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.
Having more education or a better degree is not necessarily going to get you the job you want. There are a lot of variables here.
Basically your success in landing a job lies in your ability to assess the totality of your life experiences and relate them to your career goals and the job opening you are pursuing. Then you need to be able to “sell” yourself to the prospective employer in the interview. Instead of thinking you have to get another degree, look at the skills you have and the ones that are transferable into different occupations. Then put your package together and market yourself.
Champion Your Career
Let me again emphasize that about 80 percent of the job openings come from the hidden job market. You might believe that finding a job is a matter of luck and it’s true that very often it involves being at the right place at the right time. But you have to put yourself in the right place. You cannot wait for the phone or the doorbell to ring. You have to go out and seek your opportunity. So the people who have had luck—guess what, they made their luck happen! They made the calls, they made the contacts, they made the effort. You cannot wait for it to happen. You have to make your own luck.Myth #4: Big companies with lots of employees are naturally going to offer you the best chances of employment.
Absolutely not true. Look at statistics from the government. They reveal that most of the new jobs are in businesses that have fewer than a hundred employees. So don’t just focus on big employers; look at the smaller companies too.