Everything you need to get mentoring advice from your network

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How to get started

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.

Learn how to connect

This tutorial shows you how to navigate every step of the connecting process to find mentoring advice.

Who's best to talk to

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

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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.

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Learn more about Supporters.

How to find them

Follow this free step-by-step tutorial to see how to find 3-5 Supporters in your LinkedIn network now.

Secrets to a great conversation

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.

Conversation prep

We get it. Your conversation is tomorrow and you want to feel ready. Get Tips to walk into your conversation confidently.

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Questions List

Click to see Sample Question List that works for a Guide connection type.

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.

Learn how to
prepare questions

Follow this step-by-step tutorial to see how to prepare the best questions that lead to referrals and insider advice.

How to communicate effectively

How to reach out

Best tools for writing conversation request emails that really connect

 Example: Conversation request email

 Tip Sheet: Conversation Requests

 Tutorial: Follow this step-by-step tutorial

How to write
networking emails

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

How to follow up

Best tools for writing thank you emails that solidify a relationship

 Example: Thank You Email

 Tip Sheet: Thank You/Follow Up

 Tutorial: Follow this step-by-step tutorial

Turn Contacts into Relationships

Find the advice you trust.

Reach out and start connecting now. MANGO coaches you step-by-step.