“You’re Hired!” is something immigrants don’t hear a lot in New Zealand.
Are you thinking of moving to New Zealand because of the recent Brexit and US election results, and the Canada immigration site is still down?
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Here’s our latest tale. This was first published on a British expatriates’ forum. The author is asking for tips for getting work.
So I moved to NZ a couple of months ago and have been struggling to find work as an IT project manager. I have good experience with blue chip organisations and have had a few Interviews but nothing is landing. They all have said that there were other candidates more suitable for the role and don’t get and more feedback then that. I have never had issue getting work I the past so I’m wondering if there is something I’m missing here. Am I being unreasonable thinking that I would get work here? How long did it take for other stuff to land a job? Thanks in advance.
Here are some of the replies from other British immigrants. It looks like too many people are chasing too few jobs and New Zealanders get preferential treatment over immigrants.
as you are getting interviews I would say its not the CV. It could just be that you don’t have any NZ experience so I’m afraid you may just have to carry on applying and see if you can get some interview help with a agency. MrF had to advertise for a job recently for a big data analyst and web developer and the agency sent through 20 candidates so you can imagine how many they didn’t send through. NZ experience depends on the person interviewing you, if it was MrF then no but some places are a bit jobs for the boys. Also bear in mind that some interviews will be just going through the process and candidates have already been chosen. Doesn’t help you but unfortunately happens here more than we ever noticed in the UK. Have you got a Linkedin profile? are you member of IT forums/groups? You need to be trying everything to get you name and skills known out there.
In my experience there’s still far more that would actually rather take on an idiot that they or someone else in the team knows, rather than take a chance on a total newbie.
totally agree with that, hence me saying jobs for the boys, and then its so bloody hard to get rid of someone who is just not capable of the job.
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