How to Find a Career Mentor

January 23, 2013

Career Advice

How to Find a Career MentorNetworking. We explained it in detail in this post and included it in the top 5 job search secrets. But we didn’t mention one other benefit of networking – finding a career mentor. This is the person who can point you in the right direction when you’re at a fork in the road. It’s a person who you’d like to model your career off of. And it’s a person whom you could count on when you’re looking for your next job – or a recommendation. How do you find such a person? Here are some tips to get you started:

The Search
A mentor could be someone you know or someone you’ve never met before. Buddy up to your own boss or a coworker that you admire in another department. Reach out blindly to someone who lives across the country on LinkedIn or Twitter. Walk up to a prominent community figure at a networking event. Email a family friend or long-lost cousin who’s in your industry.

The Approach
Anyone will be flattered if you say, “I’ve really been impressed by your career and I’d love to hear any advice you have in regard to furthering my own.” Although many successful people are busy, they’ll be more likely to commit if you suggest a date and time up front. For example, suggest a 20-minute coffee date tomorrow in the break room or a 30-minute phone call next week.

The Follow Up
Be sure to thank anyone who’s taken the time to meet with you and share their advice. Then tell them you’d love to keep in touch. Don’t scare them away by suggesting you chat once a month, but definitely shoot them an email every couple months to check in and share progress on your careers. Eventually suggest another time to chat over the phone or meet in person. Before you know it, you’ll have built a quality business connection that can last for years.

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