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.
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.
Champion Your Career
A résumé is:
• A systematic assessment of your skills in terms of a specific work objective.
• A marketing device used to gain an interview.
The purpose of the résumé is to get an interview. It is like an advertisement: it should attract attention, create interest, describe accomplishments, and invite a person to contact you. The average amount of time an employer takes to initially scan a résumé is 30 seconds. It is very important that it be brief, one page if possible and two pages at the most. The résumé tells a potential employer what you can do and have done in the past, who you are and what you know. It also states what kind of work you seek. The key is that the résumé must provide enough information for the employer to evaluate your qualifications and become interested in inviting you for an interview.