Monthly Archives: November 2016

Halimah Bellows to be Featured at Seattle Central College Library

Halimah Bellows, MA, MS, CCC, CPC will be featured at Conversations on Social Issues with her book, “Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work” in Room A at the Seattle Central College Library, 1701 Broadway on Thursday, December 8 at 12 noon.


“champion your career” named Best Book Award finalist

Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work by Halimah Bellows, MA, MS has been named a finalist in the category of Business: Careers in the 13th Annual Best Book Awards sponsored by i310 Media Group, Inc.

A complete list of winners and finalists in each category can be found at:

Halimah Bellows Offers Career Tips for Graduates, Mid-Career Changers & Retirees

Recently Halimah Bellows, career coach and author of Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work, shared on KATU2’s AM Northwest the reasons why the different career stages of your life require different career search strategies. You can watch a video of her interview at: Below is a summary of her suggestions.


College Students

College students should take their time choosing a major, explore classes that inspire them and seek the advice of their college counselors.


Mid-Career Changers:

Do an honest assessment and discover why the job did not work out. If it was merely a lay off due to corporate changes and structure, it is an OPPORTUNITY to re-invent yourself. There are many self-help books on reinvention in mid-life. Perhaps you have developed new traits, talents and skills and at first don’t believe they can translate into work. Research the possibilities. The work world has changed since you first entered the work force. New jobs are emerging. Do a new self-assessment: Are you driven and self-directed enough to start a business? Do you have resources to carry you through the start-up phase? Do you have networks of people whom you can use for resources? Can you/should you go back to school?


Retirees Looking for Work:

  • Are you seeking work for financial support?
  • Are you seeking work for social interaction?
  • Are you seeking work to explore different geographical areas?
  • Are you seeking work for emotional fulfillment.

The answer to these questions will assist in WHERE to look and WHAT to look for.

Financial Supportive jobs: Look for jobs that fit your established skill sets, and physical abilities. Make sure the time commitment matches with your desired lifestyle

Jobs that Give Social Interaction: If you do not need a job to make money, there are many volunteer opportunities and community needs: Volunteering at the library, community center, food bank, etc.

Jobs that Offer Emotional Fulfillment: There are opportunities that speak to your emotional needs. Religious: Churches offer paid and non-paying positions. Hospitals: Offer volunteer opportunities. Retirement Centers offer paid and non-paying positions.

Jobs that Offer Diverse and Geographical Experiences: There are books written about work/travel opportunities. Finding a good match is important. Tips: Look for these work travel experiences to be a good fit for your physical abilities, areas that won’t compromise your health, and areas that match your lifestyle preferences (Backpacking not your thing? Have asthma? Food sensitivities?) – explore carefully where you are interested in going.

Dynamic Decision Making Strategies—Featured on Bublish

The following excerpt from Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work by Halimah Bellows MA, MS is now featured on Bublish at

Bublish ( is a publishing technology company that offers cloud-based tools, metrics and resources.


Author Insight

Decision-making is a process—a process that can be so short as to be almost instantaneous or one that can so completely involve your thoughts as to lead to paralysis. The process presented in this chapter of my book will enable you to select the appropriate strategy for various situations step by step.


Book Excerpt

  1. The first step is to recognize that a decision is necessary. Understanding the need for a decision and the time of that decision is a vital part of the process. Must the decision be made immediately or can it be deferred while information is gathered and various options are defined and considered? Sometimes it is wiser to wait—sometimes it is wiser not to decide.
  2. The second and very critical step is to define the situation. This involves defining the purpose for the decision and establishing the desired goal and objectives. Quite often, how you defining the situation will automatically determine the decision that will be made.

Halimah Bellows Interviewed by “The Crazy Mind”

This interview with author Halimah Bellows can be found online at:


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Book : “Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work”

Halimah Bellows has been a Pacific Northwest and California-based career counselor/coach for more than 20 years, she holds an MA in English Language Teaching, an MS in Counseling Psychology and received training at The Coaches Training Institute. She is also a seasoned workshop presenter and radio guest. We have conducted an interview with her.


What do you aim to achieve with your new book “Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work”?

