How to look for work in Auckland



When responding to a job advertisement in writing, you will be required to submit a curriculum vitae (CV)/professional resume, along with your letter of application.

A CV should be brief, about two to four pages. It should provide a concise summary of your: contact details: name, phone number, address, and email address should all be prominently listed.

Objective: Some career experts recommend describing your objective just below the contact information. This should describe your long-term goals in a concise statement.

Professional Experience: Usually this information is listed chronologically. List your work experience with: 1. your title 2. the name of the company you worked for 3. the dates of your employment 4. a brief description of your achievements in that job

Education: This section can come before work experience if you are in school or have been out of school for one to three years, depending on your level of work experience and how relevant your education is to your career. If you have a high Grade Point Average (3.5 or above, equivalent to an A- or A), you may want to include it on your resume. If you attended college, list the name of the college and what you got your degree in. If you recently graduated or have taken courses highly relevant to the job for which you are applying, list those.

Certificates & Diplomas: Courses, seminars, congresses or conferences that are relevant in relation to the position. Some employers require you to have professional registration even if this is not a legal requirement. List these in a chronologically inverse order.

Languages: Since this may be relevant to an international job, you should list which languages you speak and your level: advanced, intermediate or beginner. Point out if you can translate, speak, or write in each language and list any associated degrees.

Computer Skills: Programs, applications, etc. Word processing, database, Internet, etc.

Personal Information: At the end of the resume you may include a brief section where you can list personal information such as hobbies or interests. It's great if these are relevant to your job, but if they aren't these hobbies can simply reveal something about your personality. Interviewers commonly use this section as an icebreaker and as a source for starting a more relaxed, less formal conversation.

References and academic/professional certificates may be listed as "available upon request".

Although you may be professionally qualified in your home country and have practised for a number of years, this does not mean your experience and qualifications will be recognized automatically in New Zealand. If your qualification does not gain comparability with the New Zealand professional or trade qualification, you may have to undertake extra study or re-training to secure the job you want.

Many professional and trades people (such as doctors, lawyers, plumbers and electricians) need to register with a Registration Board before they can work in New Zealand.

Find Work


Monday, Wednesday and Saturday editions carry the most extensive job vacancy sections. The largest listings can be found in:

  • New Zealand Herald offers a section of top jobs, as well as trends in the employment market of Auckland.
  • The Press is another excellent resource.


  • - This is a free recruitment service for people who are outside New Zealand. They connect your skills with the needs of New Zealand employers. You can register as a job seeker and put your CV/resume online for New Zealand employers to browse.
  • - Is a nation-wide website free to all migrants who are resident in NZ and eligible to work here. NZ Employers (including recruitment companies) post vacancies and/or search the database for the skilled staff they require. You register your CV and employers will contact you directly or via us. You can also access job vacancies on the website as well as employment tips and techniques, and other useful information.
  • is a partnership project between the Auckland Chamber of Commerce and the Department of Labour.
  • offers information about work and training in New Zealand.
  • Immigration work resources offers links to websites for immigrants looking for work as well as information about immigration.

Professional Journals

New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA)
PO Box 11 342, Wellington
Telephone: 64 4 474 7840
Facsimile: 64 4 473 6303

New Zealand Registered Architects Board (NZRAB)
PO Box 11106
Manners Street
Wellington, 6142
New Zealand
Telephone: 64 4 471 1336

Barristers and Solicitors
New Zealand Law Society
PO Box 5041, Wellington
Telephone: 64 4 472 7837
Facsimile: 64 4 473 7909

Chiropractic Board NZ
PO Box 10-140, Wellington
Telephone: 64 4 499 7979
Facsimile: 64 4 474 0709

Clinical psychologists / Educational psychologists
NZ Psychologists Board
PO Box 10 626, Wellington
Telephone: 64 4 471 4580
Facsimile: 64 4 471 4581

Dentists / Dental Therapists / Dental Hygienists / Dental Technicians
Dental Council of New Zealand
PO Box 10 448, Wellington
Telephone: 64 4 499 4820
Facsimile: 64 4 499 1668

New Zealand Dietitians Board
PO Box 10-140, Wellington
Telephone: 64 4 474 0746
Facsimile: 64 4 474 0709

Electricians / Electrical Service Technicians / Line Mechanics
Electrical Workers Licensing Group
PO Box 10 156, Wellington
Telephone: 64 4 472 3636
NZ Freephone: 0800 661 000
Facsimile: 64 4 473 2395

The Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ)
PO Box 12 241, Wellington
Telephone: 64 4 473 9444
Facsimile: 64 4 474 8933

Medical Laboratory Scientists / Medical Laboratory Technicians
Registrations Manager
PO Box 7242
Wellington South
Telephone: 64 4 801 6250
Facsimile: 64 4 381 0270

Medical Radiation Technologists
Registrations Manager
PO Box 7242
Wellington South
Telephone: 64 4 801 6250 Extension 6
Facsimile: 64 4 381 0270

Medical Practitioners
Medical Council of New Zealand
PO Box 11 649, Wellington
Free Phone: 0800 286 801
Telephone: 64 4 384 7635
Facsimile: 64 4 385 8902

Midwifery Council of NZ
PO Box 24448, Manners Street, Wellington
Telephone: 64 4 499 5040
Facsimile: 64 4 499 5045

Nursing Council of New Zealand
PO Box 9644, Wellington
Telephone: 64 4 385 9589
Facsimile: 64 4 801 8502

Occupational Therapists
Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand
PO Box 10 202, The Terrace, Wellington
Telephone: 64 4 918 4740
Facsimile: 64 4 918 4746

Osteopathic Council of NZ
PO Box 10-140
Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Telephone: +64 4 474 0747
Facsimile: +64 4 474 0709 Email:

Pharmacy Council of New Zealand
PO Box 25 137
Telephone: 64 4 495 0330
Facsimile: 64 4 495 0331

The Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand
PO Box 10 734, Wellington
Telephone: 64 4 471 2610
Facsimile: 64 4 471 2613

Podiatrists Podiatrists Board of NZ
PO Box 10 140, Wellington
Telephone: 64 4 499 7979
Facsimile: 64 4 474 0709

Real estate / Real Estate Agents Licensing Board
PO Box 99 881, Newmarket, Auckland
Telephone: 64 9 520 6949
Facsimile: 64 9 520 6995

New Zealand Institute of Surveyors
PO Box 831, Wellington
Telephone: 64 4 471 1774
Facsimile: 64 4 471 1907

Veterinarians / Veterinary surgeons
PO Box 10 563, Wellington
Telephone: 64 4 473 9600
Facsimile: 64 4 473 8869

Career opportunities in Education

There are many job opportunities in the educational field. Primary and secondary school posts are advertised in The Education Gazette, published by the Ministry of Education. This site republishes and archives editorial content, notices and vacancies, and allows readers to submit notices and vacancies online.

Teachers Council New Zealand Teachers Council PO Box 5326, Wellington Telephone: 64 4 471 0852 Facsimile: 64 4 471 0870

TEACHNZ (0800 832 246) offers information on training for teachers and vacancies.

Update 7/12/2009


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