A common anyone will give if you’re having trouble finding a job is that you should get a mentor. And that’s a great piece of advice, but how exactly do you find a mentor to help you navigate the job market. Here are some tips you can use to find yourself a mentor before you’re even out of school.
Not going to lie, creating a good LinkedIn profile is hard. You have to put in work to make it look good and stand out. That being said, it’s definitely worth it. There are so many professionals (and in the fields that you’re interested in) on LinkedIn that you can learn from. Of course, messaging someone and saying ‘please be my mentor,’ can be awkward. What you should do instead of that is start a conversation, and try and build an organic relationship. Ask for their career story, ask for advice and that’s how a person becomes your mentor.
Twitter Is Also A Great Place To Find Professionals In Your Field
Twitter is also one of the platforms that can help you find professionals in your field. If their DMs are open, you can reach out express your interest in a professional’s work. Otherwise, you can try interacting with them on your timeline. Not to mention the fact that there are some people who share professional advice and experience publicly. Even if it’s not a personal relationship, you can still find a good mentor.
Reach Out To Previous Bosses
If you’ve had internships, then chances are, you’ve worked with people that qualify for that mentor position. Simply keep in touch after your internship or even your national service, and ask for advice when you need it. Maintaining the relationship is how you’ll turn that person into your mentor. There’s also the added advantage that they’ll keep you in the loop when there’s an opening in that company.
People You Went To School With Make Great Mentors
Choosing a mentor who’s just a few years ahead of you can also be a really great arrangement. You’re close in age, so it’s easier to communicate with them. And if they’ve just recently started their career, they can share their experiences so you know what to expect when it’s your turn.