Your resume & a cover letter
Your CV and cover letter is the first chance to make a good impression. Take your time to prepare a strong CV.
- Make sure you highlight any previous experience, relevant to the job you are applying for, as early as in your CV.
- If you don’t have any previous experience, look for ways to emphasize that you are responsible and eager to learn new skills.
- If you are applying for a job listed online, it is important to include the key words mentioned in the job description.
You can also do some research on the place you are applying job for and mention why you are willing to work there in your cover letter. Say something that you love about the place and what excites you about working there. Many cafes and restaurants in New Zealand are small businesses or owner operated, so you taking the time to research and getting to know their business will always be advantageous in your job hunt process and make a strong first impression.
Keep your social media profiles clean
Most employers do look into your social media profiles when they are considering your job application. Therefore keeping a clean and responsible social media presence is important when you are applying for a job.
Don’t be abusive or controversial on public platforms.
Apply in person
Listing a job online is getting pretty expensive nowadays. A lot of employers try to find employees through other sources such as referrals.
It is always best to drop your CV to the café or the restaurant that you are keen to work for and see if they have any vacancies. This way, a potential employer would appreciate your initiative and you may get an edge over the others.
Be nice! Having an enthusiastic, friendly personality when you walk in with your CV will help management remember you and want to call you back. Having your photograph on your CV will always help refresh their memory when they look back at the CV later.
Be prepared for the interview & work trial
Last step in your job application process would be acing the interview and the work trial. You need to make sure you prepare thoroughly and bring your ‘A’ game.
You could practice the most common interview questions, pinpoint how you fit the job requirements and most importantly – be confident!
Always be ready to carry out a work trial at the interview. Depending on the job you are applying for, you might be asked to make some coffees, talk to customers, run food to tables or take customer orders accurately.
Hours and wages to expect
Most hospitality jobs in New Zealand start at minimum wage for an entry level position and may be happy to offer you anywhere between 10-25 hours a week.
However, if you show them a good attitude, willingness to work hard, being a team player and flexibility around the needs of the business – most employers will be happy to roster you more hours or negotiate your wages.