Advice For Job Seekers

International Candidates Accredited employer Accredited Employer with New Zealand Immigration Service (NZIS). This means that an employer is part of a small group of NZ companies who are able to recruit globally and have employees’ talent visas fast tracked, often with a processing time of approximately 5 -10 days. To be eligible for a Talent Visa application, NZIS must consider your skills to be in short supply within New Zealand – “The Long Term Skill Shortage List” on the NZIS website, provides you with the occupations that qualify for the Talent Visa application.

NZ Immigration Guide

The New Zealand Immigraton Guide is a great site that provides details of everything you want to know about living and working in NZ, including indicative salary ranges, average wages earned by location, cost of living calculators, supermarket prices etc.

Migration trends in 2010/2011

Details below was taken from data sourced from the Department of Labour and, unless otherwise stated, is reported as a count of individual people rather than the number of applications. The purpose of this reporting is to show the number of people who enter New Zealand rather than the number of visas they were granted. Skilled Migrant Category (SMC)In 2011/10, 21,212 people were approved for residence through the SMC compared with 26,652 in 2009/10 and 27,011 in 2008/09. The number of people applying through the SMC in 2010/11 decreased by 19% compared to the previous year. A reflection of the prevailing economic conditions, the decrease reflects fewer Expression of Interest applications that met the selection criteria and had a job offer.

Currently, the top source countries of SMC approvals are the United Kingdom (17%), India (13%), South Africa and the Philippines (12% each), and China and Fiji (8% each). SMC approvals from these top source countries decreased from the same period last year with the exception of India, which increased by 27 percent. This increase is due to a growing number of former Indian international students who transition to temporary work and then to permanent residence. This trend is likely to continue as India gains more prominence in the export education sector.Ninety percent of SMC principal applicants had a job or job offer (compared with 81% in 2009/10) and 70% gained points for recognised work experience (similar to the 72% in 2009/10).In 2011, most SMC principal applicants were approved onshore (85%), of whom 97% had a job or job offer. Of the 15% approved offshore, 52% had a job or job offer.

Essential Skills Workers

The demand for Essential Skills workers slowed from October 2008. The number of applications decided in 2010/11 decreased by 20 percent compared to the previous year due to a drop in the number of applications received. This reflects the lower demand for labour in 2010/11, which was exacerbated by the Canterbury earthquakes. Job opportunities are expected to increase as the economic recovery accelerates and the Christchurch rebuild gains momentum.The number of Essential Skills workers with a job in the Canterbury region decreased from 189 approved in the month of February 2011 to 69 approvals during March. The decline in March was due to disruptions in the processing of applications, in addition to the impacts of the earthquake on the job market in Canterbury. The approval numbers recovered in April (154 approvals) and reached 256 approvals in June 2011. The main source countries of Essential Skills workers in 2010/11 were the United Kingdom (14%), the Philippines (13%), Fiji and India (8% each) and China (6%).

Engineering Candidates

If you’re ready to make a lifestyle change, then I’m the person to help you do it. I have been successful in assisting many people transfer not only their skills, but also countries. My aim is to “do it right the first time”.

My point of difference is the personal yet professional and confidential service I offer so even if it’s just a chat about what’s out there, give me a call. My highest satisfaction comes from successfully placing the right people in the right jobs and the continuing relationship it has established. Because in New Zealand it’s often about ‘who you know’ and with my name on the line, I want to make sure I uphold a positive and lasting reputation.

I represent various organisations all over New Zealand that are currently looking for skilled professional civil & structural engineers. Check out the job links for some of those current vacancies.

Career Coaching – highly recommended

Contact CareerAlive ( they offer the following:

FOR YOU:CV Preparation

  • Uncovering your skills, strengths and achievements
  • Documenting into a profile that you can use to market yourself to any future employers.
  • The truth about the market and what to look out for when applying

Interview Skills

  • Providing an insight into what employers are really wanting and what they expect from you.
  • How to answer the hard questions
  • Role play to gain confidence

Discover You (Counselling)

  • Reflecting on who you are and what you really want in life
  • Questioning the barriers that are obstructing you
  • Taking steps towards your new direction

Coaching (when you know what you want)

  • Personal Trainer to help you on the journey
  • Providing reality checks, perspective and encouragement
  • Action plans & follow up