Applying for work.

Applying for Jobs

If you want to work in New Zealand after completing your education programme in the country, you should be prepared to apply for jobs.

You have to obtain a work visa, research the opportunities available, understand the requirements of employees and make an impressive presentation of your skills. With the proper preparation, you will achieve success.

Visa Arrangements

Unless you already have an offer for a job which is related to your field of study, you need to apply for an open post-study work visa. It will give you the opportunity to stay in the country for 12 months.

During this time, you can take up any type of job. In order to be able to qualify for an employer-assisted post-study work visa, which will enable you to stay and work in New Zealand for another 2 years, you will have to get a job which is related to your field of study.

Once you have this type of work visa, you will have the opportunity to apply for a resident visa, which will enable you to stay in the country indefinitely.

In order to obtain a post-study work visa, irrespective of whether you have a job offer or not, you have to apply within 3 months of your expiry of your student visa or 6 months of this date if you earned a doctoral degree in New Zealand. You have to ensure that you meet this deadline.

Exploring Jobs

Your main goal will be to find a job which is related to your field of study and which matches your qualification. You can research the occupation options which are available to you using the database available at You can also use the specialist career and employments services provided by the tertiary institution where you have earned your qualification.

In addition to considering the occupation which you want to focus on, you have to think about the place in New Zealand where you want to work. The most abundant and diverse job opportunities are available in the large cities like Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington, but you can also consider those available in smaller places including resort towns. It is beneficial to research employers as well. Some organisations have more diverse workforce and work environment than others.

Employer Requirements

Employers in the country are willing to hire international applicants, especially if they have earned their qualification in New Zealand and there are no local workers for the job. In order to qualify for an open position, you have to meet a set of important requirements:

Knowledge and skills

You have to demonstrate that you have knowledge and skills which are relevant to the job and explain how they will contribute to the organisation. The qualification obtained in New Zealand is a great plus and so are the good grades.

English language competence

You have to have excellent English language skills which are comparable to those of a native speaker.

Work experience

Even if you are a recent graduate, relevant work experience will give your application a great boost. Most students gain work experience while studying through internships, voluntary work and paid jobs.

Personal skills and qualities

The requirements may vary slightly from one job to another, but they typically include integrity, punctuality, motivation and good time management and communication skills.

The Job Application Process

The job application process in New Zealand does not differ much from those in other countries. It consists of 3 major steps:

Application submission

Usually, you will be required to submit a CV and covering letter. Some organisations have a specially designed application form which applicants have to fill out and submit.


If the assessment of your application has produced a positive result, you will be invited to an interview, which gives you the opportunity to make a great personal impression. Some employers also run assessment tests in addition to conducting interviews. You will be informed about these in advance.

Job offer

If the employer wants to hire you, you will be present with an offer, which you can accept or decline. It is also possible to negotiate with the employer, if you are in a position to do so.

Once you have a job, you will be on the road to building a successful professional career.