Learn more about how we can help you find a job in New Zealand!
If you’re thinking about living and working in Aotearoa or wondering how to get a work visa, the first thing you should do is visit the New Zealand Immigration website to see whether you’re eligible for a work visa, and if so, what type.
There are multiple types of New Zealand work visas available, each with their own requirements and conditions. We can’t give advice on visas or help with the immigration process, which is why we recommend visiting the official New Zealand Immigration website instead. Alternatively, there are many licensed immigration adviser organisations and lawyers that can help for a fee.
As a recruitment company, we help organisations across Aotearoa with the sourcing and hiring of staff for a variety of roles (find out more about what we do here). Most of these roles require applicants to have a valid New Zealand work visa before beginning the recruitment process.
There are many different types of work and student visas but the most common visa for travelling and working in New Zealand is the Working Holiday Visa (WHV), so we’ve provided a brief overview below:
People aged 18-30 (or up to 35 for some countries) whose main intention is to travel or holiday in New Zealand, with work or a short amount of study as secondary intentions. Note that not every country has a Working Holiday Visa Scheme with New Zealand – you can check if yours does here.
Online through the New Zealand Immigration website, which can be done before you arrive. It’s also possible to apply once you’re here, but there may be other requirements and it generally takes longer.
Usually (not always) you’ll get an email within 20 working days from when you submit your online application, to confirm if your visa has been approved or to ask for more information. View current visa processing times here.
Up to 12 months, or up to 23 months if you’re from the UK or Canada.
This varies depending what country you’re from – more information can be found here.
There are a few different ways to find a job here in Aotearoa, and some of them might be quite different to what you’re used to!
We’re experts on the New Zealand job market and we’ve been helping travellers and new arrivals find work since 1998. Here’s everything you need to know, including our top 3 ways to find a job.
Also known as a recruitment agency, job agency, or employment agency. The purpose of a recruitment company (like us!) is to match potential employees, or ‘candidates’ (like you!), to potential employers, or ‘clients’ (other companies). A lot of New Zealand employers hire a recruitment company to help them find the right staff, which also makes it a good starting point for job seekers.
If you prefer looking for jobs yourself, most recruitment companies also list their open jobs on their website, where you can usually apply online and narrow down your search using filters like job category, type, and salary.
Websites where employers and recruitment companies pay to list their jobs. Some job boards specialise in certain industries or locations, while others span nearly all industries, sectors, locations and job types.
LinkedIn can be used as a professionals networking platform or a job board. If you’re new to Aotearoa and looking for work, LinkedIn can be a powerful tool to help you find job opportunities and connect with employers.
If you’ve already got your Working Holiday Visa or other NZ Work Visa then send us your CV (whether you’ve arrived yet or not) and we’ll help you find a job!
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