How to find a job in Auckland
With a diverse and dynamic workforce and strong global connections, Auckland’s key industries of
agriculture, construction, engineering, healthcare, science, tech, tourism and hospitality
are expanding rapidly, opening up exciting career opportunities.
Where to look for jobs
Start your search online with Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland’s most popular job search sites.
SEEK is New Zealand’s main employment marketplace, with almost all employers and recruiters listing job vacancies on the site. You can set up a tailored search covering job titles, industry, location, and salary range, and it’s also a good place to get advice on securing a job in Auckland, including how to prepare your job application and have a successful interview.
Trade Me Jobs is one of the biggest job search hubs in New Zealand, across all industries. Set up a personal profile detailing your skills and experience to make it easy for Auckland employers and recruiters to find you in a candidate search. Like SEEK, you can also access a free resource library of career and job search advice and tools, including a salary guide and curriculum vitae (CV or resume) templates.
LinkedIn allows you to create and expand your professional networks. Recruiters and employers will often search for candidates with key skills, so ensure your profile showcases your relevant experience and expertise. Stay up-to-date with industry news and trends, find job opportunities and connect with employers — many are happy to meet in person if you reach out directly.
Recruiters, networking and support
Making new contacts and getting the right support gives you the best chance of connecting with prospective employers and landing your dream job.
Registering with Auckland recruitment agencies can help you find the right job, faster. They can connect you with the most suitable employers and jobs (including some unadvertised roles), give guidance on the job market and realistic salary expectations, and provide expert advice on how to help improve your chances of securing a job.
Networking is vital when job hunting in Auckland and opportunities often open based on who you know. New Zealanders are happy to help each other, so be proactive and reach out to your contacts and potential employers to ask for a coffee and a chat. Attend industry events (check out LinkedIn Meetup) and consider joining industry-specific organisations.
Get free tips and tools from Live and Work New Zealand, including information on how to find and apply for jobs, what to expect in Kiwi workplaces, employment rights, and support services to help you settle in. Check if your profession is on Immigration New Zealand’s Green List, which offers a quicker pathway to residency.
Get job ready
Find out how to impress employers in your application and what to expect in the workplace once you’ve secured your new job in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland.
While all companies are different, New Zealand’s workplace culture is generally relaxed but professional. Many migrants find it friendlier and more casual than in other countries and Kiwis tend to be less concerned with hierarchy and status, making it easier to work directly with high-level managers and to contribute ideas.
Creating a curriculum vitae (CV or resume) that will impress Auckland employers may mean making some changes, such as adjusting the length, layout and formality to suit the New Zealand style, and creating a tailored cover letter for each job. Read our guide to creating a great CV, with top tips, examples and resources to get you ready.
Take the time to gather as much information and advice as you can to remove some of the stress from your job search and set yourself up for success. Find guidance on the support services available to new migrants, tips for successful interviews, how to create professional and personal networks, and job seeker programmes.