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10 Jobs Surprisingly Easy to Get in New Zealand


Don’t feel like an interview? Check out these jobs easy to get in NEw Zealand.

The thought of going through a whole job application and interview process is often daunting. After all, a gap year is all about you, so you may want to take it easy on the job search and go for the jobs easy to get in New Zealand.

Some of the jobs below are in such a high demand that employers will give a shot to anyone that just shows up. Many jobs are just based on good vibes and personality, so rock up, be yourself, be awesome, and get the job. Either way, it is a piece of cake to secure a long or short-term position in those industries as long as you have a visa that allows you to work in New Zealand, a bank account, and an IRD number.

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1. Construction worker

Often advertised through recruitment agencies, construction jobs are probably the easiest jobs to get in the country. With a booming housing market and the rebuild of both Christchurch and Kaikoura, helping hands on construction sites are badly needed. Expect high pay, no experience required, and immediate start.


2. Bartender

Unlike many other countries, a bar manager in New Zealand has to hold a special bartending license or certificate. But being a bartender in many places requires little to no experience. Most of the time, bartending jobs are gained by having a certain personality, then you will learn the skills on the job. It’s likely that you will have a hard time to get a job as a bartender if you don’t speak English well. Consider studying English before applying.


3. picker/packer

When New Zealand hits picking season, there is a huge demand for willing workers to head to the fields and harvest all sorts of fruit, from grapes to apples to kiwifruit and even stone fruits. Transportation and availability are pretty much all that’s required from you. Can you get to “this” place at “this” time? If yes, you can become a fruit picker! For specific advice with regard to fruit picking and picker/packer roles, connect with Kelly Services, one of New Zealand’s leading recruitment agencies.


4. Brewery worker

With more 160+ breweries in New Zealand, you’ll get many opportunities to work in microbreweries around the country. Should it simply be as a helping hand cleaning around the factory, a bottler checker, or a packer, interviews are simply a discussion about beer just to get a good vibe from you.


5. Farming hand

Farming is the second largest industry in New Zealand, so it comes as no surprise that a couple of agricultural jobs make it onto this list. First up is farming hand. Helping out with almost everything from fencing to lambing, you will be a huge relief to the farmer that hires you. The interview process? A few questions about your work ethic and your ability to work early morning.


6. WWOOFer

WWOOFing or working for accommodation is a huge thing in New Zealand. It’s a much more casual agreement between workers and employers mostly based on a reciprocal exchange of services. It’s a lifestyle more than a career but we guarantee that the experience will be memorable. For this kind of job, aside from a profile on one of the WWOOFing website and a few messages, you won’t need much effort in the job application stage.


7. Fundraiser

If you feel like having valuable work experience in you CV after your gap year, consider doing something good like fundraising. In helping major non-profit organisations raising funds for their different campaigns you will earn a great income, feel good about your job, and be able to add a great asset to your CV that will stand out when hitting the job market back home.


8. Tourism jobs

New Zealand’s biggest industry provides jobs for thousand of international travellers each year. The ability to speak multiple languages and relate to international travellers is very much needed in New Zealand for jobs such as receptionist, front of house, guides, promo staff, etc. Again, good vibes and a great personality is all you need in many circumstances.


9. Housekeeper

Although tourism jobs are easy to get in New Zealand there is probably no job easier to get than housekeeping. With a huge amount of accommodation available countrywide, hotels, motels, hostels, resorts and holiday parks are constantly looking for staff to help them get their rooms ready for their next guests. No experience needed, just a keen eye for detail and a bit of time management skills.


10. Au Pair

We are closing this list with what is probably the most iconic gap year job: “Au Pair”. Especially in demand early in the year, Au Pair jobs are incredibly easy to get as they are often handed to Au Pair agencies that will make sure you fit the job. Driving training, first aid course and a profile will be provided so you are matched with your perfect family.


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