Your passion is a great asset. In today’s tight job market, where there are more qualified candidates than positions, it can help set you apart from the pack. Challenge yourself to determine where your passion really lies and seek experiences — in or out of your regular job — to learn and show your commitment to it.
The mentoring process provides a wonderful forum in which to discuss finding your passion and the ways it can be expressed and enjoyed in an employment context. Kick around ideas. See what feels really good and makes you light up. Whether or not your mentor is in her dream job, she has certainly spent many years focusing on what that dream job would look like. She can guide you as you discover a clearer picture of what moves you.
Mentor-mentee discussions about passion can be a springboard for finding opportunities to network with people already doing what you would like to do, whether in an employment, social or philanthropic context. Your mentor may have specific suggestions on organizations that might enable you to gain insight into activities and skills that you truly enjoy and that empower you.
Once you have honed in on your passion, share it. Your enthusiasm will do little to set you apart if you don’t convey it. You should always have a current résumé available that compellingly shows your love for your next job as well as your knowledge of it. Your mentor is likely to have experience in reading and selecting résumés for consideration, so seek out that expertise. Why are some résumés selected and not others? What makes a résumé resonate with a reviewer? How can a résumé positively distinguish a candidate and make a potential employer want to know more about the candidate? Additionally, focusing on the résumé is a great way for a mentor and mentee to learn about each other and connect on a meaningful level.
Remember, passion is a great asset. Find yours! Entering into a mentorship is a solid place to start.