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Leah Arnold Smeets

Leah Arnold-Smeets

Leah Arnold-Smeets, owner of Emiko Consulting, is passionate about helping entrepreneurs capitalize on their strengths, improve on their weaknesses, and reach their full potential. Leah obtained her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration & Entrepreneurial Studies from the University of Southern California (USC).

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Most Recent Posts by Leah Arnold-Smeets
  • There's a New Type of Pay Gap: The Height and Weight Gap

    As if gender wasn't a shallow-enough reason for the persistent wage gap, a new study found that height and weight have been added to the mix, too. More specifically, if you're a short male or an overweight female, then you can bet that you earn less than your taller, thinner colleagues. Here's what you need to know.
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  • America's Corporate Culture Is Too Stuck In Its Ways to Allow Paid Family Leave to Work

    The U.S. is one of the few countries in the world that doesn't mandate any kind of paid family leave, and only 12 percent of private-sector employees in this country have access to it. This is despite the increasing number of elite employers who offer generous perks designed to improve work-life balance. What will it take for paid family leave to truly gain traction in the U.S.? Beyond a law requiring it, we'd need nothing less than a complete cultural shift. Even if paid leave were to be granted tomorrow to every employee nationwide, there's one problem that would still remain: an unsupportive corporate culture that makes it hard to take time away from work to take care of family.
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  • Want to Land Your Dream Career? Use These 3 Job Search Tips

    Entering a job search is definitely not for the faint of heart. If you've ever had to look for a job, then you understand the emotional roller coaster that happens during this process. The highs of applying to potential dream gigs and getting called in for interviews will make you feel like you're walking on cloud nine – invincible, almost. However, the lows of not getting the job are enough to bruise even the strongest and most resilient of egos. To help you make the most of your job-search journey, here are three tips that will boost your candidacy and marketability so that you can land the job of your wildest dreams.
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  • 4 Things to Remember While You're Chasing Your Dreams

    If only you could have the innocence and resilience of your childhood self right now, as a professional chasing after your dreams, then maybe you wouldn't be afraid of getting a few bumps and bruises along the way. Unfortunately, adults remember all those minor setbacks, which is why many professionals would rather settle for a decent paycheck and secure job, rather than risk it all and go after what they want. If you are one of the few who decides to take the road less traveled and dream big, then here are four important things to remember when you feel like turning back.
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  • How to Communicate With Recruiters So You Don't Look Like a Creeper

    Communicating with a recruiter is much like a first date. You know he's interested in what you have to offer, or else he wouldn't have contacted you, right? Then again, how many other qualified candidates is he in communication with? Ugh! The anticipation and waiting are enough to make you want to curl up in a ball and weep your eyes out. Before you go full stalker mode, learn some of the dos and don'ts of communicating with recruiters so you don't wind up on the blacklist of candidates.
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  • Don't Be Afraid of Lateral Career Moves

    Want to move up the corporate ladder? You might need to be willing to go sideways. Horizontal or lateral moves can be just as big a boon to your career as a straight shot up the org chart. Here's what you need to know about the benefits of lateral career moves.
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  • 3 Things You Should Probably Never Say to a Recruiter

    Recruiters have a unique position in the job placement world. In a nutshell, they have to build relationships with both employers and candidates, then they play matchmaker so that it's a win-win situation for everyone involved. Part of a recruiter's job is to get to know you (the candidate) and figure out what you have to offer and the best place to fit you. However, be careful not to make the mistake of assuming that these "get to know you" conversations mean that you and the recruiter are BFFs – because that's when the relationship will take a turn for the worse. Here's what you need to know.
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  • Thanks to This App, You Can Split the Tab According to the Gender Wage Gap

    EquiTable has reinvented the concept of splitting the bill. Instead of dividing the check equally, EquiTable "splits it equitably" so that individuals only contribute what they should "to balance out the wage gap." Here's how it works.
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  • Having a Bad Day? Here Are 3 Ways to Help You Cope

    It only takes one bad day to derail you for the entire workweek, and unfortunately, they seem to crop up at the most inopportune times, like when you have a million project deadlines and other stressful things going on. If you happen to be having "one of those days," then here are some ways you can change things around and make today a positive and productive one.
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  • 4 Things to Do If You Hate Your Job But Can't Quit Just Yet

    Raise your hand if you hate your job and can't do anything about it right now? If you raised your hand, you're not alone. In fact, according to Gallup, only about 30 percent of workers describe themselves as being engaged at work on any given day. Plus, the numbers aren't much better for managers, with only around 35 percent reporting engagement at work, so your boss's enthusiasm for the job might also be a factor. Knowing that information isn't going to make your situation any better, but these four tips just might. Read on, because there is hope for you.
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