A mentor can be a career-changing figure who can help you achieve success and fulfillment. But how to find a mentor? Here are three simple strategies.
When you know in real life the person you would like to have as a mentor, things are a little easier. Odds are that you already have a relationship with that person, and that certainly helps. These are some guidelines to keep in mind when you as someone to be your mentor:
- Explain why you would like to have the person as a mentor.
- Outline the kind of guidance you are seeking.
- Acknowledge that you will respect the other person’s time.
If you don’t know your prospective mentor in person, then you may use email to get a mentorship relationship started. Again, explain why you would like to have that person as a mentor, and then ask for a quick meeting. The advent of video conferences has made things a lot easier, since now the person doesn’t even have to leave their office to exchange ideas in an environment that’s a lot more personal than an email or a phone call.
Social media, and LinkedIn in particular, is a motherlode of contacts that can help you in many ways, including finding a mentor. To find a mentor on social media, observe what they post and do some research about their background. If you like what you see, contact them following the same guidelines mentioned above: be respectful, explain why you respect their work, and assure them that you will respect their time.
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