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Finding a mentor to help guide you in your career path can be the difference between success and failure. It is no exaggeration that mentors have a lot to offer. So what should you do when, after weeks of research, the person you contact to become your mentor turns you down? Is it the end of the world? Should you find a different career path? Let's take a look.
1. Understand that you are not at fault.
There are a million different reasons that someone can turn down becoming your mentor. They may have already taken on another candidate or perhaps they are scaling back the amount of work they want to take on. In either case, don't take it personally. Understand that their denial isn't your fault.
2. Look over your materials and re-evaluate.
Now that you are back to square one, take a glance at the materials you pitched at your initial mentor. Is your resume in order? How about all of your networking information? Do you have a good presence and interview ability? If any of these questions lead to a 'no' then fix your problem areas, and get back to looking for a mentor!
3. Find another mentor!
Being that this career is your future, you should never settle. Don't give up looking for your mentor! Perseverance is tremendously important and can be the difference between a career and a job.
While we all hate the feeling of rejection, and are sure to experience it a ton over the course of our lives, it is important to never give up. Your mentor is out there. You just have to ask the right person.