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
The Mentor Match program will run in two 6-month cycles per year (January-June and July-December). 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 or mentee. 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 by the enrollment deadline, ASA will not be able to connect you with a mentor or a mentee.
Step 2—Once enrolled, ASA will match you with your mentor or mentee based on topics of expertise. ASA will conduct an orientation call with all program participants to explain program guidelines and next steps.
Step 3—Your mentoring relationship is slated to last 6 months. ASA will be checking in with program participants throughout the mentoring cycle for feedback and suggestions.
Mentor Frequently Asked Questions
- Complete their profiles on ASA Central, selecting their mentoring areas.
- Make a commitment of 6 months to their mentee.
- Attend Mentor Match program orientation call with ASA.
- Attend scheduled kick-off call with mentee and 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.
Mentors will only work with one mentee per program cycle.
Once you have enrolled as a mentor, ASA will select your mentee and set up a virtual introduction. We recommend holding a kickoff call to ensure that the match is a good fit prior to beginning your mentoring relationship.
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 you do not feel that your match is a good fit, please inform ASA staff as soon as possible. ASA will work to find you a new mentee.
At the end of the 6-month cycle, ASA will mark your mentoring relationship s complete.
We recommend you and your mentee 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 ASA Central 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 your mentoring relationship. 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.
- Attend Mentor Match program orientation call with ASA.
- 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, ASA will select your mentor and set up a virtual introduction. We recommend holding a kickoff call to ensure that the match is a good fit prior to beginning your mentoring relationship.
Sometimes, regardless of the information provided, mentors and mentees may not be the right match. If this happens, please inform ASA staff as soon as possible. ASA will work to find you a new mentor.
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.
The mentoring relationship is a 6-month commitment. We recommend that you and your mentor agree on a schedule that works best for both of you. The most important thing is to discuss your mutual expectation about time and communication at the start of your relationship.
If you have any questions about the Mentor Match program, contact Connor Dunbar, membership and marketing coordinator, at email@example.com.