How To Find A Job In New Zealand

Trying to find a job can be hard work often without results, this is often made harder if you are are non-resident looking for work. To avoid confusion and to save you time, we have written a guide on how to find a job in New Zealand for both residents and non-residents.


If you are a non-resident looking to move to New Zealand to work there are various visa options you have. The most common types of visas allowing you to work temporally in New Zealand are:

Holiday visa – Often popular with gap year students and travellers the holiday visa allows you to live and work in New Zealand, giving you a great chance to experience what New Zealand has to offer.

Work visa – The work visa is a step above the holiday visa and allows you to stay in New Zealand for a longer time period. The work visa can also help you with your application to residency. You’ll also need to have excellent English skills.

With both visas you’ll need to get your visa from the Immigration website.

If applying with a work visa you’ll need to know how in demand you job is in New Zealand. The following image shows the most job shortages in New Zealand.


Check out TradeMe’s average salary guide for more information on what you’d expect to be paid once you have a job offer.

Job Search Websites

There are a number of websites that offer job search capabilities in New Zealand. Some of the most popular are: - One of the most popular websites to find jobs advertised by employers. TradeMe allows you a range of filters with email notifications via specific categories so you can stay up to date with new job listings. - Unlike TradeMe, Seek is a dedicated website for jobs. It offers the same filtering options as TradeMe but also allows you to upload your CV so potential employees can view it. - Offers job listing for government positions.

Meetup - While not an official website to find jobs Meetups allow you to create relationships with other people in your industry. This is  great way to know about jobs before they advertise on TradeMe or Seek.

Writing Your CV

Once you have found a job suitable to your skills you’ll need to create a CV. There’s many ways to make a CV. To avoid creating a bad CV read this excellent guide on the different between a good CV and a bad one.

Job Interviews

Once your CV has been accepted you’ll be invited for an interview. Interviews are the most important part of the job application and it’s important that you practice your interview skills. Sometimes you can have as many as three interviews for a job so it’s important that you can answer common questions that impress your knowledge of the job. This interview guide will help you improve your interview skills.