Wellington City Libraries

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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 coverRisk/reward : why intelligent leaps and daring choices are the best career moves you can make / Anne Kreamer.
"We entertain ourselves with modest risk-- the scary movie, the party full of strangers, the weekend in Vegas. But when it comes to our careers, when self-identity and security hang in the balance, most of us don't like to play the odds very aggressively. While some of us are natural born thrill seekers, the majority of us are hardwired to avoid risk. But, Anne Kreamer argues, in the current workplace, that very avoidance could be putting us in a far more precarious position than we know. Consider these startling facts: The average job lasts 4 years-- or less. If you are in your 20s... you will have 11 jobs over the course of your working life. If you are in your 40s... you will have to change careers 2 more times. If you are in your 60s... you will likely have to work for another 10-20 years. Kreamer makes a compelling case that we all need to think and act more like entrepreneurs on our own behalf and become practitioners of the art of risk. Through proprietary research and her own keen record as a trend spotter, Kreamer convinces us of the necessity to embrace risk as a healthy and forward-thinking attribute and a way to improve the quality and longevity of our working lives"-- Provided by publisher.

Syndetics book coverOwn your future : how to think like an entrepreneur and thrive in an unpredictable economy / Paul B. Brown ; with Charles F. Kiefer and Leonard A. Schlesinger.
This book helps you apply the simple model used by successful serial entrepreneurs--Act, Learn, Build, Repeat--to reinvent the way you maneuver in an unpredictable job market.

Syndetics book coverWhat color is your parachute? guide to rethinking interviews : ace the interview and land your dream job / Richard N. Bolles.What Color Is Your Parachute? Guide to Rethinking Interviews: Ace the Interview and Land Your Dream Job
"The first interview book from thenbsp; What Color Is Your Parachute?nbsp; career guru Richard Bolles. Interviews instill fear in many a job-hunter, but this empowering guide from legendary career expert Richard N. Bolles reveals that interviews are really just conversations to determine if the work--and workplace--is a great fit for both parties.nbsp; For the first time, Bolles combines his decades of experience with the latest studies and job-market research to create an all-in-one guide for the whole interview process, from pre-interview research to elevator pitches, "tell me about yourself" questions, and salary negotiation. This slender handbook provides just the essentials: the three most important things you need to know about interviews, the five questions you must have answers for, and an ingenious summary of how to succeed. With this guide in hand, you'll walk into interviews with confidence, armed with the means to impress--and hopefully land your dream job." (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDo over : rescue Monday, reinvent your work, and never get stuck / Jon Acuff.
You already have everything you need for an amazing career. In fact, you've had it since day one. If you've hit your career ceiling or hit a bump, Acuff shows you how to call a Do Over-- how to reinvent your work and get unstuck. You might get a jump to a new role, or a surprising opportunity to a new career. It takes relationships, skills, character, and hustle-- and now is the time to apply them.

Syndetics book coverNew rules of the game : 10 strategies for women in the workplace / Susan Packard.
"The co-founder of HGTV shows how women can achieve their career goals using techniques of gamesmanship. New Rules of the Game provides insights, tips and direction to women in business, based on experiences from author and HGTV co-founder Susan Packard's own 30 year career, along with a dozen other prominent executives. Packard advocates for a revolutionary new perspective for businesswomen, which she calls "gamesmanship" -- a strategic way of thinking that cultivates creativity, focus, optimism, teamwork, and competitiveness. These strategies are seen in the gaming and sports worlds and often among men, but women can utilize these skills as well to learn to: compete outwardly instead of inwardly, take loss in stride, provide the emotional distance necessary to succeed at work, think tactically, step up with more grit to get the next win, level the playing field by understanding how male colleagues think and win at work, and, add excitement to their careers."-- Provided by publisher. ..

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.
  • Jobbydoo
    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 and

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.



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