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How to Find the Right Mentor Relationship

We all know that professional development is essential no matter what stage you are in in your career. In my opinion, personal development is more critical as improving one’s mental sharpness and social skills increase one’s potential in the workplace.

Mentorship can be an effective and invaluable personal and professional development tool. You will hone your skills and learn valuable lessons from someone with significant knowledge and experience.

Below are eight steps that will help you find and develop the right mentor relationship.

How to Find the Right Mentor Relationship: To develop a successful relationship with a mentor, you must:   1.     Determine your short- and long-term goals   2.     Identify the type of mentor you need  a.     Advisor  b.     Advocate  c.      Affirmer  d.     Challenger   e.     Coach  f.      Connector  g.     Sponsor  3.     Decide if you want one-on-one or group mentorship and virtual or in-person sessions  4.     Review your professional circle and pinpoint who has your “dream job”  5.     Determine if the person is the right fit by learning about their experience in the industry or role and evaluate their successes, challenges, character, and values  6.     Create your elevator pitch  7.     Specifically tell the person what it is about their professional or personal experience that made you reach out to them and make them ask to mentor you  8.     If the person is unable to serve in a mentor capacity, birds of a feather tend to flock together, so ask them for a referral to someone that has a similar experience as they do

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