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Use a Career Coach or Mentor to Get to the Next Level in Your Career

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Career coaches may help in person, over the phone, or even via e-mail.  Their role is to be there for you when you need them and to keep help you progress towards the goals you want to attain.

Finding a Career Coach

Because coaching is so effective, the personal coaching industry has seen tremendous growth in the past few years. There are a lot of coaches on the market to choose from. If you know someone who has had success with a particular individual or company, you may want to look there first. Career coaches can be found by searching online or in the local phone book.  Compare the services and prices to determine what will work best for you, and make sure you are working with a coach that has some proof of their success before signing up.

What a Mentor Can Do for You

A mentor is someone who has already succeeded at what you want to do who is willing to help you in your career. Mentors are usually busy folks, so they won't be available to work as closely as a career coach, but their advice and assistance can be invaluable.  Mentors will generally meet with you regularly to impart information about their success, answer questions, and generally help you on your career path.  One of the most valuable things a mentor can do for you is open doors.   They have access to people and opportunities that you don't and can help to place you in career-enriching situations by recommending you.

Finding a Mentor

Unlike a career coach, a mentor does not get paid for their assistance.  You can't look in the phone book and find someone who can be your mentor this afternoon. A mentor is someone successful in your industry or company who likes you and believes in you so much they are willing to put some time and work into helping you succeed in your career.  To find a good mentor, join industry and networking organizations and talk to people at the events.  It's also a good idea to get to know the executives at your own company.  When you find someone who can help and that you click with, ask if they would be willing to mentor you for a while in your career growth. If you have a good rapport, it's likely that they will be flattered and eager to help.

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