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 www.workingin-newzealand.com now for more information on upcoming Opportunities New Zealand Expos.

New fees for New Zealand immigration applications

As of 12 January 2009 fees for New Zealand visa applications lodged outside of New Zealand have changed.

Immigration New Zealand has changed the fees to reflect the shift in currency exchange rates.

View the new fees here. For information on how to get a New Zealand visa, plus loads of ideas on where to live and how to make your emigration plans run smoothly, take a look at www.workingin-newzealand.com.

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 www.workingin-newzealand.com 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!

‘Demographic Faultline’ Means Global Changes, Report Says

A report conducted by KPMG concludes with an international warning to businesses and governments regarding preparation for what it describes as a ‘global skills convergence’.

The report describes a contraction of labour pools as a result of retiring Baby Boomers and a shortage of Generation Y-ers to replace them.  As Bernard Salt, one of the key authors explained, “Our study argues that the labour shortage will result in what we call a ‘global skills convergence’– a net flow of skilled and unskilled workers migrating between the developed and developing worlds as barriers to entry continue to diminish. Companies should be ready to manage their workforces in this new reality.”

Great news for skilled migrants!  As Mr Salt went on to explain, “The face of the international workforce is changing.  Labour and talent will flow between countries. Generation Y already has a global perspective thanks to the Internet and the relative affordability of international travel. They are taking this mindset into the workplace and are looking for global opportunities for migration and career advancement.”

Essentially New Zealand, like a lot of other countries, is crying out for skilled migrants and is paving the way to make emigrating easier, in order to encourage people just like you to move there to fill its labour gaps.  The opportunities are there, where are you?  Visit www.workingin-newzealand.com to see what might lie in store for you in New Zealand when you make your move!

OECD Survey Puts NZ First

A recent OECD study has concluded that New Zealand is better at matching immigrants to jobs than any of the other 17 nations involved in the survey.

The report, entitled, Profile of Immigrant Populations in the 21st Century: Data from the OED 2008,seems to support findings from another New Zealand survey which reported that only 9% of immigrants there are doing jobs for which they are over qualified.

Sound good?  Perhaps you have skills that may be in demandin New Zealand.  You could find that you may be able to land a job that uses the skills you have, at a level that you want to use them, in a beautiful country.  Worth investigating, surely?  Here’s a good place to start – www.workingin-newzealand.com …

NZ Law Change to Introduce 90-Day Employment Probation Period

The Government of New Zealand is currently pushing through a new law which would allow small businesses to contract new employees to a 90-day trial period.  Although common practice in most other OECD countries, to date it has been a contentious employment relations issue in NZ. 

Small businesses are welcoming the law change which will allow them to employ people that they may otherwise not have.  As it stands, if there is even the smallest doubt in an employers mind about suitability of a potential member of staff, they are simply not hiring, due to the current prohibitive laws which make it practically impossible to fire employees.

New Zealand needs skilled workers.  Have you ever dreamt of making a new life, in a new country?  Have you got professional skills and experience.  New Zealand needs you.  Check out www.workingin-newzealand.com!

Opportunities New Zealand Expo, Johannesburg, Hailed as a Great Success

The Opportunities New Zealand Expo, held in Johannesburg at the end of June this year, has been hailed as a huge success by its organisers, WorkingIn, and the companies who attended.  More than 6500 highly educated and skilled potential migrants attended the Expo in the hopes of securing jobs and advice on emigrating. 

Melissa Hamer, the events Human Resources adviser commented that “there were some very high-quality candidates who were very organised, well-researched and ready to come to New Zealand.”

South Africans are deemed perfect recruits to fill labour gaps in the New Zealand job market, with common language and cultural ideals.  New Zealand is seen as a land of opportunity by many South Africans looking to move away from political instability and rising crime rates.

Its a marriage made in heaven!  If you have dreamt of starting a new life in New Zealand, take a look at www.workingin-newzealand.com for jobs, relocation advice and visa information.