Monthly Archives: July 2016

Halimah Bellows Interview Published by read/write club


The following interview with author Haliman has been published on the read/write club website at


Halimah Bellows – Author Interview

Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.

As a career counselor/coach, I’ve been able to bring together my innate abilities and passions and the skills that have naturally flowed from me since I was a child. People have always fascinated me, and the world of work fascinates me as well. I was inspired to write my book “Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work,” because I felt that a comprehensive career development book for the 21st century was needed to address the critical concerns of our time—the workers who are victims of downsizing and outsourcing, the “boomers” who are at retirement age but cannot afford to retire and the recent college graduates who are faced an avalanche of confusing information and are clueless about how to pursue an appropriate

Tell us about your books.

My current book “Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work” uniquely incorporates the methodologies and plans of action that are applicable now for a new generation of career seekers in a new economy and a quickly changing marketplace. Designed as a self-paced career development workshop in book format, it provides self-assessment tools and sound strategies and resources for decision making, goal setting and networking to begin a fulfilling new career. Prior to writing “Champion Your Career,” I created and distributed Career Quest Cards, a practical, portable tool that provides a distillation of 30 key career-coaching exercises.

How did you go about getting published?

I self-published “Champion Your Career” first as an ebook through Bookbaby. This provided an opportunity to generate interest in the book before launching the print version that is now available in bookstores and libraries. The print version was also published through Bookbaby.

What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?

Much of the material for “Champion Your Career” came from taped interviews that I had done, based on my twenty years of experience as a career coach. I was fortunate to be able to work with a developmental editor who was comfortable with my speaking and writing style—a process which I recommend to writers who have the kind of active public life that I have.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?

I am employed as a teacher of English as a Second Language at South Seattle College.. I volunteer with several community theatre groups and for community events like Folklife Northwest. I participate in and am considered an elder in my spiritual practice. I do yoga and pilates. I love to travel, have lived in Asia and Europe and am married to a Brit.. We have two cats and we’ve always had cats.

Any advice for authors about book covers?

The importance of a good cover cannot be overemphasized. If you are able to find your own graphic artist to work with, it is worthwhile to do so. If you self-publish through Bookbaby or Create Space, they do offer the service of creating the cover for you, but it’s much better to find an artist who can really work with you to graphically convey the message you intend.

Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?

First of all, you must fully utilize your own network, all of your work associates, community groups. Beyond that, a good public relations

What’s your favorite book?

Evelyn Waugh’s “Brideshead Revisited” comes to mind. But there are so many others. Stendahl’s The Red and the Black. I love the English classics.-Hardy, Dickens, Elliott, Wilkie Collins to name a few. I also loved Lawrence Durrell’s Alexandria Quartet and a book by his brother Gerald Durrell—My Family and Other Animals. Another favorite is George Eliot’s last novel, Daniel Deronda. I could go on and on.

What are you reading now?

Elana Ferrante’s “The Story of a New Name.” It’s the second in a series of four called the Neapolitan Novels.

What’s your next book project?

I’m not really planning anything right now. I might make an audio book of “Champion Your Career.” There is always the possibility of expanding on some sections of “Champion Your Career”—such as a book specifically for retirees



Seattle-based career counselor/coach Halimah Bellows, MA, MS, CCC, CPC will be interviewed on the Dr. Pat. Show on Thursday, July 28 at 11 am. Tune in at Halimah will be speaking about her new book, Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work. Designed as self-paced career development workshop in book format, Champion Your Career addresses the needs of a new generation of career seekers in a rapidly changing economy and job marketplace. The book provides a wide range of 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.

Hate your job? Here’s a 4-step plan that will get you out of there

By The Muse 7:30 am EDT June 29, 2016

It’s Sunday night and once again you find yourself dreading the upcoming start of the workweek. You know your company is all wrong for you, but you’re not sure if there’s anything better out there. At the time you accepted it’d sounded like a good offer, but now you’re stuck in a position you hate.

Even though you’re not happy, you’re hesitating to actually do something about it, because — let’s admit it — leaving a secure job is scary. Instead of taking a leap, maybe you’ll just wait it out: Something else will come along soon, right?

