Welcome to Wellington City Libraries' page of resources on Careers and Job hunting. Here you'll find a cross-section of what the library holds with some quick links into our online databases and the library's catalogue, and links to websites selected by our subject librarians. The Dewey Decimal call numbers for Careers as a subject are 650.1 and 331.
The career manifesto : discover your calling and create an extraordinary life / Mike Steib.
Award-winning CEO of XO Group and sought-after speaker, Michael Steib, draws on his own diverse work experience and career highlights as well as powerful anecdotes from other successful business leaders to offer expert guidance, field-tested advice, and interactive exercises that will help you answer these three key questions, envision a goal and then craft and execute a plan to achieve it.
When to jump : if the job you have isn't the life you want / Mike Lewis.
"When Mike Lewis was twenty-four and working in a prestigious corporate job, he eagerly wanted to leave and pursue his dream of becoming a professional squash player. But he had questions: When is the right time to move from work that is comfortable to a career you have only dared to dream of? How have other people made such a jump? What did they feel when making that jump--and afterward? Mike sought guidance from others who had "jumped," and the responses he got--from a banker who started a brewery, a publicist who became a Bishop, a garbage collector who became a furniture designer, and on and on--were so clear-eyed and inspiring that Mike wanted to share what he had learned with others who might be helped by those stories."(Syndetics summary)
How to be everything : a guide for those who (still) don't know what they want to be when they grow up / Emilie Wapnick.
"What do you want to be when you grow up? It's a familiar question we're all asked as kids. While seemingly harmless, the question has unintended consequences. It can make you feel like you need to choose one job, one passion, one thing to be about. Guess what? You don't. Having a lot of different interests, projects and curiosities doesn't make you a 'jack-of-all-trades, master of none.' Your endless curiosity doesn't mean you are broken or flaky. What you are is a multipotentialite: someone with many interests and creative pursuits. And that is actually your biggest strength. How to Be Everything helps you channel your diverse passions and skills to work for you. Based on her popular TED talk, 'Why some of us don't have one true calling', Emilie Wapnick flips the script on conventional career advice. Instead of suggesting that you specialize, choose a niche or accumulate 10,000 hours of practice in a single area, Wapnick provides a practical framework for building a sustainable life around ALL of your passions." --Inside jacket.
Weird in a world that's not : a career guide for misfits, f*ckups, and failures / Jennifer Romolini.
"An honest, sharp-witted, practical guide to help you get and keep the job you want--from an outsider whose been there and done it, a woman who went from being a broke, divorced, college dropout to running some of the biggest websites in the world. Jennifer Romolini started her career as an awkward twenty-seven-year-old misfit, navigated her way through New York media and became a boss--an editor-in-chief, an editorial director, and a vice president--all within little more than a decade. Her book, Weird In A World That's Not, asserts that being outside-the-norm and achieving real, high-level success are not mutually exclusive, even if the perception of the business world often seems otherwise, even if it seems like only office-politicking extroverts are set up for reward. Part career memoir, part real-world guide, Weird in a World That's Not offers relatable advice on how to achieve your dreams, even when the odds seem stacked against you."(Syndetics summary)
It's who you know : how a network of 12 key people can fast-track your success / Janine Garner.
Meet the twelve people that can accelerate your success in business and in life. It's Who You Know is the long-awaited handbook to effective, productive and influential networking. The problem is that many of us "know" thousands of people across social networks, but how many of those people truly know you and how many of them are truly connected to you? It's time to clear out the network clutter and identify those who actually add value to your professional and personal development.. Master the art of real and influential strategic networking in a noisy and disconnected online world. Learn who you need in your circle, and how to find them. Nurture and maintain your professional relationships. Leverage your power network to accelerate your career Today, jobs are filled before they're advertised and previously unthought-of collaborations appear out of nowhere. Networking has become a critical factor for success. It's Who You Know brings networking into the modern era, and shows you a strategic approach to making it work for you.
Where to start first
Careers New Zealand
Careers New Zealand is a government site that has everything you need to help you make smart decisions about work and learning in New Zealand. The home page of Careers New Zealand links to a whole toolbox of useful pages, including:
- Planning your career
- How to get a job
- Interactive tools to help you
- Careers NZ Jobs database
- Links to education and training
NovoResume:How to Write a Cover Letter 2018 - Extensive Guide [+Examples].
SEEK Employment site.
The advice & tips page has some great information.
