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Hi janadhakshin,

Thank you for the details. As per your signature, it took around 7 months for you to secure a job? Was that real tough to get the job? May I know what was your ANZSCO code on which you received the RV and secured the job if possible? Now a days they are giving only JSV if no job offer or no experience / education in NZ.
Hi Sunil,

Please bear with me its going be long a explanation and my journey experience, this post is a long due one. Hope it will help other as well.

Brief about Me

Education - BCA (Level 7) and M.S Systems Engineering (Level 9)
Experience - 10 years of experience in Cyber Security
From - India, TN


My Journey

My first entry was in last year October. Took one month leave from my company and visited NZ to test the waters before making a complete move. Being business end of the year I know there won't be much of calls for an interview but for my surprise I have been been called for an interview within three days after landing here from one of the major IT service provider companies and had total three face-to-face interviews from big companies. Interviews went well but no luck though, I thought probably still being working in India not made complete move employers would have thought I am a kind of flight risk.

Then I have got my confidence, so decided to quit from well paid job in India and I did put down paper from NZ itself. Came to Bangalore in November to serve my two month notice. I know being holiday season in November, December and January there won't be much of recruitment activities. From my experience I think Feb-May is the peak recruitment season in IT industry.

Moved back to Auckland permanently in January

IT Job Market in NZ

Being a small island country IT job market is not as big as India, Australia, States or other countries. It's a relatively small, young but got a lot potential for future growths. I think forecast is seems good. Might not be fully matured but technology and infrastructure wise up-to-date and top notch.

International Applicants:

I have got my RV in February 2017 itself since then I started applying through SEEK and LinkedIn even before.. Hundreds of applications even holding RV in hand employers are reluctant to arrange interview for international candidate mainly because of bureaucracy in recruitment process. But you can inform the recruitment managers and consultancies your exact travel dates, plans and they will arrange an interviews once you are physically here in NZ provided that position is not closed by then.

Resume and Cover Letter

Resume and Cover letter format play major role in getting call for an interview. It's different here, you will find the templates easily in internet and in SEEK also it's available. It took almost a couple of months to realize this part.

Building Contacts is Key:

Keep applying in SEEK and LinkedIn. Build a contacts in LinkedIn especially with the major recruit firms in New Zealand. Most of the IT jobs will be advertised, processed through recruitment firms. Also check and apply jobs directly through companies career portals.

Keep a Buffer

If you are not having job offer before moving my advice is to keep a buffer of minimum 3-6 months to support yourself. You may find your dream job in first month as well. You can also do some odd jobs to support until you find stable job. I know timeline is main constraint with JSV to RV applicant's but don't worry will find something once you are here if you have the skills and experience.

One other thing you should be ready to work in other areas or roles closely related to your experience/skills. Because you might not find exact position/role you were doing at the moment in your country. It's all about adaptability.

Be Open and Honest

This is very important especially when you are going for an interview always try to be honest and open. If you don't know something say openly you don't know rather mucking around trying to make up answers. From my experience I'm telling this, usually we tend answer all questions sometimes it doesn't end well. Moreover being transparent and open is Kiwi culture. You may find strange find strange when people are being blunt but it's a good thing.

Life in NZ

By this time you might have already done your research. Cost of living, education system, etc.. Perspective of cost of living differs person to person and country to country, in my opinion I think it's directly proportional to quality of living. After all we are making this big move for a betterment of our life, family and children. And there is no better place than New Zealand.

Hope

I think Hope is the most powerful word is English dictionary, it won't be always smooth sail and you will be tested sometimes especially in the phase of job search and being thousands miles far from your family, friends and loved ones. But never loose the hope. Be confident and always be positive.

Dream Job

Though there were some hurdles in my journey to New Zealand but it was mostly positive and wonderful experience. My visa processing was went very smooth and quick. I had some tough times during job search but it's all due to new country, new place and environment. I didn't know anyone before coming to New Zealand. After hundreds of job applications, hundreds of calls, ten to fifteen companies were called me for interview with various of rounds of interviews finally I was able to get not just one but three offers in hand in May. I have accepted my dream job offer from of the major reputed government organization in Auckland.

Dream come true, New Zealand is my home now. Journey continues...

I am thankful to all my friends and family. Special thanks to forum members, especially escapedtonz hope one day I will catch you up for a cup of coffee mate.

