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Kick Ass in Life is a weekly podcast to help you get hired fast, be smart with money and be happier and healthier. Hosted by Laura Eshelman, this podcast helps you stand apart in a sea of sameness and get noticed. Through episodes with focused, quick tips as well as interviews with professionals, this podcast highlights 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 Support this podcast:
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Preparing for an interview is not easy. You have so much going on during the job search and you've finally gotten an interview - yay! You want to make a great impression and arrive prepared and confident. But it's hard to keep the stress at bay. And there is nothing worse than a bad interview where you feel off, don't have the answers to their questions and where you keep stumbling over your thoughts (or worse, not having any thoughts at all). In this episode I talk all about how to prepare for an interview. From doing the right research on the company to the key questions you need to prepare for, to what to wear, this episode answers all of your top questions on the in-person interview. You'll arrive confidently and make a kick-ass impression and hopefully get the job offer! I've also created an additional resource for how to prepare so email me if you'd like it at KICK ASS IN LIFE FB: ASS IN LIFE INSTAGRAM: NOTES: me a voice message: me: kickassinyourlife@gmail.comTheme song by Qusic.--- Support this podcast:
The job search process is not easy. What’s super frustrating is the lack of responsiveness of companies after you apply to the "black hole of applications". Once you apply you don’t know where your application goes. Shireen Jaffer is working to change that. Shireen is the co-founder and CEO of Edvo, which she calls your job search on autopilot. It’s a venture-backed startup that works as a matchmaker between companies and candidates to close the gap and to fast track the interview process.Shireen has always wanted to help candidates navigate the job search, whether it be her friends and advising them to network and make real connections or a company that does that work for you.We talk about how to make real connections, how to optimize your LinkedIn profile, how to leverage your existing networks, and how to add value to those connections, How to leverage the power of the internal referral and how the one-click apply is not leading to the outcome you want - it is not about how many applications you submit, but rather how many offers you get. Such good advice for all of the job searchers out there!KICK ASS IN LIFE FB: ASS IN LIFE INSTAGRAM: NOTES: ‎For More on  Shireen visit: More on Edvo visit: me a voice message: me: kickassinyourlife@gmail.comTheme song by Qusic.--- Support this podcast:
I’ve gathered your questions! You've emailed me wanting advice on the job search process. You've asked how to get a job. How to get noticed. How to find a more fulfilling career. In today's episode, I do my best to answer your questions based on my personal experience. I answer: A recent grad who just moved to NYC and would like some advice on how to get a producer role at a large company Someone who can't get anyone to give a second look to her resume, even after revising it multiple times Someone who is not fulfilled in his current role and would like to find a more creative job but feels STUCK  A journalism student eager for the first year but unsure what to major in and how to find internships You're never alone in questioning your career, your path, your industry or your job. It's good to ask these questions! I want to help you. I do this for you. I only want you to kick ass in life! KICK ASS IN LIFE FB: ASS IN LIFE INSTAGRAM: NOTES: me with your questions: kickassinyourlife@gmail.comTheme song by Qusic.--- Support this podcast:
Reuben Stern is the director of the New York Program at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. His background spans many different newsrooms including being the managing editor of the Columbia Missourian as well as experience at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Budapest Sun, and the Los Angeles Daily News.Reuben made the pivot to education to teach the next wave of journalists by running its program to teach and support Mizzou journalism students interning in New York each semester. He’s an expert in internships - what to do and what to avoid.Reuben and I talk about how to find internships, how to succeed in your internship and how to pursue your passion even early on in your career (yes it’s possible). This advice also applies when you are starting a new job. We also talk about new and emerging fields to look for future opportunities. KICK ASS IN LIFE FB: ASS IN LIFE INSTAGRAM: NOTES: More on Reuben visit: More on the University of Missouri School of Journalism: me: kickassinyourlife@gmail.comTheme song by Qusic.--- Support this podcast:
Cristy Powers is a health coach, wellness blogger, recipe creator and pilates instructor who is passionate about helping others feel their best through the foods they eat and the decisions they make. Something as simple as choosing what you eat can have a huge impact on how you feel. Do you have a brain fog? Do you start crashing in the afternoon so you reach for the chocolate at 3p.m. ? I know I do, and it always starts an evil cycle of tiredness and crankiness.  When I avoid the easy sugars, I have more energy and feel happier and more stable. The path to finding a good balance is different for everyone. There is no one set path to wellness. Cristy and I talk about a way to eat to reduce inflammation. We talk about what is in our foods, how to create foods you actually want to eat, how to listen to your body when you eat, and how to find the right balance for you in your health journey.  We also talk about other ways you can control stress through practicing self care.KICK ASS IN LIFE FB: ASS IN LIFE INSTAGRAM: NOTES: More on Cristy visit: me: kickassinyourlife@gmail.comTheme song by Qusic.  --- Support this podcast:
