When looking for a mentor look for enthusiastic people, respectful of others, and a respected expert in the notary field that is enjoying the role they play in helping others achieve their goals. A mentee-mentor relationship requires work, commitment, and follow-through on both sides if it is going to be successful. A mentor will share information about his or her own career path, as well as provide guidance, motivation, emotional support, and role modeling. The mentee should feel connected to the mentor while they will help you set your goals, develop contacts, and identifying the skills and expertise you need to succeed.
A successful mentoring relationship goes through four phases – preparation, negotiating, growth, and closure. During your initial conversation with your prospective mentor, you will need to clearly describe the type of guidance you are seeking. You should confirm your willingness to do the necessary work and follow through and acknowledge and respect the individual’s time.
These are some of the traits you should consider when looking for a mentor:
- Industry knowledge
- Availability to devote time
- Good listener/sounding board
- Able to give constructive feedback
- Honest and candid
- Able to network and provide resources
When searching for a mentor consider joining a Professional Notary Association where you will be able to Network with other like-minding notaries. Also, visit the SCORE website it offers free face-to-face Mentoring & Online Business Workshops where you can find a local mentor. If you have a Facebook account do a search for notary groups a good one to find a mentor is Notary Buddy after joining these groups, connect with people and let them know you are looking for a mentor and ask a lot of questions remember the traits you should consider before you pick a mentor.
In most instances, mentors are free, which makes them priceless in more ways than one. Typically, a mentoring relationship will grow organically through connections within the notary industry and network. With that said, please keep in mind that you might find a mentor that you will have to pay a fee for their time and knowledge. If you think that person will be a good mentor for you go ahead and negotiate a fee for their mentorship that would be beneficial for both of you.