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 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.
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So how do you tap into this market?
A lot of it involves researching and contacting employers. It involves checking organizations, talking to people, writing letters, joining job-finding clubs, visiting job and career fairs. But the most important key is a referral by or through someone. The old adage is absolutely true: It is not what you know but who you know that matters.
Take my ESL students, for example. They’re relatively new to America and when I ask them, “How did you find your last job?” two-thirds of them will say their brother or a friend had connections.
Talk to anyone you know and tell them, “I’m looking for work in this industry or region. Do you know anyone who can help me?” This is an example of the theory about six degrees of separation,