Dear What Am I Worth,
I’m a 28-year-old Dane contemplating moving to New Zealand on a permanent basis.
Currently I’m working as a software engineer for a large (500+ employees) Copenhagen-based software house doing C# development on the Microsoft .Net platform.
A member of a project team of 10, my tasks involve designing, developing and documenting components for a class library that, once completed, is to be used as the foundation for practically all of our company’s future products. As well as being a skilled electronics mechanic, I have a BSc (Hons) in computer engineering with an A- average.
I’ve got two years of industry experience with large-scale C/C++ development using OOAD/UML/XP as underlying principles and tools. I’ve also been exposed to HTML/CSS/ASP, Linux programming, hard real-time data acquisition and digital signal processing as part of my professional career. During my engineering studies, I spent my work term in New Zealand doing a C++ project for a local company. The project took five months to complete. I’m looking for a job as a C/C++ developer, either systems - or embedded programming.
My primary goal would be a permanent position, although I’d also consider contract work as a way to get a foot in the door. Geographically, my preference lies within the Christchurch region, Wellington being an alternative.
Presented with a job offer a residency permit should prove no problem to obtain, but I’d still need three to four months to get all practical matters sorted out before being able to take up the position.
Alliance IT Recruitment replies: The best way to get a job in New Zealand is to arrive here ready to start work. Most employers won’t wait three months. You could expect a starting salary of $75,000+.
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