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My partner and I are New Zealand residents. We moved to NZ for my dream job, scarce skills. (Oh the guilt!) He's been in the country for a year now and job hunting for slightly less. He worked in the NGO sector in SA. He has an honours degree (masters in process) and extensive experience (head-hunted twice back home) in health sector reform work. He's had a couple (as in 2) of bites but it just feels he's hitting a brick wall, even for entry level jobs. We're feeling quite disheartened and wondering if this is a common experience among other expats? :confused:
 

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Unless there are NZ employers desperate for your particular industry/occupation skills, NZ work experience is key here regardless if you are here and have the right to work.
 

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I wouldn't take it personally--even though it's very frustrating. I've lived in NZ, Canada, Australia and the US and generally the NGO sector--especially small and medium, local service area focused NGOs--tend to have a lot of local people from whom to choose.

Has he looked at volunteering for an organisation in his field? That could be a frontline role or even the board level. A half day a week at one or two might put him on the radar more.
 

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We have not made that experience but have noticed that networking and knowing people is essential. It could also be the CV and cover letter that your husbands sent out.

I am a content & copywriter and one of my specialities is writing CVs. If you'd like me to take a look at his documents, I'm more than happy to do that.

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