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Wellington City Libraries

Te Matapihi Ki Te Ao Nui

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

Overdrive cover How to Go to Work, Lucy Clayton
The definitive careers guide for starting out in today's working world. It's tougher than ever to get the fundamental skills you need to get started and thrive in your career. Whether you are on your first Saturday shift, about to start an apprenticeship or climbing the leadership ladder, this is your indispensable guide to surviving and thriving at work. How to Go to Work is packed full of all the vital advice you need to jump-start your fledgling career. (adapted from Overdrive description)

Comeback careers : rethink, refresh, reinvent your success--at 40, 50, and beyond / Brzezinski, Mika
"Featuring insights and inspiration from recruiters and relaunch specialists, this book is an indispensable guidebook for women breaking (back) into the workforce." (Catalogue)

Love your career from the start : making decisions for your future - a guide for young adults / Caroline Sandford. / Sandford, Caroline
"This practical book for 15-25-year-olds introduces the four key stages involved in making good decisions for your future. It contains easy exercises that will help you: understand who you are and who you want to become, explore the options that are right for you, create an action plan that ensures you have what you need to realise your goals, identify the strategies your need to create the future that YOU want"--Publisher information." (Catalogue)

How to write a CV / Johnson, Rosemary
Writing your CV in preparation for applying for a job can be a stressful activity. Writing one takes longer than you think. Added to which, like politics, everyone has an opinion as to the best method of writing it. There isn’t one magic recipe but reflecting on the last few hundred CVs we have seen or worked on, we hope this book is helpful. This 2nd edition includes tips to help you write covering letters and questions you might be asked at interviews. (Amazon)

The introvert's complete career guide : from landing a job, to surviving, thriving, and moving on up / Finkle, Jane
What do Elon Musk, Warren Buffet, Marissa Mayer, and Bill Gates all have in common outside of being wildly successful? They are all introverts. In today's fast-paced, unstable workplace achieving success requires speaking up, promoting oneself and one's ideas, and taking initiative. Extroverts, fearless in tooting their own horns, naturally thrive in this environment, but introverts often stumble. If you question your ability to perform and succeed in this extroverted work culture, The Introvert's Complete Career Guide is custom fit for you. In this supportive, all-inclusive handbook, Jane Finkle demonstrates how to use your introverted qualities to their best advantage, then add a sprinkling of extroverted skills to round out a forceful combination for ultimate career success. Finkle shares the keys to navigating each stage of professional development--from self-assessment and job searching, to survival in a new position and career advancement. (Catalogue)

The Job-Ready Guide: How To Set Yourself Up For Career Success [hardback] / Waal, Anastasia De
"Develop the skills employers want, succeed at the job application process and plan for a successful career in your dream industry with this inspiring and practical one-stop-shop. To get the career you want, you need to be job-ready. This is your all-in-one guide to understanding what employers want and how to prepare yourself with a personal career plan. From gaining work experience, to mastering essential skills and acing the application process, The Job-Ready Guide is a complete resource for standing out from the crowd and getting a job offer. It shows you how to build a strong CV, write an impressive cover letter, excel at interviews, and cultivate the professionalism that employers want. Moving from education into the workplace can be a challenge: the world of work demands skills that you may never have had to truly use - or think about - before. The Job-Ready Guide will help you to boost your employability, covering everything you need to prepare for and start a successful career. You'll be able to conduct a systematic job search, learn how to network and develop a personal brand online, as well as hone valuable skills including leadership, teamwork, creativity and problem-solving. A highly practical, hands-on guide, this book is packed with useful features, including interactive exercises to help you in your real life; insider advice from employers; and tips from professionals at different stages in their careers who reveal 'what they wish they'd known'." (Catalogue)

Ultimate cover letters : master the art of writing the perfect cover letter to boost your employability / Yate, Martin John
"Perfect your written approach to potential employers, covering everything from online applications, speculative letters, networking and even acceptance and rejection letters. Does your cover letter have the X factor? How can you make sure that it communicates what employers really want? Ultimate Cover Letters, from best-selling author and careers expert Martin John Yate, describes how to write the very best cover letters, helping you to open doors to job interviews and offers of employment, and outshine all other candidates. From the very popular Ultimate series, the book offers sound advice on assembling letters and how to use key 'power phrases' to get results, as well as over 100 sample letters to cover a variety of situations. These include e-mail responses to online applications, speculative letters, letters to answer advertised vacancies, follow-up letters, networking letters and even acceptance and resignation letters. Now including a chapter on how to develop your professional image and integrate it into your job search letter, Ultimate Cover Letters 5th edition covers all aspects of this crucial part of the job-hunting process in an engaging and approachable way, ensuring you put every chance of success by your side. Ultimate Cover Letters will help you make the perfect first impression. " (Catalogue).

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.
  • Seniors@work
    A NZ job site exclusively for seniors and those over 55 who are looking for work opportunities
  • 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.


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