Wish you all the best and good luck to all the aspirants
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Hi Sunil,

Please bear with me its going be long a explanation and my journey experience, this post is a long due one. Hope it will help other as well.

Brief about Me

Education - BCA (Level 7) and M.S Systems Engineering (Level 9)
Experience - 10 years of experience in Cyber Security
From - India, TN


My Journey

My first entry was in last year October. Took one month leave from my company and visited NZ to test the waters before making a complete move. Being business end of the year I know there won't be much of calls for an interview but for my surprise I have been been called for an interview within three days after landing here from one of the major IT service provider companies and had total three face-to-face interviews from big companies. Interviews went well but no luck though, I thought probably still being working in India not made complete move employers would have thought I am a kind of flight risk.

Then I have got my confidence, so decided to quit from well paid job in India and I did put down paper from NZ itself. Came to Bangalore in November to serve my two month notice. I know being holiday season in November, December and January there won't be much of recruitment activities. From my experience I think Feb-May is the peak recruitment season in IT industry.

Moved back to Auckland permanently in January

IT Job Market in NZ

Being a small island country IT job market is not as big as India, Australia, States or other countries. It's a relatively small, young but got a lot potential for future growths. I think forecast is seems good. Might not be fully matured but technology and infrastructure wise up-to-date and top notch.

International Applicants:

I have got my RV in February 2017 itself since then I started applying through SEEK and LinkedIn even before.. Hundreds of applications even holding RV in hand employers are reluctant to arrange interview for international candidate mainly because of bureaucracy in recruitment process. But you can inform the recruitment managers and consultancies your exact travel dates, plans and they will arrange an interviews once you are physically here in NZ provided that position is not closed by then.

Resume and Cover Letter

Resume and Cover letter format play major role in getting call for an interview. It's different here, you will find the templates easily in internet and in SEEK also it's available. It took almost a couple of months to realize this part.

Building Contacts is Key:

Keep applying in SEEK and LinkedIn. Build a contacts in LinkedIn especially with the major recruit firms in New Zealand. Most of the IT jobs will be advertised, processed through recruitment firms. Also check and apply jobs directly through companies career portals.

Keep a Buffer

If you are not having job offer before moving my advice is to keep a buffer of minimum 3-6 months to support yourself. You may find your dream job in first month as well. You can also do some odd jobs to support until you find stable job. I know timeline is main constraint with JSV to RV applicant's but don't worry will find something once you are here if you have the skills and experience.

One other thing you should be ready to work in other areas or roles closely related to your experience/skills. Because you might not find exact position/role you were doing at the moment in your country. It's all about adaptability.

Be Open and Honest

This is very important especially when you are going for an interview always try to be honest and open. If you don't know something say openly you don't know rather mucking around trying to make up answers. From my experience I'm telling this, usually we tend answer all questions sometimes it doesn't end well. Moreover being transparent and open is Kiwi culture. You may find strange find strange when people are being blunt but it's a good thing.

Life in NZ

By this time you might have already done your research. Cost of living, education system, etc.. Perspective of cost of living differs person to person and country to country, in my opinion I think it's directly proportional to quality of living. After all we are making this big move for a betterment of our life, family and children. And there is no better place than New Zealand.

Hope

I think Hope is the most powerful word is English dictionary, it won't be always smooth sail and you will be tested sometimes especially in the phase of job search and being thousands miles far from your family, friends and loved ones. But never loose the hope. Be confident and always be positive.

Dream Job

Though there were some hurdles in my journey to New Zealand but it was mostly positive and wonderful experience. My visa processing was went very smooth and quick. I had some tough times during job search but it's all due to new country, new place and environment. I didn't know anyone before coming to New Zealand. After hundreds of job applications, hundreds of calls, ten to fifteen companies were called me for interview with various of rounds of interviews finally I was able to get not just one but three offers in hand in May. I have accepted my dream job offer from of the major reputed government organization in Auckland.

Dream come true, New Zealand is my home now. Journey continues...

I am thankful to all my friends and family. Special thanks to forum members, especially escapedtonz hope one day I will catch you up for a cup of coffee mate.

Wish you all the best and good luck to all the aspirants

Thank You very much dear for a detailed note on your journey. Hats off to your patience in composing this long information for the sake of others.
I have now relaxed and going ahead in processing my IQA. Could you please suggest if we can go to Wellington and search for a job rather than Auckland considering the cost of rents in Auckland? or its better to land in Auckland as there would be more career prospects compared to Wellington? Can you guide how to arrange an accommodation in NZ from India itself before moving there as I am also in the same situation like you that i don't have anyone in NZ to help me out.

