Continuing in our Migrant Tales series – first hand accounts of the migrant experience of New Zealand.
Migrants are often attracted into parting with hefty visa fees with stories of alleged staff and skills shortages in New Zealand. The reality is very different.
Here’s a migrant tale taken from an emigration forum, showing that even returnees are finding it tough to get a job. If you’ve been tempted by NZ be sure to get a job contract signed and sealed before you leave home…
A bit about me: Originally from Bath. Moved with my parents to Christchurch when I was 18 years old back in 2006, lived/worked here four years, then got itchy feet to experience more of UK/Europe as I felt I had ‘unfinished business’ there. So moved back to the UK on my own in the second-half of 2010.
Worked/lived in UK for 5.5 years, then moved back to Chch in January this year – I have a permanent NZ resident visa. I planned on coming back to NZ next year after gaining more experience as a Business Analyst, but my father got diagnosed with a tumour at the end of last year, so I came back sooner.
Since being back I’ve found it really, REALLY difficult getting a job here! I have over 5 years experience in Business Project Administration, (6 months as a Business Analyst for a large financial services company) and a Master’s degree in Journalism which has transferable skills. I’ve applied for over 100 jobs this year and I’ve only been invited for one interview – which was a recruitment agency that (kindly) took a chance on me! They’ve actually been very helpful so far.
I’ve discovered there isn’t necessarily a shortage of jobs out there, but it’s getting an employer to take a chance on you that’s key. I’ve also been to a professional careers advisor here to hone my CV/cover letters which are now as good as they can be, but no luck yet. And I’ve been applying for jobs a level or two down, as I’m prepared to start at the bottom and work my way up again. I’m still waiting for that all important bite…
What did make me chuckle the other day was receiving an email from a recruitment consultant in the UK – that I haven’t had contact with for over a year! – asking if I’m interested in a particular job and would I like it, hey-ho.
What are your experiences?”