This is what I have discovered during my search for a job in New Zealand. And this is only my personal view, so don’t take it as a fact:-)
- Check what kind of Visa you can get. This is very important since it is not easy to qualify for residency in NZ.
- Create a CV and a cover letter that suits New Zealand standards.
- Recruitment is a big business in NZ. And there are plenty of companies that search for people. After you are getting used of the style of adverts you can soon recognize if it is a real job, or if the job advert is because the recruitment company want to have your CV for the future. There are plenty of very good recruitment companies in New Zealand.
- Try to find job adverts from companies other than recruitment companies. Try to contact them. Best way is to make a phone call. You can send them CV and cover letter after you have talked to them. They will remember you.
- Go to New Zealand and plan for interviews with companies. This is a real door opener. To sit on the other side of the earth and think that you can get a job offer is a waste of time. You have to go there, otherwise companies wouldn’t be interested in your skills. Don’t think that they will hire you before they have met you. And don’t think that they will sponsor your trip to New Zealand. Book a ticket to New Zealand and work hard to get as much interviews as possible.Although some people manage to get a job offer from overseas, you shouldn’t count on that. If you have tremendous work skills you might get a job offer from overseas.
- Most companies in New Zealand want to have you employed in a short notice. So if you have for instance three months notice on your current employment you have to deal with that.
I can recommend the community on www.Move2NZ.com. They have a number of articles about looking for and finding work, how to approach employers etc.
And there are LinkedIn groups such as Moving to New Zealand. Where you can get information.
If you need help with Visa to NZ, I can recommend http://newzealandimmigration.org.nz/
Happy job hunting!