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.
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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.
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.
Champion Your Career
The previous sections of this book have focused on helping you, the reader, to consider some basic questions: “What are my skills, talents, strengths, values, interests, and personal qualities and how will they fit into the workplace?” The answers to these questions help you define who you are in relation to your search for the career path that will bring you the most fulfillment. The next part of this journey is finding out what actually is available in the world of work. This is the time for occupational research and exploration.
Fortunately there are many ways to do research. The internet has become a professional necessity today. It provides almost limitless resources for learning what jobs are available in your area as well as what skills are needed. Not only does it offer the ability to conduct an online job search and put you in touch with thousands of career opportunities, it can also showcase to employers your adaptability to change, ability to learn new tools of the trade, and initiative in keeping your technology skills current.