Naturally Shy? Here are Three Ways to Meet New Career Mentors and Stay in Your Comfort Zone

October 21st, 2016

As a naturally shy person, it takes you awhile to feel comfortable around new people. You know you need to meet a new career mentor, but the thought of going to networking events makes you cringe. Approaching strangers and working a room just isn’t your thing, but don’t worry, there are plenty of ways for non-social butterflies to find a career advisor.

Stay in your comfort zone while searching for the right mentor by taking these three routes.

Consult Your Existing Network

If you haven’t seriously considered your existing network, you may be pleasantly surprised to discover the perfect mentor has been right under your nose all along. Whether it’s a former professor you always admired or a boss from a few jobs back with a seriously enviably career, someone you already know might be the perfect mentor. Even if your future mentor isn’t in your network yet, one of your connections may have a great suggestion, so ask around.

Search Social Media

Millions of people have a professional presence on social media, so use sites like LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook to find accomplished individuals in your industry. Study all the information they’ve shared publicly to gauge their fit as your mentor. Pay close attention to status updates and the general tone of their shared content, as this offers a glimpse into their personality and how the two of you might get along. When you find the right fit, send the person a message to introduce yourself and ask if they would consider being your mentor.

Join a Mentoring Match Service

Mentoring offers just as much value to mentors as it does to mentees, so many established professionals are actively seeking someone to advise. Sites like are filled with potential mentors who want to help someone like you, so create a profile and browse the possibilities on the site to see if anyone meets your criteria. This is likely the easiest option, because you already know the person is a willing mentor.

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