Kick Ass in Life

Ep 20: How to Maximize Your Internship

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By Kick Ass In Life
Kick Ass in Life is a weekly podcast for those just getting started to learn how to get hired fast, be smart with money and be happier and healthier. Hosted by Laura Eshelman, this podcast seeks to help you stand apart in a sea of sameness and get noticed. Through episodes with focused, quick tips as well as interviews with real people, we highlight stories of success, failure and everything in between. So go out there and Kick Ass in LIFE. Connect now and submit your questions at or Instagram
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Ep 38: How to Find a Career Path that Makes You Feel Bright
CoolWorks is simply, cool. It’s a job search site where you can find temporary work in some of the country’s most beautiful places. Kelcy Fowler found a seasonal job at the Grand Teton National Park to feed her desire to get out and be productive, and it changed the course of her life. Starting as a desk agent she moved on gain year-round experience in HR. Then CoolWorks offered her a dream job. She now is a jack of all trades at CoolWorks and is super passionate about helping others find their path to find what makes them feel bright and excited about on the inside. Kelcy shares the value of taking a risk, the importance of finding your own path and living a life full of intention. Kelcy aspires to be the person she’d be proud to be and wants you to do the same. For more on CoolWorks visit For more on the podcast visit Email me: Theme song by Qusic.
December 16, 2018
Ep 37: How to Turn A Passion Into A Career
Job paths are not linear. There is no straight road to any career. Ron Bosch’s career had a bumpy start and it was super hard for him to feel motivated getting through school. When Ron finally graduated, he started to feel hopeless he’d never find a full-time job in his area of study. Just when Ron felt like giving up, he answered a random Craiglist ad that kickstarted him on his career path. He now works as a producer at Music Choice making videos with Latin artists. Ron has a lot to share about not giving up, keeping in contact with those willing to take a chance on him and being open to new opportunities. Email me at: Learn more about the podcast at: Theme song by Qusic.
December 9, 2018
Ep 36: How to Land a Job in NYC
Amanda Thomas Whitfield’s dream was to work in New York. She wanted to move to NYC and her boss in Philly said, just go do it. So she did. After landing a job through the power of connections, she now works as a manager of ad sales at Music Choice. Amanda shares how to be patient, how to pivot when necessary and the importance of career sponsors. Email me at: Learn more about the podcast at: Theme song by Qusic.
December 2, 2018
Ep 35: How to Hustle, Take Risks and Get Started
Margaret (“Peggy”) Kim is an award-winning journalist and media powerhouse. She began her career years ago as an overnight news desk assistant. At first, it was a challenge to feel like the small tasks working the graveyard shift would lead her to become a journalist. However, Peggy's dad gave her advice to lay her foundation brick by brick. She then changed her attitude, and started putting in the effort for the small tasks to be entrusted with the larger tasks. And she kept moving up by gaining experience at Alloy Media, The History Channel, MSNBC, Court TV, CBS New Productions, NBC Sports, NBC Olympic Unit, ABC Sports and ABC News and more. Peggy now runs her own content studio and network, and nonprofit to help others in the media industry. She has major advice for getting started, how to take risks and how to hustle. Email me at: Learn more about the podcast at: Learn more about Peggy at and Theme song by Qusic.
November 25, 2018
Ep 34: How to Make Money Moves
Lori Kaufman is an entertainment and pop culture aficionado who has turned her passion into her career. She now works in affiliate and partnership marketing at Music Choice. She has a lot to share about how to stand apart, how to rise through the ranks and how to ask for the money you deserve.
November 18, 2018
Ep 33: How To Succeed in Your Internship
Jen Mackin has a super cool job helping prepare college students for internships abroad. She knows what hiring managers are looking for and what makes a successful intern. We chat about what you can do to set yourself apart through creating a unique story, learning real-world experience and managing the discomfort and nuance of working abroad. From writing a killer cover letter submitting a resume that gets noticed, every detail is important to land an internship. Once you do, it's up to you to get noticed, get experience and make your mark.
November 10, 2018
Ep 32: How to Set Goals That Work
Kim Mills sets goals and she wants you to as well. She’s created a framework to get to the WHY of the goal so you actually achieve it. By drilling down to the desired outcome of what you really want to achieve, it will help you distill the why. Great advice for anyone just getting started undertaking a goal of any size. Creating that starting point for setting goals will help you move forward. So go kick ass and set some goals!
November 4, 2018
Ep 31: How to Make Meaningful Connections
Jen Louie is the Founder and CEO of Kinvite, socially conscious events and ticketing platform. She first got her start as an admin assistant at Google where she was eager to learn as much as possible and make her manager’s life easier. She did this by being detail-oriented, constantly following up and being authentic. She quickly rose through the ranks and now runs her own business based on the power of a sincere invite. Jen talks about how to make meaningful connections, how to stand apart and how to make the leap to entrepreneur.
