Work In New Zealand - 3 Clever Ways To Find A Job Using A LinkedIn Profile

Work In New Zealand – 3 Clever Ways To Find Work With LinkedIn

By Zarelsie Van Der Merwe on May 22,2017

Building Networks & Relationships, CV & Resumes, Immigration Issues & Challenges, Job Hunting, LinkedIn Strategies

Click here for more information about the unique immigrants’ job finding tools and strategies to find work in New Zealand.

Before we even go into this training on how to find work in New Zealand using a LinkedIn profile, let me make a few things clear:

This information is applicable for finding a job in Canada, Australia, United States, UK – in fact anywhere in the world. It is generic and can be applied in the same way, anywhere in the world.

Also, it is valuable to both immigrants and local job seekers, it is not exclusively applicable to those people looking for work in New Zealand from overseas.

So, let’s begin.

Why and how do people use LinkedIn in their job search?

LinkedIn is a professional social media network, like Facebook, but for work and business purposes.

Most people have a LinkedIn profile to build a professional network and to build their businesses and career prospects.  They establish a network of connections, join groups and participate in discussions on their LinkedIn newsfeed, like in Facebook.

They gain followers and several connections on LinkedIn and can send messages just like on Facebook.

Companies can also build a company or business page in LinkedIn and share company insights advertise jobs or update their followers with regular updates about the company’s work to attract quality candidates.

Recruiters use LinkedIn to find candidates for jobs and to advertise job openings on behalf of their company clients.

Here are some interesting statistics about LinkedIn, according to LinkedIn’s database:

Fact: Currently, there are around 480 million users of LinkedIn worldwide and it is growing rapidly. More than three-quarters of those users are outside the United States.

Fact: At the end of 2016, as much as 77% of all jobs in the developed world was advertised on LinkedIn.

Fact: 85% Of people find their jobs using networking and social media, like LinkedIn

Fact: 92% of Recruiters find their candidates and do candidate vetting using LinkedIn.

There are many other interesting statistics about LinkedIn, but those are most important to you.

That is because it means that if you are not at least a LinkedIn user yet, you are at the back of the queue of finding a great job utilising a great and popular professional social media tool.

In addition, if you are an immigrant job seeker looking for work in New Zealand, or anywhere else in the world, without a LinkedIn profile and want to find a job from a distance, you have even less chance of finding that job at all.

What does this mean for immigrant job seekers looking for work in New Zealand?

We have all been conditioned to look for jobs the old, traditional way – finding jobs online and then sending CVs to those job ads as applications for vacant positions which are advertised that way.

BUT…

Finding a job as an immigrant is vastly different to finding a job as a local…

Especially if you are trying to find a job as a prospective immigrant from a distance, in other words, while still in your old country.

We already know a few facts about finding an overseas job as an immigrant, which makes it so different from the process of local job finding.

Fact #1: As an immigrant looking for work in New Zealand, or anywhere else, you have several unique obstacles standing in your way. The three main obstacles are trust, eligibility to work in New Zealand and being blocked by ATS’s or applicant tracking software when sending your CV from abroad to job ads online.

Fact #2: You will also, inadvertently, make a number of mistakes as an immigrant job seeker, most of which you are not even aware of.

Fact #3: You will believe several myths about looking for work in New Zealand, which will prevent you from finding that job.

As a result, immigrant job seekers need a very specific, and unique set of tools, strategies and a proper plan when looking for work in New Zealand, or in any overseas country.

One part of that set of unique immigrant’s job finding tools is a unique immigrant’s LinkedIn profile.

This LinkedIn profile differs from a usual LinkedIn profile in that it is designed to:

— Bring jobs from your new country to you – instead of you chasing after them.

— The backend settings differ to enable you to be found when recruiters and employers who actively recruit immigrants for “visa sponsored jobs” search for candidates using LinkedIn. (And we have the stats to prove that at least 92% of them do…)

— Enable a network of connections, made up of individuals, companies and groups to be built in your new country, to foster relationships with employers who might become your new employer in New Zealand.

–A usual LinkedIn profile will therefore not be very effective in looking for work in New Zealand because these things will be missing from it.

Instead of a usual LinkedIn profile, you need a unique immigrant’s LinkedIn profile when you are looking for work in New Zealand or in any overseas country as a prospective or recent immigrant.

3 Clever ways to find work in New Zealand using a unique immigrant’s LinkedIn profile

Most people I work with already have a LinkedIn profile, although it is not a unique immigrant’s LinkedIn profile.  They are also already using it to find work in New Zealand or other countries as immigrants.

But they are using it completely wrong.

What are they doing wrong?

Let me explain:

Jobs are advertised on LinkedIn – we already know that from the quoted statistics above. In that sense, LinkedIn is like a big online job bank.

You can apply for those jobs using your CV and the normal job application process by sending your CV to those job ads advertised on LinkedIn’s job board.

But, what have you just learned about the normal job application process and looking for work in New Zealand as an immigrant – especially from a distance?

It does not work….

…because of the obstacles, mistakes and myths, I mentioned above!

Still, that is what immigrant job seekers continue to do:

They turn their LinkedIn profile into a flashy, shiny profile with heaps of cool information – but they are using it the wrong way looking for work in New Zealand.

In other words, they have a great looking tool for finding a job, but they are utilising that tool in the wrong way.

They should not just have a unique immigrant’s LinkedIn profile, they also need to apply it differently than sending CVs to jobs ad in LinkedIn.

Here are three clever, unusual and unique ways in which a unique immigrant’s LinkedIn profile can be used to look for work in New Zealand.

