Everyone would like to have a perfect mentor. You can use LinkedIn to get one. Here's how.
Step 1. Find Relevant People
LinkedIn makes it easy to search for the right mentor. With industry groups and the ability to look at the connections of your connections, it's easy to find people who are doing the things you want to do. Find the people who are truly on your desired career path. There may be other people who can help you with connections or insights, but the people at the top of your desired field and in your desired positions are the best ones to help you navigate your own path to success.
Step 2. Do Your Homework
The first part of your homework is to create a presentable profile for yourself. Once you are projecting an image of someone worthy of another's time you can focus on learning about your potential mentors. Read everything about them. Read all of their recommendations, job descriptions and interests. Check out posts and updates they have made over time. Research them on Google so you can see any press or anything they have written. Make sure their expertise is a fit for your desired career path. The more you know about them the easier it will be to connect in an authentic manner.
Step 3. Connect In a Meaningful Way
Don't just send out a canned inquiry. Take the time to write a concise personal note that shows your potential mentor that you have an appreciation for who he or she is, and what he or she has accomplished. (Don't overdo it, or you may find yourself the subject of a restraining order.) Briefly and specifically explain your path and how you think he or she can help. Express thanks for his or her time and consideration. Make it easy to connect and give reasonable time to respond. No stalking. Don't be creepy.
Step 4. Establish Specific Boundaries
If your potential mentor expresses interest, discuss how much time is acceptable and methods of communication. Some people may not be available for weekly meetings. They may just...
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