It might, but it might not, and the only way to know for sure that a more satisfying job is in your future is to be the one driving the change. Here’s how to go about that:



Change doesn’t happen overnight. Even if you’re ready to make a move, job searches can drag on (and on!). Don’t give up if it’s taking months instead of weeks.

Or, it could be that the delay is on your end. You might need to stay put until you shore up your savings, or resolve something in your personal life, or maybe even just figure out what exactly the next move will be.

But that doesn’t mean you have to stagnate. By just identifying the steps you’ll need to take eventually, it’ll be easier for you to continue in your current job. After all, you’ll know that you are working on your escape plan.



I had a client who had taken a job she thought she’d love, in part because it paid more money. She was enticed with a bonus to move her family, and once she realized she hated that job, she felt stuck. She feared that if she quit the job she would be telling her family she asked them to move for no reason. But by having a conversation with them and finding out they were happy in their new environment, she felt better prepared to tackle the issues with her career. Eventually, she was able to get over her sense of failure and simply look for a new job in her current city.

The lesson here is if you’re feeling stuck based upon the opinions you think others have about your career, open a dialogue. You might find that your spouse, children, parents, or whomever else are more supportive than you give them credit for.

And even if they’re not 100% on board? Keep in mind that it’s your career: You shouldn’t stay in a job you hate forever just to make someone else happy. So be honest about what it is you want. Then, let everyone know you intend to do something about it.



Is it really necessary to obtain another degree or certification? (Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t.) Before signing up for a new class, review job descriptions for the position you want. Look at the education and skills section to determine general industry requirements, as well as specific employer requirements.

Schedule a few informational interviews to talk to professionals in the industry and specifically within companies where you might eventually want to work. It’ll give you insight into true salaries, actual job requirements, skills that are valued, and any barriers to entry you’re unaware of.

Then, review your past jobs and identify areas where you have performed the tasks listed in the job description for your desired role. When you take the time to do this step, you’ll often find that you have transferable skills that’ll qualify you. (And if you see a gap, you’ll know investing in that degree or course is worth it.)



What did you discover in your research? Whatever it is, start to put into into action—whether it’s signing up for a class to gain a very-needed skill, or buying a book you learned everyone in your position needs to read, or just figuring out which of your past experience are transferable and how exactly to position them on your resume.

Worried that your research led you to the conclusion that you need way more experience than you can ever get without starting at the bottom? That’s no reason to give up. You have a lot of options, but one that’s commonly overlooked is volunteering. It’s a great way to give back while moving your career forward. Really, it’s a win-win situation! You’ll get to showcase different abilities on your resume and a deserving organization will gain some free labor.

By working with a volunteer organization, you can test drive the skills needed for your new career. Need to brush up on your marketing skills? Want to keep your accounting experience sharp? Love event planning, but you’re chained to your desk in your current role? Look for a nonprofit in need of someone to pitch in in those areas.

Going back to number one, you don’t need to do this all right now, today. But, at some point, you do need to start. Because you spend way too much time at your job to be unhappy. So, instead of just hating it and hoping something will change, start planning your escape now. Your future self will thank you.

This story was written by Stacey Gordon for The Muse, your ultimate career destination, offering exciting job opportunities, expert advice and a peek behind the scenes into fantastic companies and career paths. We believe that you can and should love your job–and be successful at it–and we want to help make that happen. Whether you’re just starting out, changing career paths, or aiming for the C-suite, we’ve got everything you need to take charge of your career.

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“Champion Your Careeer” gets 5-star review

Winning in the World of Work is one of the best. 

by John Lederer

This review is from: Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work (Paperback)

As a dean at a public community college, I have seen many career guidance books, but Halimah Bellows’ Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work is one of the best. She takes a very simple and intuitive idea–that happiness and success comes from following your passion–and turns it into an effective strategy for organizing your life. Furthermore, she provides simple tools, resources and strategies for helping the reader discover their skills, talents, and interests, and then translates that information into career choices. Finally, once a target occupation is identified, Ms. Bellows provides effective strategies for career development and success. This book is a great resource for any recent high school graduates or adult student seeking to find their vocational passion.