"How do I beat 80,00 backpackers to my dream job?"
It's a slightly daunting proposition but with a few tricks and some common sense not as hard as it might seem.
Let's get started with your first contact.
Unless you walk straight into a business to enquire about a job you are more likely to make the first contact by sending an email with your CV attached. Kiwis are pretty relaxed and informal people but still make sure to not come across too matey. It is perfectly fine to address the person by their first name. It pays to phone the business and to find out the correct name of the person to contact unless it mentions their name in the ad. Doing your homework never hurts.
There is no standard in terms of layout so don't stress about your type setting skills as long as the information is not too long, not too short, concise, easy to read and relevant. The last point is really important, don't use the same blurb for an apple picking job and a reception job in a 4 star hotel, common sense.
Although there are no standards to adhere to when creating your CV your goal has to be to get noticed. Unless you have amazing work experiences to showcase, you will win the job through general impression not through content. This of course does vary according to role and skills required but for the jobs you are looking for that is generally true.
So how can you stand out? The best ways to do that is through showing personality, creating value for the business and by doing your homework.
Here are a few tricks that will get you noticed.
With you CV writing don't worry about margins but put effort into creativity. Rather than creating a stock standard layout there are some fantastic templates available. Try canva.com, there you will find heaps of funky templates. When I say funky I don't mean to go overboard either, after all it's not an art competition and you also want to avoid looking too full of yourself.
Choose a layout that is elegant and sleek. By doing so you make a statement about yourself, you are showing you care about how you present yourself and that you are laterally and creatively thinking.
Creating value for the business.
You are here in NZ to travel, to be young and free and to have an awesome time. The same cannot be said about the people running, owning and working in the business you apply with.
The people hiring you are looking for somebody who will fit in, who will learn fast, who has initiative, is friendly and creates value for the company. By saying value I mean they are not a liability as some short terms staff can be.
How can you be a liability to the company and your co-workers?
Easy, it's that person that is unmotivated to do the job they signed up for because they don't really want to do it, they purely get through the day to earn some money so they can go drinking with their friends. It is also that person that has just been trained and now starts to pull their own weight and then decides to quit because they'd rather keep travelling.
Running a business is a constant battle to keep costs in check, employing a new staff member is a costly exercise. It's the recruitment process, the uniform, the name badge and of course the training.
All of this is not only expensive but also very draining for the person in charge of undertaking the above.
Everybody understands you are here to discover New Zealand and plans do change but please show businesses some respect and make yourself available for a reasonably length of time and then stick to it so you can truly contribute to the success of the company.
Never forget, commitment equals great jobs.
Out of a starter job a career enhancing opportunity could present itself and you may find yourself in a supervisor or even junior management role which will be a massive asset to you back in your home country.
By doing your homework on the company you are applying with and the area it is in, you are guaranteed to stand out from the crowd.
In your cover letter or email say why you would like to work for that company and why you would like to come to the area, it can be something mundane as mentioning that you like to surf when applying for a place close to the beach. Businesses are happy to know their employees have an active interest in the surroundings and will enjoy their time outside of work, that way they are happier at work and will stay for longer.
By researching the business you will demonstrate you know what you are in for. All it takes is to check out the website and the links that are on there. Mention what impresses or intrigues you about the company and you will blow any hiring manager away.
Putting all the above mentioned aside, more than anything else finding a good job is all about timing.
That's were we can help you.
Travel+Career continuously scans for available jobs and is able to accommodate your travel schedule and your work wishes to fit your plans and needs perfectly.