Are you looking for a mentor?
One of the most important things when requesting a mentor is understanding what you want in a mentor and communicating it well with your selected mentor. A mentorship request letter is a professional way to communicate what you are looking for in a mentor
Below are some of the things you should do and include in your mentorship request letter. Schedule a meeting to meet each other. Give yourself enough time to share your goals and for your potential mentor to ask questions and get to know you.
What kind of guidance are you looking for?
You want to be very clear and spend time communicating what you need in your letter prior to attending the meeting. This helps you not waste a potential mentors time.
Are you willing to do the work?
You should be able to clearly communicate and confirm that you are going to do what it takes if the mentor decides to commit their time and energy to helping you grow.
Do you understand the value?
Remember that a potential mentors time has value. Acknowledge the value and be gracious and understanding if they choose to decline. It may not be a good fit or they may be mentoring someone currently.
Below is a sample mentor request letter. Write this letter as you would a formal business letter and be sure that you edit it for correct spelling and punctuation.
Ready to choose a mentor? Send your mentor request letter to firstname.lastname@example.org