8 Signs You Need a Career Mentor

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Salesforce developers can enjoy an intellectually challenging and well-compensated career in a growing field. But reaching your full potential requires guidance from a seasoned Salesforce developer. If you don’t already have a trusted mentor you can turn to, consider finding one to help your long-term career development.

Here are eight signs you need a mentor:

  1. You don’t feel like you’re being managed well. Think about your day-to-day work routines. Do you feel comfortable with your current management, or do you feel like your skills are being underutilized? One common sign that your talents as a Salesforce developer aren’t being utilized well is that you’re consistently asked to devote most of your time towards putting out fires rather than focusing on important long-term projects.
  1. You aren’t learning new skills. Successful Salesforce developers are always learning new things as the technology evolves. If you feel like you’re just repeating the same types of projects over and over, that’s a sign your career is stagnant. A good mentor can help you figure out what skills you need to develop in order to remain competitive in the job market.
  1. You’re not sure what you should do to take your career to the next level. Knowing that you’d like to advance in your career but being unsure of how to do it is a frustrating position to be in. By talking with a mentor, you can learn how a senior Salesforce developer advanced their career and receive advice in what steps you can take.
  1. You don’t have a long-term career plan at all. Today there are numerous career paths available to Salesforce professionals: system administrators, developers, and technical architects. But in order to get your dream job, you need to develop a clear plan of what you want and know the steps you must take in order to get there.
  1. You have goals, but are failing to meet them. Maybe you do have career goals but aren’t meeting them with regularity. In this case, a mentor may be able to give you the encouragement and accountability you need to advance. Their perspective will provide valuable direction you can use to refine your tactics and choose more attainable and productive goals
  1. Your professional network is not as robust as it could be. No matter how strong your Salesforce skills, you won’t be able to advance without a strong professional network to support you. If your network doesn’t include many senior Salesforce developers across different companies, a mentor may be able to introduce you to more people. The contacts you make may be pivotal in helping you find new professional opportunities.
  1. You are considering switching positions. Finding a new job and then transitioning can be daunting. A mentor can help you navigate the process by providing honest feedback on your resume, pointing you in the direction of potential opportunities, and helping evaluate job offers.
  1. There are issues at your current workplace that you’d like to discuss with an outsider. Sometime issues arise in the workplace that you aren’t comfortable discussing with a supervisor. Gaining an outside perspective can be invaluable in figuring out how to deal with problems productively.
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