Have dinner with a stranger

ArlansMarketYou never know who the people in your network know and who the people in that network know and where that will lead. Say yes to invitations and see what happens. Even if it is dinner at a stranger’s house…

Several months ago, we invited the owner of the local grocery store and his family to dinner at our home. He has been such a supporter of local teams, charities and more – we wanted to show our appreciation. We had an opportunity to get to know him and his family better. It was a very enjoyable evening. Following that dinner, we were able to introduce his daughter-in-law to a mentor after hearing her speak at the dinner table so passionately about special education.

This email followed months later – this qualifies as a great guest tip!

I can’t thank you enough for introducing me to one of the special education leaders in our district. She has been such an advocate for me throughout the Special Education Department. During this entire process, she has spread the word throughout the district about my abilities, experiences, knowledge, and skills. In addition, she has kept my spirits and confidence high during the months the process played out. I am grateful to know her and now call her a friend. Since my last message, I have not only been on another interview, but have been offered and accepted a Special Education Behavior Specialist position with the school district.

Moral of this entire six month journey – don’t be afraid to go to dinner at a stranger’s house. You never know who she knows that will network you into your DREAM JOB!

Thank you again for your kindness. I look forward to sharing my experience with others.