The mentoring platform is user-driven, allowing registered mentees to search among registered mentors using specified criteria to find individuals whose experience and expertise match areas in which they wish to be mentored. Likewise, registered mentors can search for and identify potential mentees.
Source: ASA Staffing Career Survey
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Mentor Match Program Highlights
Cost: Free to ASA members
Duration: Six months
Time Commitment: One-hour minimum per month
Venue: Face-to-face or phone/email
Engagement: One-on-one relationship
Mentoring Topics: Mentors and mentees are matched based on common interests
How Mentor Match Works
Getting started with Mentor Match as a mentor or mentee takes just a few minutes of your time by following three easy steps:
Step 1—Enroll online as a mentor, mentee, or both. During the enrollment process, select the areas in which you are comfortable mentoring, or those in which you would like to be mentored. If you are not enrolled, you will not be able to connect with a mentor or a mentee.
Step 2—Search the mentor or mentee directory in ASA Central for an individual who matches your interests and schedule.
Step 3—Send your preferred mentor or mentee a request to connect. Your request will be delivered via email. Once it’s received, mentors and mentees can accept or decline requests.
Mentor Frequently Asked Questions
- Complete their profiles on ASA Central, selecting their mentoring areas.
- Make a commitment of six months to each mentee.
- Attend scheduled kick-off call with mentee (mentee must schedule the call).
- Review mentee's goals.
- Provide insight, knowledge and understanding to mentee.
- Determine type(s) of communication desired with mentee (telephone, email, text, in-person) and jointly review the Mentoring Plan
Mentees are ASA members at various career stages who value peer guidance as a factor in their career development.
ASA recommends that a mentor only has one mentee as a time.
Once you have enrolled as a mentor, go to the Mentor Directory and select the criteria you want to use for your mentee search. Click on the mentees’ names to view their profiles. Once you have found a good match, send a mentee request by selecting the button under their photo.
You will receive an e-mail from the mentee requesting you to be their mentor. You will be prompted to accept or reject the request.
Yes, but there should be a valid reason for doing so. We encourage you to at least have an initial conversation to explore whether the relationship would be mutually beneficial. If a potential mentee has misinterpreted information in your profile, you may find him/her to be an inappropriate match. If you want to decline a request, go to the “My Mentoring Relationships” page and check the “decline” button next to the specific request.
If the mentoring relationship is complete, go to the “My Mentoring Relationships” page and mark the relationship as “completed.”
If the mentoring relationship isn’t working out, please kindly discuss your decision to end the relationship with your mentee. Go to the “My Mentoring Relationships” page and mark the relationship as “completed.”
We recommend you and your mentees agree on a schedule that works best for both of you. You should both review the Mentoring Plan (detailing the mentee’s expectations, how the mentoring will be delivered, outline, and target dates). The most important thing is to discuss your mutual expectations about time and communication at the start of your relationship. Keep in mind mentoring doesn’t necessarily require large amounts of your time. Even brief phone calls or e-mail exchanges with you can make a big difference to your mentee.
All mentors are volunteers. As an active program participant, you will receive a ribbon (electronic badge located on your Online Community Profile) identifying you as a mentor.
Mentee Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, please take a moment to complete your Mentee Checklist. This will help you determine your end goal for each mentoring relationship and you and your mentor can use this in your Mentoring Plan.
Expectations of mentees:
- Complete their profiles on ASA Central; selecting the areas you wish to be mentored.
- Schedule/attend kick-off call with your mentor.
- Outline goals they want to achieve from mentoring relationship and develop a mentoring plan.
- Make a commitment to a six-month relationship with their mentor. Length of commitment to the relationship will be by agreement between the mentor and the mentee.
Mentors are ASA members who have volunteered their time to support other members’ careers.
Once you have enrolled as a mentee, go to the Mentoring Directory and select the criteria you want to use for your mentor search. Click on the mentors’ names to view their profiles. Once you have found a good match, send the mentor a request by selecting the button under their photo.
If you don’t hear from the mentor within one or two weeks, feel free to contact them using the contact information found on their profile page.
Sometimes, regardless of the information provided, mentors and mentees don’t always fit. If this happens, we suggest you discuss your decision honestly and kindly with your mentor; thank them for their time then start a new mentor search.
It is up to you and your mentor to decide how, when and where you want to pursue your mentoring relationship. It is likely that you will meet virtually—over the phone or on video, however if you are local to each other, you may choose to meet in person.
We recommend you and your mentor agree on a schedule that works best for both of you. The most important thing is to discuss your mutual expectations about time and communication at the start of your relationship.