Once you have established a relationship with a mentor through multiple emails, phone calls or meetings, its important to transition them to a long-term mentor. Be honest and establish an expectation of how often you will contact them. It’s good to email them every 3-6 months with an update on your career and if you are comfortable, your personal life. My emails generally talk about my current job, if I am considering a switch in careers and an update about my daughter who just started walking.
What about mentors I have not contacted in awhile?
Consider the mentors you have now, when was the last time you contacted them? Most mentors are understanding that you are busy and will email or call when you want to talk. Email them an update, worst case they do not answer. More than likely you will not keep every mentor you have ever had throughout your career.
Tips of Making Long-term Mentors:
- Email every 3-6 months
- Remember to ask them about their personal or professional life
- Highlight your own personal or professional changes or accomplishments
- Consider a phone call if you are comfortable