• Careers Support

    Careers support is available to all WelTec students to help you make the right choices to reach your professional goals. If you aren't sure what area of study you should take, or what career path your study can lead to, make an appointment to see or speak to a Learning Advisor — Make an appointment on 0800 WelTec (935 832) or by mail learningcommons@weltec.ac.nz


    If you are looking for a graduate role, speak to Arnold Lomax WelTec's job broker — read below to find out how he can help. And whether you are looking for part-time work while studying or full-time work after you have graduated, see below to find out how to write a CV and cover letter, where to look for jobs and how to ace a job interview.  

  • Weltec Job Brokers

    During your studies or once you’ve finished, our job brokers can help you connect with employers.


    We have strong links with employers and are regularly contacted by companies looking for staff. We also run career evenings and advertise job vacancies. Come in and find out what's available. Or let us know if there's a type of job you're after - we'll help you out. Keep an eye on the jobs board outside our office in the Hub for all the latest news on jobs. We will also give you CV and interview tips to help you find a job.


    Location: Hub, Petone Campus
    Phone: 0800 935 832
    Email: jobsbroker@weltec.ac.nz

    • Writing a CV

      What is a CV?

      A CV, or Curriculum Vitae, is a summary of your experience, skills and education. A good CV gets you an interview. A good interview gets you the job.

      Most employers will probably only spend a few minutes skimming through the CVs of potential candidates so you want to make your CV stand out.

      You can do this by:

      • Adapting your CV to suit the role – look at the job ad or selection criteria and make sure your CV clearly demonstrates that you meet the requirements.
      • Making your CV clear and concise. Use plain, simple language and don’t write long or complicated sentences. Your CV should be no more than 2-3 pages.
      • Doing a thorough spell check before sending off your CV and have someone read over it to check for mistakes.


      What to include in your CV

      The structure of a CV will vary depending on your experience and what is valued in the industry you are applying to work in. However, the structure we suggest below suits the New Zealand job market and should be appropriate for most roles. Using this structure should improve your chances of getting an interview. 

       

      Example CVs

      The best place to find example CVs and more information about careers in NZ is on the Careers NZ website. Click here to see their CV templates and examples.

      • Writing a cover letter

        What is a cover letter? 

        A cover letter is an essential part of any job application and should always accompany your CV.

        Cover letters are necessary for all types of job applications – cold contact, advertisement responses and referrals. The cover letter introduces your CV to the employer. It highlights and markets your skills, abilities and relevant experience, linking the CV to the
        employer’s requirements.

        Your cover letter needs to stand out from other cover letters. A well written cover letter will make the employer want to know more about you. It will make the right impression and encourage the employer to not only look at your CV but to read it with interest.


        What to include?

        All good cover letters should include:

        • Why you are interested in the job. 
        • Why you are interested in the firm. 
        • Why the employer should be interested in you. 
        • When and how you will be following up your application.


        Cover letter rules to remember


        • Presentation should be attractive, professional and easy to read. Type your cover and use a professional font and size 12 text. 
        • Vary the sentence structure and avoid overusing “I”. 
        • Don’t duplicate sections of your CV. Highlight the main points and draw attention to the key information in your CV that matches you to the vacancy/company. 
        • Show your interest in, and enthusiasm for, the position, the organisation and/or the industry. 
        • Proof read very carefully. Then get someone else to check it before making your final copy. 
        • Sign the letter.


        Cover Letter Template

        First and last name
        Current address
        Home and mobile phone numbers
        Date Month Year

        Employers name: address your letter to a specific person and use a title i.e Mr/Mrs/Ms. If necessary contact the company to obtain these details, including correct spelling].
        Employers Position e.g. Manager
        Company name
        Address

        Dear [type contact name]

        Opening Paragraph
        Tell the employer: why you are writing, the position you are applying for or type of work you are seeking and your referral source e.g newspaper ad, friends, conversation]

        Second Paragraph
        Outline: why you want the job, why specifically you want this job for this organisation, how your skills match the job/organisation.]

        Third Paragraph
        Demonstrate that: you know something about the company – e.g. products, services, clients, market, history and you have an understanding of the industry.

        Closing Paragraph
        Be confident and positive. Request to have the opportunity to be interviewed. State when you will be making contact to follow up the application.


        Useful Links

        See the cover letters section of the Careers NZ website.


        • Preparing for a job interview

          Job interviews are how employers decide if you would fit well into their organization. It is important to prepare well for an interview, not only by dressing smartly but also by researching the company and thinking about how you might answer the interview questions. The questions you will be asked will vary from job to job but below are some common interview questions. Prepare yourself by practicing how you might answer these questions.

           

          Attitude

          • Why do you want to work for us?
          • What motivates you and why?
          • What do you enjoy most about your current position?
          • Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
          • In what type of work environment are you the most comfortable?
          • What style of management gets the best from you?
          • What are your strengths?
          • What are your weaknesses?
          • How would you describe yourself?

           

          Behaviour

          • Tell me about a time when you had to rely on a team to get things done, what were the problems you encountered, and what was the end result?
          • Describe a major goal you have recently set for yourself.
          • Give me an example of when you have had to work with a difficult person, what you did to resolve the issue, and what were the results?
          • What were your three most significant achievements in your previous/current job?
          • Why are you looking to leave your current position?
          • What could your current employers do to keep you in your present position?

           

          Knowledge

          • What do you think are among the main issues facing this industry at present?
          • Why should we give you the job ahead of the other candidates?
          • What would you bring to this organisation if we gave you the job?
          • Why do you think you would be suited to this role?
          • What can you do for this firm? 

           

          • Careers NZ Website

            Careers New Zealand is an organization that provides a wide variety of information about Careers and Employment in New Zealand. We recommend their website as an essential source of information for all WelTec students. 

            Below are direct links to some of the most popular sections of the site: 

            How to plan your career

            Interactive job matching and career planning tools

            Job hunting, CV and interview tips


            Jobs Galore is a practical resource to help with career planning. This resource is an extract from the searchable Jobs Database and contains information on over 400 jobs. Click here to access and download Jobs Galore.