Helping skilled migrants find employment in New Zealand

A service of the Hamilton Multicultural Services Trust

Learn more about us below

Helping skilled migrants find employment in New Zealand

A service of the Hamilton Multicultural Services Trust

Learn more about us below

About us

Migrant Employment Solutions is a FREE service providing tailored employment solutions not only for new skilled migrants but also for employers who are looking to fill vacancies. Funded by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, Migrant Employment Solutions aims to match the skills of international talent with the needs of New Zealand businesses. The Migrant Employment Solutions team offers a one to one service with advice on the New Zealand job market and workplace, CV’s, cover letters and interview preparation, workshops and a support network.

Clients and outcomes 2016-2017

Ref: Hamilton Multicultural Services Trust 2016-2017 annual report


Next time you have a skills gap don’t hesitate to contact us

Are you an employer with a skills gap? We have skilled migrants already living here, looking to enter the NZ job market from a wide range of professions. For every outcome we have, an employer has taken on a skilled migrant, which is fantastic as it means a migrant is well on the way to successful settlement. Having a migrant in your workplace is also an opportunity to increase your cultural diversity and develop international connections.


We offer

  • A professional and experienced employment service including post-placement support
  • No placement fee

Employer Testimonial


We have had several occasions to work with Jackie and her team in regards to looking for staff for our Quest Apartment Hotel here in Hamilton. We like to help out where we can to assist people to assimilate here in Hamilton.  Quest looks forward to many more years of association with the good folk of the Centre. We are glad to be a small part of their success “  Robert and Chern Hunter, Quest Hamilton.


Job Seekers

Helping skilled migrants find employment in New Zealand

Migrant Employment Solutions is a free face to face employment service to help you prepare for the New Zealand job market. Our service is tailored to meet the individual needs of our clients to help you find a job that suits your skills, experience and qualifications.

If you have:

  • NZ Residency or
  • Full and open work visa
  • Post-study work visa
  • Little or no New Zealand work experience

We can work with you!

We offer:

  • CV and cover letter advice for the current job market
  • Transferring your skills into the NZ workforce
  • Interview preparation
  • Career information
  • Support into work
  • Job interview preparation


“My appointments with the MES team were the highlights of my whole ‘miserable job seeking period.’ 
I know I would have never been able to get the perfect job I have now without their help. I couldn’t be more grateful.”

“Thank you for all your help, and extremely valuable advice and input- all of which played no small part in where I am today in my job journey”

“Migrant Employment Solutions Waikato is doing a great job helping students in their post-study job search period. They give their valuable time and assistance so that students like me can prioritize their job search time effectively”

Links for Job Seekers

A few of our favourite websites for job seekers.

These websites have up to date career advice as well as plenty of new job vacancies: …………………………………………………… …………………………………………………… …………………………………………………… ………………………………………………….

Our Staff/ Contact Us

Employment Coordinator
Jackie Runciman (click for staff profile)

Phone:  07 853 0466   Mobile:  021 440 082 Email:

Employment Adviser
Susan Wright (Click for staff profile)

Phone:  07 853 0481 Mobile: 027 700 2273 Email:

Employment Adviser
Aroha Gillette (Click for staff profile)

Phone:  07 853 0481   Mobile:  027 700 1475 Email:


Please contact us with any queries – we’re happy to help!

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Hi, I’m Jackie. I have worked with Migrant Employment solutions since 2015 and it is the most exciting and satisfying job I could ever wish for. I constantly meet wonderful new clients starting out on their search for a job in New Zealand and settling into the Kiwi lifestyle. The enthusiasm and dedication they show towards the journey never ceases to amaze me. My role is to work with skilled migrants seeking employment and build relationships and networks with employers and recruiters.


Hi I’m Susan and I have been supporting skilled migrants on their journey into the New Zealand workforce for a number of years so I understand the challenges that many face when looking for work in a very different environment. I really enjoy the chance to meet and spend time getting to know our clients, tailoring our service to meet their individual job seeking needs until they secure meaningful employment. For me, the best part of my job is meeting amazing job seekers from all over the world with great qualifications and work experience who really want to settle here and contribute to the Hamilton economy.


Kia ora, my name is Aroha and I have been working with Migrant Employment Solutions since 2016. I thoroughly enjoy supporting and working with clients from all over the world, using their great skills and experience plus our knowledge of the New Zealand job market to find employment. Being a part of my clients employment journey is very rewarding and as a (fairly) recent graduate myself, I know firsthand the struggles and rewards that come with finding a job you love.