Halimah Madeline Bellows

Self-Help

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Halimah Madeline Bellows

At an early age Halimah Bellows became aware of her natural ability to listen to people non-judgmentally as well as her desire to be of service to others. In her life as an educator, a career counselor and a coach, she has been able to marry her fascination with people’s stories with her deep interest in the world of work. A Pacific Northwest and California-based career/coach for more than 20 years, Halimah Bellows holds an MA in English Language Teaching from the University of Exeter, an MS in Counseling Psychology from San Francisco State University and received training at The Coaches Training Institute and Retirement Options to become a Certified Retirement and Professional Coach. Author of Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work and creator of CAREER QUEST CARDS, she is a seasoned workshop presenter, group facilitator and talk show guest. In addition to assisting people through career transitions and supporting retirees to “retire with fire”, she also focusses on helping couples and business partnerships build powerful intentional relationships as well as empowering artists, entrepreneurs, and professionals to develop their business and achieve their dreams.

Books

Champion Your Career

Self-Help

Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work by Halimah Bellows addresses the needs of a new generation of career seekers in a rapidly changing economy and job marketplace. Designed as self-paced career development workshop in book format, it provides self-assessment tools to enable individuals to explore their personal passions, values, strengths and skills along with sound strategies and resources for decision making, goal setting and networking to begin a fulfilling new career. About 493 characterw

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Jump Into Your Job Search: The Resume

The Cover Letter Decide on the focus of your letter, tailor your information to the reader, and make sure that all the points keep on topic. Base your correspondence to employers around what you can do for them, not on what you want them to do for you. Let your enthusiasm be apparent. You do not want to lose the reader’s interest before he or she finishes the page. Avoid the words “as you can see,” because the reader may not be able to “see” the point the way you do.

Acknowledging Your Core Values

All of us have values that, consciously or unconsciously, guide our choices and actions. Throughout our lifetime, some of our values may change depending on our age, our friends, work, hobbies, or other factors. Some values, however, have not changed and will not change, despite our exposure to diverse political, religious, and cultural influences.

Recognizing Your Strengths

In order to find out what will make you happy at work or in your time away from work, you need to discover your talents and your strengths. People sometimes confuse strengths with skills. The basic difference is that skills are learned. You learn how to drive. Driving is a skill while your strengths or talents are innate, natural abilities. You may find you have natural talents in many different areas. When you see a little kid creating an amazing drawing or painting you say, “That kid is a natural.” It’s automatic. The child knows how to do it.

How You Fit In

Although the internet is a powerful tool to add to your job search arsenal, don’t neglect traditional strategies such as networking, company research, a winning resumé, and thorough interview preparation. Take advantage of resources such as: • Professional and Trade Publications–There are thousands of magazines, journals, and newsletters with information about specific fields or industries which may also contain job listings. • Newspaper Advertisements–By analyzing ads you can unearth valuable information relating to today’s job market. You may want to consider subscribing to a major newspaper in your chosen area when involved in a long-distance job search. You can learn of current salaries, pick up buzz-words to use in cover letters and at interviews, and find out which skills, qualifications, degrees and work experiences to emphasize in your resumé and cover letter. Some newspapers provide web pages where they include jobs that were advertised in recent editions. • Job Search Jump Starts—Libraries are a bountiful source of information about career development and labor markets.

Nourish Your Network

The concept of networking is simple: It’s letting people know that you’re in the job market and telling them about your interests and the kind of work you are seeking. Networking is also about asking for advice and assistance in achieving your career objectives. What networking does is to tap into the hidden job market. This market is approximately 80 percent of the jobs that are available every day and do not get advertised.

Nourish Your Network

The concept of networking is simple: It’s letting people know that you’re in the job market and telling them about your interests and the kind of work you are seeking. Networking is also about asking for advice and assistance in achieving your career objectives. What networking does is to tap into the hidden job market. This market is approximately 80 percent of the jobs that are available every day and do not get advertised. It is a myth that all jobs are advertised. If you think about it from the perspective of most employers, when there is a job opening within their company what are they going to do first?

