A few weeks back, we gave you some advice on how to ask someone to be your mentor. If you followed our tips and found a mentor, great!

However, the mentor/mentee relationship can be tricky. How do you know if you chose the right person to help you further your career?

Here are some things to look out for to ensure you don’t get stuck with a bad mentor:

They’re Negative

Even if you tend to focus on the negative, a mentor should be a positive role model in you life. If they talk badly of people, how do you know they’re not speaking poorly of you?  And keep in mind that negativity is actually bad for your health; research shows that being angry for even a few minutes can impair your immune system for hours. Try to find someone who speaks highly of others and doesn’t drag you down.

They Don’t Provide Feedback

Constructive criticism and encouragement are very important when it comes to your relationship with a mentor. It’s essential for you to know if you’re on the right path or not. If your mentor doesn’t give you any feedback, perhaps they’re not cut out for this gig. It doesn’t necessarily mean they’re a bad person, perhaps they are too busy or they may not fully understand the duties of a mentor.

They Don’t Try to Improve

No one is perfect. Whether it’s in their personal or professional life, everyone can stand to do some self-improvement. As it pertains to your career, it’s always advisable to continue to take courses, watch webinars, and listen to podcasts to learn more about your industry. A bad mentor comes across as someone who knows it all – even more than industry leaders.  If this is the case, then perhaps it’s time to allow them to “teach” someone else.

Whether you have found the perfect mentor or not, Maxsys Solutions is still here to help you find an IT job in Dallas-Fort Worth. Give us a call today.

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