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How to Ask Someone to be Your Mentor – Dos and Donts

I am republishing this article with new content as my learning on how to ask someone to be your¬†mentor has evolved. ūüôā ¬†Hope you will find it useful. We all need formal and informal mentors to help us grow and learn. ¬†¬†Young professionals have more of a need for formal mentors. ¬† Seasoned professionals needs…

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How to Return to My Old Employer

Q: I was wondering what may be the best way to approach acknowledging to a previous employer, that you made a mistake leaving your previous job. A year ago, I left a well paying consulting position with a large technology company to pursue another job. Unfortunately, the new job has not met my expectations and I now regret my decision to leave my previous employer.

Before leaving my previous employer, my director offered me another position that he thought would suit my skills, in order to keep me in the company. However, this position was not yet defined and thus I decided to leave. Now, a year later, I regret this decision and should have been more patient and pursued this opportunity.

Do you think it’s worth while contacting this director or should I¬†just forget about this? Curious to hear what you think.

Maikel

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Maikel, thanks for your question. ¬†The short answer is absolutely contact the director. ¬†What do you have to lose? ¬†Just because you left an employer doesn’t mean they don’t want you back. ¬†And it sounded like you left on good terms. ¬†They may no longer have the same open position as an year ago, but it will always help your chances if you proactively reconnect with this director and tell him or her you are interested in returning. ¬†

The best way to contact this director is by email. ¬†This way it gives you a chance to craft your message. ¬† Approach him or her honestly. ¬†Tell him or her what you told me and ask to see if there are any opportunities currently. ¬† Also be persistent. ¬†If you don’t hear back from the first email, follow up with another email or on Linkedin. ¬†Sometimes emails goes into SPAM by accident and people are busy. ¬†It is your job to make the effort to follow up if you want to reconnect successfully with an old employer.

At the end of the day, even if he or she doesn’t have anything right away, you at least reconnected so this director can keep you in mind for future openings. ¬†¬† Here are two articles with real life stories that can also help you. ¬†

Best wishes and let me know how it goes.

Lei
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Do You Need an MBA to Succeed?

I will give you a consultant answer – it depends. ¬†But I won’t stop there. ¬†I think too many people¬†get an MBA or a Master’s degree for the wrong reasons¬†and after they finish school, they are disappointed with the fact it didn’t yield the results they hoped. Don’t make this costly mistake.¬† Do these¬†four research…

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Laid Off? Now What – 5 Things to Do

You have just been laid off. ¬†Now what? ¬†This can be a confusing and stressful time, and sometimes well-meaning friends don’t know what to say or how to help.¬†¬† Don’t worry! ¬†Your fellow readers Tamara, Ajantha, Judy and I have some great tips for you. ¬†The best way to move forward after being laid off…

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Re-discover Alumni Career Services

The job market is tough.¬† We can use all the help we can get.¬† It’s time to re-discover your alumni career services as they are usually pretty good and the best part is most services are free. Being a career advice blogger, I try to attend some of these job search seminars to keep current.¬†…

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Four Networking Mistakes to Avoid

A good definition of networking I have seen is “the developing of contacts or exchanging of information with others in an informal way, as to further a career.” While most people would agree with this definition, some may fail to realize that networking is a skill that takes time and dedication to develop. Without ample…

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Job Search vs. Career Search

Tony Robbins once said “most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year – and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade.” This statement really struck me when I read it. It reminds me to not only look at my immediate goals for this year, but also invest time and energy thinking about…

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Tips on How to “Cold Call” a Distance Contact

“Cold Calling” anyone is never easy. I had to learn it early in my career. A year after college, while working for McKinsey, I had to “cold call” competitors of our client to find out about their expansion plans in China. I was shocked when I first got the assignment. I remember thinking “how am…

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