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Old Jan 9th 2007, 11:24 am
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my other half colin, has only been doing his line of work 2 year in september .
we plan to go out to n.z. in october. will this be long enough work experience for him to get job out there?
he worked for kodak as film processor for ten year before it closed down and he then went into his line of work now which is fibrous plasterer(he puts boards and plaster on external walls) so the question is is two years work experience enough as most jobs seem to say 5 years work exp.
we were planning coming over in oct,with tourist visa,camper van tour for couple weeks,find rental house, find work, then apply for pr from there.
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my other half colin, has only been doing his line of work 2 year in september .
we plan to go out to n.z. in october. will this be long enough work experience for him to get job out there?
he worked for kodak as film processor for ten year before it closed down and he then went into his line of work now which is fibrous plasterer(he puts boards and plaster on external walls) so the question is is two years work experience enough as most jobs seem to say 5 years work exp.
we were planning coming over in oct,with tourist visa,camper van tour for couple weeks,find rental house, find work, then apply for pr from there.
any advice welcome
cheers eileen
You could always look on the net at job boards that advertise that kind of thing, and he could contact some potential employers. My husband has done most of the groundwork from here, so that when we arrive all he has to do is arrange interviews. I'm sorry, I don't know if the usual job boards would have that kind of thing, but I use, seek.co.nz, and a link from trademe.co.nz to look at work. Plus some more specialist ones. Oh, and try the NZherald online as well. While you're over there, your'll have to get cracking straight away making calls, etc. My husband has found that some jobs he's enquired about have been quite specific about what they want, but they've been impressed with him over the phone and what he lacks in some of the requirements, he makes up in others.

Hope that helps!

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Oh, just wanted to add that we're arriving at the end of feb and we've been looking at rental houses online (realnz.co.nz), so that again, when we arrive we just need to do the viewings.
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thanx nikki,
good luck in feb.
we know theres company in napier that employs for that job ,pays meant to be crap,but it would be foot in the door for us.
the downside though is got hearts set on wellington now.
im sure there will be plenty construction jobs going as have heard there is plenty going on in wellington.
do you think it would be too early to start phoning companies since we are not planning going until maybe october?
i think his boss will give him not too bad references on his cv,hes got him stripping roofs as well and is now talking about fitted kitchens, so suppose the more experience colin gets the better.
what line work is your hubby in?
also is it you i read in earlier post youve just had a baby?or am i getting confused with names,like i normally do. lol
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thanx nikki,
good luck in feb.
we know theres company in napier that employs for that job ,pays meant to be crap,but it would be foot in the door for us.
the downside though is got hearts set on wellington now.
im sure there will be plenty construction jobs going as have heard there is plenty going on in wellington.
do you think it would be too early to start phoning companies since we are not planning going until maybe october?
i think his boss will give him not too bad references on his cv,hes got him stripping roofs as well and is now talking about fitted kitchens, so suppose the more experience colin gets the better.
what line work is your hubby in?
also is it you i read in earlier post youve just had a baby?or am i getting confused with names,like i normally do. lol
Hi Eileen,

Yes, it was me that had the baby! Unless someone else has as well! Jessica was born in October!

I think if your hubby makes enquiries now, he'll have a better idea on where he stands, what he might need more experience in, and where to 'tweak' his CV! My husband made enquries last year and has stayed in contact with most people, the odd email to let them know how the planning is coming, etc. To make sure they don't forget him and build a stronger relationship. He's in financial services. If you start chatting online to people that live in NZ, your'll make some great contacts and hopefully it will lead to more opportunities! We've certainly found that in the past. Also, if you research cost of living, houses, cars, etc, your'll be in better stead when an offer is made.

Good luck!
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cheers again nikki,
my sister in laws sister moved to hamilton couple year back,and shes been clueing me up. the first year she didnt sound to positive but now she loves it.
i think she wished at the start that she shouldve researched bit more. she went with agency and her husband in skilled migrant, so she cant really help me with the tourist visa option. and also its more wellington that colin fancies.
i think they got quite shock about the money being bit less than they first imagined,but good thing for us we know all that now.
we know we,re not going to get rich in n.z. but they way things are here in the building trade with the polish workers and the romanians coming over we dont stand hope in hell off making money here.
ages ago i done search of n.z. in my space,and ive got quite few kiwi pals now. theyre really helpful and friendly. they just dont know anything about tourist visa etc. but i ask them things like do yous have irn bru,alpen. its good fun. they havent heard of irn bru. my sisterinlaws sister, said you can get it though its expensive,phew.id pay the price.
so my research so far has been quite fun,but have to now get serious and start the job e-mails going. i just wasnt sure if it was too early for that.
appreciate the advice nikki, thanx xx
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cheers again nikki,
my sister in laws sister moved to hamilton couple year back,and shes been clueing me up. the first year she didnt sound to positive but now she loves it.
i think she wished at the start that she shouldve researched bit more. she went with agency and her husband in skilled migrant, so she cant really help me with the tourist visa option. and also its more wellington that colin fancies.
i think they got quite shock about the money being bit less than they first imagined,but good thing for us we know all that now.
we know we,re not going to get rich in n.z. but they way things are here in the building trade with the polish workers and the romanians coming over we dont stand hope in hell off making money here.
ages ago i done search of n.z. in my space,and ive got quite few kiwi pals now. theyre really helpful and friendly. they just dont know anything about tourist visa etc. but i ask them things like do yous have irn bru,alpen. its good fun. they havent heard of irn bru. my sisterinlaws sister, said you can get it though its expensive,phew.id pay the price.
so my research so far has been quite fun,but have to now get serious and start the job e-mails going. i just wasnt sure if it was too early for that.
appreciate the advice nikki, thanx xx
Hi Eileen,

Companies have expressed concern to my husband that because he'll be earning considerably less in NZ, they're worried he won't commit. But my husband keeps saying the same thing, its the lifestyle that we're after. Travelling on the NZdollar isn't very good, especially for trips back to the UK and the wages aren't very good. But in the UK, you work all the hours under the sun, try to squeeze in family and friends, bob along trying not to get pulled into debt, and getting on the property ladder is hardly an option any more. Not the mention, as you said, the influx of migrants here. We just want to earn a comfortable salary, so we can enjoy a nice house/car and have evenings and weekends to spend at the beach or travelling around some of the fantastic scenery within NZ. Not to mention Aussie and the pacific islands are a stones throw away. When you move to another country, there's the honeymoon period, then reality sets in and people start to dread their decision, then beyond that is when you're finally settled. They reckon it takes a good couple of years to get used to your new home. I don't know if you have kids, but the country is more family orientated then the UK will ever be.

When I was away, I missed typhoo tea, cadburys, that sort of thing, but you can order that stuff online and get it sent. There's a website link somewhere on here that recommends a store. I remember being pregnant in NZ and missing shreddies terribly!

Anyway, if you need any advice feel free to ask, my husband's a kiwi, so he can offer advice on locations that sort of thing.

Take care

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