Finding a job at an expo

Your move to a better life in a new country could start at a job expo.

Getting a job offer is usually the easiest route to a new life in a new country. Job expos let you get the answers to your questions about immigration, and meet face-to-face with prospective employers, without having to travel halfway around the world.

Job expos are the ideal place to meet top employers and recruitment consultants who want to recruit skilled people. Going to a job expo also gives you the opportunity to speak to a range of companies who can help you make your move a stress-free one.

Tips for finding a job at an expo

  • Improve your chances of getting the job you want – go to an expo that focuses on a specific country
  • Do some research before you go on where you’d like to live in your new country – it will make your expo experience more worthwhile.
  • Start the visa application process – work out which visa you’re eligible for and get the ball rolling.
  • Maximise your time at the expo – some times of the day (and days of the week) are quieter than others – ideal if you want to avoid the queues.
  • Get your paperwork sorted – have hard copies of your CV on hand to pass out to prospective employers (and make sure your CV is well written and well presented), and consider attaching a photo of yourself to jog their memories later on.
  • Brush up your interview skills. Some employers interview at the expos so make sure your first impression is a good one by dressing appropriately – and remember that a smile and a firm handshake go a long way.

So what are you waiting for? If you’re ready for a change of lifestyle, then going to a job expo could be your chance to make your dream of moving countries a reality. Visit now for more information on upcoming Opportunities New Zealand Expos.


NZ finance companies optimistic in face of global financial crisis

New Zealand finance and accounting companies are less concerned about the effects of the current financial crisis than are their overseas counterparts.

According to a recent survey by Robert Half only a third of New Zealand finance and accounting professionals are concerned about their jobs compared to over 60% in the UK.

This is being cited as a considerable drawcard for people who have been working abroad, and New Zealand employers are feeling the effects with severe skill shortages in the sector being alleviated by returning expats.

Do you have skills and experience in finance and accounting? Would you like to make New Zealand your new home? Visit now to view accounting jobs and finance jobs. You’ll also find masses of information on how to make the move and how to settle in. It’s all there. Now’s good!

New Immigration Minister Sworn In

Dr Jonathon Coleman has recently been sworn in as New Zealand’s new Broadcasting and Immigration Minister, after the National Party’s recent election win.

The party is hoping to make significant changes to the nation’s immigration policies, including creating a new Silver Fern Visa, which will enable skilled migrants to work temporarily in New Zealand while they find suitable permanent jobs.

National’s Immigration spokesman, Lockwood Smith explains, “National wants to assure potential immigrants, along with all New Zealanders and Kiwi employers, that they will be given an efficient, world-class immigration service that acts with integrity and produces the best outcomes for the widest interests of New Zealand.”

Do you have aspirations to live and work in New Zealand? Do you have skills that may be in demand here? Why not take a look at You’ll find answers to all your immigration questions and masses of information that you may not have considered.

New National Government Plans Visa Changes

The newly elected National Party has announced planned changes to the New Zealand migration system. Following on from their election promises to encourage Kiwis working overseas to return home and foreign skilled migrants to move to NZ, Dr Lockwood-Smith, the party’s immigration spokesman, has announced three new visa categories.

The three new categories include a Silver Fern visa, which will be introduced to allow would-be migrants the opportunity to travel to NZ to find employment. They will be allowed to work in temporary jobs whilst they hunt for something permanent and once they have found long term work they will be able to transfer the visa into a two year working visa.

National is also proposing a new 6 month, temporary work visa for anyone who obtains seasonal work and a Retirement visa which will allow wealthy retirees to emigrate to New Zealand with funds to invest.

For information on how to obtain a visa to New Zealand and masses of ideas on where to live and how to make your emigration plans run smoothly, take a look at

The Top Six Globally Transferable Skills…

Investment site Shelter Offshore is running an article this week listing what it suggests are arguably the most globally transferable skills today.

Top of the list is construction, followed by financial services, IT, teaching, translation services and tourism.

If you have skills and have dreams of relocating to New Zealand, take a look at today to find out how emigrating could be easier than you imagine!  The site lists employer profiles, links to relocation, employment and immigration specialists, plus heaps of information on what life in New Zealand is really like.

Doors of Opportunity Fly Open at NZ Expos in UK

The Opportunities New Zealand Expos, which were held over the past two weekends in Leeds and London, are being declared a huge success by both the organisers, Working In, and the exhibitors who attended.  And, as the large number of hiring that went on at the events shows, a lot of would-be migrants got exactly what they had hoped for too.

“We’ve spoken to well over 100 people and collected in the region of 50 CVs,” said Janet Lane from MercyAscot, who attended the expos for the first time this year. “The HR department [is going to] contact six people with the intention to hire immediately and we have more to process. It’s a great opportunity to meet people.” 

Canterbury recruitment company, Canstaff,  who was attending the Expo for the fifth consecutive time, has now collated a database of 13,000 skilled British workers who are keen to emigrate and who the company can present to companies within NZ.

As Scott Mathieson, Working In’s CEO, explained, “New Zealand continues to be a destination of choice for British migrants. Even in the current economic climate, people are still looking overseas for the lifestyle opportunities that Britain doesn’t offer.”

Kicking yourself that you missed it?  Never mind.  There will be more next year!  And for now you can go to Working In’s website at to find masses of information about emigrating to NZ, including jobs and employer profiles.

Avoidable CV Blunders That Will Cost You The Job

A recent study by a UK recruitment firm has found that surprisingly minor CV bloopers can make the difference between winning that dream job, or going back to trawling the employment listings.

The research revealed that 73% of employers were more put off by poorly presented and badly written CVs than by an applicant arriving late, dressing inappropriately or even swearing during the interview.  And the most easily avoidable mistakes caused the most irritation among prospective employers.  Things like mis-spelling the company name in a CV and basic grammatical errors were the most likely things to cause a recruiter to lose interest in an applicant.

If you are interested in migrating to the New Zealand and you have skills, make sure you sell yourself properly!  Get your CV up to date.  Make sure you have your facts and your spelling correct.  Triple check that you are addressing it correctly to the right person, spelling their name right.  Keep it relevant, don’t pad out your information.  Use an appropriate email address, is not going to endear yourself to your future employer.  And finally, get someone you trust to read through what you are submitting – fresh eyes are more likely to spot mistakes.

For advice on writing CVs, applying for jobs and navigating through the whole immigration process, visit