Carolyn Kylstra started as Editor-in-Chief of SELF just as it was transitioning from a legacy print brand into a digital-led media organization. On a deadline to create a strategy, an editorial plan and voice for the brand, Carolyn took on each challenge, and the media industry quickly took notice. SELF is an award-winning wellness media brand that values accuracy in an oversaturated wellness industry. SELF seeks to help people to live healthier lives. Carolyn took her passion for both storytelling and health and find her niche in wellness media. She's worked across the industry at media companies such as Cosmo, Men's Health, Women's Health, and BuzzFeed before starting at SELF. As a hiring manager for many roles, Carolyn has looked over 1000 resumes and cover letters and explains how a hiring manager looks at your marketing materials and how to format your cover letter and portfolio. We also talk about how to stand apart in your career, how to deal with feelings of insecurity and how to manage up smartly. KICK ASS IN LIFE FB: ASS IN LIFE INSTAGRAM: NOTES: more on Carolyn visit: and For more on SELF visit: For more on this podcast visit: www.Kickassin.lifeEmail me: kickassinyourlife@gmail.comTheme song by Qusic. --- Support this podcast:
Rachel Rudwall is a travel host, content creator, writer, producer and photographer, but simply at her core, she’s a storyteller. She’s traveled all around the world including all continents and 70 countries. She shares how travel drives her as she’s inspired by the human interactions that fuel her and teach her as well as the landscapes that keep her invested and grounded. She recently became an Explorer’s Club fellow, alongside explorers such as likes of Teddy Roosevelt, Elon Musk and Buzz Aldrin. What is so cool about Rachel is she was determined to set out a path for herself by creating her own opportunities by traveling and hosting on her own. That then led her to tell stories for media outlets, brands and publishers. I love Rachel’s perspective on work and how to stand apart in your industry. It’s clear she puts thought and effort with the choices she’s made and has done it through consistent, dedicated work. We talk about how to create your own opportunity, how to network by creating authentic connections with others, how to take feedback (especially when everything feels personal), how to deal with imposter syndrome and how to explore the world without breaking the bank. KICK ASS IN LIFE FB: ASS IN LIFE INSTAGRAM: ASS IN LIFE SHOW NOTES: more on Rachel visit: or more on this podcast visit: www.Kickassin.lifeEmail me: kickassinyourlife@gmail.comTheme song by Qusic. --- Support this podcast:
Dani Fankhouser got her first full-time job thorough a Craigslist search. When she graduated undergrad during the recession, she couldn't find a company to hire her. So Dani decided to go to grad school in journalism and started to pursue her curiosities. She taught herself Ruby, completed a 200-hr yoga program, created a social network for  enthusiasts, wrote an ebook and is currently pitching her second to publishers. Dani is clearly someone who gets shit done. She sets a goal and works on achieving it through a systematic approach. She wanted to pay off her student loans so she decided to scale down and figure out creative ways in order to do that. Dani shares you never know where your opportunities will emerge so be open, keep searching  and explore your curiosities -- and soon you'll discover what you're interested in. Today's episode is a bit about money and a bit about life. We talk about how to land that first job, how to pay off your student loans, how to analyze your finances and how to start a side hustle. Dani also shares some ideas of how you can start exploring your own  (hint - it’s easier than you think). For more on Dani visit: more on this podcast visit: www.Kickassin.lifeEmail me: kickassinyourlife@gmail.comTheme song by Qusic. --- Support this podcast:
Leah Suzette Noumoff is an artist and wants to encourage others to be artists too. Creating art allowed her to move away from feelings of anxiety and depression and move toward self care and acceptance. Leah found a way to develop a carer, pursue art and take care of herself at the same time. She’s made it her mission to encourage others to find their story and purpose through a creative outlet whether it be music, art, dance or more -- She believes everyone is creative and empowers others to find their creative voice.  We talk about how to start a creative practice, how anyone can pursue art, how to address feelings of anxiety, and how to uncover your purpose through art. For more on Leah visit: and For more on this podcast visit: www.Kickassin.lifeEmail me: kickassinyourlife@gmail.comTheme song by Qusic. --- Support this podcast:
Stephanie Dennis is a recruiter and a host of two career podcasts - Unpacking and Career Talk . She knows about how to get noticed in a job search because she is responsible for finding the right candidates for a variety of different types of roles. You probably have heard you need to get the attention of a recruiter, but what does that mean -- and who are these mythical recruiters? Today I wanted to dispel the mystery behind a very important role of the recruiter, how to get noticed the right way, and how to reach out without annoying them. We also talk about how to stand apart in the job search,  how to take feedback, how to kick ass during the the first months of a job and how to show you’re ready for more responsibility at work. For more on Stephanie visit: and more on this podcast visit: www.Kickassin.lifeEmail me: kickassinyourlife@gmail.comTheme song by Qusic. --- Support this podcast:
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