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Assign and Find Mentors

January is National Mentoring Month. I am a huge fan of both formal mentoring in which the company assigns a mentor to a new employee, and informal mentoring.

This mentor has the responsibility to help integrate the new employee by imparting a certain body of knowledge about the department, the company, and its culture. This is in addition to the relationship the new employee forms with his boss and the official company onboarding process.

There are also informal mentor relationships in which a more experienced employee assists another employee to develop their job skills and career overall. Other informal mentors teach employees a specific skill they lack and need.

I was delighted to note in a recent client session about formal mentoring that most of the participants felt they had an active relationship with a mentor. Have you sought out yours? They can critically and positively affect your career progress.

When you seek out mentors, here are the top fifteen characteristics of a successful mentor that my client company participants identified.

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Assign and Find Mentors originally appeared on About.com Human Resources on Tuesday, January 19th, 2010 at 14:03:41.

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