If you have just got your New Zealand work visa approved, or have recently arrived in the country and are looking for work, this guide to finding a job in New Zealand is for you.
Before you start hunting for a job you will need to get a bank account and an IRD (tax) number.
Start your job search on the main job websites listed below. These websites will allow you to narrow your search by destination, salary, work type and classification.
If you are looking for a short term job only – you can narrow your search by contract/temp work and casual/vacation work.
I would also recommend checking nz.indeed.com as it gathers job vacancies from an array of different websites (and employers can post directly on indeed).
Local news papers
If you know where you want to work (and it is not a large centre) then I would recommend checking local papers. This is perhaps a little tricky if you are not yet in the country or in that town, however some towns will upload the newspaper online.
You may find that local businesses (or indeed large national businesses that believe they will be able to fill the role locally) will simply place an ad in the local paper and will not advertise on any of the job websites.
Simply type into google search ‘[town name] newspaper’
If you have previously worked in an industry that uses Linked In, then use it to your advantage.
Search for the company you want to work for, then filter by people to see that company’s employees. Find a conversation starting point, for example:
- Mutual contacts – initiate conversation along the lines of ‘Hi, I notice we both used to work with X. I have recently moved to New Zealand and I am looking for job opportunities…’
- Previouly worked for the same company
- Attended the same university
Company’s may also advertise job opportunities on Linked In, so follow Company’s you are interested in and check back regularly.
Short Term / Seasonal Jobs
WWOOFING – The acronym stands for ‘Willing Workers on Organic Farms’. In a nut shell, you work in exchange for food and accommodation.
Seasonal Jobs – There are seasonal picking job oportunities including Apples, Pears and Kiwi Fruit. Typically these jobs provide a base salary and then a bonus based on how much you pick. There are specialist websites for seasonal jobs, but they also get advertised on the main job sites above. Check out Seasonal Jobs, Pick NZ. There are also seasonal tourism jobs including kayak guiding, ski instructing / chalet jobs. Check out Adventure Jobs and Trade Me.
Hospitality – During the summer months (December – March) there are a vast number of jobs available in restaurants, bars, and cafes – especially in main tourist areas. Simply walk in, ask to speak to the manager and hand over your CV.
Farm Work – If you have farm experience, you may be able to pick up temporary work either milking or shepharding. Check out specialist agricultural job websites Farmers Weekly NZ, Farm Source, NZF Jobs Facebook Page.
Seafood Industry – A variety of temporary work is available i.e opening mussels, packing mussels, fish filleters, or deep sea fishing for those that can cut it! As a starting point, take a look at the major companies i.e Talleys / Sealord.