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He or she has your conﬁdence.
You must be committed to the relationship and willing and able to work with your mentor.
mentor can help you develop and grow personally and professionally. With the interest and guidance of an expert in your ﬁeld or organization, you can learn more about yourself, your job, and your employer, and, in the process, advance your career. While your relationship with a mentor can beneﬁt you greatly, your mentor also is likely to beneﬁt. As a “mentee,” you can help your mentor do his or her job, and bring ideas and energy to the table. That means you must be willing to give as much to the relationship as you hope to get out of it. The most fulﬁlling relationships are ones in which mentor and mentee are well matched. In such a situation, everyone stands to beneﬁt, including the organization where you and your mentor work.
Your mentor should be someone you can trust. If the relationship is to thrive and be effective, good communication is essential. This requires a sharing of values; otherwise, it’s doubtful that the relationship will be beneﬁcial. Providing feedback is an integral part of the mentor’s role, so he or she should have the communication skills to give you clear direction.
You can help that person.
You can help your mentor look good in the eyes of others by helping him or her get things done. If your mentor is your manager, he or she can delegate tasks that fulﬁll the obligation to develop you—and also free up his or her own time.
Who’s the best mentor for you?
The ﬁrst step in choosing a mentor is to evaluate what (not who) you need in terms of your career development. Ask yourself, “If I were as successful as I wanted to be right now, what would be happening?” Once you’re able to deﬁne what you need, you can move on to who might best be able to help you—and who might beneﬁt from your assistance. (You may ﬁnd it valuable to list more than one mentor for the same type of help.) Focus your selection process on the following criteria:
The mentor has a successful track record.
The adage that experience is the best teacher tends to apply to mentors. An experienced mentor has a track record. That’s why you should seek out those who have successfully served as mentors. Experienced mentors tend to be difﬁcult to acquire because they’re often pursued by many new hires. A word of caution in selecting a mentor: It’s better to target someone who has the time and energy to devote to developing you.
Cultivating a potential mentor
You’ve evaluated individuals with whom you think you could enjoy a mutually beneﬁcial and satisfying relationship, and you’ve identiﬁed a person who seems to be ideal. Now what? Here’s a six-part strategy for cultivating your mentor: 1) Take part in activities that increase your visibility to your prospective mentor; give the mentor a chance to observe you in action and get to know you.
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The person can help you.
Select someone who is knowledgeable in your ﬁeld and inﬂuential in your organization. Your mentor must be in touch with the organization’s formal network as well as its informal ones. He or she should have the personal and organizational inﬂuence to drive your career forward. Ideally, this inﬂuence should extend beyond a narrow segment of the company.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Job Choices 2012 - Diversity Edition
Job Choices 2012
Opportunities by Employer/Website Index
Playing Fair: Your Rights and Responsibilities As a Job Seeker
Getting the Most Out of Your Job Search
From classroom to question mark
Reality check: Salaries for new graduates
4 Steps to Career Fair Success
Network for Your Job Search
10 Tips for Using Social Media in Your Job Search
From Student to Professional
The Art of Writing Job-Search Letters
Leader of the Pack
The Interview: Connecting Your Qualifi cations To the Employer’s Needs
Dressing for the interview
The behavior-based interview
Questions to ask in the interview
Tips for becoming a video interview star
USAJOBS: Work for America
The Critical First Year on the Job
Adapting to Corporate Culture
Selecting and Cultivating a Mentor
Applying Your Two-Year Degree to a Four-Year Program
Going on to Grad School
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