Six unconventional methods for job hunting in New Zealand for immigrants

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Kapag ang job vacancy ay umabot na sa job boards tulad ng Seek o Trade Me, it is often too late dahil siguradong dadagsain na ito ng mga applications mula sa loob at labas ng bansa. Bukod sa mga skilled migrants from all over the world wanting to take a crack at New Zealand, binabaha ang job sites ng madaming CV mula sa mga kumukuha ng unemployment benefit o kahit yung mga taong may trabaho na pero naghahanap ng ibang trabaho.

Dahil you got hundreds, sometimes thousands throwing themselves at employers, nagiging spoiled ang mga New Zealand employers. Parang magandang babae na maraming nanliligaw so they can take their time up to a month before deciding, ask trivial interview questions and make the job application process complicated than necessary.

1. Get a phone book or search through google and start ringing or door knocking businesses and ask if they have anything going.

Kausapin ang manager o may ari ng negosyo for a minute of their time. Pwede tawagan o mas mainam bisitahin. Ang mga office building dito ay walang security guards na maaaring humarang sa iyo. Pinapakita nito ang initiative at enthusiasm ng aplikante. Mapapakita mo rin na fluent ka mag ingles. Kahit walang bakante, maaaring matandaan ka nila sa susunod na magkaroon ng opening.

2. Go to Kiwi parties

Believe it or not, marami akong kilala na nakakita ng trabaho sa ganitong paraan. Sapagkat relaxed at non-threatening ang environment ng mga party, at kadalasan you are vouched by common friends, mas madali mag open up ang mga tao that will lead to opportunities. Hindi ba’t mas madali makapagpalagayang loob ang isang tao kapag may kasalong alak sa usapan? There are two things that Kiwis hold very dear – rugby and alcohol – so use these two to your advantage.

3. Let everyone know you are looking, even to strangers.

Balikan natin ang konsepto ng “village mentality.” Get off your computer, talk to people in the gym, coffee shop, supermarket or even the church. For sure, someone knows somebody who knows of a job somewhere. This search for human connection is more powerful that merely spreading around a piece of paper or electronic file.

4. Offer your services for cheap (or even free)

Halimbawa marunong ka manahi or mag graphics design, pwede mo ito iadvertise sa supermarket job boards o di kaya sa trade me under “services”. Ang mga serbisyo tulad nito ay hindi mura sa New Zealand at pwede mo babaan ang singil mo just to break into the market. Not only is this a chance for you to earn a bit of cash but to meet more people which can offer new leads. It also showcases your talent for free. Kung matuwa sila sa serbisyo mo, maaari mo pa sila maging Kiwi reference sa inaaplyan mong trabaho.

5. Iwasan ang recruitment agencies

Hindi ko nilalahat but generally, they are a waste of time. Kadalasan sila ang pasimuno ng pekeng job ads upang makakolekta lamang ng mga CV. They primarily work for companies to get a hefty commission for every new hire so they tend to choose on the safe side (i.e. kiwi-born and raised).

6. Attend conferences or join professional organisations

Fields like education, engineering or ICT have trade shows that have good potential for you to meet and network among the primary movers of the industry. These professional organizations however, have expensive membership fees which might not be a wise decision sa simula especially if you are jobless. But be on the lookout for free seminars or “information nights” that you should take advantage of.

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