Your Mentor Most Likely Has a Ton of Connections
Some people find networking hard and asking for connections or “hookups” even harder. The great thing about having a mentor, and having a genuine relationship with them, is that if they know you’re serious about your career and getting ahead. They’ll probably be more than happy to help you get there, even if that means makings a few calls, or connecting you to people they know. Davis emphasized this point by mentioning “building an established relationship” with your mentor before asking for a connection from them. It helps take the pressure off of the situation.
“Asking for a connection or a hookup can be incredibly intimidating. You don’t want anyone to feel like you’re just ‘using’ them for a connect,” she says. “That’s why building an established relationship with a mentor is important. When you have a mentor/mentee relationship with someone who wants to help you, asking for a connection becomes increasingly easier. Overall, you should build the relationship first and then ask for connections.”