Job hunting is vastly different in every country.

Ann-Shirley By Ann-Shirley, 31st Aug 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Hunting a job, why should it be different when applying for work in diverse countries, just because they have different cultures, religions and languages.

Job hunting in diverse countries

It is no surprise to find diverse countries with different cultures, religions and languages. The local’s mentality is unusual and they react to humor in a peculiar way. So why is it such a surprise to think that when you go hunting and applying for jobs, it is the same in every country?

New Zealand

To go hunting for a job within New Zealand, you search the newspapers and check local notices to find about five to ten applications to send away. You write a cover letter advising for which position you are applying and include your curriculum vitae. Or you visit the local temping agencies, whose doors are always open and sign up. Nowadays you also have the national internet site for those who have computers.

A response will be given usually within two weeks to either come in for an interview or your application has been declined. Those with some qualifications, experience and good references usually have a new job within a couple of months be they permanent or through a temping agency.


Hunting a job in England is another kettle of fish. Everything goes by internet. Temping agencies have locked their doors. The only way you can sign up is through internet sites. You search for a job on their site and notify the temping agency of your interest. If the company is interested the temping agency will get in contact with you for an interview. If the company is not interested, you can wait till the cows come home before you even get a reaction.

For permanent positions you apply directly through the internet or visit the local employment agency. Companies have a site you have to apply through, however you have no knowledge of where this application is being sent to. To make sure the company is legal you need to do a little research to find if the company has a hard standing address. And to even get one response back you will have to send at least 100 applications within a month.

If you do manage to find a job, it usually starts at a very low wage. There are heaps of jobs available in London, unfortunately most do not even cover your accommodation costs, let alone your living costs. Not till you have build up a good reputation and have terrific references. Once you have gained a foothold the ball will start rolling.


Take Holland, to apply for jobs in Holland (excluding Amsterdam), also absolutely different. Like England most is done through the internet. Temping agencies are open for walk in applicants, but you still need to sign in on the internet. However, each agency keeps to a limited variety of professions. Therefore you need to search for a temping agency that suits your qualifications.

Temping agencies will quickly respond if you provide an excellent curriculum vitae with experience. Unfortunately they only provide three monthly contracts (phase A) for the duration of one and half year. Thereafter if the company wants to keep your services the agency will provide six monthly contracts (phase B) for one and half year. After this period you either become three months unemployed and start the process again with three monthly contracts with the same temping agency or continue with another temping agency and start there with three monthly contracts.

To find a permanent job is like waiting for hell to freeze over. Yes there are some permanent jobs available, however to get your foot through that door is painful. In a cover letter you do not just state the position you are applying for. Required within a couple of paragraphs is to present your best qualities, which they are looking for but do not state in the advertisement. If you have a degree or higher qualification you have a chance. Experience and excellent references do not count.

Canary Islands

Finding a job in the Canary Islands is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Of course there is work if you want to do seasonal work, but even this is difficult to get. Applicants have to physically present themselves and apply by doing walk-ins. This requires first some investment of money into buying an airplane ticket and accommodation prior to finding a job.

Another way is to get transferred through your company to one of their branches on one of the Islands. Temping agencies are scarce. You really need to look in every nook and cranny to try and find them. Some you can locate through the internet but they are all in Spanish. To circumvent this you convert the sites to English and register.

To find a steady job is way more difficult. There are some internet sites but usually the vacancies advertised are a couple of years old. There are, however, some internet sites that show promise. Although the Spanish request a photo to be included with your curriculum vitae otherwise it would not see the light of day. Again do not expect many responses especially if you applied in English.

So why would anyone expect it to be the same?

Probably the arrogant assumption that you know better than anyone else, especially as you have applied for jobs before. 'I have done it before so you do not need to tell me how to go about it'. Many beginners fall into this trap, once you have moved a couple of times you learn to listen to your predecessors.


Canary Islands, Employment, England, Holland, Information, Job Search, Jobs, New Zealand, Work

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I've lived in various countries and am currently settled in Spain.My focus is on writing articles on various cultures, current affairs, and wish you were here.

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