Elle Roth puts together tips on how to choose mentors and develop relationships with them. For example, look for a "where I want to be in five years” mentor from "mid- to senior-level managers who are well-known and respected within your company," she suggests.
Refusing to sign termination papers won't change the fact you're losing your job, and you could hurt your chances of receiving a good recommendation or being rehired, Suzanne Lucas writes. But if termination documents include an assessment of your work that you don't agree with or require you to make certain promises, you should consider running them by a lawyer before signing them, she writes.
Personal branding can help your career, but going overboard can be uncomfortable and feel fake, says Amy Edmondson, author of "Teaming." The best approach to leverage your brand is to focus on issues you care about, which will lead you to learn new skills and new connections as you work on solving problems with others, she says.
Your happiness at work is determined in large part by your relationships with co-workers, so it's worth it to help cultivate an office culture where those relationships can thrive, Marian Schembari writes. Invite colleagues to lunch on Fridays or ask them to join you on the corporate social network Yammer, she suggests. "Everyone in the office can learn from each other -- I don’t care if you’re the receptionist or part of the legal team."