How to Ask Someone to be Your Mentor (Even If You’re Shy and Afraid)
As promised in my last post How to Find a Career Mentor, I have provided the email template on how to ask someone to be your mentor.
Dear Dr. /Ms. Mr./Mrs./Professor/Dean/Greetings/To Whom It May Concern: [ Please use the proper salutation when sending emails.]
I hope this email finds you well. I am Xxx [introduce yourself, education or current career background or interests]. Upon visiting [the University/Company Website], I noticed that you are an [expert/faculty/specialist] in this career field of my interest [be specific].
I wanted to know if you would be interested in answering a few questions to provide me with some guidance in my future career plans. I have been having a difficult time finding volunteer/shadowing/internship opportunities in this field to gain more experience. If you or someone you know would be interested in helping me achieve this goal, that would mean the world to me.
Thank you for taking the time to read this email and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
This just a template. You can use as much or as little of this template as you see fit. It is recommended that these emails be as personalized as possible so that the receiving person feels exclusively chosen. If you feel you can personalize while sending multiple emails at a time, make sure to use blind copy (BCC) instead of “To or CC” so that it is not apparent that you sent a mass email. This could completely backfire on your efforts and shows lack of attention to detail and respect for your potential mentor. So, be very careful and detail oriented.
All you have to do is ask and you shall receive. As the saying goes, “closed mouths don’t get fed”. So, please go and feed your soul. Feed your career. Feed your wildest dreams.
Mentor Thank You Email Letter
After you have worked with your mentor for a while or even a day, depending on how substantial of an impact it was, you should send a thank you letter. This can be done via email, card or handwritten note. The template for this Mentor Thank You Letter is provided here.
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