Work in Tech? New Zealand Will Pay to Help You Move

Wellington is flying tech talent out for interviews—and hoping to offer 100 jobs.

Work in Tech? New Zealand Will Pay to Help You Move

Wellington, New Zealand

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If you’ve ever dreamed of moving abroad and you have experience working in the tech industry, New Zealand is calling.

The island nation is looking to inject Wellington, its capital city (and tech capital), with some foreign talent in fields including software developers, creative directors, product managers, analysts, and digital strategists—and they’re offering anyone who fits the bill some pretty sweet incentives to make the move. Job recruiting government arm LookSee Wellington is running a worldwide search to fill 100 jobs in Wellington by summer (or winter, if you’re already in the Southern Hemisphere). Applicants can submit their resumes through March 20, and 100 candidates will be chosen to receive a free flight to New Zealand on May 8–11, when they’ll be set up with interviews at leading New Zealand tech firms.

The application process is simple: Just register your interest, create your profile, and wait while your resume is vetted by Wellington employers. They will nominate applicants they’d like to speak with in person, and the 100 applicants with the most nominations will be awarded the free trip. Then, all that’s left to do is meet with employers for the interview. Successful candidates will receive job offers and—just like that—call New Zealand home.

Aside from the obvious perk of a free trip to a beautiful place, LookSee Wellington’s contest-style immigration push gives those selected—whether or not they are offered careers—the opportunity to network and get a taste of what life could be like down under. When it comes to choosing the expat life, the first step is always the hardest—thanks to LookSee Wellington, a few lucky people won’t have to make it alone.

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Sarah Purkrabek is a Los Angeles-based travel writer.
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