Listen to advice from people who have been there and done that. Lauren Conrad
A mentor is pretty much exactly that, someone who has been there and done that AND is willing to help others achieve their own success. They can certainly help you boost your confidence and make important contacts if you are looking for a new job but they can also do so much more than that. A great mentor will share their knowledge and experience with you, provide you with another perspective and introduce you to many new people and opportunities. So how do you go about finding a good mentor who will take the time to help you grow?
10 Places to Look For a Good Mentor
- Consider friends, family, colleagues, coaches, trainers, older students and professors who you could learn from.
- Consider people you have worked for in the past who had a significant impact on you and your development. They are easier to approach than strangers because you already have a great relationship with them.
- Look at people more senior than you within your current organisation and consider approaching them.
- Investigate formal mentoring programs within your current company. If there isn’t one ask HR if they could facilitate an informal arrangement for you.
- Scour though trade and industry publications and look for people making a splash within your industry. Follow them online and interact with them via twitter and linkedIn as mentioned below.
- Attend industry events and other networking opportunities where influential people from your industry are presenting.
- Take part in charity and fund raiser events. These tend to attract many successful business and sports personalities who are willing to give up their time to help others. These are the sorts of people who can make great mentors.
- Reach out to Alumni groups and connect with people who have similar interests and experiences as you.
- Join industry groups on LinkedIn and contribute to the conversation. Follow people who you think would make good mentors and comment on their posts.
- Follow people on Twitter who you consider as mentors and share their comments, re tweet etc…This will bring your name to their attention.
A great mentor can be someone you already know or someone whose skills and experience you admire and would like to connect with. In addition to the 10 ideas listed above, you should keep up your general networking activities to ensure you meet a wide variety of people who not only could be considered as a mentor but who may in some way help you in your job search process. once you have decided who to approach, take a look at our post – How to Ask Someone to be Your Mentor without looking like a crazy stalker.