Recognizing Your Strengths part two

In order to find out what will make you happy at work or in your time away from work, you need to discover your talents and your strengths. People sometimes confuse strengths with skills. The basic difference is that skills are learned. You learn how to drive. Driving is a skill while your strengths or talents are innate, natural abilities. You may find you have natural talents in many different areas.

Recognizing Your Strengths

In order to find out what will make you happy at work or in your time away from work, you need to discover your talents and your strengths. People sometimes confuse strengths with skills. The basic difference is that skills are learned. You learn how to drive. Driving is a skill while your strengths or talents are innate, natural abilities. You may find you have natural talents in many different areas.

THE COURAGE TO CHANGE YOUR CAREER

Your dream job will allow you to tap into your unique talents. Your skills and strengths are gifts that come naturally to you. If you are in your ideal career, it will feel like a perfect fit. It will allow you to express yourself fully and you will notice that your work will feel effortless. Your work will give you energy instead of draining you. If you’re not doing work that’s right for you, you will probably feel drained and tired when you come home. But if you’re doing what you love, you will feel energized by it instead of exhausted by it.

Choosing Well

Moving forward boldly with your decision-making process is essential to your success in your career and in all aspects of your life. Career coach Linda Markley () notes, “Many people put off making choices either from a fear of making the wrong choice or simply not getting around to it. Paradoxically, not making choices is harder work in the long run. If we make the big choices about what we want in our lives we have a direction, a blueprint against which we usually make the small choices (like what to pay attention to, what to do next) more obvious.”

Passions and Purpose

In fully uncovering and embracing our passions, we find a deeper purpose that gives a richer meaning to our lives beyond gratification of our egos. A calling is like an organism, a living entity, with a purpose all its own. It drives us toward authenticity and aliveness. Saying “yes” to a calling tends to place you on a path where half of you doesn’t think it makes a bit of sense, but the other half knows your life won’t make any sense unless you participate in certain activities that automatically draw out your passion for life.

What Are Your Core Values?

All of us have values that, consciously or unconsciously, guide our choices and actions. Throughout our lifetime, some of our values may change depending on our age, our friends, work, hobbies, or other factors. Some values, however, have not changed and will not change, despite our exposure to diverse political, religious, and cultural influences. These are our core values and the ones we want to focus on here.

Clarify Your Choices

Although there is no simple solution to finding the right career path for you, there are simple steps you can take utilizing all of your resources to make a good decision.

Career Choices

When you do what you love, you believe in it. You want to do more of it. You feel you are making a difference and you feel happy about doing this work. Sometimes you’ll think about your work and it will bring about change in your life or help to clarify something else that’s important to you. Very frequently, if you love what you do, you’re going to wake up in the morning and say, “Do I really get paid for doing this?” A dream job follows your wants instead of your “shoulds.” You’re listening to your intuition and to your heart instead of solely to your rational mind. When you listen to what your intuition says, then you will find that the rest of your life will start to rearrange itself so that you can truly be who you are and enjoy a truly meaningful life.

Your Career

Generally, when you do what you love, you believe in it. You want to do more of it. You feel you are making a difference and you feel happy about doing this work. Sometimes you’ll think about your work and it will bring about change in your life or help to clarify something else that’s important to you. If you love what you do, you’re going to wake up in the morning and say, “Do I really get paid for doing this?” Your dream job can feel more like a hobby than a job!

Retire With Fire- The five stages of retirement

It has been observed that there are basically five stages to retirement. By understanding these stages you will find it easier to deal with the emotional component of retirement, a pivotal transition from an active work life to creating an identity outside the work environment.

Part Two of Values Mining: The Jewels of Finding F

By answering the second question you can help uncover the real or underlying value for you. So for you, perhaps money is not the real value; perhaps the real value is “security” or “being successful” or “being independent” or “being able to provide for my family.” It’s always helpful to anchor or relate the values you express to real world situations. If you say you value “honesty” or “teamwork,” write down what “honesty” or “teamwork” would mean in terms of your behavior and how it would impact others.

