Employers differ widely in how they recruit.  As a result, you’ll need to devote time and energy to your job search; access a range of vacancy sources and take a creative approach to finding work. Build in time for this now and get others involved to support your efforts.

The information here centres on how to find work in the Manawatu region.  This includes part-time and full-time work; vacation and short-term employment; voluntary work and graduate roles. Although this information should be useful, and all the techniques suggested should be used, try to think of others too and use these. Note too that it is common to apply for several jobs at once, even if this might lead to several interviews.

The range of employment opportunities in the Manawatu region is broad.  In particular, the region has significant proportions of its population employed in the following sectors:

Health care and social assistance




Tourism and hospitality


Logistics and supply chain


Rural services


Call centre operations

Media and communications

To begin your job search, ask yourself a couple of questions:

  • Do you know the type of work that you want?
  • Are you clear about roles that could be a good match for your skills, interests; values and personality?

Being clear about who you are; what you want from a job and what you can offer to employers is key to finding work in which you’ll be happy and successful.  You can access more information on the issues to consider when choosing a career here.

Once you’re clear about the type of work you'd like to do it’s time to start on your job search.

Many graduate recruitment programmes run throughout the year – normally by large organisations.  Applications for these are offered throughout your final year of study and many are advertised and close as early as March and April for work beginning the following January/February.

Small and medium sized organisations also recruit graduates although they are less likely to conduct a formal graduate recruitment programme and will tend to advertise for graduates on vacancies pages or by taking an informal recruitment approach.

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