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
- Career Services (NZ) Making career decisions
EEO Trust Work and Age Survey (2006)
This online survey was conducted in April 2006 by the EEO Trust to gain information on what people wanted from work as they grew older, and to find out what kind of workplace conditions would encourage them to stay in paid employment longer. It is hoped that employers will use this information in future workforce planning.
Boomers & beyond: Recruiters tell their stories (November 2008)
A publication from EEO Trust.
Older workers: Employers speak out (September 2008)
Research with EEO Employers Group members show that many employers place a high value on older workers, appreciating their reliability, experience, stability and loyalty. This research has been released alongside a new guide to enable employers to make the most of mature staff.
- 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.
New Dynamics Group
The programme is a seven year multidisciplinary research initiative with the ultimate aim of improving quality of life of older people. The link is to the Working late section.
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.
AARP - American Association of Retired Persons
Topics include changing careers, self employment, job hunting and retirement .
Occupational Outlook Handbook
The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. Revised every two years, the handbook describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations. Although the Occupational Outlook Handbook targets junior and senior high school students, it also can assist college students and experienced workers, including those seeking to change careers or re-enter the labour force.
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.
Flying without a net : turn fear of change into fuel for success / Thomas J. DeLong.
The author offers personal stories from his own life and from others he has worked with, illustrating obstacles that prevent growth and change. The book offers tools for self-reflection, creating a support system, and other steps professionals can take to find new paths to learning and growth. It includes numerous checklists, self-assessment instruments, and exercises especially designed to appeal to task-oriented achievers. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)" (Syndetics summary)
The complete career makeover / Nic Paton.
"Stuck in a dead-end job? Not everyone has the same idea of a dream job, but most people need guidance to help them get it. The Complete Career Makeover provides motivational tools to help make that first step, plus practical advice on qualifications and training." (Syndetics summary)
Burning the suit: fighting back against the aftershock of redundancy / Andrew Taylor.
Thank you for firing me! : how to catch the next wave of success after you lose your job / Kitty Martini and Candice Reed.
"You've been let go, laid off, or downsized. While it may not seem like it today, yon are now one step closer to your dream job. Really. Kitty Martini and Candice Reed have written a fresh, smart, and at times even funny book that will give you the resources, tools, and insights to thrive even in an economic downturn.Thank You for Firing Me! will help you:Avoid "rebound" workFigure out what you were meant to doFind ways to adapt your skills to a changing job marketDiscover the latest news on hot new industriesCapitalize on current trendsLearn about expanding markets such as the green industry, baby boomers, and Generation YLocate opportunities for women and fields with a growing demand for diversityExplore Internet marketing and methods to boost your revenueThis book also tells you what it takes to be a freelancer and presents resources to help you profit from your business. If you're a creative person, you'll want to read the chapter devoted to art and how to sell it. You'll even find tips on how you can work in other parts of the world. Plus, there's plenty of advice from people who were fired and lived to tell about it. Book jacket." (Syndetics summary) .
Use these catalogue subject headings for a full listing of books:
Government & Community Services
Career Services KiwiCareers
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.
Career Services NZ Making career decisions
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 January 2012