Starting a new job can be scary, but it's a lot easier with the help of an experienced co-worker. Mentors can help guide others along in their quest for success at a new job.
"The fastest way to become a known entity in your company is to find a co-worker as a mentor who will do more than just show you the ropes," says Joanne Cini, author of "Kingmaker: Be the One Your Company Wants to Keep-- On Your Terms" (Prentice Hall, $22.95). "He or she will become your advocate to peers, company leaders and perhaps customers as well."
The best way to find a mentor, says Gilda Carle, a professor of business psychology and communications at Mercy College in Yonkers, N.Y., , is to make someone you admire feel wanted.
"Don't just go up and ask someone," Carle says. "The other person has to feel as if they're getting something out of it. Let them know what you can bring to the table and pump up their ego a bit."
Once you've started your new job, assess your situation and consider who could be a potential mentor.
"You need to pick the person who will become your most potent guide," says Cini. "Who do you surmise to be among the team leaders? Who has the company experience and internal reputation that will aid your growth? Who has all the competencies that matter and a generous spirit too?"
After you've made your observations, Cini suggests going to your manager and present them with your findings.
"What could be bad about showing your desire to become an important member of the team as soon as possible?" Cini says. "Hopefully your manager will agree on your mentor and this designation will be positioned as a plum assignment for the colleague determined strong enough to lead you on the path to success."