How To Ask Someone To Be Your Mentor: An Email Template

Posted November 21, 2016, by Vivien Luu

Asking someone to be your mentor is serious stuff – but that doesn’t mean you should shy away from it. Sending an email might feel cold and a little awkward, especially if your prospective mentor sits 3 metres away from you, but an email is definitely your best bet – it gives them time to digest the proposal and they won’t feel like you put them on the spot.


Subject line: 

Will you be my mentor?

Body

Hey Lucy,

As you know, I’ve reached a stage in my career where I want to [specialise in XXX/ move into management/ take my skills to the next level].

I’ve always admired the way you handle yourself as a professional and deeply respect your [incredible knowledge of XXX/management style], so I was wondering whether you’d be willing to mentor me.

I’d love to [summary of what you’d like out of the mentorship, e.g. shadow you once a week during XXX task/assist you with XXX project/catch up with you once a month to get feedback on XXX].

I understand that this isn’t a small request, so please take your time to think about it. Please also know that I take this proposal very seriously. As a mentee, I promise to be open to feedback, as I am very keen to work on my weaknesses.

I’d also be keen to help out with [insert specific project] as a way to build my skills and reciprocate the time and effort I know you’d put into being my mentor.

If you’d like to chat, let’s grab a coffee whenever you’re free =)

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Cheers,

[Your name] 


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Vivien Luu
Vivien Luu

Viv is a writer who enjoys researching and writing about creativity, how the human mind works, and neuro processes. She values creativity above all else and admires people who pursue their career dreams, no matter the sacrifice. In her spare time, she binges on HBO shows and epic fantasy novels.

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