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Mentors Can Greatly Improve Job Searching Efforts

When you're doing things you haven't done before in the job search, it's hard to know how successful your efforts will be at any given time. Luckily, there's a solution that can help you take care of several of these issues. Finding a mentor can often help you gain insight into both job-hunting efforts and your long-term career goals, providing a helping hand along the way to boot.

The Albequerque Journal reported that finding a mentor doesn't need to be a difficult endeavor. Whether you've just graduated, are looking for a new position in your current field or want to make a career change, getting a mentor can be simple. Speaking to past leaders you've looked up to, previous colleagues whom you believe are trustworthy or even a friend or family member can all help you discover someone more than willing to help your hiring efforts.

Once you have found someone willing to be your mentor, there are more factors that need to be kept in mind. Key among them is respect. If you come to them too often or put too many requests on them, they likely won't be too happy about it. Even with the help, you're still the leader of your own search. Just because they're helping you does not mean that the mentor will do the legwork in helping your success.

That said, they should be able to help with a variety of important factors. One key example is that they can provide new perspectives when reading cover letters and resumes, helping you find where you're doing things right and the elements where you haven't reached your full potential. They can often also help you build a network, to a certain extent, as they can help refer you to industry leaders or even organizations that may want someone with your set of skills.

Prepare you for future applications

The news source said that mentors can play roles that would otherwise leave the job search with some issues. One example is that they can provide motivation and encouragement in a situation where you may be frustrated or unhappy with your current search options. After a poor interview or a spate of applications that don't receive any responses, it's natural to feel frustrated, even when that frustration can be detrimental to future attempts at landing jobs. Taking about the difficulties you face on a one-on-one basis can be highly effective in improving your approach to the hiring process, often giving you useful information you can later use.

Forbes noted that mentors can even help searchers better deal with more abstract concepts in the hiring process. Not only will they have experience from their own careers in a given industry, but they'll be able to help you think outside the box and develop alternative strategies that you can use to get hiring managers' attention. They can often also help you look at new markets or companies in a different light, giving you better insight into the nitty-gritty details of exactly what managers may want to see from their applicants. 

One of the best improvements that can be seen from finding a new mentor is that it becomes easier to prioritize the things you should do in any specific order. If you've been applying to jobs before beefing up your LinkedIn profile, for example, your mentor will likely note that you're directing managers to an incomplete website. Situations like these can be easily avoided and your mentor will likely have the ability to help you determine your next move.