Whether looking for a mentor, thanking them for their service or asking for a letter of recommendation, when writing to a mentor, use an interesting subject line to stand out from others, make sure the letter is brief and express gratitude. By following these steps, a mentoree can experience the enrichment of working with a mentor.

  1. Craft a Catchy Subject Line
  2. In a world where everyone is flooded with spam, professional work emails and personal ones, it can be too easy to send a boring message straight to the trash bin. When trying to stand out with a letter to a mentor, craft a catchy subject line.

  3. Be Brief
  4. Now that the potential mentor is reading, don't turn them away with a novel of a letter. Make sure to be brief with the message. The letter should not exceed more than eight sentences from beginning to end. Refine the message a few times if necessary until it's that short.

  5. Showcase True Feelings
  6. A letter writer interested in forging a working relationship with a mentor should showcase his true feelings and excitement for what he can learn. Express passion for the field and the chance to work with this individual in the letter. This strategy goes over better than a stale letter devoid of emotion.

  7. Be Grateful
  8. When asking about the possibility of working with a mentor, no matter what his answer is, make sure to be grateful. Always thank the mentor, even if he is not available at the time. He could always become available later.