Information for migrants: How to settle into a new job in New Zealand

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You've got the job, now find out about what you need to know to help you settle in during your first weeks.

You got the job, congratulations! Now the actual work begins. Whether you have been hired on a permanent or fixed-term contract, there are a few things you’ll need to know about and complete during your first day, your first week and your first month.

Remember, you are not expected to understand everything from the start – the first few weeks are a learning opportunity so you can get to know your job and the business better.

Your first day

Your first day is always a little different and there are some processes your new employer will need you to complete. There could be meetings to attend and some on-the-job training.

What to expect on your first day:

  • Your first day is usually planned for you. In the first few days of a new job you will be told lots of information so it's a good idea to make notes.
  • Depending on the job, be prepared to start working soon after you arrive at your new workplace.
  • You should attend any health and safety sessions as this is required by law. You will need to sign a document confirming you understand all the health and safety processes. 
  • Your manager will usually introduce you to your team members and other people in the workplace.
  • If you use a computer for work, you will get login details and training on how to use the company systems.
  • Your new employer will need you to fill in a new employee form, provide bank account details for your pay and an IRD number for tax purposes, and complete a Kiwisaver form. You should bring all this information with you on your first day.

Your first week

What to expect in your first week:

  • In the first couple of days there may be a morning tea to welcome you to the team. Be prepared for a cultural welcome such as a Māori pōwhiri. They may also ask you to say a few words, so practise something to say before you start work.
  • An induction pack or background information like an annual report or business strategy may be given to you to read.
  • Expect to attend meetings where you should take notes and ask questions.
  • Your workplace may have a social get-together after work on a Thursday or Friday. Go along if you can as this is a good opportunity to informally meet your new team and create networks.
  • At the end of the first week, book in a general chat with your manager to ask questions and get feedback. Your manager can give you any information you may need and you may have some ideas you’d like to share with them.

Your first month

What to expect in your first month:

  • By now you’re probably very busy with work. If you haven’t completed any background reading from your employer you should make this a priority.
  • You may have had many meetings with your manager, and if you’re a permanent employee they could ask you to create a performance or goal setting plan for the next few months.

Work Connect programme

Work Connect is a free 10-hour programme to help skilled migrants, partners of skilled migrants and international student graduates (Level 7 and above) prepare for the New Zealand job market.

Work Connect supports participants with personalised coaching and mentoring to help them find a job that suits their skills, experience and qualifications.

Eligibility criteria apply. Find out more and apply now.

Updated 23 Jan 2019