October 13, 2018
Ep 30: How to Deal With Failure and How to Stand Apart with Vanessa Tencati
Vanessa Tencati kicked ass in her first internship and made it known she wanted a job after graduation. Sure enough, that dedication, follow-through and communication paid off. Vanessa hasn’t stopped in her career, always taking opportunities to put herself out there, even as a self-described introvert. Vanessa shares the lessons she’s learned in her first years of her career including dealing with failure, how to stand apart and how to take care of yourself when you’re not working.
October 7, 2018
Ep 29: How to Turn An Internship into a Job with Kari Ickert
Kari Ickert's boss told her that what made her unique is that she was innately curious during an internship. That curiosity helped her kick ass in that internship & they offered her a full-time job. Kari just kept impressing her managers and kept getting promoted. Her story helps to show how to stand apart in an internship to get hired fast. Getting a job after an internship is never a given. It's RARE! It's vital to take every opportunity to impress the hell out of your managers and show them your value.
September 30, 2018
Ep 28: How to Take A Vacation
Too many of us don't take those vaycay days that are due to us - and why? It could be because we're worried about leaving the office and spending time away. Take those vacation days! They are owed to you. In this episode, we talk about how you can leave everything organized while you're out so you can relax while on your vaycay. Set that out of office and just enjoy your time off. You'll come back refreshed, recharged and reinspired. Theme song by Qusic
September 16, 2018
Ep 27: The Biggest Reason You're Not Hearing Back
If you're looking for a new job, are you getting past the black hole of applications? All applications go there but few get plucked from there and get noticed. If you're not hearing back, you're probably doing this ONE thing wrong. Here's how to fix it so you get noticed and get hired fast.
September 9, 2018
Ep 26: September is the New January - Let's Set Some Goals
You check your calendar. January is four months away. September is just another month. You’re done with school, so why should you think about September as a transition time? Why not? Why should we wait until January to check in on our past goals and make new ones? January is still months away. In those months we can accomplish a lot. September is a great time to check in with our goals and see how far we’ve come and how much we have to to do. Let's set some goals in the area of personal, career, family/friends, relationship and with money. I break down some book recommendations from Gretchen Rubin, James Altucher, Jen Sincero and Robert Kiyosaki to help you kickstart your goals. Let's Kick Ass this September!
September 3, 2018
Ep 25: Why Surrounding Yourself with Good Friends Matters
You are the average of your five closest friends. Are they good? Who you surround yourself with on a daily basis matters for your health, happiness and future success. In this episode, we look at examples from different books such as You are a Badass by Jen Sincero and Choose Yourself by James Altucher. Why having a good, supportive friend group matters. For more visit: Theme song by Qusic.
August 27, 2018
Ep 24: How to Master a First Round Interview
If you don't kick ass in the first round interview, you won't get any further in the interview process. In this ep, we cover how to master that first round interview, what to avoid and how you can stand apart.
August 19, 2018
Ep 23: Avoid these Mistakes When Applying for a Job
I just went through 200 resumes to search for one intern. I saw a lot of mistakes! I share the insider tips from the eyes of the hiring manager in how they approach your application and what you can avoid so you stand apart and get hired FAST.
August 10, 2018
Ep 22: How to Start Saving Now for Your Safety Net
Saving money feels super hard, especially if you're starting from nothing. Never fear. These simple tips and easy swaps to curb spending will help you on the path to build up your emergency reserve of money for whatever you may need. Email me: or visit for more tips.
July 27, 2018
Ep 21: How to Make Meaningful Connections At Work
We all know we should be making connections at work with our colleagues, managers and more, but how do we do it? And When? These allies in the workplace are critical to our success but we're rarely putting in the work to make those connection. In this episode we break down how to do it right.
June 25, 2018
Ep 20: How to Maximize Your Internship
Learn how to kick Ass and make the most out of your internship -- how to be memorable, learn as much as you can and make connections that will propel you further in your career. If you have questions, email me Visit for more pro tips. I'm here to help YOU. Theme song by Qusic.
May 13, 2018
Ep 19: How to Interview Like a Rockstar
Intimidated by the interview process? Duh. Who isn't - interviewing can be super challenging, but it's critical in the job search process. In this episode, I break down the interview so you can feel prepared and confident going into one of the most stressful job search moments. Be authentically you, show some personality and rely on your preparations so you can confidently kick ass during the interview. For more email me at or visit I'm here to help YOU. Theme song by Qusic.
April 29, 2018
Ep 18: Graduation Checklist for May Grads
Are you graduating in May? Don't freak out! With this checklist you'll have an action plan going into your graudation so you feel prepared and ready to kick ass in the job search. For more email me at or visit I'm here to help YOU. Theme song by Qusic.
