Monthly Archives: September 2012

Finding a Job in NZ

A popular question that I have been asked is, “Are you going to have a job lined up before you go?”  The answer is, probably not.

The jobs that I’m allowed to apply for with my visa are mostly in the service industry (retail, restaurants, hotels), and I’m more likely to get a job if I apply in person.  I have my eye on Whitcoulls, a bookstore similar to our Barnes & Noble.  It would be great to get a start there, however if I get an offer somewhere else first I’m not going to snub my nose at it.

My whole job search at the beginning is based on my plan to stay in Auckland for the first couple months.  I have my eye on the Ponsonby area, a small suburb just outside the main city.  If I can’t find employment within the first few weeks, I’ll have to widen my search area and possibly join a work exchange program.

Work exchanges are programs businesses offer to provide people with food and lodging in exchange for work.  My cousin Ryan sent me a link about one in northern NZ.  You can check it out here.  A popular type of work exchange in NZ is on fruit farms.  I’m not too keen on picking fruit all day, but I’m not going to rule it out either!  Who knows, I might love it!

Around the time I’ll be arriving, most ski resorts will be taking applications for the upcoming winter season.  From what I’ve heard, these are very popular jobs and most resorts receive at least quadruple the amount of resumes for the jobs they have available.  There are a lot of perks to having one of these jobs, the best being discounted or free skiing!  The downside is it’s cold.  Really cold!  I’m not really a cold weather fan, which is why I’d prefer to stay in Auckland where the weather is a lot milder in winter.

If you have any advice or questions for me, leave a comment!

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I’d Like to Take This Opportunity to Thank the Academy…

Ok, whoa!  I’ve only been doing this blogging thing for two weeks and I’ve already been nominated for an award?!  Elise, thank you so much for this honor, I really can’t believe you thought so much of my infant blog to nominate me.  Elise has her own blog titled This American Adventuress.  Check it out, it’s a great blog with pictures and posts from her travels.

The rules for being nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award are as follows:

  1. Include a link back to the blogger who nominated you
  2. Paste the award image in the blog post
  3. Share 7 facts about yourself
  4. Nominate other lovely blogs
  5. Post a comment on their blog to let them know you nominated them

Alright, 7 facts about myself:

  1. After getting laid off from my office job, I took the severance package and booked a solo, five week trip to Europe.  Best decision I’ve ever made.
  2. I’m a big sports fan, and I played a lot of sports growing up.  I’m really looking forward to checking out the rugby scene in NZ, since it’s not really that popular here in the states.
  3. I really like chocolate.  A lot.  Probably too much.
  4. Sheep are my favorite animal.  I just find them adorable.
  5. People call me a lucky person.  I win prizes and contests probably more than the average person.  And no, I have no idea why.
  6. I had a beer with Susan Boyle at the Guinness Storehouse Tour in Dublin, Ireland.  I have the picture to prove it!
  7. My middle name is Moselle.

Now it’s time to spread the word about blogs I really enjoy.

  1. What’s Dave Doing? – This guy has been blogging for a long time, and has recently decided to ditch the office life and make traveling a living.  He’s got great advice for traveling to lots of different places.  Plus, he’s from NZ!
  2. Twenty-Something Travel – I read this blog a lot before my trip to Europe, and it gave me a lot of confidence that as a female I would be fine to travel alone.  Stephanie also has lots of great travel tips that are applicable to both guys and girls!
  3. Backpacking Matt – Matt is currently living in NZ, and I like reading his blog to get ideas on what I want to see when I get there.
  4. Trans World Expedition – This was one of the first blogs I’d ever followed.  The last post was over a year ago, but you can start at the beginning and follow his journey driving the whole way around the world in a little over a year. So cool.
  5. Once Upon A Chef – I enjoy cooking, and I found one of her recipes on Pinterest.  I just made the Black Bean Avocado Salad and it was amazing!  She has tons of recipes, and I’m excited to try another one.

What blogs do you guys enjoy?  Leave me a comment about the blog and I’ll check it out!

I’m Officially a Kiwi for a Year

The results are in…and I’m approved!  As of September 4, 2012, I’m officially allowed into NZ for an entire year!  The best part is I thought I’d have to pay a $140 application fee, but it turns my fee was waived because I used their online system!  That’s like, an entire week’s rent, or a whole lotta beers!  Sweet!  So many exclamation points!

It was a really easy process, and it took maybe 15 minutes to complete.  They just want to know about your work history and make sure you haven’t killed anybody.  They must be able to tell a lot about a person based on a thorough background check because I didn’t have to talk or meet with anyone in person.  Either that, or the Kiwis are just very trusting people.

So now begins the save-all-the-money-you-can game, while I make list after list of tasks I’ll need to accomplish before my departure.  I actually enjoy this part a lot!  Not really the saving money part, but the whole planning stage before actually leaving.  Booking flights, finding a decent hostel, making sure I know where to go once I get there is what I find thrilling.  Part of the fun is getting there, right?  I think so.

Leave a comment and tell me what you think!

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