Everything you need to get mentoring advice from your network
Prepare your profile
New contacts want to know who you are, what you’ve been up to, and what you have in common, LinkedIn is where they’ll go to find that out.
☐ Education: List all schools attended
☐ Experience: Include at least 3; the best entries are those related to your career interest
☐ Headshot: Have close-up on your friendly face, simple work-type attire
Add your connections
Lots of people know you. It is your job to connect them to one another through LinkedIn. Before you reach out to others, do your part to build the network community.
☐ Who: Send LinkedIn connection requests to all those who know you (classmates, coworkers, teammates, friends, family)
☐ How: Spend 1 hour to send 100+ LinkedIn requests. No need to customize them – these people know you!
☐ How Many: 250+ for professionals with a few years of work experience; 100+ for undergraduates.
Get connecting tool
MANGO is a free app that helps with all the tactical aspects of the connecting process. Watch video to see how.
What you need
Finding the right people depends on what you need. You may want:
- Someone who can relate to your specific situation (e.g., person with disabilities, veteran, first-in-family-to-college, immigrant, certain racial or cultural identity)
- Know how someone like you succeeded or tackled your goal
- Recommended resources
- Connections to others like you
- Encouragement from someone who has accomplished your goal
Who's best to talk to
Best Contacts for Mentoring:
Supporters are people in your network who have navigated the challenge you are facing and can explain how they did it.
Learn more about Supporters.
Why questions matter most
The key to a “conversation that clicks” is asking the right person the right questions that tap into their expertise…and avoiding questions that don’t.
Who are the right people for mentoring advice? Ask “Supporters” like you.
How to find the
right questions easily
No need to guess. Let MANGO recommend questions that click with your contact every time.
Watch video to see how MANGO works for you.
How to write
Don’t struggle with what to say. Write customized emails without the guesswork with MANGO.
Watch video to see how you can build custom emails including:
- Conversation Request emails
- Confirmation emails
- Thank You emails
- Check In emails