I tried applying for the visa in 2014 without much luck, the page wouldn't even load. So last year(2015) I planned a month before so that wouldn't happen again.
Now I am in the final stages of getting the Silver Fern Job Search Visa: handed everything in, got a response from Case Officer, now waiting for my passport to be returned. Total Costs about $1500 for the Visa alone.
I have a made a program in excel VBA that filters out all of the jobs from trademe and seek that are from recruiters (500 jobs advertised and around 90 that aren't from recruiters, I have only filtered out 11 recruiters).
I have a few questions, if anyone would kindly take the time to reply or make suggestions, I would truly appreciate it.
1) How likely is it to land a job that has been listed by recruiters? Because I think they just create a lot of noise without many jobs to back the ad.
2) How long are typical NZ CV's? & Which of the two below are likely to land me a job offer?
- I have a one page CV that I edit for the specific job that lists everything from intro, previous jobs, qualifications, points about me that are relevant to the job posted, most recent reference details and then my contact details.
- Then I have a longer CV that goes very much into detail, and includes passport, ID and Qualifications with statement of results.
3) I have tried the approach of calling the company before sending through my CV, but that was before the getting the Silver Fern Visa. Does this really make a difference? Does making a follow up call help or just create a nuisance to the employer?
4) @BillyBlink I usually state in my cover page that I have an uncle in Auckland who has offered to host me in NZ and have grandparents who are retired in Katikati. Should I mention that I have been investigating NZ for over 2 years and have already found a school that I would like to send my children to and already have ideas of areas where to find a home? And that both my wife and I have researched almost everything about NZ life, costs of housing, electricity, gas, water, internet, food, petrol, schooling, clothing, almost everything. Or that my wife watched the whole season of the Block NZ Season 3 in like 3 weeks?
5) Finally I preferably would like to have a job before I land in NZ. I am obviously prepared to come and look for work, which approaches should I prepare for?
- Going from company to company asking if they have any vacancies?
- Asking everyone I meet if they know of any positions at their companies?
- Standing with a Sign on Queens Street which reads "Have a Degree, Visa, Need Work"?
As you can see I am more than well informed and prepared to do the needful to immigrate to NZ.