Make Your Relationship with Your Mentor Meaningful: Step 3


A good mentor is knowledgeable, generous, a good communicator, and committed to the relationship. You may be lucky enough to have someone such as this already in your life. However, in most cases, you’ll need to recruit one. Here are some tips for finding a career mentor, soliciting their support, and making it a meaningful relationship.


Step 3:  Make it easy for them to help you.


Your follow-up requests should be as little work for your mentor as possible. Here are four requests in ascending order of the amount of work required for them:


  • “Can I say in my note that you recommended that I reach out?” (no work for them other than providing the contact information)


  • “Would you be willing to send the contact a heads-up email that I plan to reach out to them?” (moderate amount of work)


  • “Would you be willing to do a quick email introduction for the two of us?” (moderate amount of work)


  • “Would you write or call on my behalf recommending they speak with me?” (potentially a significant amount of work). If they say “yes,” then offer to give them a few bullet points to include in their note on what you are seeking to do and why you are a compelling person/candidate.











About the Author

Russ Hafferkamp is the Founder and CEO of the Athlete Success Network and Managing Director and Co-Founder of Career Athletes, LLC ( Russ is recognized as a leader and coach in the career development of collegiate and elite athletes and is the author of “CareerBall: The Sport Athletes Play When They’re Through Playing Sports” and "CareerBall: The Athlete Career Guide and Handbook".

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