TIP 4: (Continued)
Another way to combat the isolation is to find a mentor. Ideally, you want to recruit a manager who has performed your job successfully for many years. This person should be able to identify with your challenges, listen attentively to your concerns and ask penetrating questions that guide you in the right direction.

Here are three ways to find a mentor:

  1. Enlist your human-resources department. They may match you with someone within your organization.

  2. Seek out recent retirees at your organization whom you like and respect.

  3. Network in the community. Join business groups such as Toastmasters to develop your public speaking and enroll in professional educational classes. You may meet potential mentors through such activities.