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    Default Can't find a job. Any advice??

    Hey guys and gals. I need some serious help.

    I'm an American on a working holiday visa living in Dunedin. My girlfriend and I arrived here on May 11th and I have been applying to all sorts of jobs all day everyday since we arrived and I haven't gotten any bites. My girlfriend and I really want to live here indefinitely and the only reason why I have a working holiday is it was the best option for me to be here and find work that might lead to residence in the future.
    I have a masters degree in Nutrition and have experience as an English as a second language teacher as well. If I find a full-time job I will have enough points to succeed in my Expression of Interest application but I can't seem to find any interested employers. I'm not sure what is the problem, anybody have any advice?

    I tailored my resume to fit the style here in NZ and I have my IRD, accounts, phone, and apartment all set up. I plan on living here but of course I need full-time employment to keep living here. I've applied to part-time and full-time jobs that fit my skill set ( with a broad broad brush ) and I
    m trying to avoid the hospitality and horticulture fields since that's not what I am interested in doing. What is the problem? I am getting pretty frustrated.

    A few jobs I am a perfect fit for have rejected me and I'm not sure what lies ahead. Is it my visa? Should I just keep up applying and wait? Is it too early? I wanted to get a work visa before I arrived but I talked with a lawyer down here and he said it would be near impossible if I'm not here already. Any recruitment agencies that people could recommend?

    We decided to live in Dunedin since it's close to the University which has a lot of jobs I qualify for. Also, it's the type of lifestyle we want to live. We went to Auckland and it just wasn't for us.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated, I'm pulling my hair out over here.

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    Perhaps you need to take a job, any job, even if it's not ideal. Continue to look and apply for your preferred job but you need NZ experience. Also, volunteer, join social groups, network. That's how it works here; it's who you know. You need to build up a NZ reputation so you can get a look.

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    i was a canadian, applying for jobs from canada, with a really great CV and BN/MPH, and 10 + years of great experience. Looking back at my application spreadsheet (yes, applied to so many jobs I needed a spreadsheet), I applied for over 40 relevant positions in 6 months, before even getting an interview. In the end I got two amazing offers in the same week, and a in the perfect position in the perfect location, so alls well that ends well. I would regularly request feedback from hiring manager, and most of it was that I did not have connections to communities in NZ, which is important in health care, or they had an internal applicant in mind. If you have only been applying for a few weeks, I would relax, but also follow up with any hiring managers for feedback on your application. familiarity with you is probably key, and use requesting feedback as an opportunity to make connections with potential future employers. best of luck!

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    1) Your visa (working holiday) works against you. Many employers won't both with working holiday applicants.

    2) Lack of NZ experience. Unless an employer is desperate, they will almost always fall back on local, NZ experience first... Especially in smaller communities.

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    The government has a rule that NZ workers should/ have to come first before overseas workers. This could have a bearing on the situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kdok View Post
    i was a canadian, applying for jobs from canada, with a really great CV and BN/MPH, and 10 + years of great experience. Looking back at my application spreadsheet (yes, applied to so many jobs I needed a spreadsheet), I applied for over 40 relevant positions in 6 months, before even getting an interview. In the end I got two amazing offers in the same week, and a in the perfect position in the perfect location, so alls well that ends well. I would regularly request feedback from hiring manager, and most of it was that I did not have connections to communities in NZ, which is important in health care, or they had an internal applicant in mind. If you have only been applying for a few weeks, I would relax, but also follow up with any hiring managers for feedback on your application. familiarity with you is probably key, and use requesting feedback as an opportunity to make connections with potential future employers. best of luck!
    Thanks a lot for this advice. It's encouraging and truthful. I will see if I can get a hold of some hiring managers from the jobs I was really well suited for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G-Mo View Post
    1) Your visa (working holiday) works against you. Many employers won't both with working holiday applicants.

    2) Lack of NZ experience. Unless an employer is desperate, they will almost always fall back on local, NZ experience first... Especially in smaller communities.
    So this begs the chicken and egg question of what someone like me can have first, visa or work. Thanks for your realistic advice.

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    It's not easy, ever, but by persevering, particularly when visiting the country and being there face to face, many forum members have managed it.

    Background in an old post. http://www.enz.org/forum/showthread....952#post359952

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fern49 View Post
    The government has a rule that NZ workers should/ have to come first before overseas workers. This could have a bearing on the situation.
    This does not apply to those who already have work visas

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    Can I just add- Dunedin is not a very big 'market', and lots of people know someone who knows someone.., I would second the advice to try to volunteer, that way you meet people, and someone might be able to point you in the right direction, too.

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