- List your priorities and plan your strategy
There are a few questions you would need to answer yourself. By answering these questions, you will have a better idea of what your priorities are and then develop a clear strategy.
The questions are:
How long is your notice period in your current job?
Will you be able to attend interviews in person?
Do you prefer a specific location to live and work in?
What will your ideal job be?
What kind of work environment do you prefer?
2. Curriculum Vitae
The layout and wording of your CV can be the difference between you getting an interview or not. With this in mind you should ensure that your CV is formatted on what really matters to a recruiter. Yes, there are many templates available online and you can use these templates if you have no other option. BUT be sure that the template gives you enough freedom to actually say what it is supposed to say.
After speaking to many employers in New Zealand we found that these templates are missing a few points that actually matters to them.
First, the employers want to see who they are looking at. Not just in words but a photo of yourself are always a good idea. When we drafted our CV’s, ‘they’ said not to add a photo or personal details. Well, apparently the recruiters would like to know you a bit better than what is presented on your CV. So, unlike what everyone else is saying! add your photo and say a bit about yourself.
Tip: If you have a referee (contact) in NZ that can take your calls when you cannot can help with securing a job offer. The reality is that the time difference between SA and NZ is just too great, so most employers don’t even bother.
If you prefer assistance with your CV and a local referee, drop us a mail and we will assist you.m
The cover letter is like your first point of contact with an employer and should be written as if you are talking to the employer him/herself. It should also include your strengths and why you should be considered for the position. Always ensure that your cover letter have the correct spelling and grammar as this is one of the many criteria you will be judged on.
If you are working with an immigration company, ask them for an Introduction letter which explains the immigration process and your eligibility. If you are not working through an immigration company, you can include this in your cover letter.
Here is what your cover letter should include:
It should be –
- Well written.
Let the employer know how and when they can contact you and make sure that you include an international dial code.
This part is the serious part that should not be taken for granted. With social media being available on command you can be sure that the employer can go a do a background check on the web and platforms you use. Make sure to ‘clean up’ your social media accounts. Make sure that what you have posted could not harm your chance of getting an interview or employed. If you find any posts that could be harmful remove and delete them. Background checks are usually done on the following platforms:
What can be very useful is if you create a Seek candidate profile. Make sure to include all highlights of your career in this profile.
3. Job search
It makes sense that the most effective job search takes place when you are working with someone in active partnership. You know what the best job will be for you and you know where you could fit in easily without having to compromise on your ability. Use the sites and recruitment agencies that specialise in your field. They will be able to get you in contact with the industry that are best suited to your ability and preference.
Accredited Employers have been granted permission by Immigration New Zealand to hire skilled migrants due to current skill shortages. You can search for accredited employers on the following link http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/stream/work/worktoresidence/LinkAdministration/ToolboxLinks/AccreditedEmployersList.htm or drop us an email and we will assist you with the accredited employers in your field.
When an employer or interviewer are interested in discussing job opportunities with you, they will make contact to schedule an interview date and time, via skype, by phone or face to face, depending where you are located at that stage. Ensure that your Skype name details and your International dialling codes are given correctly on your CV. You do not want an interviewer to have a problem getting in contact with you when the interview is about to take place.
Some important points to consider:
- Be punctual
- Make sure that the setting of your screen (Skype interview) has an appropriate background and that the interviewer can see and hear you clearly.
- Body language – consider and angle or frame that will allow an interviewer to see your body language (not just your face).
- Research the company that you are being interviewed for
- Dress appropriately
- Show true interest by asking questions
The waiting game
The time it takes from advertising a position to hiring someone can vary greatly in New Zealand. Most of the time companies can advertise a position for a fixed term, example 4 weeks and only review the applications at the end of the term. Therefore, it is not unusual to hear nothing for weeks after applying.