The moment is here – after searching you have landed your first job and your friends are all talking about ways to get a raise. You may be feeling like “I only started a week ago, do I really need to think about what’s next?” The truth is your boss and their boss, along with your co-workers have already started gathering an opinion about your work.
So how do you help them see how great you are?
It’s time to align yourself with both a mentor and a sponsor. These two roles are the key to where you will be next year and five years from today. Check out this free cheat sheet to get a mentor and sponsor.
Here is how having a Sponsor and Mentor will help you get your first raise
A mentor is someone who will help you get on the sponsor’s radar (more on them in a bit). She will help guide you on work and personal growth to maximize your potential and visibility. You want someone who knows your job or is familiar with your industry. This person does not need to be in your company to be able to help guide you one your path.
A sponsor is your internal advocate: the person who goes to their boss and says “look at the fantastic results Alice has delivered for our company.” You need this person to help you rise through the ranks, but they most likely are super busy and are not a mentor candidate. Regardless of the size of the company, every company has someone who has already “made it” within the organization. They may be 3 levels up from where you are.
Having both a mentor and sponsor will exponentially help you move on to the next level in your career. You need the mentor to push you to the front and a sponsor to pull you out from the crowd. As much as we would like to say the work speaks for itself, someone has to be the first to notice and pick up on it. So until then, work hard! You never know who might be watching…
Not sure how to get started? Check out this free cheat sheet to get a mentor and sponsor.