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Old 21st October 2012, 06:50 PM
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Ok,then what can be the possible way to get a job if you can't apply through skilled program?Country looks so welcoming to outside candidates.

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Ok,then what can be the possible way to get a job if you can't apply through skilled program?Country looks so welcoming to outside candidates.
There are ways, or we'd never have any immigrants

All I'm saying is that you are unlikely to find a recruitment agent who will go out of their way to help you personally to hunt for a job - regardless of whether you have a visa or not.

I'm afraid all the legwork will have to be done by you.
Unfortunately that can take time, and requires a little bit of luck to have your CV with the right skills in front of the right person at the right time.

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I agree with Topcat.
In my experience the employment agents we're useless.
Unless your a prime candidate they're not going to waste time and money searching the job vacancies for you. They are in it for the commission to pay their salaries as Topcat says and that's it.
Not once did they get in touch to let me know of any positions that I could be matched with.
I did all the research and leg work myself. Trawled job websites like seek etc daily and it was me who forwarded on potential jobs to the agents for them to investigate if I was suitable and approach the employer on my behalf.

In the end I gave up and contacted the employers directly myself - the result.......within 6 weeks I had two offers and contracts on the table and my employment agent supposedly put me forward for both of those jobs!!!

I admit our circumstances were different.
We already had PR visas and we had already booked the flights to travel out regardless if I had a job or not, but it is possible to land a job whilst still in the UK, I am proof of that and unfortunately it took a lot of personal effort to get the result.
I know many people in my business (electrical engineering) who applied for their jobs from overseas, we're interviewed and offered the jobs then had to secure the working or work to residence visa before they could emigrate here.

Maybe IT is a more difficult area to find jobs from overseas ? Don't know enough about the subject to know what the market is like here - sorry.

I'd just keep plugging away at the employers in the hope someone will take notice soon.

You could maybe come over for a "holiday" to find a job. Kiwi employers love meeting people face to face and ones who take the initiative. Shows you are serious about coming etc.
Doesn't have to cost the earth. Flights relatively cheap until around the 8th / 9th December and you can hire a cheap hatch car and stay in backpackers accomm.
Maybe an option?
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I would encourage you to keep trying. We sent a resume out may 18th to an ad from a recruitment firm. Phone interview and followed within a week and we were on a plane to interview in 5 days. My husband secured a job offer while here and we arrived with a work visa by the end of July.

We found the recruiter to be utterly useless but he had the right contact with an approved employer. The rest was up to us. Another person stated that recruitment firms are not helpful and as a former recruiter I agree. There are many who are new and have limited experience. Most cannot make it on commission only and quit the first year. That said, look at their experience levels and of they have been with a firm for awhile. Best of luck.
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We moved over to nz last July after getting a job offer before having a visa. My hubby was on the skilled shortage list as a highways engineer. We found all websites like seek a waste of time, it was a recruitment agency that got my hubby a job by ringing employers on the accredited employers list. It didn't happen over night , it took about 5 months with lots of knock backs. However do worth it now.
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Question Job Offer and a Work visa Drama

I find it very frustrating because l did encounter same predicaments from both sides actually be an IT? I was almost countless time could not even remember even to this date that l was almost employed but unfortunately due to my current visa which was a student visa they cannot proceed on? I even explained that if they are will to take me on all l need is an assurance of a job offer but again was turned down... So l called immigration and was told that there is nothing much l could do but acquire a job offer? I also explained the same scenario to the immigration officer that the any companies will need a full working visa? STUCK in the MIDDLE? How can you get either one? Seems to be an endless drama and again how could you even proceed without having one of each?

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