Getting a job in New Zealand on a Working Holiday

DISCLAIMER: I am not affiliated in any way with Immigration New Zealand. Everything written on this blog are personal anecdotes.

First and foremost, you would need an IRD account to get a job. To get an IRD account, you need an activated bank account. To activate your bank account, you’d likely need to visit a branch of your bank of choice and present your visa and passport. These 2 things should be high up on your priority list upon arriving in NZ to jumpstart your job search.

 I’m interested in: 

  • Hospitality/Seasonal Jobs

    Regardless of nationality, it’s very common for the Working Holiday community to take jobs in hospitality. It helps them fund their usual year-long Overseas Experience in New Zealand. You shouldn’t have problems looking for one since there are openings in big cities like Auckland / Queenstown especially during the summer season. 

  • A job related to my professional experience

    Because of our 3-month-per-employer rule on the Filipino WHV, it would be very tricky to get employers on board with this restriction if they are looking for a permanent role. Your best bet on the get-go are fixed-term contracts. Get in touch with recruiters online (websites will be listed below) and let them know what you need/can do. Do not be a stranger too. Networking helps.

    A very important tip: treat your CV like your entire life depended on it. Revise your existing CV to a Kiwi-fied version. TL;DR: They don’t like ˜*pictures* ˜ on your resume. Keep it short/simple, and make sure you highlight your career accomplishments in your previous companies. It’s highly likely that you will get in-depth questions about your CV on interviews so refresh and prepare them in your head.


How much can I earn?

Effective April 2019, the minimum wage in New Zealand is NZ$17.70 (roughly PHP630) per hour. You shouldn’t be getting less than that in any type of job you take.

Websites you can get a job from: Seek, Linkedin, Trade Me Jobs, Backpacker Guide NZ, Backpacker Board, Pick NZ, Seasonal Work

And lastly, a question a get a lot too..


How did you get your job?

Before reading, let me preface this by saying that my story is not a barometer for a job search timeline and shouldn’t be compared to anyone’s. Everyone has their own “journey” (this word makes me cringe so much, but I’ll use it for extra ˜feels˜ lol) and timing. This applies to other life milestones like getting promoted, finding a partner, having a wedding, spawning children, buying a house, etc. LOL the last thing I want is to turn this into a sappy life pep talk that makes me projectile-vomit, but there is no other way to say this. ANYWAY, I found my first NZ job related to my field around a week after I landed in Auckland in May which was a 3-month -fixed term role. The hiring manager just got back after working a few years in Singapore (where I also spent some time in) so I guess we had that as a common ground. And the rest, as they say, is history. 😂

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