Values Mining: The Jewels of Finding Fulfilling Wo

Many people cannot express what their five to ten core values are and thus are living lives unconnected to them. This ambivalence can lead to a life of unhappiness, discontent, conflict and unease. Some may feel conflicted because they are trying to live a life according to the values of a certain company, religious or political organization, or the values of their friends and colleagues or their partner rather, than living a life according to their own core values. If you feel your life is unfulfilled and unhappy or has too much conflict in it, then it may be that you are leading a life that is not in accord with your own core values. The question is: Do you know your own personal core values? Do you know whether or not you are expressing them in your daily life?

Retire With Fire

We have this gift of time, combined with our skills and talents, to create the best stage of life for ourselves. The greatest mistake, however, is thinking that our retirement years will be happy and perfect without any planning or preparation. It’s magical thinking that will lead to depression, disappointment, and even declining health. This chapter is about how, when you’re approaching your retirement years, you can reinvent yourself and allow or effect a transformation into a fulfilling new life.

Focus on Your Future

This book is designed to help you understand that you have the power to be your own champion. You can create your own positive perspective with the messages you play in your inner dialogue and then manifest those messages in the material world. You can do this for yourself. Do not allow other people to tell you, “Don’t do this” or “You shouldn’t do that” or “This is not good enough.” Instead, you can say, “I know what works for me. I can make my own life and I can champion my career. I can make it happen for myself. I can be successful at whatever vocation I choose.”

Doing What You Love

As we listen more to our intuition, we come into conflict with the status quo and others’ expectations of who we are and what we should be doing. A natural consequence of aligning our own values and integrity is that we will inconvenience someone, including ourselves!

Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals

This process takes courage. What we’re talking about is a leap of faith. Go through this process as many times as you need to in order to become clear on who you are, what you want, and what your interests, values, passions and purpose are. Then develop a strategy to test your choices for your next career path. Your chances of achieving success in carrying out the actions you choose will be greatly enhanced by your ability to effectively set goals that give order and direction to your efforts. Here are the qualities that need to be considered in effective goal-setting:

Does Your Career Blend with Your Personal Life?

If your work life and your personal life do not add up to a high enough level of satisfaction, then you might be ready to look at a career change. Either way, this book will help you determine what your basic needs are for happiness in the workplace, as well as your personal life. Then it will help you move on to a higher level of overall satisfaction in your life.

Dynamic Decision Making Strategies

Decision-making is a process—a process that can be so short as to be almost instantaneous or one that can so completely involve your thoughts as to lead to paralysis. The process presented in this chapter of my book will enable you to select the appropriate strategy for various situations step by step.

Our Core Values

My favorite saying about core values is: “The degree to which we live our lives in alignment with our core values is the degree of fulfillment that we will experience.” Core values reflect what is truly important to us as happy, healthy individuals. Core values relate to the heart of our being. They relate to the sacred essence of what we want to manifest in this world.

Recognizing Your Talents and Strengths

Talents and strengths are related; they work together. An example of a talent could be the ability to organize people, to motivate people. There are people who are linguists. They don’t have to work too hard at learning a new language. They just pick up a language naturally. You can learn a language, yes, and it is a skill, but some people have what we call natural ability. Some people pick it up one, two, three and others just struggle. It’s a natural ability to be a linguist, to learn languages. For some people it just comes and it flows. So that is basically how you can recognize a talent.

Changing Careers to Fit Who You Are Now!

People change careers in America generally between five and seven times in a lifetime. This is just something to bear in mind so you don’t get caught up in the dead-end thinking of, “This is my choice and I have to stick with it for the rest of my life.” You don’t because you grow and as you grow you may change and you may find what was rewarding to you once may not be rewarding at a later time.

