How to find a mentor

How to find a Mentor

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It is important to know how to find a mentor.  A good mentor can make all the difference in giving you a “boost” with your career and helping you move it to the next level.  A good mentor can coach and help you develop the skills that you need to succeed on the job.  Once you have moved to a higher level of work yourself, you may be able to mentor others and make a real difference in their career.

The first step in finding a good mentor is to identify your career goal and look for who is doing what you want to do.  Make contact with the person you hope will be your mentor and ask them for advice, coaching, or counsel.  Ask the person specifically if they will mentor you.  Many successful people want to “pay back” the help they received by helping those who are still learning the rules of success.

Once you have found the mentor, then you need to do what it takes to be easy to mentor.  Listen to what the mentor has to say and follow his/her suggestions.  Ask for and assume more responsibility.  Help other succeed and continue to build a support network with others in the organization.  There are typically good leaders in any organization for you to observe, learn from, and follow in your efforts for success.

Finally, be sure you thank your mentor for any assistance given.  Let him/her know how much you appreciate the time, effort, wisdom, and advice that has been shared with you to help you succeed.

How to Find a Mentor

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Job Search Best Practices

Job Search Best Practices

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Job search best practices can make all the difference in finding the right job. Take the time to implement a few best practices and it can speed up your job search, make it more effective, and help you find a good match between your skills and career goals and the job you are hired to do. You only have so much time to get a job so use best practices to streamline your search and make it more effective.

When you are looking for a job you want to consider both the externally posted jobs, but also the hidden job market.  Start by identifying your key strengths.  Consider how you can use these strengths to benefit a company, or start a niche business in industry.  What skills are in top demand?  Make sure you get those skills.  What jobs interest you?  Make sure you apply for those jobs?

Be creative as you approach your job search.  Be in contact with as many people as you can.  Someone you contact may have heard about a current or upcoming job opportunity that may be a good match for your skills and interests.  Informal networking always pays big dividends.

 Job Search Best Practices

As you adopt these job search best practices, you will find that you are  quickly able to make the change to your preferred work.  You can achieve the career success you desire.  It all starts by adopting job search best practices.

B2B (Back to Basics) in Business

B2B (Back to Basics) in Business

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Take the time to go B2B (Back to basics) in business. As you do so you will find that knowledge of the basics helps you achieve more. Determine which of the basics will give you the boost you need with your career. It is easy to go back to the basics.  Consider the most fundamentals things you don’t know.  Create a strategy to learn a few things so that you are more competitive for future marketplace jobs.  A little time and effort can pay big dividends in the workplace.

Some basics that you may want to know are how to go about starting a business.  What does it take to run a business?  How could you help manage those who work where you do?  As you consider a few skills you can adopt to increase your promotibility, you can make a plan to take a few online courses to better prepare for the future.

So, what does it take to do this? Just a little time and effort.  A bit of hard work and your efforts will really pay off!

Starting a Business

Running a Business

Managing a Business

Start your own small business Marketing your business on the Internet Fundamentals of Supervision and Management
Starting a Consulting Practice Accounting Fundamentals Understanding the Human Resource Function
Start and Operate your own Home-Based Business Mastery of Business Fundamentals Employment Law Fundamentals
Start your own arts and crafts business Project Management Fundamentals Total Quality Fundamentals
Learn to buy and sell on eBay Creating a Successful Business plan Building Teams that Work
Start a Pet Sitting Business Effective Business Writing Achieving Success with Difficult People
Start your own gift basket business Real Estate Investing



Assess the Next Step of your career path

Assess the Next Step of your career path

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Assess the next step of your career path.  In order to do this, you need to know exactly where you are.  Review the table below. See the common next steps based on your current career situation. Note, that the specific next step you will take will depend upon your specific career goal.  You can take multiple steps.  Keep moving towards your desired career goals.

Current Career Location

Next Step on the Career Path

Career Goal

Unemployed Improve job skills by taking a class, workshop, learning from a friend, etc. Get a job
Working without a high school diploma Get a high school GED A better job and wage
Working with high school diploma Continue your education & improve your skills with an associate degree, trade school, college, or on the job skills training A better job, better wage and More job Opportunities
Working with on the job skills that are paid more than minimum wage Continue to develop more skills on the job, through a course, or through a community college Job and wage opportunities
Front line employee Learn about business and how to manage others, take management courses on the job, online, or at a local school. Management Position with more responsibility and higher salary
Manager Learn more about the business and its goals, get the skills to help the business meet its goals Upper level Management
Unemployed, working, management Learn about small business start ups, preparing a business plan, and marketing your product to others Small Business Owner
Small Business Owner Learn strategies to expand your business by expanding your customers, product line, or market area Medium Size Business Owner
Manager, Upper Level Management,  Small Business Owner Learn leadership, strategic planning, metrics, and other strategies CEO, CFO, or other Executive

Take the time to assess the next step of your career path.  As you do so, you will find that you can change your career. Step by step you can move to the career position that you desire. This will continue to enhance your career.