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Do's and Doníts of Finding a Mentor

A mentor can help boost your job performance and advance your career. But how do you go about finding a good mentor?

Look for someone with skills similar to yours but who has progressed further up the professional ladder. Donít assume they have to be in the same city. With e-mail and the phone, they could be anywhere.

Donít limit yourself to one mentor. You may want to have several to help with different aspects of your life, a kind of mentoring ďboard of directors.Ē

Once you have someone in mind, donít grovel. The surest way to scare off a potential mentor is to beg them to be your mentor. Most successful businessmen and women donít want to have a formal title. They would rather have a friend they can help, rather than a protťgť.

Be mindful of the amount of time a mentor can commit to the relationship. It may be necessary to discuss your expectations and whether you should have an agenda for your meetings to keep discussions on track.

óadapted from BlueSuitMom.com

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