New Zealand is experiencing a critical teacher shortage. The situation is expected to worsen in 2018, which means qualified teachers are needed in New Zealand urgently.
The situation in New Zealand has been described as ‘alarming’. A survey of secondary school teachers have revealed that 570 jobs are vacant and 700 positions are filled by unqualified staff.
A high school principal told New Zealand’s 1 NEWS NOW, “We are needing to appoint people to positions with qualifications that are outside of their area of expertise or outside the level that they are used to teaching at as well.”
Book an assessment with us immediately if you are a teacher
The teacher shortage opens up opportunities to teachers from abroad who wants to work in New Zealand. If this is you, we want to hear from you!
How can we help make your dream come true?
The first step is doing an immigration eligibility assessment to find out if you qualify to live and teach in New Zealand.
Should the result be positive, our advisers can explain the way forward and assist you with your visa application. We’ll also assess the rest of your family and help with their visas too.
Why do we start with an assessment?
It’s because we have to find out if you qualify for a visa. You cannot work in New Zealand without a visa.
The assessment also protects you from spending money on a dream that’s not possible. People have lost thousands in savings in applying for visas they do not qualify for.
These people usually dealt with unqualified or fraudelent immigration advisers or attempted to do points score calculations on their own.
Here’s how you book your assessment
It’s so simple. All you have to do is submit your details here or contact us by calling +21 (0) 20 28 200.
You’ll speak to one of advisers directly, who’ll first do a pre-assessment to reveal any migration options open to you. From here you can decide if you’d like to proceed with a comprehensive assessment.
Do the pre-assessment as soon as possible. As mentioned, the teacher shortage is acute and teachers are needed in New Zealand urgently. The sooner you get an application in, the better. You may have a bigger chance of success now than you would have at any other time.
You’ll be forgiven for being extra nervous for your New Zealand job interview.
First off, a job is the key that’ll unlock your dream of living in ‘The Land of the Long White Cloud’. Secondly, you have no idea what to expect of an interview with an international employer.
You don’t have to be half as nervous though! All you have to do is be well prepared.
Yes, this includes answers to common interview questions, but what we really mean is preparing for the type of interviews you can expect:
- In person
You don’t have to go far to find out what you should do. We’ve done all the research for you! Let’s get to it:
- Don’t make excuses. If you express reluctance to do a Skype interview, for whatever reason, you’ve already failed the first interview question. Don’t have a good connection? Do the interview from a friend’s house. Don’t have a laptop? Borrow one. Do whatever it takes to make this interview happen.
- Dress up. You’ll make a huge mistake if you treat a Skype interview as an informal affair. It’s still a formal job interview, so look neat and presentable.
- Set up ahead of time. Download, install and test Skype well before your interview is scheduled. Set up your camera so that your face is nicely framed, test your microphone and check the lighting.
- Prepare the room. This is not a Skype call to a friend! The interviewer does not want to see your bed, an overflowing washing basket or scattered toys. Sit at a desk or table with a clean background behind you. Make it either a wall or hang a sheet in white or cream behind you.
- Eliminate distractions. Turn off your cell phone, lock the door to the room you’re using, tell family or housemates to not bother you, log out of Facebook, Twitter and any other apps that send notifications.
- Make eye contact. Look straight into your computer camera when speaking, while glancing intermittently at the monitor to mimic a face-to-face conversation.
- Positive body language. You already know to make eye contact. Now also lean forward a bit from time to time and nod in the right places. This will show your interviewer that you are listening to what’s being said.
- Handle technical glitches with grace. If something goes wrong, remain calm and friendly while you troubleshoot. Don’t be afraid to ask to hang up the call and try again if you think that’s necessary.
- Disconnect at the end of the call. A silly tip, perhaps, but you don’t want the interviewer to hear anything that you let slip that’s not meant for their ears!
During a telephone interview, keep in mind that the interviewer cannot see your face. It’s all in your voice.
This is why it’s vital to stay in the moment during this interview. Don’t get distracted and don’t let your mind wander.
Keep on listening – really listening – and keep your voice upbeat. You’ll come across as engaged with the conversation and that’s exactly what the interviewer wants.
- Arrive at least two days before your interview. Jet lag is guaranteed to trip you up during the interview! The extra day is also useful for last-minute prepping.
- Make lists. It’s the best way to see to it that you pack everything you need. Passports, interview outfit pieces, documents – it all goes on the list!
- Pack more than one interview outfit. More pieces give you more choice on the day. Plus, should the unthinkable happen – toothpaste on a cuff or a tear you didn’t notice back home – you still have something to wear.
- Take documents in double. Print your CV but also have a backup on a memory stick. If you have a portfolio and you’re taking the hard copy, also have it online or on your laptop. This way, you’ll always have something to show should prints get lost or damaged during your travels.
Final tips for your New Zealand job interview
You have to as flexible as possible for Skype or telephone interviews. There’s a very good chance that the interview happens at an odd time thanks to time differences.
Finally, be online or at your phone at least 15 minutes before your interview. The same goes for the in-person interview. It doesn’t matter what form the interview takes – being late is never an option!
There are many stories of people ripped off by unscrupulous New Zealand immigration advisers.
Often people are left without savings in their bank accounts. Even worse – deported, because the visa turned out be fake!
The best way to make sure that the person you are dealing with is the real deal, is to check that they are licensed by the Immigration Advisers Authority (IAA), or exempted to give advice. If you cannot find the ‘agent’ on here, walk away and do not deal with them.
There are other ways to tell too. Usually the signs come in the form of false promises or, plain and simple, outright lies.
Here is a list of things that unscrupulous operators might say to you:
I can guarantee that you will get a visa to New Zealand.
This is false. No-one can guarantee you will get a visa. Only authorised officers can give you a visa and only when you have met all the visa requirements.
Pay now to register for the migration program.
This is not how things work. You pay your visa application charge when you lodge your application.
Please note: Advisers are allowed to charge for their services, but the charges must be fair and reasonable in the circumstances. You may wish to speak to several advisers before signing on the dotted line with one, as no two advisers will offer the same experience and level service, which also influences fees.
This is a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ or your ‘only’ chance to travel or migrate to New Zealand.
It might be hard to believe, but some fraudulent agents actually call people to offer them visas. It’s then framed as an opportunity not to be missed. All to get money out of you!
IAA licensed agents will never call you first to offer you migration ‘opportunities’. This is a client relationship that always start with the client, i.e. you, contacting the agent.
Only I can pay the charges, give me your money and I will pay the charges for you.
False again. You can pay your own visa application charge. However, you might still choose to let your migration adviser do it for you – but only if you are sure you are dealing with a licensed adviser!
I have a special relationship with INZ.
No-one has a ‘special relationship’ with Immigration New Zealand (INZ). INZ treats all visa applications in a fair and impartial way.
I am a skilled migration service provider/New Zealand government registered/department registered.
The only New Zealand immigration advisers you should deal with, are IAA licensed immigration advisers. Do not take any adviser on their word only! Ask to see an IAA license number.
Don’t worry, INZ is still processing your visa.
Do not just accept this. Ask for a copy of the confirmation letter to ensure that your application was submitted.
Keep in mind though that some applications do take longer than others, so there will be times that your immigration agent won’t have any feedback for you.
Want to know if you can trust our New Zealand immigration advisers?
We have three immigration advisers that help our clients immigrate to New Zealand. You can find their details and their IAA license numbers here.
If you’d like to get in touch with us to discuss your New Zealand immigration journey, please feel free to call us on +27 (0) 21 202 8200.
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