After checking job listings, refine your CV and prepare for interviews.
Write your CV
Apply for jobs
Attend job interviews
Not every job application will result in an interview, but that's okay. If you do land an interview, congratulations! Here are some tips to ensure that you leave a lasting impression.
Once you receive a job offer
It might take a few months of job searching before you receive a job offer. Typically, employers will initially extend a verbal offer, followed by a written employment agreement detailing your job specifics. Ensure that you carefully review the terms before signing and seek advice if necessary.
What kind of information will my employment agreement contain?
Your agreement will explain:
Before you sign:
Securing a relevant visa
Which type of visa do I need?
Working In specialises in assisting professionals and skilled workers with the immigration, job and relocation process.
Their experienced immigration team provides comprehensive visa advice and Immigration Strategy for those eager to start a new chapter in New Zealand.
Their Settlement and Relocation teams ensure a seamless transition, helping newcomers integrate and embrace their new lives in Aotearoa.
Driven by a dedicated and caring team, Working In prioritises the needs of those wishing to call New Zealand home.
They expertly handle the visa process from beginning to end and are committed to turning immigration aspirations into reality.
Working In can assist with jobs, visas, and relocation.
Moving to New Zealand
Get your documents together
Bring original or certified copies of important documents about you and your family. These include:
Research and understand the Kiwi Culture
Moving to a new country means immersing oneself in a new culture and way of life.
Before you arrive in New Zealand, take some time to research the local customs, etiquette, and values.
Kiwis are known for their friendly and laid-back nature. However, they also deeply respect mutual understanding and tolerance.
Familiarise yourself with Māori traditions, as they play an integral role in New Zealand's culture.
Watching local films, reading books, and engaging in online forums can also provide insights. Remember, understanding the culture will not only help you fit in socially but also in the professional setting.
Networking and Building Local Connections
Whether you're moving to New Zealand for a job or seeking employment upon arrival, building local connections is vital.
Begin by attending local networking events, joining community groups, or enrolling in courses or workshops related to your profession. Platforms like LinkedIn can also be instrumental in connecting with professionals in your industry. Besides professional networking, try to build a social circle.
The Crane Association of New Zealand's annual Crane Conference is a great way to connect with other people in the crane industry - check our website for information on this year's event.
Having friends and acquaintances can greatly improve your sense of belonging and provide support as you adjust to your new environment. Remember, it's not just about finding a job, but also about building a life in New Zealand.
Understand the Local Certifications and Regulations
New Zealand has specific qualifications and certifications for crane operators, ensuring safe and efficient operations across the industry.
If you've trained overseas, it's crucial to verify if your credentials are recognised in New Zealand or if you need to undergo additional training or assessments.
The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) can evaluate overseas qualifications. Additionally, familiarise yourself with the Health and Safety at Work Act, which outlines the responsibilities of employers and employees in maintaining a safe working environment.
Being well-versed with local regulations will give you a professional edge and confidence in your new role.
Connect with Industry Associations and Unions
You're already in the right place - engaging with industry associations such as the Crane Association of New Zealand (CANZ) is a great way to get started in the industry. CANZ can provide resources, training opportunities, and events that can help you integrate quickly into the local crane industry.
If you'd like to find out more about joining the Crane Association, head over to our 'become a member' page.
Additionally, consider joining relevant unions that advocate for the rights and welfare of workers. Unions can offer support in terms of fair wages, working conditions, and provide guidance if any workplace issues arise.
Adapt to the Kiwi Workplace Culture
While the fundamental principles of crane operation may be consistent worldwide, each country, including New Zealand, has its unique workplace culture.
Kiwi work culture is collaborative with an emphasis on both individual responsibility and teamwork.
Punctuality, open communication, and mutual respect are highly valued. Don't be afraid to ask questions or seek feedback as you adjust.
Engage in team activities, tea breaks, or after-work gatherings to bond with your colleagues. Building strong professional relationships will not only make your transition smoother but also contribute to your long-term success in the crane industry.
Welcome to Aotearoa, New Zealand!
Kia ora! Congratulations - you've taken the leap, secured employment, and arrived in Aotearoa New Zealand. Well done.
Although relocating to a new country can be daunting, you've navigated the most challenging part. Now, you're ready to embark on an exciting career as a lifting professional in the New Zealand crane industry.
Aotearoa offers a unique blend of diverse landscapes, rich culture, and innovative opportunities. As you settle in, take time to immerse yourself in the vibrant Kiwi way of life, explore our breathtaking natural wonders, and enjoy our world-renowned hospitality.
Remember, the Crane Association of New Zealand (CANZ) is always here to support you. Whether you have questions about the industry or need assistance settling into your new home, don't hesitate to reach out.
He waka eke noa. (We're all in this together.)
Ngā mihi nui ki a koe mō tō haerenga mai. Wishing you success and prosperity in your new journey.