This guide outlines the resources available to you at Wellington City Libraries. The largest collection will be found at Central Library, but smaller collections 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.
New Zealand Websites
- Careers New Zealand: Mature workers in the labour market
- Valuing experience : a practical guide to recruiting and retaining older workers provides tips for employers as well as information on older workers' rights and responsibilities.
- Working Longer: The Heroic tasks required of older workers to maintain their careers longer A May 2010 research project by Kaye Avery.
SEEK Career Transition Strategies
Part of the SEEK employment site - this is a practical, easy to use site with advice on resumes, choosing and changing careers, and career development.
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.
Listed below is just a selection of the books held by the library.
How 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
Live 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)
Risk/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....
Getting 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!
You'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:
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 Return to work or 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 (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.
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.
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.
Job search by industry and location.
Also check out:- The Evolving Workplace: The Seven Key Drivers of Mature-aged Workers
This white paper probes the critical issues of Australia and New Zealand's ageing workforces and looks at ways employers can better engage mature-aged workers. The report provides readers with insights and organisations with practical solutions to attract and retain this crucial resource.
For Maori focused employment opportunities. The site is independent of all recruitment consultancies so jobs are listed from a variety of sources.
A New Zealand employment website with thousands of jobs online.
Last updated October 2016