Monthly Archives: January 2017

Halimah Bellows to Offer Workshop on How to be a Winner in the World of Work

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, JANUARY 31, 2017 – Seattle-based author and career counselor/coach Halimah Bellows, MA, MS, CCC, CPC will offer a workshop and discussion at East West Bookshop, 6407 12th Ave in Seattle on February 23 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. The workshop will be based on her new book, Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work and her innovative CAREER QUEST CARDS © TM (Career Coaching in a Box).

Whether you are a mid-life professional making a career transition, a recent college graduate, or a retiree entering a new stage in your work life, the task of embarking on a new career can be daunting in today’s bewildering and ever-changing job market. But this introductory workshop will enable you to take the guesswork out of the process. Admission to the workshop is $12.00.

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.

Champion Your Career is a winner of the National Association of Book Entrepreneurs (NABE) Summer 2016 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in the category of Self-Help Books. It has also been named a finalist in the category of Business-Careers in the 13th Annual Best Book Awards sponsored by i310 Media Group, Inc.

Champion Your Career is available in print and as an ebook on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books a Million and Powell’s online bookstores. It is also available directly from the author’s website, www.championyourcareer.com. Additionally, it is now being carried in bookstores around the country as well as in some local college bookstores and college and public libraries in the Pacific Northwest.

CAREER QUEST CARDS © TM, a boxed set of 24 colorful cards with over 30 exercises based on the best of current career search information, is available at www.championyourcareer.com. A Career Quest App is also available.

Halimah Bellows is a sought after and respected resource for career advice and coaching. She is available for radio, television and media interviews as well as readings and discussions in bookstores and other venues. For a review copy of Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work or an interview with the author, contact her at hbellows@championyourcareeer.com or 206.595.7927.

“Champion Your Career” Gets Another Rave Review

The following review was published by “Reader Views” on December 16, 2016.

I have to admit I did not think I would like this book at first. I took one look at the cover and sighed, thinking, “Really? This looks like some cheesy ’80s self-help book.” However, I was surprised by what I found on the inside. In “Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work” Halimah Bellows has, in a sea of career development books, provided a pretty succinct guide to developing one’s career that really sets itself apart by asking, “Who am I?”

Thus, if you are looking for a guide to your career journey that takes you step-by-step through your career, then this is the book for you! Halimah provides advice and activities to help you consider your interests and even pick a college major! She then takes you through your entire career, including (as she puts it) retiring with fire! Halimah Bellows provides a concise guide to finding your career, growing in your career, and ultimately retiring from your career. This is not an easy feat!

She begins by asking several questions, the purpose of which is to #1. help you determine the value you would find in pursuing your dream career, and to #2. determine your purpose and values. This leads to one of my favorite sections of this book: 10 Reasons for Pursuing Your Ideal Career (and the real reasons why someone might buck against their current job or career–especially if these needs are not being met):

  1. Doing what you love to do allows you to be yourself.
  2. It is perfectly integrated into your lifestyle.
  3. It “reflects and incorporates your values.”
  4. It’s the perfect fit.
  5. It’ll give you energy (and maybe wings!)
  6. You are aligned with the things for which you are passionate.
  7. You are able to make a difference to the things that matter to you.
  8. It’s enjoyable.
  9. Your life is arranged so you can live a meaningful life.
  10. You are fulfilled.

Bellows then asks the reader to imagine that work is more than just a paycheck. What would the workday of your dreams look like? How would it begin? What time would you wake up? What would your clothes look like? What would you do? What are you paid? Is it quiet? Is it busy? To whom do you report? We’ve all asked ourselves these sorts of questions before. The rest of the book builds on this foundation, offering exercises to help you answer each of these questions for yourself. If you want to make the most out of this book, like the others I’ve reviewed, you need to do your best in answering the questions. I recommend finding a good journal to take with you–this will make answering these questions easier (having the right tools for the job always makes it better).

Ultimately, Bellows’ purpose is to make you ask, “Who am I?’ As she says, “You have to know what your interests are and what you are passionate about. You need to explore your values and assess your skills, your strengths, and your talents.” Because this is a question that we all need to ask, I highly recommend “Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work” by Halimah Bellows if you are at all unsure about what you are currently doing.

–Reviewed by Josh Cramer for “Reader Views”

Halimah Bellows to be featured on “Inspired Conversations with Diane Dennis”

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, JANUARY 18, 2017 – Seattle-based author and career counselor/coach Halimah Bellows, MA, MS, CCC, CPC will be featured on “Diane TV – Inspired Conversations with Diane Dennis” at http://www.dianetv.com/ on Friday, January 27 at 1:00 pm.

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.

“Champion Your Career“ is a winner of the National Association of Book Entrepreneurs (NABE) Summer 2016 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in the category of Self-Help Books. It has also been named a finalist in the category of Business-Careers in the 13th Annual Best Book Awards sponsored by i310 Media Group, Inc.

“Champion Your Career” is available in print and as an ebook on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books a Million and Powell’s online bookstores. It is also available directly from the author’s website, www.championyourcareer.com. Additionally, it is also now being carried in bookstores around the country as well as in some local college bookstores and college and public libraries in the Pacific Northwest.

Halimah Bellows is a sought after and respected resource for career advice and coaching. She is also the creator of CAREER QUEST CARDS © TM, a boxed set of 24 colorful cards with over 30 exercises based on the best of current career search information. A Career Quest App is also available.

Diane Dennis is committed to providing media content that inspires us to become our personal best and reach our optimum and full potential. She stresses that, by tackling the common issues people face today, we come together to forge a community of connection.

Halimah Bellows is available for radio, television and media interviews as well as readings and discussions in bookstores and other venues. For a review copy of Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work or an interview with the author, contact her at hbellows@championyourcareeer.com or 206.595.7927.

Doing What You Love – 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 https://bublish.com/bubble/stream/12008?embed=1.

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

Author Insight

As we listen more to our intuition, we come into conflict with the status quo and others’ expectations of who we are and what we should be doing. A natural consequence of aligning our own values and integrity is that we will inconvenience someone, including ourselves.

Book Excerpt

Creating a life of your own design, based on your known passion and sense of purpose, takes boldness, but the rewards of greater self-pride and just plain delight are worth it! Many of us have lost sight of our dreams, ideals, talents and passions in order to stay in survival mode, to support a family, or to live up to others’ expectations. This path has led us to feel restless and unsatisfied, even though perhaps all our material needs are taken care of.

You can expect life to get a little bit crazy as you explore and play with new beliefs, concepts and connections to form your new life based on your own values, passions and personal definition of your life’s purpose.