How to find the perfect mentor and sponsor

We have previously posted about the importance of securing a mentor and a sponsor and this advice is also emphasized in Making Partner.  

Check out this article for tips for finding a mentor and a sponsor.

As a refresher, a sponsor is generally an elder statesman/stateswoman who is in management or other position of influence when it comes time to fight for you -- annual raises, bonuses, leadership positions for you at the firm, work opportunities, consideration for partnership, etc.  Having an effective sponsor is so crucial that if LegalJob could only offer two pieces of advice to associates, they would be to do excellent work and secure a sponsor early.

A mentor is also crucial as that person can help teach you how to practice law and how to be a xyz (tax, securities, corporate, etc.) lawyer.  Generally, a mentor and a sponsor will be two different people.

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