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Offline GeraldH

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NZ CV
« on: February 05, 2007, 02:25:22 pm »
I have read somewhere that in NZ employers like to see CV's typed out in a specific way.

anyone have a proforma.
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Re: NZ CV
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2007, 02:47:36 pm »
Hi Gerald

I am busy setting up an article on how to write a NZ CV, it should be up in the week.
Watch the Suggestions & Updates section of the site for when I add it.

The basics are that you ideally tailor each CV to the job you are applying for. No long SA CV, just a short two, three page summary with new info first.
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Re: NZ CV
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2007, 03:38:44 pm »
lekker sweet as, y'all
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Re: NZ CV
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2008, 08:58:34 pm »
The link above now requires a login....


So here is a far better guide to setting up your CV.
How to write a great Curriculum Vitae
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Re: NZ CV
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2008, 09:03:33 pm »
thanks Colleen, I clearly haven't had the time to set up our own article yet  :blush:

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Re: NZ CV
« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2008, 11:13:09 pm »
hi, depends on what job you are applying for. teaching cv's want lots of information, as long as it is relevant! pm me if you are looking for tips on teacihng cv, can try help (just went on course where we did quite a lot on it!)

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Re: NZ CV
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2008, 04:59:50 pm »
Thanks Colleen  O0

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Re: NZ CV
« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2008, 06:53:08 pm »
Thanks for all that info Paula  O0



Offline Awa

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Re: NZ CV
« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2008, 04:15:11 am »
My OH used the same CV as in SA.  Cover page, personal info, Education History (latest first) and then Employment History (latest first).   The cover page seem to be all important.  This we tailored for every single job application including information from the job add and from the company website if we new the company name.  We sent his CV to every single agency and company add we could find on Trade Me, Seek and the Local News papers.   We had plenty of interest but no bites because we didn't have a WP - it was a pain!!  Huge rollercoaster ride.  Luckily it only took 3 weeks for him to secure an offer of employement but it felt like 3 years! 
Arrive in NZ in August 2008
WP received October 2008
EOI submitted April 2010
ITA received April 2010
PR Application Submitted 07 July 2010
PR Approved 18 February 2011

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Re: NZ CV
« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2008, 07:16:51 am »
 :clap: Congrats Jackie!!!


Did you get an offer of employment while still in SA??

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Re: NZ CV
« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2008, 10:32:31 pm »
Hi Bevmac.  No we were in NZ when we got the offer.  We tried from SA for months but no luck.
Arrive in NZ in August 2008
WP received October 2008
EOI submitted April 2010
ITA received April 2010
PR Application Submitted 07 July 2010
PR Approved 18 February 2011

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Re: NZ CV
« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2008, 10:42:49 pm »
what shoots us a bit in the foot  as south africans is that so many of our dear countrymen come over,  get a job offer,  go back to SA  and never return to take employment.
2008-04-06 Landed
2008-06-06 WP.
2008-06-17 EOI
2008-07-16  Selected
2008-12-04 Residence application submitted
2009-03-30 Residence + RRV Granted
2009-04-07 Received passports
2014-07-28 Citizenship

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Offline Parra

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Re: NZ CV
« Reply #12 on: November 13, 2008, 01:09:56 am »
 :o
I can not believe that they would go through this whole hassle of finally getting a job offer and then not coming back.

Does this happen often?



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Re: NZ CV
« Reply #13 on: November 13, 2008, 02:04:34 am »
yes,  it happens... friend of mine did it, 
they came over to see how easy it is to get a job,  got 2 job offers,  havent been back yet.

Also,  some guys, after spending 2 months here without family and friends get sentimental about it and then when they return they can't leave again.

first it was those who got their jobs while stll in SA didnt pitch and never came over.
then those who got jobs didnt come back after their trip back home
these days employers ask you when you can start and if you tell them you are going back to SA to get your work permit,  they dont make you an offer.

You have to show commitment and all that by telling them your paperwork is sorted,  which is true. 

They will ask you,  are you legally entitled to work in NZ,  to which you respond : "my work permit is pending on me getting this job and all my other paperwork is completed".. its absolutely true and not lying,  just not exactly answering the question as you cannot work(even vollenteer work as far as i know) without a work permit.  The other paperwork you are talking about is your medical which you already did.  So all is above board.  You will be asked by the recruiter on which permit you are over. rs permit.them you are currently over on a visitors permit and that your points are over 100 (which it is if you are applying for an IT job).  They will ask what language you were schooled in and you will say it was a biligual school with both languages on higher grade.. which is all above board and true.  Some might ask what your language at home is and you might speak afrikaans at home but officially the bussiness language of SA is english.. which you can follow up with because all bussiness meetings should be done in english.

So,  those type of sticky questions you can pass through.

Work permits definatelly goes quicker in wellington than in auckland.  Well these days at least.

just a warning.. NEVER EVER LIE

2008-04-06 Landed
2008-06-06 WP.
2008-06-17 EOI
2008-07-16  Selected
2008-12-04 Residence application submitted
2009-03-30 Residence + RRV Granted
2009-04-07 Received passports
2014-07-28 Citizenship

Offline Parra

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Re: NZ CV
« Reply #14 on: November 13, 2008, 03:20:57 am »
Thanx for that second last line of info

Mine has just been submitted to Auckland  :(