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Mar 20, 2004 6:54 pm Article: Mentors: Dipping Your Toes in the Advance Mentoring Pool
Lucas Hrabovsky
Congratulations, you have taken the first step towards improving the lives of others as well as your own. Becoming a Mentor will change your life in ways you never thought possible. Not only will you enjoy the fulfillment of watching and playing a crucial role in your Mentee(s) development and growth, but you will also learn more about yourself as a person.

Whether it is the realization of leadership skills you never knew you had, or simply finding out that you really can make a difference, the impact of a Mentoring relationship in your life is undeniable. Aside from re-learning skills you may posses, your Mentee(s) may have a skill set that you do not, such as computer proficiency or new concepts in management, that he or she can pass on to you. The knowledge transfer that occurs in Mentoring goes both ways.

The real question is where to begin. As a Mentor, you will play a crucial role in your Mentee’s development. If this is your first opportunity to act as a Mentor, check back periodically to our Resources page where we will be providing regular articles and links to advise you along the way and make you a better Mentor. If you have acted as a Mentor previously, you will notice that with the Advance Mentoring system, communicating with and finding your Mentee is easier than ever.

The first step is registering online with Advance Mentoring. The registration process is simple and free. Quickly fill out your desired username, password, and brief personal information and you are ready to begin.

After completing the registration process, log in to your account and click on the “My Information” button at the top. Make sure to fill in as much information as possible and please only list information which is accurate. The concept behind Advance Mentoring is to provide potential Mentees with as much information as possible about their prospective Mentors before any communication is established. The service is established this way to increase efficiency as well as increase the probability of establishing a good synergy between the relationship of the Mentee and Mentor. Compatibility is paramount in Mentoring. Relationships are much more productive if the two members are similar in mindset. It is better to provide too much information about yourself than too little.

However, to protect your privacy, do not list any information you do not wish to be available to the public. Please refrain from listing your real full name, address, telephone number, or email address anywhere in your “My Information Section.” Note that you should still list your full name and associated items in your registration Profile as this information is not shown publicly or shown to the Mentee withour your permission. Refer to the Advance Mentoring Privacy Policy for a more detailed digression on how we protect your personal information. You may also change any of this information at any time by clicking “Amend Profile” under the “My Information” section.

After the text fields have been completed, click on “Save Profile” at the bottom of the page. This will place your profile into our database and you are ready to begin receiving messages from possible Mentees. All messages will be delivered to your Advance Mentoring message inbox via an internal messaging system. So, there will be no possible spam messages or junk mail cluttering up your own personal email accounts.

When you have saved your profile into the database, browse the Advance Mentoring website. Once selected by Advance Mentoring as a Mentor, you may search for Mentees who have registered. You can contact Mentees through Advance Mentoring for a possible Mentor/Mentee relationship. Mentoring is a two-way street. Both the Mentee and Mentor need to give everything towards helping one another reach their goals. The most important factor in attaining this necessary synergy is compatibility between the Mentee and Mentor. Do not think that as a Mentor, you should wait for your Mentee to contact you. Be active in your selection process and seek out the potential Mentees who you feel could benefit the most from your input and experience.

After you have saved your Profile into our database and if you are able, post a video profile of yourself telling your own story. Reading text on a page is one thing, but a video of yourself telling your own story will say so much more about who you are to potential Mentees and other Mentors. The concept of a video profile is a feature we feel very strongly for at Advance Mentoring. We feel that video profiles can be crucial in determining that sought-after “perfect fit” between you and your potential Mentees.

From all of us at Advance Mentoring, good luck and best wishes as you begin the exciting and fulfilling experience of being a Mentor.

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