#1: Change SEO, summary and description settings to portray your availability to work in New Zealand and be found in the first instance.

Just to enable you to be found in the first instance by recruiters and employers actively recruiting immigrants for visa sponsored jobs, is extremely important.

That requires several changes to be made to your LinkedIn profile, including:

1) Summary

2) Description

3) SEO (search engine optimisation), and

4) Backend settings

This article/video is too short to go into the technical detail of how to achieve these settings.  You will find step by step, over the shoulder instructions in this course.

Without these settings in place, you will never be found and even if you are found by chance, recruiters and employers looking for someone like you will never be interested to know that you are looking for work in New Zealand.

#2: Use a specific, targeted strategy to find visa sponsored jobs in New Zealand or any other country.

If you go about searching and applying for jobs in the usual way, i.e. sending your CV to job ads in LinkedIn online as an immigrant, you will just:

a) Compete with the locals – which is bad because employers would rather employ a local to save money and avoid the eligibility test of immigrants looking for work in New Zealand. This puts you right at the back of the job queue, even if your application does get through.

b) You will likely be blocked by the ATS’s (applicant tracking systems) in recruitment software. ATS’s are use by up to 90% of recruitment firms and corporate employers nowadays to screen the large volumes of candidates looking for work in New Zealand.  This is the reason most applicants never get any replies from their applications after sending dozens of applications to job ads online as immigrant job seekers.

A very clever, targeted strategy to get around the above obstacles, is a strategy called “visa sponsored jobs strategy”. I employ this strategy very successfully with many immigrants looking for work in New Zealand – especially from a distance.

This strategy involves finding and applying for jobs where employers actively recruit immigrants for skills shortage jobs, will help with their visas, and will also sometimes contribute towards relocation costs.

These jobs exist all over the world, in all industries and in all countries.

Using the visa sponsored jobs strategy means that you are targeting jobs where there are little or no competition because there are not enough locals to fill the jobs.  In addition, these employers are usually already accredited with the immigration department and know how to obtain visas for successful candidates.

They are also willing to wait for the right candidate to join them from overseas and will do Skype and online interviews and assessments.  Therefore, negating the need for an immigrant looking for work in New Zealand to physically travel there.

With this strategy, you also eliminate the catch-22 situation of “needing a visa before you can get a job offer”, and “getting a job offer before having a visa”, which sometimes confuses immigrants looking for work in New Zealand.

Immigrant job seekers can use their unique immigrant’s LinkedIn profile to target and find visa sponsored jobs for immigrants in New Zealand, or any other country in the world.

Again, explaining the technical details of how to set up and execute a search inside LinkedIn for visa sponsored jobs, is lengthy, but it is also taught in our LinkedIn Masterclass course.

To be extremely successful at this strategy, immigrants looking for work in New Zealand should also use a strategic immigrant’s CV.  It is one of the essential unique immigrant’s job finding tools specifically designed for immigrant looking for work in New Zealand.

#3: Follow a relationship building strategy with potential employers in New Zealand and get exposed to the hidden job market.

One of the most successful, unique immigrant job finding strategies, is the relationship building strategy.

This strategy exclusively uses a unique immigrant’s LinkedIn profile to build relationships with potential employers in New Zealand directly.

It also involves engaging with employers directly, without ever sending connection requests and connection messages in LinkedIn, and without sending CVs to job ads online.

The benefits of this strategy include:

a) Being exposed to the hidden job market: Up to 70% of jobs are never advertised and is filled through networking and the clever use of social media.  This is a fact published by popular studies on the subject.  This is also a way for immigrants, looking for work in New Zealand, to get around the ATS’s (as discussed above).

b) Because most people still follow the old traditional approach of finding jobs by applying with a CV to jobs ads online, the traditional pathway of finding jobs is overcrowded. Jobs which are filled through “shoulder taps” and networking usually involves fewer candidates and therefore less competition and a greater chance to find a job for those looking for work in New Zealand.

c) Building a face to face relationship through interaction, engagement, showcasing attitude, enthusiasm and interest with a potential employer, eliminates the immigrant jobseeker’s obstacle of trust.

A potential employer will pick candidates already in their “trust” and “known” pool, before spending time and money advertising a job to find someone who is unknown and not yet trusted and looking for work in New Zealand from afar.  This is especially true of employers who rely on finding candidates for skills shortage jobs from overseas.
Once trust is established with an employer, that candidate will have a big advantage ahead of others who will just follow a traditional “send CV” way of applying.

In summary…

I see the clear majority of immigrants looking for work in New Zealand, and many other countries, making the same mistake with their LinkedIn profile.

They do have a beautiful LinkedIn profile with great data, showcasing skills, experience and qualifications, but they focus on the wrong use of that profile – sending CVs to job ads online and using LinkedIn as a normal online job bank.

Instead, they should be utilising the hidden, ingenious ways for immigrants looking for work in New Zealand, or anywhere else in the world.

These clever ways include setting up their usual LinkedIn profile as a unique immigrant’s LinkedIn profile with summary, description and SEO to bring jobs to them and enabling them to be found in the first instance by recruiters and employers searching for such candidates online.

It also includes utilising a targeted strategy to find visa sponsored jobs for immigrants where employers actively looking for work in New Zealand.

The third way is to use their unique immigrant’s LinkedIn profile and a relationship building strategy to actively engage with employers in New Zealand and avoid being eliminated by ATS’s and overcoming the obstacle of trust which immigrant job seekers face around the world.

The technical detail, step by step instructions and over the shoulder video training of how to create the unique set of tools, strategies and a specific plan for those looking for work in New Zealand, can be found here.

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