Wanderlust doesn’t come cheap. To be able to travel as often as you would have your Instagram followers believe, you must either be a.) an heir or heiress with a humongous trust fund, b.) a Kardashian/Jenner/”social climber/influencer” (Ugh), c.) someone who can find a job anywhere to pay for their trips.
So, unless you’re part of the privileged 1% (or are really, really good at taking selfies and thus qualifying as a “social influencer”), Option C is pretty much your only choice.
Let’s say you wouldn’t wanted to spend an entire summer backpacking around New Zealand. What are the ways in which you can quickly find a part-time job to help fund your adventures?
1. Join a job recruitment agency.
These agencies usually get a heads-up on job openings long before these hit the newspapers or the Internet, if they do at all. Also, signing up with them is usually free, so while it’s not the most foolproof way to get a job, you’ve also got nothing to lose by having this option in your arsenal.
It should also be noted that while the primary duty of a recruitment agency is to match you up with a prospective employer, your chances of getting a job still rely heavily on your CV and how well you do during the interview.
2. Browse the newspapers, bulletins, and job boards.
A bulletin is basically a magazine with short news stories and classified ads, and you can get one of these as well as the local newspaper at any convenience store. Ask around as to when these dailies are released so you can be among the first to apply for the job openings advertised within them.
New Zealand still makes use of notice boards, and your hostel might have one that displays local job openings, so be sure to ask the receptionist if they’ve got one.
3. Apply for jobs online.
This is perhaps the easiest option since you can do this anywhere so long as you have a good wi-fi signal. You can even get started with the application process before you even get on the plane.
Provided that your CV and preliminary communication with prospective employers kick a**, it’ll take even less time for you to land a job since you’ll just have to attend interviews upon arrival.
Do note, however, that there’s likely to be more competition in busier towns like Auckland or Wellington, so you better get cracking once you’ve booked your ticket. Try visiting sites like TradeMe, SEEK, or Seasonal Jobs for a start.
4. Approach employers face-to-face.
A proactive confidence and a go-getter attitude are highly-prized traits among New Zealand’s employers.
Here’s how you can demonstrate such: once you’ve settled in, print out a few copies of your CV and take a walk around town. Go inside supermarkets, hotels, and other similar establishments you could see yourself working in, ask for the manager, and inquire about any job openings open to tourists or backpackers.
If they answer in the affirmative, introduce yourself and submit a copy of your CV.
You may not hit pay dirt on your first try, but this is still arguably the best way to get employment in New Zealand, so long as you remain persistent.
It goes without saying that you should have a working holiday visa in place before you embark on a job search, lest you find your trip abruptly cut short (i.e., because working illegally can get you deported).