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Time: 1 minute 46 seconds

The video opens with upbeat music. There is a title screen that reads “Working Holiday in New Zealand” on the top half, with text on the bottom half that reads “Tips Series On the Job”. There is a video of Auckland at night.

A mid shot of a young woman working in a café about to make a cup of coffee. The young woman is standing at a register, waiting to take an order from a customer.

Female narrator: Finding a job in a foreign country can be tricky, but here are some good ideas to get you started.

A young man speaks to the camera in the middle of a pedestrian street of Wellington. Close-up of hands typing on a keyboard.

Male narrator: When I got to New Zealand, the first thing I did was to contact my networks to find a job.

We see that the young man is working on his computer. He walks into a room to shake hands with someone off camera.

Male narrator: Research the New Zealand résumé style as it may be quite different from what you’re used to.

They sit down and have an interview. The conversation seems friendly.

Male narrator: Workplace culture in New Zealand is friendly and familiar. Be prepared to talk about your weekends and hear about your colleagues’ lives.

Close-up of barista making a coffee. Close-up of a worker in a high-vis vest performing tests on a building.

Male narrator: There is also less of an emphasis on hierarchy in New Zealand workplaces, meaning managers sometimes will be sitting with the rest of the team. It is also unusual to use the word “staff” instead of team.

A female worker is performing tests on a wooden part of a building. She is wearing a high-vis vest and a hard hat. There is a close-up of the test results; she looks up at a building. She performs another test on a building.

Female voiceover: When I got to Wellington, I quickly learned that the title for the work I was doing in Canada was different from what was used in New Zealand. Once I had researched and learned the proper local terminology, it was much easier to get opportunities.

A young woman walks through a café with an order in her hand. She cleans a display and then takes an order from a customer. She finishes making a coffee and then uses the register to take payment.

Female narrator: In my experience, when I sent an application in online it was often overlooked or ignored. But when I printed out my résumé and walked into the café that had posted a vacancy, I was given an interview and offered the job the same day.

Close-up of Maori artwork. Shot of the outside of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. An image of a sign that is bilingual in parts with both Maori and English.

Female narrator: The Maori language, called Te Reo, is an official language in New Zealand, and you may hear Maori words sprinkled into everyday conversation. “Kia ora” is a standard greeting. Feel free to try it, and don’t feel embarrassed if someone corrects your pronunciation. 

Close-up of another Maori sculpture. An image of a Maori wharenui, and a man performs a haka as a man approaches and performs a formal greeting.

Female narrator: It will be beneficial to have some understanding of the Maori culture, as you will be working and living amongst people of Maori descent. Be respectful and follow what your New Zealand colleagues are doing at events where there are formal Maori protocols and traditions.

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Canada Down Under is an on-line portfolio of Canadian-Australian stories produced by the Consulate General of Canada in Sydney and other contributors.

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