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Applications can be made in a number of ways:
It is sometimes possible to apply for jobs before arriving in New Zealand, depending on your work permit status and the type of work required. Even if you are seeking casual employment, it is advisable to do some preparation and research before leaving the UK.
CVs are similar in format and structure to those in the UK. However, the typical length of a graduate CV in New Zealand is two to four pages. This means that more detailed information and examples of skills are expected. The main areas New Zealand employers expect you to include in a CV are:
Covering letters are usually restricted to one page. Find out more about CVs and cover letters.
Comprehensive advice on writing a CV for the New Zealand job market is available on many New Zealand university careers service websites, including the University of Otago Career Development Centre and Victoria University of Wellington Career Development and Employment Office , which also has specific CV advice for MBA graduates.
The approach to interviews in New Zealand is similar to the UK; see interview tips. There is a focus on behavioural interviewing, which requires candidates to give examples of their skills and qualities. Assessment centres and psychometric testing are also used.
Depending on the area of work, many employers will recognise UK qualifications. New Zealand Qualifications Authority - International Qualifications provides a service to people who want their qualifications evaluated and compared to current New Zealand qualifications.
For some jobs, qualifications are essential, but many New Zealand employers don't place the same importance on formal qualifications as in some other countries. This means that you might not need formal qualifications to get a job. On the other hand, it also means that you are not certain of getting a job just because you seem to have the right qualification.
New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency status is usually required to apply for employer graduate training programmes. If you do not have permanent residency status, it may be worth checking with individual employers to see if you are eligible to apply. Graduate training programmes tend to be advertised on individual company websites or on websites aimed at New Zealand graduates.
If you are planning to live and work in New Zealand, check your UK tax and National Insurance position with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to ensure that you are not losing any UK pension rights.
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