- How to Make a Resume: A Step-by-Step Guide (+30 Examples). From Zety
- Common Job Interview Questions and Best Answers (20 Examples). Another great resource from Zety
- My perfect Resume
- Resumelab career blog .
includes their guide to writing an entry level cover letter, and a guide on what to include in a cover letter.
- How To Get A Job If You're Over 50
- Careers New Zealand cv and cover letter templates.
Job Bank - Work and Income NZ
This is the job vacancies site of Work and Income NZ. Choose your region, then click on the industry or type of work you are interested in.
A great Australian website for finding jobs and job vacancies from all career sites in Australia.
JobGurus New Zealand
JobGurus aggregates jobs from thousands of employer, recruiter and government sites across New Zealand and provides jobs in a simple, intuitive way to job seekers. It's sister site in Australia JobGurus Australia
does the same for Australian job seekers. The service is free to job seekers.
For Maori focused employment opportunities. The site is independent of all recruitment consultancies, so jobs are listed from a variety of sources.
Neuvoo is a job search engine that indexes jobs directly from companies' career websites, placement agencies and job boards
An employment project by the Auckland Chamber of Commerce and funded by the NZ Immigration service.
NZ Government online
Information and vacancies in the state sector, and Local government careers
Job vacancies from within NZ, and Australia. Includes a virtual interview section.
Student job search
Free employment service for students. Year-round part-time, casual and summer vacancies.
- Trade me Job vacancy site.
- Big Idea creative industry job opportunities.
Upgrading your skills
- Open Polytechnic
Wellington High School Adult and Community classes.
Either view the course index online or pick up a brochure at your local library.
NZ Apprenticeships Scheme
This replaces the Modern Apprenticeships Scheme.
English Teaching College Stepping Up Programme
The programme is sponsored by Microsoft and is a free internet and computer training for adults. It is designed for anyone with basic computer knowledge to develop their skills a step further in areas of direct relevance to their work and life.
Wellington Institute of Technology (Weltec) 2018 prospectus
Weltec provides an extensive range of nationally and internationally recognised qualifications, including certificate, diploma and degree programmes, including business focused courses, and a number of free computer courses, as well as summer semesters
New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Here you can search for unit standards and qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework, as well as search for accredited providers
Key transferable skills
Auckland Business School Skills Audit
A great site which provides a tool for assessing your skills.
- Careers New Zealand: figure out your skills
- The Balance: transferable skills
Networking and the hidden job market
Although there are many employment sites on the internet, it is useful to remember that growing numbers of people find their new job through the hidden job market - i.e. through contacts. This is one area where experienced workers have an advantage through years of connections, both personal and professional. Volunteering is a good way to enlarge your network of contacts, whilst allowing you to help a cause.
- The Balance: articles on networking
How To Optimize Your LinkedIn Summary & Profile To Get Jobs
A great resource from Zety
A unique social venture dedicated to researching, understanding and addressing the needs of all professional working women in New Zealand
- Do you want to be a more effective networker
- New Zealand Trust for Conservation Volunteers
- Successful resumes: navigating the hidden job market through networking
Volunteer Wellington, is an independent non-profit organisation and provides the essential voluntary workforce needed to maintain and sustain the work of more than 250 community based and not-for-profit organisations in the greater Wellington region
Volunteering New Zealand
This is the National Association for the Promotion of Volunteering in the community, with links to many agencies who use volunteers
- Australia's Graduate Jobs directory 2018
The best graduate jobs, internships & graduate programs in Australia
Debt Payoff Calculator
This useful tool is produced by Simple dollar.com and although American will be relevant to New Zealand students.
- NxtStep-New Zealand's Youth Employment Platform
New Kiwis - NZ Job search strategy - what you need to know to find a job in New Zealand
Dress For Success Wellington
Part of a international not-for-profit organization which enables 30,000 low-income women in over 70 cities world-wide each year to make tailored transitions into the workforce by providing interview suits, confidence boosts and career development
The company addresses the unemployment issues of the over 40's/baby boomers whilst at the same time providing a quality home service to homeowners using their tradesmen and handymen
Our online databases
Lynda.com is an online tutorial service providing access to over 3,500 instructional videos on computer software, creative and business skills. The courses are delivered by tutors who are both experts in their field and know how to teach. Added features, allow for searching across courses, curated playlists and individual access enabling course progress to be saved. Lynda.com can be accessed both within the library, or from outside.
Note: your 'pin' is your surname.
Online "premium" databases you can access for free with your library card -- have a browse!
This page is written and maintained by Marilyn Domney, our Libraries' Business Customer Specialist. I'd be pleased to hear from you about this page - contact me with any feedback.