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.

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More Accolades for NZ in Top Country Listing

New Zealand has found itself at the top of a variety of categories in a recent survey conducted to find the most popular country in the world.

Futurebrand’s Country Brand Index (CBI) 2008 interviewed 2700 people from around the globe to determine the top country in around 30 different categories and New Zealand topped the ‘natural beauty’, ‘authenticity’, ‘desire to visit/visit again’ and ‘friendly locals’ categories.

Rina Plapler, from CBI, said, “New Zealand appears dedicated to maintaining its true and unique essence – highlighting nature, culture and its people… High mountain country, remote beaches, endless green bushlands, lakes of rare beauty and sparkling clear rivers – New Zealand’s scenery is diverse and breathtaking.”

New Zealand also took second place as the country most people would like to live in if they were to emigrate from their homeland. Australia came in at the top.

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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.

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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.

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Another New Report Rates NZ Top!

New Zealand appears to be faring well this year in regards to reports into quality of life.  A new report from off-shore bank Alliance and Leicester International has just put NZ at the top of its findings for cost of living and quality of life.

“New Zealand does on average appear to offer a high quality of life at a reasonable cost – attributes that many people value in their country of residence.  Its strong cultural links to the UK also make it highly attractive to many UK movers,” said Simon Ripton, the Alliance and Leicester International’s Acting Managing Director.

There is also the fact that NZ is experiencing a labour shortage and is continuously modifying its immigrations policies to ease the migration of skilled workers.  Maybe your skills are on the occupations in demand list?  Take a look at to find out!

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.

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Top Spot for Aussie Migrants is New Zealand!

At last the tide is beginning to turn. 

In the past, migration patterns have shown that Aussies prefer the UK and the States to New Zealand but new figures, released by the Australian Department of Immigration have shown that the top spot for Australian emigres is now The Land of the Long White Cloud!  6.7% more than last year!  18.4% of permanent departures from Oz!

And why wouldn’t they?  Why wouldn’t you?  New Zealand rocks!  Check it out at