Connecting to the Kiwi way leads to job success

Approaching English Language Partners proved fruitful for Dulari Amarasinghe: she’s just secured a terrific job!

Dulari is enjoying her new administrator position at the Capital and Coast District Health Board (CCDHB) and says she appreciates the support of our Wellington centre.

With her background in Human Rights and International Relations, Dulari worked in her home country, Sri Lanka, as a Red Cross education officer. Finding employment in the workplace here, however, meant learning new ways - about how New Zealanders apply and interview for jobs.

Romesh Dissanayake, who runs the programme helping migrants secure employment in the capital, says Dulari really shows how perseverance pays off.

“Dulari’s faced many challenges and obstacles. She’s very determined, and with help from our volunteer job mentors she’s been rewarded with a skilled job.”

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With professionalism, a good attitude and kindness

Dayhanna Gonzalez discovered the Job Mentoring Service thanks to a friend who signed up for the programme.

“It’s her success story that motivated me to get involved,” she says.
“Joining the meetings was frightening at first, as I thought my English wasn’t going to be good enough.”
However, she soon found the opposite was true. “Everyone was welcoming,” Dayhanna says.
“They gave me tons of encouragement to continue looking for a job, despite getting several rejections.” Job Mentoring fostered her skills in so many ways, says Dayhanna.

I learned to prepare for interviews, got tips on how to write a CV to highlight my strengths, plus write an assertive cover letter to go with.

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Fernando’s Kiwi job-seeking success

“It was amazing to have a job seeker group with whom I could connect and share questions and experiences.”

Within a couple weeks of arriving in New Zealand, Fernando Martin approached English Language Partners (ELP) looking for an English course. “I learned I wasn’t eligible to sign up for the regular course because of my visa type,” he says. However, Fernando says he was so lucky that the Wellington centre mentioned the Job Mentoring Service to him, and the coordinator explained how they could support his job search.

I felt so excited about the prospect of enrolling in this cool programme!

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Job mentoring launches new career

For Isabel Poblete Echeverria, teaching Spanish in New Zealand enabled her to work and stay within her comfort zone, but in her heart, she knew she wanted a role that would challenge her.

“It is her success story that motivated me to get involved,” she says.
“Joining the meetings was frightening at first, as I thought my English was not going to be good enough.”
However, she soon found the opposite was true. “Everyone was welcoming,” Dayhanna says.
“They gave me tons of encouragement to continue looking for a job, despite getting several rejections.” Job Mentoring fostered her skills in so many ways, says Dayhanna.

I learned to prepare for interviews, got tips on how to write a CV to highlight my strengths, plus write an assertive cover letter to go with.

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