Fifteen point summary of her talk:
- Don’t study business or management.
- If you are keen on studying, review your course if it meets New Zealand’s skill shortages.
- Don’t waste your time and just take any odd job, find an employer that will utilise your best skills that will lead to residency.
- Consider joining Toastmasters to improve your communication skills.
- Move out of the Filipino community. Mingle with other cultures.
- Identify actual companies that actually interest you. Do your background research on that employer.
- Don’t be passive in interviews, ask questions which gives good signals to employers.
- Learn how to write a kiwi-style CV and modify your CV to the job you’re applying for so it covers the issues that the employer is looking for.
- Remember that not all jobs are advertised – networking is a good way of finding this hidden job market.
- If you use Trade Me or Seek, expect hundreds of applications, make your CV stand out and worth looking at.
- Talk to your Kiwi tutors or friends and ask them for recommendations on who to talk to with regard to employment opportunities.
- Leverage the idea that a New Zealand employer can “try you out” whereas hiring a Kiwi would be difficult to fire if they don’t become a good fit.
- Steer clear of employers who don’t pay the minimum wage or practice dodgy stuff like “pay for a job”.
- New Zealand employers are keen on helping you at immigration paperwork if they can see the value you are adding.
- When you receive a job offer, look carefully at the job description if it matches the ANZSCO.