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.


Maori Party Want Compulsory History Lessons for Migrants

In the run up to New Zealand’s general election this year, immigration policies are being aired by all the major parties.  The Maori Party has announced its wishes to create compulsory history classes for all migrants to New Zealand in order for them to fully grasp the country’s past before being granted citizenship.

The Greens have announced that they would adopt easier skilled migration policies in order to assist in creating a more sustainable global economy through open movement of people and workers. 

Meanwhile, Winston Peters of New Zealand First Party has suggested tightening control of New Zealand’s immigration numbers to protect native workers.  “When times are tough internationally immigrants are attracted to New Zealand like moths to a neon light,” he said.  “We must have a population policy – and one in which ordinary New Zealanders can have an input.  It must be linked explicitly to labour market needs. No job – no immigrant.”

As it stands, under the current Labour government, New Zealand is welcoming skilled migrants to help ease its labour shortage.  Perhaps you can help?  Do you have skills and experience in areas in demand?  Take a look at to find out!

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

NZ Schools Recruiting Overseas

Such is the shortage of teachers in New Zealand – particularly in science and technology – that schools are personally recruiting overseas. 

Rangitoto College head, David Hodge, recently told the Herald newspaper in NZ that he had just completed a whistle stop tour of Britain, interviewing 26 potential candidates.  The school had repeatedly advertised for local staff but on more than one occasion had no responses at all.

This is a situation echoed by the 2008 New Zealand Teachers Association, who reported that three quarters of advertised teaching jobs get only one application.

Are you a teacher?  Fed up where you are?  Want to add a little spice to your life by migrating to fabulous New Zealand?  Opportunities abound.  Check out – it’s all there!

Business Groups Flag Skills Shortage in Post Election Wish-list

Business New Zealand and the New Zealand Chambers of Commerce have highlighted the country’s skills shortageon their wish-list of things needing attention when the new government takes power after the November elections.

The Otago Daily Times today reported that 41% of South Island respondents to a Business NZ survey had flagged skills shortages as their primary concern. 

Otago-Southland Employers Association chief executive Duncan Simpson told the paper that “the main priorities for the region are clearly getting hold of the right people and building organisational effectiveness within the constraints of current employment law.”

The skills shortage is affecting businesses all over New Zealand and there are currently opportunities for skilled migrants to make new lives in this stunning country.  Visit for info and advise…

Wages In NZ Show Increase in First Half of 2008

A survey conducted on NZ job site, Trade Me Jobs, has revealed that there has been a significant increase in NZ pay over the first half of this year.  The research, carried out over 73,000 jobs listed on the site concluded that there has been a 3.7% increase in pay since the last quarter of 2007, raising the average pay from $55,583 to $57,664 per year.

Trade Me Jobs head, Jimmy McGee said: “Outside of IT, the top five paid professions are doctors ($106,823), construction project managers ($95,378), engineering managers ($92,843), in-house legal counsel ($90,440) and financial controllers ($89,081)”.

Like many other countries New Zealand is suffering from a skills shortage and is actively encouraging skilled migrants to come and work here.  Mr McGee said the most sought after positions through his site are accountants, travel consultants, construction site managers and accounts payable workers.

If you have skills and an interest to live and work in BEAUTIFUL New Zealand, go to to find out how!

New Look Passport for Kiwi Citizens

New Zealand’s Internal Affairs Minister Rick Barker has announced the introduction of a newly designed Kiwi passport.  The distinctive new look passport includes up to date security features, in line with passports from other countries, and yet its design is recognisably New Zealand, complete with silver fern.

“I’m pleased to see we have a passport that’s strikingly New Zealand, is unmistakable, and if ever left in a pool of all the other passports in the world, you would pick it instantly,” Mr Barker said.

The new passport will be standard issue by next June.  First things first though.  Check out www.workingin-newzealand.comto see how you can apply to live and work in New Zealand under the skilled migrant scheme.  It might be easier than you imagine!