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.
If you have done your homework in assessing your own values, skills and strengths and researching the current job market, you will find that these next steps in your job search will help you build the confidence you will need as you begin approaching potential employers.
Champion Your Career
The interview is a mutual exchange of information between an employer and a candidate for a position. The primary objectives are to:
• Supply information about yourself that is not contained in your résumé.
• Show that you understand yourself and have a sense of direction in your career.
• Enable the employer to evaluate your personality and attitudes in terms of the demands of the organization and the position.
• Allow you to gain information about the organization and the job that is not available through other sources.
• Give you and the employer an opportunity to discuss the desirability of further contact or an offer of employment.
To impress an employer, you must be well prepared and understand the value of what you have to offer. To relate your assets to the position and the organization, you must know yourself. Rather than only trying to determine at what level you are currently functioning, some interviewers want to see how you have grown over time in areas related to their position(s) (e.g., interpersonal and work skills, motivation). Some interviewers will want you to talk about your mistakes to find out what you have learned to do differently.
You must be familiar with the position and the organization so that you can demonstrate how and why you will be an effective worker. Refer to the notes you made as you networked with people and reviewed print and online materials (see Section 4: Networks & Contacts).
Obtain information, if you can, on the person you will be meeting with and the schedule for the interview period. If you can find out about your interviewer(s) (e.g., name, title, background) in advance, you will be able to use this information during the interviews.