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.


Skilled migrant category EOI selection

The Skilled Migrant Category offers you the opportunity to move to New Zealand to live and work permanently. If you qualify for enough points under the Skilled Migrant Category, you can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI).

The latest selection took place on 14 January and a total of 778 EOIs were selected. 653 of these had a points total of 140 or more. Just over 30 percent of the EOIs selected were from the UK or South Africa. View the full results here.

July changes to the SMC mean that you can gain extra credit for work experience and New Zealand qualifications.

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

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…

Immigration Scam – the Hunt for the Missing Pilgrims

It is possible that 35 pilgrims, travelling through New Zealand to attend World Peace Day in Australia have absconded as part of an immigration scam.  Billeted around New Zealand’s Catholic community, awaiting their onward flights to Sydney, the group who travelled from India appear to have made a run for it, even leaving their luggage behind.

An Indian taxi driver who drove some of the group to Tauranga, said the men had told him they had paid $17,000 dollars to someone in India who had promised them they could stay in New Zealand ‘forever’.

The Labour Department is collecting information to help them locate the men but is currently unable to take action, until the men’s visitor permits have expired.

There are easier ways to migrate to New Zealand,  particularly if you have skills which are currently in short supply.  Check out for tips and advice on all the legal ways to relocate.

NZ – A Safe Haven for South Africans

In an article in Christchurch paper’s, The Press, the chairwoman of the South Island New Zealand Association of Southern Africans (Sinzasa), Roseanne Harwarden, has noted an increase in South Africans coming to New Zealand and predicts that there will be a bigger surge if Jacob Zuma were to be elected in South Africa. 

“If Zuma is elected president, I think a lot of people are concerned about a form of civil war in South Africa, which will precipitate a lot of people wanting to go,” she said.

The number of New Zealand work permits issued to South Africans has leapt from 1758 in 1999/2000 to 6547 in 2007/08.  New Zealand is experiencing a skills shortage and is actively encouraging skilled migrants to come and live here.  Perhaps you have skills that New Zealand needs?  If you are dreaming of a safer life, check out what New Zealand has to offer you…

Skilled Workers Pay Packets On the Rise

New Zealand’s National Wage and Salary survey has revealed that pay rates for skilled workers is rising over twice as fast as for the semi-skilled or unskilled. The average wage increased by 4.5% in the year to August 2007.  However, the increase for unskilled workers was only 2.4%, whereas administrators and management pay packets increased by a massive 6.6%.

The survey reported that the biggest winners in the pay stakes this year were: skilled shop salespeople (up an average 9.9 per cent; managing directors with 50 to 199 staff (up 9.5 per cent); registered electricians (up 9.2 per cent); registered nurses (up 9.1 per cent); and diesel motor mechanics (up 8.4 per cent).

New Zealand needs skilled workers to fill labour gaps.  Check out the Immediate Skills Shortage list at to see whether you can applyfor a skilled migrant visa for New Zealand and reap the benefits that this incredible country has to offer you.