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Aramahi Careers


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.

Recent books

Syndetics book coverThe 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.

Syndetics book coverWhen 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)

Syndetics book coverHow 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.

Syndetics book coverWeird 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)

Syndetics book coverIt'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:

Useful Websites


Employment Websites

  • 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.
  • Jobted
    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.
  • . Mahi Employment
    For Maori focused employment opportunities. The site is independent of all recruitment consultancies, so jobs are listed from a variety of sources.
  • Neuvoo
    Neuvoo is a job search engine that indexes jobs directly from companies' career websites, placement agencies and job boards
  • New Kiwis
    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
  • Seek
    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

Key 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.


Catalogue Quicksearch

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.

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Business databases

Online "premium" databases you can access for free with your library card -- have a browse!

Business databases & online resources

Contact us

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.

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