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Thank You very much dear for a detailed note on your journey. Hats off to your patience in composing this long information for the sake of others.
I have now relaxed and going ahead in processing my IQA. Could you please suggest if we can go to Wellington and search for a job rather than Auckland considering the cost of rents in Auckland? or its better to land in Auckland as there would be more career prospects compared to Wellington? Can you guide how to arrange an accommodation in NZ from India itself before moving there as I am also in the same situation like you that i don't have anyone in NZ to help me out.
I was in same assumption before coming to NZ but with respect to renting options I don't think so there will much difference between Wellington and Auckland unless you are staying far out suburb or smaller regions. Considering IT companies and jobs will be available mostly in and round CBD, suburbs rent will be the same in both cities. But you do your research on this, I don't know much about Wellington.

From what I have seen most of the IT companies and opportunities based out in Auckland. Quick research in SEEK you will find out the trends by filtering locations wise.

With regards to arranging rental properties from India it get's a little tricky because renting property will be done through tenancy agreements which needs physical presence etc... So I would suggest initial stay for a couple of weeks or three you can arrange it through temporary accommodations like Air BnB or through hotel bookings. Also explore the options in Facebook market place.

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I was in same assumption before coming to NZ but with respect to renting options I don't think so there will much difference between Wellington and Auckland unless you are staying far out suburb or smaller regions. Considering IT companies and jobs will be available mostly in and round CBD, suburbs rent will be the same in both cities. But you do your research on this, I don't know much about Wellington.

From what I have seen most of the IT companies and opportunities based out in Auckland. Quick research in SEEK you will find out the trends by filtering locations wise.

With regards to arranging rental properties from India it get's a little tricky because renting property will be done through tenancy agreements which needs physical presence etc... So I would suggest initial stay for a couple of weeks or three you can arrange it through temporary accommodations like Air BnB or through hotel bookings. Also explore the options in Facebook market place.
Thank You very much for all the details.

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Hi Sukumar,

I have submitted my qualification details to IQA. Now I am trying to fill EOI and keep it ready while I get the IQA report. I have a query in filling the EOI during the section where I am updating my Experience details. There are few fields that is asking for email, contact name and contact number. Whose details should we fill here? Is it our Manager details of the Organization or HR? I don't even know these details for my previous organizations. Could you please guide me how you filled these details.

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Hi Sukumar,

I have submitted my qualification details to IQA. Now I am trying to fill EOI and keep it ready while I get the IQA report. I have a query in filling the EOI during the section where I am updating my Experience details. There are few fields that is asking for email, contact name and contact number. Whose details should we fill here? Is it our Manager details of the Organization or HR? I don't even know these details for my previous organizations. Could you please guide me how you filled these details.
If I'm not wrong that should be the contact details which is company letter head.

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Hi Sukumar,

I have submitted my qualification details to IQA. Now I am trying to fill EOI and keep it ready while I get the IQA report. I have a query in filling the EOI during the section where I am updating my Experience details. There are few fields that is asking for email, contact name and contact number. Whose details should we fill here? Is it our Manager details of the Organization or HR? I don't even know these details for my previous organizations. Could you please guide me how you filled these details.
Mostly it will be HR team who has given experience certificate. And also get the experience certificate with your roles and responsibilities from the all the companies you are showing in the experience details. If any company is not providing in that format then you can get from the colleagues by getting attestation from Notary.

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If I'm not wrong that should be the contact details which is company letter head.
May I know what details did you submit in your EOI please. Are those the details that are present on our relieving letter / service certificate that company issues ?

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May I know what details did you submit in your EOI please. Are those the details that are present on our relieving letter / service certificate that company issues ?
If I re-call correctly I have given my company's letter head contact details. I didn't give any specific person's or manager's details at this stage. I'm not sure whether any changes happened in recent times in EOI application.

I have been asked by my CO later stage after submission of ITA companies references. During that time you can give either your manager's or HR's contact details and it will be just through email ID.

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Please bear with me its going be long a explanation and my journey experience, this post is a long due one. Hope it will help other as well......

Excellent post janadhakshin. Very informative and useful. Thank you for taking out time and jotting down this helpful post !

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