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Ac­cord­ing to the hu­man re­sources depart­ment at Sun Mi­crosys­tems, which com­pared the progress of around 1000 em­ploy­ees over five years, peo­ple are five times more likely to get pro­moted and 20 per cent more likely to get a pay rise if they have a men­tor.

Trent be­lieves a men­tor should be some­one who shares your val­ues; who you con­sider a role model; who in­spires, mo­ti­vates and asks you ef­fec­tive ques­tions; who is easy to talk to (and doesn’t just talk at you); and is trust­wor­thy, so you can con­fide in them com­pletely.

But be­fore you go ap­proach­ing ev­ery LinkedIn con­nec­tion, Trent sug­gests first con­sid­er­ing what you want to get out of a re­la­tion­ship with a men­tor, and what you can give back to them, and mak­ing that clear from the get-go.

Once you’ve landed a men­tor, Trent rec­om­mends meet­ing once a quar­ter, adding that the key to a suc­cess­ful re­la­tion­ship is re­spect­ing your men­tor’s time. So doc­u­ment an agenda, al­ways come pre­pared and – most of all – if they give you ad­vice, lis­ten and put it into ac­tion!

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