30 November 2016

Top tips for finding work after studying in New Zealand

Education New Zealand
Last updated: 20 December 2019

After you finish your studies, you may be able to stay and work in New Zealand for up to three years.

New Zealand’s immigration policies include a post-study work pathway to work for international students who have gained an acceptable New Zealand qualification.

Post-study work visa

If you study a qualification that is level 4 or higher on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework, you can apply for a post-study work visa. Depending on your qualification and where in New Zealand you studied, you can work for any employer for between 1 and 3 years, and do almost any work. Check out Immigration New Zealand to find out whether you meet the criteria, and apply online.

Immigration New Zealand

Explore visa options for working in New Zealand after you graduate.

Looking for work

Your tertiary institution may offer you assistance to find work, such as helping you with your job search or giving you tips on writing a CV.

You could also try talking to your teachers, lecturers, friends and neighbours – they may know of jobs that have not yet been advertised.

Other options include registering with a recruitment agency, contacting potential employers directly or signing up with New Zealand job vacancy websites, such as Trade Me and Seek. Another useful site is New Kiwis.

New Zealand Now

The Finding Work section is packed full of useful information about how to find a job, including a list of job sites to check out, and tips for success.

Writing a CV

A CV is a written overview of your qualifications and experience – in some countries it is called a resume. You will need to write a CV before you start applying for jobs. Careers New Zealand has some useful tips for writing a New Zealand-style CV and a letter of application.

Preparing for a job interview

A job interview can seem like a big challenge, especially if you’ve never done one before, or English is not your first language. Before you go to the interview, look at the organisation’s website to get a good idea of what they do. You will probably be asked why you have applied for the job, so practice your answer beforehand.

Careers New Zealand

Check out their website for some useful tips on preparing for a job interview.
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