These are the 20 most applied for jobs right now

Knowing what your competition looks like can influence the roles you apply for, the skills you highlight and the way you fine tune your application. That’s why we’re taking a look at the roles and industries that attracted the most applications across New Zealand when COVID-19 restrictions first hit in March-April compared to now.

Explore the list to see to the level of competition in your industry – then see what industry experts say about how you can make your next application stand out in two key industries.

Application growth
Hospitality & Tourism Barista 226%
Information & Communication Technology Software Engineer 179%
Retail & Consumer Products Retail Assistants 178%
Hospitality & Tourism Chef de Partie 149%
Accounting Accounts Administrator 139%
Retail & Consumer Products Assistant Manager 136%
Information & Communication Technology Service Desk Analyst 135%
Information & Communication Technology Business Analyst 119%
Healthcare & Medical Dental Assistant 118%
Hospitality & Tourism Sous Chef 118%
Engineering Structural Engineer 117%
Healthcare & Medical Nursing - Aged Care Assistant 113%
Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics Driver 110%
Retail & Consumer Products Retail Assistant 109%
Hospitality & Tourism Housekeeper 105%
Information & Communication Technology Test Analyst 99%
Administration & Office Support Office Manager 99%
Hospitality & Tourism Kitchenhand 98%
Information & Communication Technology .net Developer 97%
Administration & Office Support Office Administrator 90%


Spotlight on the IT industry

Information & Communication Technology is a dominant industry in the list of most applied for roles across New Zealand. Software Engineering, Service Desk Analysts and Test Analysts and Net Developers all feature in the top 20.

Bianca Jones, Country Manager at Talent International, says there’s also growing demand for talent among employers across the industry, especially for C++ and SAS developers. But you can still expect some tough competition.

“For developers, a really clear skills matrix on the first page of your resume will help you stand out,” says Jones. “Also, if you have an active GitHub, include it in your application and then a potential employer can visit your profile and see how you code.

“There is currently demand in the front-end space for UX/UI Developers and Designers,” adds Jones. “For both of these roles, a really solid portfolio with examples of past work is beneficial. For designers, information regarding design processes and prototyping, wireframing or iterative design will help you stand out.”

Competition builds among structural engineers

Structural Engineers were second on the list of New Zealand’s most applied for roles on SEEK.

Kuven Vyanan, Senior Consultant at Spring Professional, says given the disruptions caused by COVID-19, engineering employers are looking for people with technical experience they can immediately apply to make an instant impact to their business.

“This includes candidates who can work with project budgets and understand the responsibility needed when handling a larger project compared to a smaller one,” he says.

“Employers are also looking for candidates who can demonstrate a strong grasp of soft skills, including communication, problem solving and adaptability.”

When applying for your next structural engineering role, Vyanan recommends using the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Results) method when responding to selection criteria and to be well-prepared for interviews.

“Given that we are moving into a candidate rich market, the way to stand out includes being clear and concise in your communication,” adds Vyanan.

“Practice at home to try to combat the nerves and just be yourself,” he says.

You can read more about how to use the STAR method and what to say in your interview here.

With more people in the market for a job now, knowing where the competition is strong may help you shape your job-hunting approach. By focusing on the ways you can stand out, highlighting your transferable skills and tailoring your application around what employers are looking for, you’re giving yourself the best chance of success.

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