Congratulations on your steps toward becoming career self-reliant. Effectively utilizing your mentor will be key to your success. See the following information for how to work with your mentor to reach your goals.

What Is a Mentor?

A mentor is a person in your ward or branch who is called to help you in your job search and in building your career. He or she will meet with you regularly. If you’re also working with DCS or DI, your mentor will coordinate with your development counselor or job coach to aid you in the best way possible.

Your Mentor’s Role

Your mentor will meet with you to gain an understanding of your needs. By working closely with the bishop (or branch president) and with the DI and DCS staff, your mentor will help you:

  • Set goals.
  • Develop a network.
  • Write resumes.
  • Practice interviewing.
  • Obtain meaningful employment.
  • Make development planning meetings more beneficial for you (if you are enrolled in DCS).

How to Use Your Mentor Effectively

Your mentor is there to help you, but you should take the lead. Here are several ways to effectively utilize the offered support:

  • Build a working relationship with your mentor.
  • Seek weekly opportunities to maintain contact with your mentor.
  • Update your mentor on your progress.
  • Coordinate with your mentor to develop a network within your ward and community.

What to Share with Your Mentor

  • Long-term plans
  • Job goals
  • Challenges you face
  • Things you need help with
  • Progress and accomplishments
  • Anything else related to your career search that you think would be helpful for your mentor to know about