New Zealand is a popular place for foreigners. Expats all over the world come to New Zealand to bask in the beauty of this country. In fact, I have a fraternity brother (from my college days) who made a beeline for New Zealand right after graduating from school. He had a blast and found it incredibly difficult to leave. I’d do anything to go on a nice ski trip in New Zealand one of these days.
Below is a selection of resources for searching for employment opportunities as a foreigner in New Zealand.
General Job Search Engines and Classifieds
With the sites below, you can expect to get a 0.5 to 1.0% response rate (people who will respond back to you to whom you sent your application/CV.) Nevertheless, I encourage you to give these sites a try as you never know what you will come up with or what connections you can make from a simple e-mail or application.
- Seek: Seek is one of the two largest job search engines in the country.
- TradeMe: This site is the other large New Zealand job search engine.
- CareerJet: CareerJet.co.nz is the New Zealand arm of CareerJet.com
- Indeed: The New Zealand version of the big U.S. job search site Indeed.com
Thoughts of Other Bloggers and Websites
- Immigration New Zealand, the official government body in charge of immigration into New Zealand, has a super detailed post on how to take advantage of current work opportunities in New Zealand.
- Grad Ireland breaks down the major job search websites in New Zealand.
- Take a look at this informative post at Finding the Universe: “Tips for Finding a Job When Traveling in New Zealand.”
- Irish Times has a good focus article on New Zealand that also includes information on visas and finding jobs.
- CareersNZ has a step-by-step guide of how to find a job in New Zealand.
- JustLanded and AngloInfo both have thorough guides that highlight the major job search options for New Zealand.
- BackpackingMatt has a gigantic and really useful post entitled, “15 Tips for Your First Experience Backpacking in New Zealand.”
- Transitions Abroad has a thorough post with useful links for living abroad in New Zealand.
Overseas and Expat Job Portals
- Michael Page: An international executive recruitment website that I’ve used in the past. This site is targeted towards high-end job seekers.
- Overseas Jobs: I find that there is often significant overlap between the postings on this site and that of other sites. Nevertheless this site has been around for a while.
- Go Abroad: I’ve always been a fan of GoAbroad. In fact, on the visa information portion of my website, you will find where I have linked to their global embassies directory. They have a good job portal too.
- Career Builder: These guys have been around a long time. A pretty good site to check out but not the best of the bunch.
- Linkedin: Last but not least, this huge professional social network is a resource for building contacts in the field and location of your interest.
There you have it. The best places to find jobs in New Zealand as a foreigner. For information on visas for New Zealand, be sure to check out my New Zealand visa page. If you are single and are looking to spice up your dating life, check out my reviews of the best dating sites in New Zealand.
Visa Hunter Jobs: Check out Visa Hunter Jobs, a site that aggregates job listings (mainly teaching jobs since those are the easiest to get as a foreigner) from the top sites around the web so you don't have to go from site to site.
Worldwide Moving Guide: Everything you need to know in order to plan your move to 65+ countries around the world.
Worldwide Jobs Guide: Be sure to check out my posts on how to find jobs in any country in the world.
Worldwide Apartments Guide: If you are interested in renting an apartment in this country, take a look at my articles on how to find an apartment in various countries around the world.
Worldwide Dating Guide: Also, check out my posts on the best online dating sites in 60+ countries around the world.
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