“The vast majority of jobs are really created through the power of personal connections that a job seeker either already has, or needs to create,” says Masterson. “Job seekers must leverage the mentors they already have connections with, or build relationships with powerful mentors in their industry.”
Mentors can open up a world of opportunity, yet one in three young professionals in the U.S. have never had a mentor. Finding and building a relationship with an effective mentor can be challenging, but extremely rewarding. Joe Masterson has spoken about the critical role the right mentor can play in career development:
“Instead of wasting hours on job boards, get proactive about what it is you want to work on with your mentor and you will find tremendous success. Focus on your connections, provide value upfront and you will get your dream job created for you, that’s the only Big Secret”, says Joe.
A career mentor is someone more experienced who voluntarily provides career advice and assistance. Most mentors are more than happy to share their experiences and insights, and are very receptive to the request. Finding the right mentor is as simple a asking a more senior and respected executive for advice. Sometimes it requires networking within a company or industry to identify potential mentors and then approaching them.
At DeltaPosition.com Masterson shares his knowledge and research to help job seekers compile a list of possible mentors, make introductions and form a relationship. To learn more about the powerful impact a mentor can have on a career, or to explore other useful job search and career advancement advice, please visit www.deltaposition.com.