My intention is to provide a comprehensive career development book for the 21st century 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 with an avalanche of confusing information and are clueless about how to pursue an appropriate career path.


What is unique about the perspective offered by “Champion Your Career?”

“Champion Your Career” is unusual in that it combines career counseling with career coaching. By asking the appropriate questions, “Champion Your Career” not only gives the reader the theory behind choosing a career that’s right for an individual, but offers practical exercises, resources, and powerful questions so that the reader can then become his or her own career champion. The other books that are in the market now offer career choice theory with self-assessment exercises, but without the coaching structure and support that moves readers to active decision-making within the process of becoming their own career champion.


How long did you take to write this book?

The book in its current form was developed over a three-year period. Much of the material came from a radio interview show that I had done earlier, based on my twenty years of experience as a career coach. I was given the rights to the tapes from the show, and, with the help of my developmental editor, I turned the interviews into prose and added updated information, resources and social media platforms.


To whom do you recommend this book?

The book is designed to be adapted for use in multiple settings. It can be an accompanying text for a college career and life-planning course. It can be used in midlife by those who want to change careers but don’t know what direction to take. At the same time, retirees seeking post-retirement careers can use this book along with financial and other post-retirement planning materials.


What are the benefits of this book?

This book provides readers with the tools for exploring and assessing their values, passions, strengths and skills in order to pursue a career path that will lead to a life of fulfillment. Career development is a process. Once the readers learn this, they can strategically apply the process at any point in their working lives. Additionally, the book provides up-to-the-minute resources for exploring today’s job market.


What are your background and credentials?

After completing my undergraduate studies in Social Science and English at New York University, I earned an MA in English Language Teaching at the University of Exeter in England and then taught English as a Second Language in England and Indonesia. Returning to the United States, I earned my MS in Counseling Psychology at San Francisco State University and received intensive Certified Coach Training at The Coaches Training Institute in San Rafael, California and Retirement Options in St. Louis, Missouri to become a Certified Retirement and Professional Coach. Additionally, I have obtained graduate certificates in Training Systems Development and Educational Drama. I hold Washington and California Community College Teaching and Counseling Credentials and am a Certified Dependable Strengths Articulation Process Facilitator. I recently served on the executive board of the Puget Sound Career Development Association.


How has your direct experience in working with your clients influenced your approach to writing?

I know that the key to quickly gaining insight and taking action toward right livelihood has to do with the art of asking the right questions and providing guidance about how to uncover what is important and true for each reader’s personal career quest. I wanted to present the material in a personal, easy-to-read style with humor to make it accessible to anyone pursuing a new career path. I have designed “Champion Your Career” as self-paced career development workshop in book format. I offer specific concrete action steps illustrated by the career success stories that are sprinkled throughout the book.


How important is the ability to listen non-judgmentally to people?

In any counseling profession, the ability to listen non-judgmentally is critical. Talking with a non-judgmental listener enables people to examine their own ideas with greater clarity, discarding judgments that have been imposed on them by others in the past and arriving at solutions that truly work for them in their lives.


How has this helped you in your career building? 

At an early age I became aware of my natural ability to listen to people non-judgmentally as well as my desire to be of service to others. In my life as an educator, a career counselor and a coach, I have been able to marry my fascination with people’s stories with my deep interest in the world of work.


What other kind of coaching services do you provide?

In addition to career coaching, I offer a number of other coaching services. With Personal Coaching, I work with the client as a private navigator for his or her life journey. With Retirement Coaching, I help individuals plan for a vibrant and enriching retirement life after full-time employment. For couples, I offer Couples Coaching to provide the tools for creating a satisfying and enduring partner relationship that enriches and enlivens friendship, reduces stress, increases peace of mind, deepens commitment, and improves quality of life. In the business world, I offer Relationship Systems Coaching, which is the process of working with partnerships and/or teams in a business or non-profit setting in order to help the organization members interact more effectively and profitably and with a higher level of satisfaction. I also offer Small Business Coaching and Consulting to help businesses promote continuous growth and strength by clarifying goals, creating a strategy for completing those goals, and building a support framework to keep the business moving forward. And I offer Business Partnership Coaching, which allows partners to consciously and intentionally create a partnership that can be the cornerstone of business success.


