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.
Champion Your Career
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. It is a myth that all jobs are advertised. If you think about it from the perspective of most employers, when there is a job opening within their company what are they going to do first? They are not going to put an ad in the newspaper or list it on the internet unless they really have to because they will receive hundreds of applications. Instead, they will ask in-house to see if fellow workers have contacts that might be a good fit for the company. It is much easier to interview five people who have been referred through employees or friends of employees than to laboriously go through a hundred résumés. This is what the hidden job market is all about.