Career Development Association of New Zealand


Using the Zoom online platform

I have never used Zoom before, how does it work?

You will need a device (computer, tablet, phone) that has good internet access and ideally has a built in camera and microphone. Most devices meet this requirement. 

If joining a CDANZ event on Zoom you will be provided with a Zoom weblink specific to your meeting or webinar.

If you have not used Zoom before we recommend you click that Zoom weblink approx. 10 min before the scheduled meeting time. This allows you time to work through any technical requirements before the meeting starts.

When you click the link for the first time Zoom may prompt you to download the app to your device. You will only need to do this the first time you use Zoom. 

Once Zoom is activated it will ask you to choose whether you wish to connect to audio using your device or by phone. Ideally you will select your device. If however, there is a fault with your microphone you will have the option to phone in. 

Depending on how the host has set up the meeting/webinar Zoom may ask you if you wish to use your camera. This enables other people to see you. It will not effect what you see on your screen. 

Once you are inside the Zoom room with your sound and video working you will be all set for the meeting. Your host will welcome you and explain any of the features within the room. The most important being:

  • How to mute and unmute yourself
  • How to turn your camera on and off
  • How to write your questions in the Chat box

If you are nervous about using Zoom watch some of their video tutorials or contact Lauren to arrange a practice session - 

CDANZ branches, book clubs and special interest groups are welcome to book a CDANZ Zoom room for their activity. Please contact to make arrangements 

If you would like to host your own Zoom events or use Zoom as a platform for connecting with clients you can set up a free account for meetings up to 40minutes in duration.