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Mentorships

    Please contact Tanja Goering if you have any questions about the mentorship program.

    Some feedback for the Mentorship program:

    "It felt good to share experience and knowledge that might help guide someone else to success."

    "It is rewarding to help mentor someone."

    "It felt great to share experiences that might help someone make a better decision than I made, because of not know what I should have done differently."

    "It's well designed * I think it's useful to students while not being too time consuming."

    "Jen was very helpful in showing me what she does for a living and how her company operates. I had a great experience and I feel that I really learned a lot from her."

    CMSHRM Mentorship Program Guidelines

    Mentorship Program Benefits:

    A successful mentor program provides opportunities for students and those new to the HR field to:

    • Explore the world of work through interaction with professionals in the HR field
    • Gain an experienced HR practitioner’s perspective on applying textbook concepts to real-life situations
    • Familiarize them-selves with corporate protocol.
    • Identify long-term professional development needs.
    • Realize the value of networking.

    A mentor program benefits professionals by allowing them to:

    • Contribute to the professional development of the future HR workforce.
    • Identify potential interns and new hires for their organization.
    • Assist students in beginning successful careers.
    • Give something back to the profession.
    Participant Requirements

    Mentees:

    • Must be a student in good standing studying Human Resources Mgmt. or related field. OR HR Practitioner new to the field of Human Resources. (less than 1 year in the field)
    • Must be willing to commit to the mentorship program for a specified period of time.
    • Must complete a CMSHRM Mentorship Program Mentee interest form.
    • Must be an active member of CMSRHM and/or a National SHRM member.
    • Must be a current experienced HR Practitioner (5 or more years in the field)
    • Must be willing to commit to the mentorship program for a specified period of time.
    • Must complete a CMSHRM Mentorship Program Mentor interest form.

    Program Length:

    • Student Mentorship - one semester
    • New HR Practitioner Mentorship – 4-6 months

    Phone /Email Contact:

    • Mentor calls mentee to arrange initial meeting and discuss scheduling
    • Mentee calls mentor to arrange joint attendance at chapter meetings
    • Mentee calls mentor as needed for advice on HR-related course work and career
    1st Meeting: (Lunch, Coffee, Place of business, School, etc.)

    Mentee:

    • Explain why you are interested in the HR Profession
    • Discuss your perceptions and expectations of the mentor relationship
    • Ask questions.
    • Plan future meetings and contacts

    Mentor:

    • Discuss your current job responsibilities
    • Explain how you got into the profession
    • Discuss the necessary academic/personal preparation needed for your career
    • Share your feelings on the importance of networking and continued professional development.
    2nd Meeting:

    Mentee spends a day “shadowing” the mentor during a typical working day.

    3rd Meeting:

    Discussion of the shadowing experience. Completion of suggested mentor/mentee activity.

    Suggestions:

    • Lunch with mentor, mentee and several other HR professionals to discuss everyday challenges practitioners encounter in their work.
    • Mentee attends a company training program with mentor.
    • Mentor and mentee discuss proper business and telephone etiquette and corporate protocol.
    • Mentee attends a safety committee meeting with mentor.
    • Mentee attends a company staff meeting.
    • Mentor and mentee attend a professional SHRM chapter meeting together and Mentor introduces a mentee to other HR professionals.
    • Mentee accompanies mentor to other professional meetings attended.
    • Mentor discusses common employee grievances and issues such as sexual harassment and substance abuse. Explains how they are handled.
    • Mentor discusses benefits administration and renewal processes.
    • Mentor discusses compensation planning process.
    • Mentee observes the development of a special project such as a wellness program or health fair.
    • Mentor reviews mentees resume and offers suggestions for improvement.
    • Mentee observes a day of recruiting.
    4th Meeting:
    • Completion of suggested mentor/mentee activity.
    • Discussion of the mentorship experience.
    • Discussion of the value of additional meetings or contact.
    Program Evaluation/Feedback

    In order to ensure that the mentorship program is meeting its objectives, it is important for us to receive feedback from our participants. In order to help us obtain this feedback, participants may be requested to:

    • Submit a written summary of their mentorship experience or complete a program evaluation form at the end of the Mentorship.
    • Meet with the program administrator and/or other mentorship program participants to discuss ways to improve the program.