The Best and Most Easily Overlooked Way to Find a Mentor

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The elusive mentor. How does one find that extraordinary boss-figure professional crush-type person who will divulge all of the secrets of the career gods so that you can translate your mediocre entry-level job into the ultimate-sexy six-figure, artistically fulfilling job of your dreams?

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Where do you find them?

Once identified, how do you capture their attention and make them yours? 
The answer?

Be awesome.

People like mentoring others for many reasons, but a huge reason is because they want to be a part of the career of someone who is already impressive and has tons of growth potential.

If you work really hard and are good at what you do, it will be easier to find mentors — they may even come to you.

If they are not coming to you, are you sure you’re doing everything you can to excel in your current role? Are you taking on side projects? Do you have a great online presence?

When you reach out to people asking for informational interviews, which can often lead to a mentor relationship, they are more likely to meet up with you if they are impressed with what you have accomplished. There’s only so much time in everyone’s days.

What makes you worth someone’s time more than the next person who’s asking for that cup of coffee?

Keep in mind that mentorship is a two way relationship, and ultimately the mentor should be learning too. The biggest satisfaction comes from helping someone who is already on their way to success get there faster, and go further.

So stop hunting for mentors, and start being awesome!


Want to learn how to reach out to industries pros you admire, without coming off like a creep? Join us for our FREE virtual workshop “The Art of the Informational Interview” on Tuesday, April 11th from 8:00pm-9:00pm. Learn more and register here: findspark.com/art-of-informational-interviews

About the Author

Emily is Founder and CEO of FindSpark. Passionate about the power of social media and networking; Emily has spoken at numerous colleges, conferences, and events including The International Youth Leaders Assembly at The United Nations, SXSW Interactive, Internet Week, Mediabistro's Social Media Bootcamp, Time Inc, Columbia University, and New York University, among others. Emily is also an adjunct professor, teaching social media and career courses at multiple colleges. Learn more about having Emily speak at your next event and follow her on twitter @EmilyMiethner.

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