Do This One Thing Every Week

Do This One Thing Every Week

I promise this will pay off!

Joel Bein
Joel Bein

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Go email an employee


Go find an employee on LinkedIn. Someone who works at a company you like. Or anyone who is in the role type you want to learn about (e.g. customer support, marketing).

Then email or DM them a personalized message. Build some rapport, be genuine, be curious. Set up a 15 minute call. You'd be surprised how often they'll say Yes.

Do this weekly. It'll pay off.

Hi, [their first name],


Could I buy you coffee [this/next + day of the week] and ask you a few questions about what it’s like to do [insert type of work]?

I’m newly starting my career and eager to learn. I want to be mindful of your time, so I’ve also included a few of my questions below:

  • How did you get into [insert type of work]?
  • What are your favorite and least favorite parts about [insert type of work]?
  • What is your day-to-day as [insert type of work] like?
  • What advice would you give to someone just starting out in [insert type of work]?

Again, I appreciate your time!

All the best,

[Your name]


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Joel Bein

Joel Bein is CEO at Career Hackers and passionate about personal growth and self-driven learning. As a classically trained musician, he is Founder of the New Orleans Chamber Players.