We get it, finding a mentor can be difficult and time-consuming. But when you do find one (or two), they can save you from making costly mistakes that can set you back in your career. Simply put, having a mentor will improve the quality of your decisions and provide opportunities that won’t be available to you otherwise.
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We all know the truth behind the saying ‘If I Knew Then What I Know Now“. Building upon that philosophy, nurturing mentoring relationships in your professional life, can help you immeasurably in your quest to achieve specific professional goals. The key of reciprocity is never stronger , than in establishing mentoring relationships in business. Be cognizant of building relationships with someone that can help you advance your skills in certain areas, and equally important, always be open to returning that gift in imparting your wisdom to someone else. After being in the recruiting world for a quarter of a century now, I always enjoy sharing some of my painful lessons with others to spare them the pain while imparting the lessons, and in turn have gained immeasurably in learning shortcuts and how to use some of the amazing tools that are now available from some of the technically savvy mentees that I have mentored. Being mindful of building relationships with people that are on the same career path as you, and being cognizant of how you can help each other, can result in tremendous benefits from both parties.