26 April 2017

Tips to get work ready | Study With New Zealand

Neeraj Nambiar
Master in Engineering Management

Working part-time while you study is a great way to prepare for work after you graduate.

Here's my advice to help you get working in New Zealand and make your CV look good for future employers:

1. Get work ready

To be able to work in New Zealand you need to apply for an IRD (Inland Revenue Department) number. Most employers will ask for this number so that they can legally employ you. And now, thanks to technology, it is easy to apply for your IRD number online rather than going to a post office (like it was a couple of years ago).

Check out the following link for more information:

Now it's time to get your CV ready in the New Zealand way:

2. Apply for jobs

There are various portals through which you can apply for part-time and full-time jobs listed below:

There are many others, but these are the trusted few!

Also, to improve your chances of getting a job, why not just drop in to see potential employers…

Kiwis are a relaxed lot, so don't worry if you don’t receive a reply straight away. Stay calm for a couple of days, then start bugging them again!

3. Volunteer

It is really helpful to be involved in voluntary activities so that people get to know you. And most importantly, you get to work on your soft skills. Because, no matter how far technical skills will take you, soft skills are equally as important!

Volunteering activity will also help you to get referees for your CV as New Zealand companies prefer references for their applicants. So, if Kiwis advocate for you, there is nothing like it!

Some websites that will help you get involved in voluntary activities in Auckland and elsewhere include:

4. Get Involved

Equally important are your socialising skills. Try to get involved in university associations and clubs and other activities near your university campus. This will further enhance your CV for future employment (if you really want to get that job!).  

Some sites which will help you get involved in events apart from your university ones are:

These event meetups may well be very useful because this is often the place where you might meet your future better half...or your future boss..or where you'll make lots of future friends!

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About the contributors
Neeraj Nambiar
Master in Engineering Management

Indian student Neeraj Nambiar is is an Education New Zealand Scholarship recipient. Neeraj is studying for his Masters in Engineering Management at The University of Auckland. He chose New Zealand because of its "highly advanced educational institution ranked in the top 100 in the world."