A good mentor coach can make a huge impact on your career.
But finding one isn’t always easy. Here’s how to initiate a strong relationship with a prospective mentor:
- Start with a simple ask: a quick 15 to 30 minute virtual coffee break. The best way to reach out is by sending a short email. Share one or two things you admire about their work, then tell them a little about yourself, why you’re reaching out, and what you would like to learn from them.
- When you meet, take the time to really connect. Ask what they like to do on the weekends, what books they like to read, or what hobbies they’re interested in. This kind of casual conversation gives you both a chance to see if you have anything in common, and whether or not you enjoy one another’s company.
- Towards the middle of the first meeting, it’s appropriate to bring up career questions you have for them and talk about the areas in which you’d like to grow.
- As you wrap up the call, summarize the advice they’ve provided to show that you value their input.
- After your meeting, follow up with a thank-you email sometime within the same week. In your message, share a few key things you learned during the conversation, and let them know you’d like to follow up in a few weeks.
If you are looking for an external mentor or coach, do not hesitate to request an intake interview, so we can see if there is a match to work together.
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