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The Job Journey

My 90 day jobless stretch has finally come to an end along with the emotional roller coast that was both stressful and exhilarating at times. In the end, getting job offers came down to a chance meeting in an elevator, YouTube (yes YouTube) and good old fashion networking.


Jenna and I were contemplating moving here, we were always pretty confident we would be able to get good jobs once we got to New Zealand. My confidence was boosted when I received a video interview for the first job I applied to from Canada.

After a second Skype interview I felt confident I was going to have a job lined up for when we arrived. However, in order to get the job, I had one last hurdle to pass – a series of aptitude tests. Unfortunately, I had to take these tests during a relatively stressful time (the night before I resigned and a few days before the house closed). Having no prior exposure to these tests I was caught off guard and didn’t get the results I would have hoped. Disappointed, I decided to wait until we got to Wellington to really concentrate on getting a job.

Once Jenna had secured a job I didn’t feel as much pressure to take ‘just any old job’. However, as the first 2 weeks passed and I wasn’t getting much traction or call backs I began to get worried. Some recruiters even told me that my previous job as a Six Sigma Black Belt “didn’t mean anything in New Zealand”. Some recruiters seemed less eager to work with me because my experience was mixed across various areas and was not specific enough. This initial feedback got me very worried and for a brief moment I questioned the entire decision to come to New Zealand.

Just like many other things in life, it seems to come down to “who you know”. A coffee meeting with the recruiter from that first job led me to meet with two other recruiters in town. The first met with me and told me about an opportunity that was “not yet defined” working under the direction of the soon to be CEO of a retirement village developer and operator. Later, after a meeting with a different recruiter I was introduced to one of his colleagues who I talked to very briefly in the elevator. A few hours later I got a call from the elevator guy who said “Hey Jordan, I was watching your Open Slope Luge” video on YouTube (see below) and I think I might have a job that would suit you.” That opportunity I would later find out was a Research and Development Manager role for a company that designs and manufactures speciality door, window and panelling systems (e.g. bomb, x-ray and fire proof).

The following two weeks were spent interviewing several times with both companies. I was forced to face my nemesis again – the dreaded aptitude tests – but this time was well prepared and showed those tests who was boss! After all that I ended up with offers from both companies which presented a new challenge as both were great opportunities. It was almost like dating two girls at once and having to pick one, but liking both for different reasons. After some deliberating, I decided on the consulting role.

The job hunt was a nerve racking and pressure filled processes that I didn’t quite expect. If I can avoid it in the future I definitely will, but I know we wouldn’t have been able to come to New Zealand if we had waited for a job offer before leaving Canada. So I suppose it was a necessary evil and definitely a character building experience.

I have to say I’m slightly sad that my several months of “freedom” is about to come to an end but I’m also very excited about my new job and am looking forward to my first day on Thursday!

    Comments ( 8 )

  • Yay, congrats Jordan! Back to the working world…guess this means there won't be anymore videos for awhile 🙂

    • Thanks Hillary. Oh there will still be videos. I figure it will take me a couple months to get through the backlog of footage and I'm much faster at making them now than I was at first. Plus we already have some adventuring booking for December, March and April so I'll have additional video from that. I probably have enough stuff for another 15 episodes right now. And there will be more

  • Hi Jordan,<br />I came accros your blog by following a link from the NZ immigration services… I was wondering if after almost a year settled in you could share some insights about the life style differences between Canada and NZ ? from several forum posts I found, new immigrants to NZ tend to be a little bit disappointed be the high cost of living in NZ and the rather expensive housing market.

    • Hi Beat, there is definitely a “sticker shock” when you first get here. Clothes, groceries, restaurants and rent are all more expensive. However, part of that is just not knowing how, when and where to buy things. New Zealand has a lot of discounting so we tend not to buy anything until it goes on sale. The Warehouse which is like Walmart eventually puts everything on sale. We wanted to buy some

    • Also from a people stand point, it&#39;s VERY similar to Canada. Kiwi&#39;s just have weird slang terms that you have to get used to and they&#39;re not as sensitive to being &#39;politically correct&#39; all the time.

  • […] In the end, I was lucky and received an offer for the first company I had an interview with (you can read my story here), Jordan took about a month after settling into Wellington to find a job but ended up with 2 offers to choose from! He shares his (slightly stressful) journey here. […]

  • Jacky Xu

    Hi Jordan, thanks for you and your wife’s sharing story. My wife and i just moved to NZ last month, she is currently studying in AUT university, but i am now experiencing the stress of hunting a job. so i really appreciate your story and experience, just hope i can finally find a job here. Thanks again.

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