Yes, your working holiday visa for New Zealand has been approved – congratulations! You are going to have the best time in this fantastic country (if I do say so myself!). I’m sure you will have already started drooling over #nzworkingholiday on Instagram and are busy making a list of all the amazing places you want to visit while in NZ. All that breathtaking scenery and adventuring takes its toll on the bank balance though, so you’re going to need to pick up some work along the way to fund the trip of a lifetime.
It’s up to you whether you go classic backpacker and pick up anything and everything you can, wherever you happen to be, or if you have the best of both worlds and keep your career on track – get a haircut and get a real job! Either way, you’ll need to get your ducks in a row first.
- Before you can start counting the dollars, you will need two other very important numbers: IRD number and bank account number
- You will need a great CV (that’s Kiwi for resume). 2-3 pages is a good length. Go easy on responsibilities and hard on achievements.
- Decide what type of work you want and start searching online. Remember to search for temp or contract roles that fit within your visa restrictions. Uncle Google should be able to get you most of the way there but here are some of the main job boards in New Zealand to target your job search.
Registering with a recruitment agency can be a great way to help take the pressure off you in finding the right role. Not all agencies are created equally though; so make sure you choose a recruitment consultant who will listen to your wants and needs and will work together with you to find or create the right opportunities.
people2people has placed hundreds of working holiday makers in New Zealand and Australia. Check out this video to see how we do things a wee bit differently. We’d love to have a chat to see how we can help you make the most of your working holiday. You can get in touch with our Auckland team via email or call 0800 727 968.