ways of
finding job vacancies covered, but as promised, here’s the checklist for finding a job in
New Zealand quickly.>First, make sure you are legally able to
work in New Zealand by having a working holiday visa. It is illegal to work in New Zealand
as a visitor and employer wouldn’t hire you without a work visa anyway.
Second, employers will need your IRD number , tax code and New Zealand bank account details
so make sure to sort all that out before you start searching for jobs. Check out our video
on how to set all that up linked up in the description below.
Next, create a killer New Zealand CV using our How to Create a New Zealand CV guide linked
up in the description below. Once you have your CV sorted and you’re
on the road, send off some online applications before arriving at the destination where you
want to work. Once you arrive in an area that you want to
work, print off some CVs and approach employers, introduce yourself face-to-face, and ask if
any jobs are available. Also look at the supermarket job boards, hostel
job boards, newspapers and bulletins for job listings and apply as soon as possible!
Book an appointment to join a local job recruitment agency to compliment all of the previous steps.
Finally, nail the job interview by following our How to Nail a Job Interview in New Zealand
linked up in the description below. Before we wrap up this video, we’ll just
give you these last few tips that will help you on your job search.
We recommend being open-minded when choosing jobs to apply for to make things go faster.
What we’ve seen slowing down a lot of people is that they are looking for something too
specific. A working holiday is about trying new things no matter how random they are,
as well as, of course, funding the rest of your trip. Don’t worry about not gaining
the right experience for your chosen career while you’re in New Zealand because there’s
actually a lot of ways you can spin your CV to show that a gap year is valuable experience
to future employers. We’ll link up to those tips in the description below.
Also, remember that finding and getting a job is a full-time job in itself. Unless you’re
super lucky, investing time and effort is the only way you’re going to get a job fast.
Don’t expect a job to come and find you. And a question we are often asked is if being
on a working holiday visa reduces your chances of getting a job. Although you can’t take
up a permanent job, it absolutely does not impact your job search in New Zealand. If
anything, seasonal and temporary workers are encouraged, as backpackers have a reputation
of being hard workers. So that’s it for how to quickly find a job
in New Zealand! If you have any questions about your working holiday in New Zealand
be sure to stick them in the comments below and subscribe so you don’t miss any of our
New Zealand travel tips! Until next time, keep exploring!