It doesn’t matter what stage you are at in your professional HR career, an effective mentoring relationship will always be of benefit.
People are at the core of working in HR. You listen to people, manage them, and address their needs, in some cases, you are at the forefront of dealing with varying temperaments and personalities. Regardless of your role, whether managerial or not, you need someone to guide you in your complex HR job.
Mentoring will help you navigate through people issues easily and professionally. Employee management requires not only people skills but also foresights of situation that only experienced mentors can provide.
Why do you need a mentor?
Everyone needs a mentor no matter what level you are in your career ladder. A mentor is necessary for anyone who wants to do more, and be more. Why? Because the learning never stops, and therefore the teaching should never cease.
Having a mentor will show you the best way to accomplish your goal. They will show you the best way to accomplish your goals. They will tell you if you’re about to commit a mistake, because your mentor has made them in the past, and they have also learned from them too. Their experience will prevent you from making mistakes. A mentor can also help you to use your resources wisely.
Choose a mentor who has already walked the path you’re in: preferably someone in the HR profess, or a manager that has handled a good number of employees. A good mentor will teach you. A line from Yoda, “Always pass on what you have learned.” This is exactly what a mentor does. He passes on nuggets of wisdom to you.
He will also criticise you – you have to be ready for constructive feedbacks. Keep in mind that your mentor is a person you can trust and someone who knows what is best for you. He inspires and supports you. He doesn’t give up until you’ve reach your full potential. Your mentor meets you at your level but pushes you to go on to the next.
Your mentor will also share their contacts with you to help you expand your network. They will make recommendations and in put in good words for you. Take advantage of these HR connections to get into your mentor’s community.
How to choose a mentor?
- Show that you’re worth mentoring
Mentors don’t pick a mediocre person as an apprentice. You have to show through your performance and character that you are worthy of their time and effort.
- Choose a mentor that is a few ranks higher than you
Don’t ask bigshots to mentor you. Why? Because first, they don’t have the time for you. Second, because you mostly likely have very little to offer in return. Mentoring relationship should be beneficial. Choose someone who’s a few levels above you. If you earn $3,000 a month, pick someone who earns $6-10,000 a month. If you are mentored by someone who earns $10,000, chances are you don’t have much in common. You will be given situations that are almost impossible to overcome. A mentor whose rank is almost attainable from where you are will give you more practical and realistic goals for your career.
- You can be a mentor too
Everyone can be a mentor, even if you are 25. You can mentor a student or a fresh graduate. You have valuable experiences you can share with someone. Being a mentor is also the best way to find a mentor for yourself. It allows you to understand what you need in a mentor as you discover what you want out of this relationship. You will also realise what will be expected of you as you expect the same with your apprentice.
Where to find a mentor?
Mentors are everywhere. They can be found within your circle, or they can even be found online. All you need to do is to reach out. Write or call them. Let your mentor know what you want to achieve and ask if he can help you. Mention expertise and experience that your mentor can give and how you think it helps you reach your goals. More importantly, show him how you can be help to him. At the end of the day, mentoring is a mutually beneficial relationship.
Be the apprentice you want to mentor before looking for one. Aspire to be a mentor yourself. Choose a mentor you can relate to. Have a passion for learning and growing. All of these can help you advance your HR career with a great mentor backing you up along the way.
Source: Info-Jeunes.net/L’accompagnement (image)