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Wellington City Libraries

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This guide outlines the resources available to you at Wellington City Libraries. Smaller collections of these resources can be found at the branch libraries. This guide also provides links to a number of online job and career-related resources, which experienced or mature workers may find useful.

If you are considering your options for rejoining the paid workforce, or if it has been some time since you were last looking to change your current job, check out these links.

Getting Started

New Zealand Websites

International Websites

  • The 10-Step Plan to Career Change by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D. published on the Quintessential Careers web site.
    Although American, the site is still an excellent resource for all employees in transition, including downsized workers. It is also useful for women re-entering the workforce and for mature workers considering a career change.
  • The Riley Guide Employment Opportunities and Job Resources on the Internet
    The Riley Guide is produced by Margaret F. Dikel, a private consultant, working with companies, organizations, and agencies, to develop their use of the internet for recruiting and career management, career transition and job search. Included in this free guide is information on using the internet, how the internet can be a tool in the job search and recruiting process, and links to hundreds of job resources, services, and information guides all over the Internet.

Library Resources

Listed below is just a selection of the books held by the library.

Syndetics book coverHow to get a good job after 50 : a step-by-step guide to job search success / Rupert French.
"Many baby boomers are seeking to stay in the workforce longer and are looking for satisfying, fulfilling jobs. This book is a step-by-step guide to finding and winning the sort of job most likely to give job satisfaction and success. It sets out how older workers are often valued in the workplace because of their experience, skills, reliability and sense of responsibility before going on to show how to demonstrate these qualities to prospective employers. It encourages people to adopt a pro-active, 'self-employed' approach, building self-esteem and promoting a time-efficient, self-managed job search program, and explains the importance of: - concentrating on no more than two or three job leads at any one time - using proven marketing techniques to win good jobs- writing resumes that grab the employer's interest in the first few sentences- finding jobs before they are advertised - building an effective job search network - using social media to support the job search- maintaining a positive self-image- effective preparation for the job interview. Specimen resumes are included in the book and are available for download as templates from the linked website. Job seekers can almost guarantee getting a good job quickly if they follow the author's recipe for success!" (Syndetics summary). Also available as an ebook

Syndetics book coverLive the life you love at 50+ : a handbook for career and life success / Keren Smedley.
"Age no longer defines what you can or can't do: don't fear it, embrace it. It is possible for someone who has entered the second half of their life to start a new career, get remarried, have a young family, run a marathon, travel the world, take up a new high-risk sport or start a new business. In this title, life and business coach Keren Smedley shows you how to do just that - through following groundbreaking coaching exercises that led hundreds of her clients to success." (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRisk/reward : why intelligent leaps and daring choices are the best career moves you can make / Anne Kreamer.Risk/Reward: Why Intelligent Leaps and Daring Choices Are the Best Career Moves You Can Make Right Now
"A persuasive and eye-opening look at the importance of embracing risk in our working lives--and how to use it to achieve lifelong career success

Some of us relish the chance to fly without a net, others . . . not so much. But no matter how adventurous we might be in our personal lives, most of us are wary of allowing risk into our careers. With an economy in constant flux and a job market in which uncertainty is the only constant, stepping outside one's comfort zone can feel dangerous. But as the findings of this eye-opening and urgent book attest, the avoidance of risk might pose the greatest danger of all to our career prospects....

Syndetics book coverGetting the job you want after 50 for dummies / by Kerry Hannon.
"Your guide to navigating today's workplace and snagging that perfect job. Whether you're searching for a new job by choice or necessity, consider this book your life raft. You'll find all the resources you need to job-hunt--from building an online presence and revitalizing your resume to negotiating a salary and landing that job!

The power of people -- harness the power of the people you know -- friends and family, former colleagues, social media contacts, and more -- to network your way to your next job Mirror, mirror on the wall -- rehab your resume and cover letter, build a positive online presence, acquire social media street smarts, and market yourself on LinkedIn Hang your own shingle -- join the growing ranks of the self-employed with advice on launching your own business, working as a freelancer, turning a hobby into a profit, and cashing in on your natural gifts Scope it out -- discover which jobs are in demand and expected to grow, what they pay, and whether you're qualified" (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverYou're hired : the essential guide to job hunting and personal branding / Tom O'Neil.
Using simple exercises this recent New Zealand book will help you to decide what you are good at, how to sell yourself and stand out from the crowd.

Use these catalogue subject headings for a full listing of books:

Career changes | Career development | Middle-aged persons - Employment | Older people - Employment

Government & Community Services

  • Careers New Zealand Jobs Database
    This is a government-funded web site containing New Zealand job, industry and training information, and links to relevant web sites. They can help you with career plans if you are planning to return to the workforce, or facing a job change or job loss.
  • Careers New Zealand change careers
    This NZ government site is a good place to get information on changing your career, getting back into the work force after some years and how your skills gained out of the workforce can assist you to get a job.
  • 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.
  • NEON
    NEON (National Equal Opportunities Network) is a partnership between the Human Rights Commission and the EEO Trust. It promotes leading employment practices to employers, employees, trade unions, human resources personnel, small business and every person in New Zealand interested in decent and fair work.
  • New Kiwis
    An employment project by the Auckland Chamber of Commerce and funded by the NZ Immigration Service.
  • New Zealand Government Online
    Information and vacancies in the public service.
  • 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.

Employment Websites

New Zealand Websites

  • 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.
  • Greyskills New Zealand Ltd.
    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. Click here for your local regional contact.
  • Hudson Recruiting
    Job search by industry and location.
  • Mahi Employment
    For Maori focused employment opportunities. The site is independent of all recruitment consultancies so jobs are listed from a variety of sources.
  • SEEK
    A New Zealand employment website with thousands of jobs online.

Last updated October 2016

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