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    Default ACCOUNTING jobs for silver-fern visa holders?

    Hi, folks, I need your advice about the accounting market in new zealand. I will arrive to new zealand in early 2014 on a silver fern visa. (they give you 9 months to locate a skilled employment job) However, I have no clue what the job market for accounting/financial job market is like in new zealand. I know employers would prefer someone with kiwi experience but are there any chances that people who have foreign accounting experience (i had 3 years accounting/tax experience in the US) find a job in 9 months? If you had similar experience or know someone who had similar stories can you share it? I would be very appreciated for your kindness.

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    Local experience is big in NZ for Accountants. I know of people from other countries who have worked for 5-10 years before gaining a role similar to what they did back home.
    Given your experience was gained in USA, aiming to work with companies who report using US GAAP would be your best option. The more experience you have or more specialised skills you have, the more options you may have in NZ.

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    Thank you for your quick response eternalkiwi. Yes, I think you are right that local experience (which i do not have for now) is key for accountants/auditors. It seems to me you are in the financial industry too. Could you share your thoughts about how beneficial it is to have the NZICA certification in terms of getting a job offer? I may consider to transfer my current certificate to NZICA if having the certificate could help locate a job. Thank you in advance for your comments.

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    Many employers assume accountants are members of NZICA, though international memberships/qualifications are becoming more recognised.
    Certainly having a professional membership is useful in seeking roles, though for the roles you would intitially apply for membership may not be essential.

    What accounting/finance certification do you have?

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    Just over three years ago it took me two months to find a position. It was lower than the level I could have worked at. I was promoted in less than a year. Expect to take a career backwards step on arrival while you get experience, but if you have the abilities, in my experience, it will be recognized.

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    I am UK CIMA qualified and have had no issues in both Wellington & Auckland finding senior roles although all my experience is in public sector. I currently work for Auckland Council pm if you want to know anything

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    Hi, eternalkiwi, thanks for your reply. I hold a CPA(U.S.) license. I just went through NZICA's website and it seems its designation does not need you to pass exams in order to be a member. I also found that the organization has reciprocal terms that could transfer some international recognized accounting license to NZICA. I think I am going to make the transfer and obtain the NZICA certificate. Thank you so much.

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    Thank you for your response Mamee & Co. I just curious were you a silver-ferner too? If you were, could you share a little more about how did the employer respond when they tried to recruit someone who does not have kiwi work experience/education. Also, could you indicate do you have NZICA license and what is the most important lesson you learned from kiwi job hunting experience? (if any). Your comments will be very helpful and thank you in advance for your kindness.

    Regards,

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    Thanks for your response Janey. It is good to know that internationally accepted qualification is recognized in kiwi too.

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