What are you doing May 8-11? No plans? Excellent, because I know of a dream job opportunity.
If you’re a software developer, creative director, product manager, analyst, or digital strategist, you could be eligible for a free trip to New Zealand to interview for a job.
Yes, this is very much a real thing, and it’s possible for you to be one of the chosen.
Ready for the details? OK!
As Travel and Leisure reports, Wellington, New Zealand’s capital, “is hosting a global talent attraction programme,” and they’re eager to bring in people from all over the world to help ignite the tech scene. The idea is that if you’re qualified, you could be selected to work in New Zealand as part of an initiative to galvanize their growing tech industry.
A quick search on Kayak displays flights from the U.S. to the far away island to the tune of, oh, $1700, making the whole fly-there-for-free incentive pretty major.
So, the first step—besides polishing up the ol’ resume—is to register online with LookSee Wellington and create a profile intended to entice various tech firms (who'll be nominating their favorite candidates) in the area. The most-nominated prospective hires will be the lucky travelers.
Once abroad, you can expect some of the usual job-search rigmarole: interviews, meet-ups, networking events, informational sessions. At the end of the week, organizations will extend offers to the top candidates.
At this time, due to high interest, the LookSee site is undergoing maintenance to keep up with traffic, but you’re advised to check back within 24 hours. That’s just enough time to get your application materials in order!
But if you can’t wait and are now obsessed with the idea of working in New Zealand, we know of a few companies hiring right now.
Photo of New Zealand courtesy of Matteo Colombo/Getty Images.
Stacey Lastoe started writing short stories in the second grade and is immensely grateful to have the opportunity to write and edit professionally. Her work has appeared in YouBeauty, Refinery29, A Practical Wedding, Runner's World online, and The Billfold among other publications. She enjoys running and eating in equal measure and lives with her husband and dog in Brooklyn. All three of them are avid New York Mets fans. Say hello on @stacespeaks.More from this Author