10 Tips for Building a Quality Mentor Relationship

Maximize a vital resource in your career advancement

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Most experts will tell you: Mentorship is key when it comes to advancing in one’s career. Whether it’s someone within your company or industry, or just that level-headed professional who knows the right moves to make, the advantages of having a good mentor-mentee relationship are unquestionable. But how does one facilitate such a healthy one?

Madame Noire offers 10 tips that will help you build and maintain a working tag team for success:

As a mentee:

Clarify what you are looking for.

As you set out to find a mentor, be sure you know what you would like to get out of such a relationship. Do you want to know more about a particular industry, just gain insight into the workforce and management, or leverage a more established person’s network? Write down several goals you have after six months or a year of a mentor-mentee relationship.

Figure out the type of mentor you want.

Determine your preferred communication style and how it might translate to a mentor-mentee relationship. Would you prefer to meet once a month for lunch or would you rather have more open and constant email communication? Would it be more engaging to chat while walking in the park or connect while analyzing the latest news on your laptop at a coffee shop? How much time would you like to spend with your mentor each month?

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