Mentor Match FAQs

GENERAL


What is the Mentor Match?
The Mentor Match is an online tool – a searchable database that helps you find a mentor or a mentee. It is user-driven, allowing interested mentees to search for or browse available mentors to find someone whose experience and expertise match areas in which they wish to be mentored. Likewise, mentors can search for and identify potential mentees.

Is there a fee associated with using the Mentor Match?
No, the Mentor Match is a benefit of membership and is available only to AONL members.

How are mentors and mentees matched?
You must first enroll as a mentor, mentee or both. During the enrollment process, you will build your mentor/mentee profile, in areas including professional experience and areas of expertise/interest. Your completed profile will help prospective mentees/mentors search for you and learn if your experience, etc. match what they are looking for in a mentoring relationship.

To find a mentor or mentee, go to either the “Find a Mentor” or “Find a Mentee” page and enter your search criteria to search for possible mentors/mentees. You can click the names of those you find in your search to view their profiles and learn more. Once you've found someone who could be a good fit, click on the mentor or mentee badge located below the individual's profile picture to request that person as your mentor or mentee. An e-mail will be sent to them notifying them of your request and they will be able to accept or decline.

MENTORS


How do I become a mentor?

First you'll want to complete your Leader2Leader profile, so interested mentees can learn more about you work history and experience. Next, click here to enroll as a mentor. You will be prompted to fill out various categories including work experience and areas of expertise.

Who are the mentees?

Mentees are other AONL members who are looking for support in their careers.

Can I have more than one mentee?

While there is no limit to the number of mentoring relationships you can establish, we recommend that you be judicious in accepting mentee requests and not develop more mentee relationships than you feel you can maintain. You can limit the number of mentee requests you are willing to accept when you are enrolling as a mentor, on the mentoring enrollment page ("Maximum Mentees", in the Mentorship section).

How do I find mentees?
Mentees may search for you and request a mentor relationship, which you can accept or decline. To seek out a mentee, first enroll as a mentor, then go the "Find a Mentee" page and select criteria to search available mentees. To view a mentee's profile, click on their name. Once you have found a good match, click on the mentee badge (seen below their profile image) to send them a request. An e-mail will be sent to them notifying them of your request and they will be able to accept or decline.

How will I know if a mentee has selected me as their mentor?

You will receive an e-mail from the mentee requesting you to be their mentor. You will be prompted to accept or reject the request.

Is it okay to reject a request?

Yes, but there should be a good reason to do so. We encourage you to at least have an initial conversation to explore whether the relationship would be mutually fulfilling. If a potential mentee has misinterpreted information in your profile, you may find them to be an inappropriate match. If you want to decline a request, go to the "My Mentoring Relationships" page and check the “decline” button next to the specific request.

What if I’m going to be on vacation or unavailable for a period of time?

You can set your status to "Temporarily Not Participating". To do so, go to the "Mentor Enrollment" page, scroll down to the “Mentorship” section then toggle the “Temporarily Not Participating” bar from "no" to "yes". Doing this will indicate that you are not accepting any mentee requests at the moment and your mentoring profile will not be included in a mentee’s search for a mentor.  It is your responsibility to communicate your availability to your existing mentees.

How do I end a mentoring relationship?

If you and your mentee mutually agree that the mentoring relationship is complete, go to the "My Mentoring Relationships" page and mark the relationship as “completed.”
If the mentoring relationship isn't working out, please first discuss your decision to end the relationship with your mentee before you mark the relationship as “completed.”

What are the expectations for participating mentors?

We expect that you will be available to mentee requests, responding in a timely manner, and fulfill your commitment to develop at least one mentoring relationship. We expect you to communicate with your mentees as agreed upon by both you and your mentee(s).

How much time will I need to invest as a mentor?

We recommend that you and your mentee(s) agree on a schedule that works best for both of you. The most important thing is to discuss your mutual expectations about time and communication at the start of your relationship. Keep in mind that 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(s). The AONL annual conference also offers a convenient venue for getting together with your mentee(s) over coffee or lunch.

What benefits do I receive from the organization if I participate as a mentor in the program?

All mentors are volunteers. As an active program participant, you will receive a ribbon on your Leader2Leader profile identifying you as a mentor.

MENTEES


How do I become a Mentee?

First you'll want to complete your Leader2Leader profile, so interested mentors can learn more about you. Next, click here to enroll as a mentee. You will be prompted to fill out various categories including work experience and areas of interest.

Who are the mentors?

Mentors are other AONL members who have volunteered their time to support other members' careers.

Can I have more than one mentor?

While there is no limit to the number of mentoring relationships you can establish, we recommend that you be judicious in sending mentor requests and not develop more relationships than you feel you can maintain. Please also keep in mind that mentors have limited time to offer and may have other mentoring relationships.

How do I find a mentor?

First you must enroll as a mentee, then go to the “Find a Mentor” page and select criteria to search available mentors. To view a mentor's profile, click on their name. Once you have found a good match, click on the mentor badge (seen below their profile image) to send them a request. An email will be sent to them notifying them of your request and they will be able to accept or decline.

What should I do if I don’t hear from the mentor I requested?

If you don’t hear from the mentor within one or two weeks, feel free to contact them using the contact information found on their profile page.

What if the mentor isn’t the right “fit” for my needs?

Sometimes, regardless of the information provided, mentors and mentees don’t always "fit."  If this happens, we recommend that you discuss your decision honestly with your mentor, thank them for their time then start a new mentor search.

Where can I meet with my mentor?

It is up to you and your mentor to decide how, when and where you want to develop your mentoring relationship. It is likely that most of your communication will occur by phone or electronically. The AONL annual conference offers a great opportunity to meet face-to-face if you are not local to one another and don't have the opportunity to meet in person.

How long does the mentoring relationship last?

That is completely up to you and your mentor! 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 expectations about time and communication at the start of your relationship.