FAQs

MentorMatch FAQs

GENERAL

What is CEW MentorMatch?

CEW MentorMatch is an online professional development tool that facilitates the establishment of mentoring relationships. It is user-driven and allows users to search, using specified criteria, to find individuals whose experience and expertise match areas in which they wish to be mentored.

Is there a fee associated with using CEW MentorMatch?

CEW MentorMatch is a benefit of CEW membership and is available only to members. There is no extra charge to use this resource.

How are Mentors and Mentees matched?

Members must first enroll as a Mentor, Mentee or both. During the enrollment process, members will select preferences for various mentoring topics and skills to establish their personal criteria.

A registered Mentee will visit the “Find a Mentor” page and fill in their search criteria to search for possible Mentors. The Mentee will click the names of the potential Mentors to view their profiles. Once the Mentee has decided on a Mentor, they will click on the Mentor badge (located below the registered Mentor's profile picture) to request that person as their Mentor. An e-mail will be sent to the Mentor alerting them that they have been requested to be a Mentor. The Mentor will be able to accept or decline the request.

A registered Mentor will visit the “Find a Mentee” page and fill in their search criteria to search for possible Mentees. The Mentor will click the names of the potential Mentees to view their profiles. Once the Mentor has decided on a Mentee, they will click on the Mentee badge (located below the registered Mentee's profile picture) to request that person as their Mentee. An e-mail will be sent to the Mentee alerting them that they have been requested to be a Mentee. The Mentee will be able to accept or decline the request.

How can I meet with my Mentor?

You and your Mentor can mutually decide how, when and where you want to pursue your mentoring relationship. You can carry out your relationship in person, on the phone, electronically, etc.

How long does the mentoring relationship last?

It is recommended that the Mentor and Mentee 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.

 

FOR MENTORS

How do I become a Mentor?

Before you get started, please take a moment to ensure the demographics in your member profile are up-to-date, to help Mentees determine if you are a good match. 

Then, click here to enroll as a Mentor. You will be instructed to choose your preferences for various mentoring topics.

Who are the Mentees?

Mentees are other CEW members who are looking to further develop their careers through guidance from industry leaders.

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 selecting only Mentees who are most suited to learn from your expertise and experience. You can limit the number of Mentee requests you are willing to accept on the Mentoring enrollment page.

How do I find Mentees?

Once you have enrolled as a Mentor, go to the "Find a Mentee" page and select the criteria you want to use for your Mentee search. Click on the Mentees' names to view their profiles. Once you have found a good match, click on the Mentee badge (located below the Mentee's profile image) to send the Mentee an email request.

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 you find the potential Mentee to be an inappropriate match and want to decline a request, go to the "My Mentoring Relationships" page under the "My Profile" tab and check the “decline” button next to the specific request.

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

Go to the "Mentor Enrollment" page, and under the “Mentor Status” section click on the check-box next to “Temporarily Not Participating.” 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 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 kindly discuss your decision to end the relationship with your Mentee. Go to the "My Mentoring Relationships" page and mark the relationship as “completed.”

What are the expectations for participating Mentors?

You are expected to fulfill your commitment to develop at least one mentoring relationship. We expect you to respond to initial requests from Mentees in a timely manner, and to communicate with your Mentees as agreed upon by both you and your Mentees.

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

It is recommended that you and your Mentees 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 Mentees.

What benefits do I receive from CEW if I participate as a Mentor in CEW MentorMatch?

All Mentors are volunteers, and CEW appreciates your willingness to serve your fellow members by participating. As an active program participant, you will receive a badge on your profile identifying you as a Mentor.

 

FOR MENTEES

How do I become a Mentee?

Before you get started, please take a moment to ensure the demographics in your member profile are up-to-date, to help Mentors determine if you are a good match. 

Then, click here to enroll as a Mentee. You will be instructed to choose your preferences for various mentoring topics.

Who are the Mentors?

Mentors are other CEW members who have volunteered their time to offer professional guidance to help develop 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 selecting only Mentors who are most suited to your mentoring needs. Please keep in mind that Mentors have limited time to offer and may have other Mentoring relationships.

How do I find a Mentor?

Once you have enrolled as a Mentee, go to the "Find a Mentor" page and select the criteria you want to use for your Mentor search. Click on the Mentors' names to view their profiles. Once you have found a good match, click on the Mentor badge (located below the Mentor's profile image) to send the Mentor an email request.

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, it is recommended that you discuss your decision honestly and kindly with your Mentor; thank them for their time and then start a new Mentor search.

What is the best way to ask someone to be a Mentor?

When you request a Mentor, an automatic e-mail message is generated that will be sent to the Mentor.  You also have the option to customize the message if you would like to introduce yourself and explain why you are requesting this Mentor.