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Room for one more New Year’s Resolution?

Room for one more New Year’s Resolution?

If those jeans won’t fit, find a professional mentor that will

I love the start of a New Year!  For many, it provides the fuel needed to re-engage and focus on personal goals after some self-reflection.  Some hire personal trainers to tone up and meet physical health goals. While fitting into that old pair of jeans is important, it is equally important that you have a well-balanced and healthy professional life.  It’s time to consider in 2020 who is helping you ensure that your career has the versatility needed to thrive in your 9 to 5.  

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When utilized appropriately, mentors can be an integral part of your professional development.  In the age of self-proclaimed expertise, I want to provide you with a guide of what to look for when considering a mentor: 


A mentor should have a style and personality that communicates sincerity and a genuine desire to help you succeed as a professional.  Some of the best mentors are motivated by the intrinsic reward of helping other people become successful. Does your potential mentor radiate positivity and a “can-do” attitude?  Do they have a track record within their organization for being a champion of learning and development? Are they an active listener? If so, then this may be an ideal mentor.

Flexible approach:

Everyone’s career is unique, similar to our personal fashion style –  one style doesn’t fit everyone. A good mentor should have a mentoring style that is tailored to your needs as a mentee.  The best mentors create a professional strategy that aligns with your unique gifts, skills, and desires to help you become the most authentic version of yourself.  If considering a mentor’s style, you can learn more through the quiz offered by eMentorConnect

Experts within their field

Your mentor should be more than just a “good” or “friendly” person.  Remember, they should be able to offer guidance to help you advance and enhance professionally.  Ideally, you will have a mentor that is an expert in their field.  Notice that while it may be good to get an expert in your field, you can sometimes find an ideal mentor that is an expert in another field.  The goal here is to ensure that the person is respected amongst their peers and yours. The mentor should also be willing to share their skills, knowledge, and experiences to help you within your journey

Provides feedback…positive and constructive:

A key responsibility of a mentor is to provide feedback to their mentee.  Growth comes through a mentor’s willingness to safely help their mentee identify their strengths and also their opportunities for development.  A good mentor possesses excellent skills in helping a mentee navigate both spectrums of feedback.

Selecting a mentor does not have to be a tiresome process.  In the spirit of National Mentoring Month (January) we want to encourage you to find a mentor.  By doing so, you will be taking a valuable step in ensuring that your 2020 is successful. Use the tips above and give us your feedback below on your mentor identification journey.  To learn more about how eMentorConnect can be a tool to help connect mentors and mentees within your organization schedule a quick demo with one of our team members here: https://ementorconnect.com/schedule-demo/.

Yolanda Johnson, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Highly energetic and enthusiastic HR professional. Skilled in aligning business strategy with talent management programs that initiate and sustain corporate culture change. Demonstrated ability to apply a systematic process for analyzing human performance gaps and closing them