How to Be an Employment Mentor
Congratulations on being assigned to serve as an employment mentor! This experience will provide you with the opportunity to serve a member of your ward or branch who is looking for employment, sometimes referred to as a job seeker. As you serve, you will see changes take place in the job seeker's life and in your own. Throughout the mentoring experience, remember the words of King Benjamin, "When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God" (Mosiah 2:17).
What is a mentor?
A mentor is a resource for bishops in helping members find suitable employment and build a successful career.
Why Is There A Need For Me To Be a Mentor?
Your bishop or branch president has assigned you as a mentor in order to assist a member of your ward or branch in the process of:
- Finding employment
- Developing skills and successful job behavior
- Setting and reaching goals.
The job seeker may be working with a development counselor and job coach trainer at Deseret Industries (DI) and/or an employment resource center (ERC) staff member with bishop or branch president authorization. If this is the case, the development counselor or ERC staff member will provide career coaching and counseling to the job seeker. Together with the job seeker, they will develop career goals and a job search plan. You will assist the job seeker to successfully complete his or her plan to achieve career self-reliance in partnership with the staff at the DI or ERC.
If the job seeker you are assisting is not participating in development counseling services, you will need to identify how you can be most helpful to them. You may want to facilitate job search planning and developing a career plan, or you may decide to offer logistical help, such as giving rides to interviews, watching their children, and offering encouragement.
How Do I Get Started?
If the job seeker is working with development counseling services, early in the process the job seeker will attend a planning meeting to establish goals, milestones, and action steps. You will participate in this and subsequent meetings. The first meeting will take place within the job seeker's first 30 days, and subsequent meetings will be held quarterly thereafter. As an employment mentor, you will help the job seeker work toward his or her goals. Contact the job seeker's development counselor or ERC staff member to set up an initial meeting.
If the job seeker is not working with development counseling services, you will still want to meet with the job seeker to establish expectations shortly after receiving your mentoring assignment. As a mentor, you will help the job seeker work toward his or her goals. Collaborate on how you can best support them during the process of looking for employment.
How Can I Be a Successful Mentor?
You play an important role in helping the job seeker succeed. You will be a successful employment mentor as you:
- Follow the guidance of the Spirit by providing encouragement and demonstrating how Heavenly Father loves them and will help him or her achieve career self-reliance.
- Establish an honest and caring relationship with the job seeker.
- Learn the job seeker's strengths and areas for improvement.
- Give suggestions and provide kind, corrective feedback.
- Share the job seeker's progress with your bishop or branch president.
- When appropriate, identify resources in your area that might provide an opportunity for the job seeker to work in a business partnership, receive skills training, or obtain work.
- Build and maintain a relationship of trust by: listening carefully, giving encouragement and counsel, and respecting the job seeker's agency.
If working with DI or an ERC:
- Actively participate in and complete assignments in planning discussions.
- Report on assignments and follow up on action-step progress.
- Help revise the job seeker's plan to achieve goals, milestones, and action steps.
- Communicate with the development counselor or ERC staff member when issues or concerns arise.
As you do these things, you will be blessed for your service. You will see changes take place in the job seeker's life and in your own.