How has your personal philosophy about career development inspired your writing?

I am passionate in my belief that fulfillment from making the right career choice is imperative to achieving a life well-lived. Most working adults spend one third of their days in the workplace. Being in a rewarding career and a healthy work environment has a ripple affect throughout their personal and interpersonal lives.


Halimah Bellows Advises on Job Search No-Nos

Recently Halimah Bellows, Career Coach and Author of Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work, gave advice on KATU2’s AM Northwest for anyone embarking on a job search. You can watch a video of her interview at: Below is a summary of her suggestions.

  1. Companies will not allow you to call for an interview, and they frown on anyone walking in asking for an application. Your first impression is now your resume.
  • Since most resumes must be sent online the resume must stand out and show your best skills.
  • If you want to stand out even more and above the rest, write a cover letter even if not asked for – a 2nd opportunity to show how your skills match the job description.
  • In online resumes employers look for key words, be sure to include these in your list of skills – read the job description carefully, use their words for your key words, or look up on line – Occupational Outlook Handbook, or O net to find job descriptions of occupations – search for resumes in the field – look for what is repeated.
  • Networking: LinkedIn, B2B Meetings, Chamber meetings, Alumni associations
  • Names are still magic, inside contacts – ‘so and so referred me’ – aha, a connection, use it.


  1. Tap Into The Market
  • Visit Job and Career Fairs
  • Expand your List of network to social, political, or religious organizations
  • Dig deep. When filling out an online application, assessment, resume and cover letter do a Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter search for someone who works for the company you are applying for. Drop them a line and mention you are applying for the company they work for-they may be able to help pull your app out of the pile and put in a good word for you.
  • Join organizations associated with the field you are interested in finding work: American Film Marketing Association, Financial Women International, etc.
  • Membership services are a way to network within the field you are seeking and a way to meet people in your target industry: trade shows, seminars, internships, publications, professional development, employment referrals. TIP: Choose your internship seriously—many of students have been hired after an internship, as they already know you. “show up on time, be reliable, take initiative.”


  1. Myths about Networking and Job Search Issues
  • I went to a small school so there won’t be resources for job networking: While the alumni network may be smaller, it probably is a tighter network.
  • Someone will find a job for me, an employment agency, a college placement office: Most jobs are not well advertised. Ask around, learn how to be a good researcher and detective.
  • If I have a degree, I can get a job. If I can’t find a job, I have to go back to school: 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. You must sell yourself to the employer once you get the interview. If you cannot find a job related to the direct degree, look at the skills you have and the ones that are ‘transferable’ into different occupations.
  • The younger person will get the job: Many articles are written about age bias. However there are employers out there who prefer more mature workers who have more experience, are more reliable, and won’t have childcare issues.


Halimah Bellows Interviewed on King5’s New Day Northwest

Recently on King5’s New Day Northwest, Career counselor Halimah Bellows shared tips for successful job hunting and career changes at any age and any experience level. The tips she shared and more are featured in her book, “Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work” You can now watch a video of the interview by pasting the link below into your browser:

Our Core Values–Featured on Bublish

The following excerpt from Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work by Halimah Bellows MA, MS is now featured on Bublish at .

Bublish ( is a publishing technology company that offers cloud-based tools, metrics and resources.


Author Insight

My favorite saying about core values is: “The degree to which we live our lives in alignment with our core values is the degree of fulfillment that we will experience.” Core values reflect what is truly important to us as happy healthy individuals. Core values relate to the heart of our being. They relate to the sacred essence of what we want to manifest in the world.


Book Excerpt.

When we honor our core values regularly and consistently, life is good. When we are living from our core values, we feel fulfilled. Our values serve as a compass, pointing out what it means to be true to ourselves, and providing a sense of authenticity, self-respect and peace..

Many people cannot express what their five to ten core values are and thus are living lives unconnected to them. This ambivalence can lead to a life of unhappiness, discontent, conflict and unease.