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.
Networking can be easy and more comfortable for you if you have a 30-second commercial prepared. Also known as an “elevator speech,” the commercial is a short synopsis of your skills and experience in a format that could be delivered in the length of time you might spend going between floors with someone you met in an elevator. It is your first chance to introduce yourself with the goal of getting the listener to ask you for more information. Commercials are made to sell things and you are marketing your strengths and talents to potential employers.
Champion Your Career
The 30-second commercial is good for introducing yourself at networking or industry events as well as when talking to recruiters or hiring managers at career fairs. Take the time to develop your script so that you are comfortable talking with anyone. Your speech should be memorable and effective and create interest on the part of the listener.
These are the main elements of the networking commercial:
• Who am I? What value do I bring? What elements of my past experience come together in the job I want now? What specific achievement summarizes who I am in relation to the job I want now? Identify yourself in terms of a job function or value you can contribute. What benefits might you bring to an organization based upon your strengths and qualities and proven accomplishments?
• End your commercial with a question that will stimulate further action and/or referral.