Changing Careers Takes Courage

Any change takes courage. To be truly satisfied throughout your work life, your career needs to change and grow with you. The job you are most attracted to may change throughout your life. Personalized career coaching exercises will assist you to explore your passions, values and recognize your strengths and skills. Once you have those, you will apply strategies for determining your desired career.

A Wake-Up Call to Meaningful Work

If you’re stressing out over people and situations that you absolutely believe you have no control over, it is time for an emotional adjustment either by shifting your attitude or shifting into a more satisfying work experience.

Find Out Where You Fit

Although the internet is a powerful tool to add to your job search arsenal, don’t neglect traditional strategies such as networking, company research, a winning résumé, and thorough interview preparation. Take advantage of resources such as: • Professional and Trade Publications–There are thousands of magazines, journals, and newsletters with information about specific fields or industries which may also contain job listings.

Become Your Own Career Champion!

You can create your own positive perspective with the messages you play in your inner dialogue and then manifest those messages in the material world. You can do this for yourself. Do not allow other people to tell you, “Don’t do this” or “You shouldn’t do that” or “This is not good enough.” Instead, you can say, “I know what works for me. I can make my own life and I can champion my career. I can make it happen for myself. I can be successful at whatever vocation I choose.”

Change Careers With Courage

Any kind of change takes courage. People want to stay where they are comfortable. However, in order for you to be truly satisfied throughout your work life, your career needs to change and grow with you.

The Importance of Self-Assessment

Whether you are a college student with little or no work history or an experienced worker seeking a new career direction, finding your way through the maze of career options available today can be daunting unless you have clarity about the choices that are appropriate for you. This clarity can be gained only through careful and honest self-assessment of your personality, your values your strengths and your skills.

Passion and Purpose

Many of us have lost sight of our dreams, ideals, talents and passions in order to stay in survival mode, to support a family, or to live up to others’ expectations. This path has led us to feel restless and unsatisfied.

Defining Your Purpose

Defining your purpose is the first step in doing work that you love; work that encourages you to grow as a human being.

Finding Your Dependable Strengths

Finding your dependable strengths is a very powerful process. The first step you have to take is to identify your life’s good experiences, because your dependable strengths will emerge through these experiences.

Do What you Love to Do and Never Work a Day in You

If you are doing what you love to do, it allows you to be your true self all of the time. Think about it. It really takes a tremendous amount of energy on a daily basis to not be authentic at work. Sometimes we feel we have to take on a sort of “false persona” to fulfill the job requirements. Your ideal job will enable you to be who you are and not waste any energy.

Nourish Your Network

The concept of networking is simple: It’s letting people know that you’re in the job market and telling them about your interests and the kind of work you are seeking. Networking is also about asking for advice and assistance in achieving your career objectives.

Recognizing Your Strengths is Key

In order to find out what will make you happy at work or in your time away from work, you need to discover your talents and your strengths.

Verve Up Your Values

All of us have values that, consciously or unconsciously, guide our choices and actions. Throughout our lifetime, some of our values may change depending on our age, our friends, work, hobbies, or other factors. Some values, however, have not changed and will not change, despite our exposure to diverse political, religious, and cultural influences. These are our core values and the ones we want to focus on here.

Defining Your Purpose

Defining your purpose is the first step in doing work that you love; work that encourages you to grow as a human being. In fully uncovering and embracing our passions, we find a deeper purpose that gives a richer meaning to our lives beyond gratification of our egos. A calling is like an organism, a living entity, with a purpose all its own. It drives us toward authenticity and aliveness.

Change Careers With Courage

We are different people at age 20 than we are at age 30, 40, 50 or 60. We look at life differently and our values change too. That is why identifying your values is such a key part of career development which involves asking and answering questions of yourself about what is important to you, and observing what you feel passionately attracted to (as well as what you feel passionately repelled by).

Passion and Purpose

Creating a life of your own design, based on your known passion and sense of purpose, takes boldness, but the rewards of greater self-pride and just plain delight are worth it!

Become Your Own Career Champion

You can create your own positive perspective with the messages you play in your inner dialogue and then manifest those messages in the material world.

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