Please check out this fantastic article by with our president, Matt Warzel, as a contributor – Help Wanted: People managers want mentors, but many are unsure how to find them.

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My Take?

What Makes Someone a Good Mentor?

Matthew Warzel, president of MJW Careers, a resume-writing, job interview preparation and career coaching firm in Wilmington, NC, advises people to seek a mentor as soon as they have a clear understanding of their career goals and the direction they want their career to take. This could be during college, right after graduation or later in a career when people are looking to make a change.

Look for someone who has experience in your field, shares your values and has a personality that resonates with you, Warzel advises. He suggests attending networking events and industry conferences and joining professional associations to find your match. Many employers also offer mentoring programs or have a formal mentorship process in place.

Warzel recommends that people begin their search for a career mentor by looking within their existing network, including colleagues, professors, fellow alumni and professional associations. Reach out to someone in your field who you respect, he says, and ask if they’d be willing to mentor you. You can also reach out to people via online communities and forums dedicated to your industry.

You may also choose to join a mentorship program, some of which can be fee-based. Whether you choose this method should depend on your personal circumstances and the specific program or mentor you’re seeking, Warzel says. Look at the level of support and services the program offers. Do your research to ensure the program is reputable and that you will receive value for the money you invest.

A Lifelong Journey

Regardless of how you find a mentor, a good one should be able to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses, offer feedback on your performance, and provide guidance on how to achieve your career goals, Warzel says. β€œThey can also help you navigate challenging situations, offer perspective on workplace dynamics and provide access to valuable networking opportunities,” he adds.

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