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How to build a relationship with your new mentor

Before you start asking for advice, develop a relationship with your mentor first.

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Getting a mentor is great, but once you do so it's important to get the relationship off on the right foot, says Harvard Business Review.

"Once you've secured a mentor, kick off the relationship the right way. Here are three things you can do to help create a successful partnership:

Get to know your mentor

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Don't immediately ask for advice. Take the time to acquaint yourself with your adviser. Ask questions about her experience and working style, and share in return.

Air concerns

You may be nervous about admitting your mistakes and fears. Establish an expectation of confidentiality up front, and remember this discretion should be mutual.

Set milestones

To gauge progress, set goals and chart a path to achieve them. To expedite the process, draft a list of milestones and ask your mentor for feedback.

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