How Mentors Really Want You to Network with them at Events

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Mentorship is an incredible way to gain access to job and networking opportunities and to plan out the next steps in your career. Finding a mentor isn’t always easy, however, and unfortunately, lots of people can’t form relationships with mentors because they don’t know how to approach them, network with them, or follow up.

To help prepare you for mentorship opportunities, we asked Hustle Summit mentors what their top tip was for young pros to impress and stand out when networking with them.

Here’s what they said:

Michael Ayoola

Senior Product Manager, HippoLinkedIn

The most important thing is to prep them to remember to build relationships. Ask for business cards and follow up immediately. That has been a key to my success as while.

Tiffany Tapia

Associate Media Buyer, UM Worldwide LinkedIn

Be sure to check out mentors’ LinkedIn and social media beforehand, so that you can fully take advantage of asking them questions when you meet them in-person!

Holly Whitstock Seeger

Founding Partner of Samurai Studios Inc., President at Today Video, Inc. | LinkedIn

Be open to networking with people who aren’t in your field. Even if we’re not in the same industry, I’m always happy to share my experience in the business side of my companies.

April Huchko

HR Manager, Affect Inc.LinkedIn

Leave shyness at the door. Speak up…project voice for fluid convo. Prepare on what goal they want to achieve from the event.

Esther Leytush

Software Engineer, BettermentLinkedIn

Bring business cards!

Michelle Suconick

Head of Communications, Roman HealthLinkedIn

Come prepared with specific things you’d like to talk about! Examples include, “tips to be more appealing to land a job at an agency” or “what should I change in my resume to appear more creative-oriented.”

Dianne Dragan

Director of Editorial Operations, Condé NastLinkedIn

Ask, “would you mind if I link in with you, or do you prefer a resume or business card?” Time is limited and people prefer different materials!

Lyubov Zeylikman

Solutions Consultant, LinkedIn and National President, United Women in Business FoundationLinkedIn

I like when mentees bring resumes and specific questions to ask me for career advice. Furthermore, practice your ‘elevator pitch’ when speaking with me. Mentees usually start by saying how excited they were to speak with me, which is great, but following that, I would have liked to see them give me their 60-second pitch.

Alisha Sedor

Sr. Manager of CX, Harry’s and Founder, Poros Consulting and CoachingLinkedIn

Broaden your perspective as to who it is value to network with. One person at a networking event said “I don’t think you can help me” as summarized in the post, and another young man who chatted with me because he likes Harry’s but again didn’t try to engage because my title is outside of his direct field.

Christina Lynch

Freelance Event ProducerLinkedIn

If the organization sponsoring the event provides prep materials, review them! FindSpark gives Hustle Summit attendees a Hustle Summit checklist with virtual workshop recordings, tips, and info about the people they will network with. Use resources like this one.

Have tips to network with and impress mentors? Share in the comments!

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