April 7, 2018
Ep 17: How to Write a Cover Letter to get the Hiring Manager's Attention
No one enjoys writing a cover letter, but it's vital to give a hiring manager the first glimpse of YOU. It shows you can write and convey ideas, it paints a picture of your experience beyond your resume and it's just one other element to sell yourself. To get an interview, it's critical to nail the cover letter. Let's break it down. For more email me at or visit I'm here to help YOU. Theme song by Qusic.
January 29, 2018
Ep 16: Dos/Don'ts of How to Reach Out for Advice Coffees or Informational Interviews
Struggling with what to write in your email for an informational interview? Fear no more. I list all dos/don'ts for how to reach out and get an informational interview that won't annoy the other person. Instead, it will get them to say YES quickly so you can impress the hell out of them. For More visit…tional-interview/ and email me at
January 21, 2018
Ep 15: How to Pay Yourself First & Start Saving from Nothing
How can you start a savings account when it feels like you have nothing? It's simple - just get started. You can start doing this even if you have a next-to-nothing paycheck. Let's talk about how to start building up your emergency savings account now by paying yourself first. And that's only the beginning. For more visit:
January 14, 2018
Ep 14: Where To Look for a New Job Opportunity
Have you ever struggled to get started in a job search and not known where to get started? In this episode, I talk about where to look for job opportunities. From using the resources online to your network, there are a few places you should always be searching for a job. 2018 is the year of YOU. If one of your goals is to find a new job this year -- get started and start searching. Theme song by Qusic.
January 7, 2018
Ep 13: How to Create Goals You Can Actually Keep
It's 2018. Happy New Year! This is the time of setting new goals for the upcoming year. Have you given thought to what you'd love to accomplish in the new year? Try following these few steps to create goals you can actually KEEP! Read more at Theme song by Qusic.
January 1, 2018
Ep 12: How to do the Whole 30
Have you heard of the Whole 30? It's simply 30 days without dairy, legumes, sugar, alcohol, and grains. It's a really fun way to start out the new year by prioritizing health. It's hard - sure - but the benefits you get out outweigh any challenges you may have! Kicking Ass is all about the different facets -- so try kicking ass in your health for 2018. January is a great opportunity to start fresh! You can read more about It starts with Food by Melissa Hartwig. Or visit for more tips and tricks. Theme song by Qusic.
December 26, 2017
Ep 11: Create a Kick-Ass Online Portfolio
If you aren't online you aren't anywhere. Create an online that shows how awesome you and helps get you your next job. For more visit Theme Song by Qusic.
December 20, 2017
Ep 10: How to Avoid Stress and Stay Sane this Season
The winter is filled with stress and anxiety! It's even more stressful if you're job searching. Practice these quick tips to help you stay SANE this season. For more visit Theme Song by Qusic.
December 11, 2017
Ep9: Help! I'm graduating in December
Are you graduating this December? Congrats! Here are the things you need to do NOW to get ahead and differentiate yourself from your fellow graduates. For more tips visit Theme song by Qsic.
December 3, 2017
Ep 8: How to Rock an Informational Interview
Learn how to prepare and how to master an informational interview. People want to help you so use this time to network and learn as much as possible. For more visit Theme song by Qsic.
November 27, 2017
Ep 7: Exploring Temp Agencies when Looking for a Full-Time Job
Looking for a full-time job? Sometimes a temp agency can be the answer to tide you over to your full-time gig. How do they work? What can you learn from them? When should you use them? We discuss it all on this week's Kick Ass in Life. See More @ Theme Song by Qsic.
November 22, 2017
Ep 6: Craft Your Elevator Pitch
Learn how to craft a compelling elevator pitch to help you make a positive impression on whomever you meet. No elevator needed. Check out more @ Theme song by Qsic.
November 10, 2017
Ep 5: How to Network Like a Pro
Networking can be really scary. You mean I have to willingly meet STRANGERS? Don't worry. It doesn't have to be with a few quick tips. Check out more @ Theme song by Qsic.
October 26, 2017
Ep 4: Manage your first-day job jitters
How do you control those first-day job jitters? It's easy. It all has to do with preparation! Theme song by Qsic.
October 22, 2017
Ep 3: How to deal with Rejection in the Job Search
Rejection sucks. Hearing no sucks. You’ll hear a lot of that. No, you’re not the right fit. No, we don’t have opportunities now. No, we don’t need you. No. No. No. For more check out Learn how to deal with Rejection during the job search. Theme song by Qsic.
October 15, 2017
Ep 2: Create a Badass Resume to get hired FAST
Create a resume to get noticed and help stand apart from the crowd. You'll get hired fast when you use a few of these pro tips. See More @ Theme song by Qsic.
October 8, 2017
Ep 1: Looking for a job? Just Get Started!
From a couch to Kansas to finding her first job in New York City Laura talks about how she found her first full time job. Being willing to start anywhere is huge to be able to get hired FAST. For more, check out Theme song by Qsic.
October 8, 2017
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