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Career advice from a top mentor

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You’re never too young or too old to benefit from the advice from a mentor. From her corner office, Karen Quintos, vice president of marketing for the global public business unit at Dell, mentors other women at Dell.

Here’s what she tells them:

Brand yourself. “Women aren’t the ones beating their chests and asking for promotions. Just like we work on the Dell brand, work on your self brand,” she says.

Meet two new people every single week.

Establish strong advocates, and network. Write down the names of people you’d like to have in your internal and external network. Then start introducing yourself to them.

“Talk about something that is mutually beneficial to both of you,” she says. “You’ll build your network and, at the same time, your brand.”

Pick the right boss. The right boss can motivate you to bound into work every day. Not everyone gets to pick, but at a minimum, you should ask your boss up front about what motivates him and how he motivates employees. Does the boss share your values?

— Adapted from “Social (Network) Butterfly,” Nichole Nichols, Pink magazine.

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