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How to prepare for a diversity job fair

jobA diversity job fair is a great place to go, when you are looking for a position. If you are a minority in the workplace, it is a great way for you to showcase your skills and talent, and show why you are a great asset for an employer. In order to prepare, there are a few things that can be done, in order for you to find more viable options, and show more employers why you are a good fit for their company, and what you can bring. (more…)

Creating Effective Resumes

Creative ResumesA resume is a brief, written summary of your skills and experience. It is an overview of who you are and a tool to present yourself to employers. The goal of a well-written resume is to gain a job interview. Job interviews may lead to employment! Employers and Hiring Managers are very busy and tend to rapidly review resumes. Therefore, your resume must quickly catch the employer’s attention. (more…)

Can a Woman be a Warehouse Worker?

These are hard economic times and it has become important for both men and women to work to make a family survive. It becomes all the more important for a woman to work if she is unmarried. She has to have a job or start a business to earn a living. With the tough economy and jobs always hard to find, more and more women are being seen working in job positions that were earlier thought to be suitable only for men. One such job is that of a warehouse worker. This is a job that requires receiving trucks and vans and loading and unloading products and then storing them according to shapes and sizes. This is a tough job that requires a certain level of fitness and agility. But if a woman is healthy and strong, she can handle the responsibilities of a warehouse worker.

There is no space for emotions
There have been many cases where women have reported abuse while working as a warehouse employee. They say that they were constantly pushed to the brink and reminded that they were not good enough and that they needed to work faster and more efficiently. It is customary for the management of a warehouse to set goals for all workers and they increase those goals if a worker manages to fulfill the targets. They are interested in workers who can work fast, almost like machines. They are not interested in accommodating workers who are slow as it hurts their objectives. You just cannot break down and start crying if the workload is too much for you to perform. Take a look at some of the responsibilities of a warehouse employee.

  • Loading and unloading of products
  • Receiving, storing, and organizing objects according to sizes and amounts
  • Data basing and record keeping
  • Cleaning up the mess created by loading and unloading

Say yes if you can work in shifts
Most of the warehouses pay minimum wages to their employees and ask them to work in shifts. This is no problem for women who can manage their home responsibilities outside the shift. They also do not have qualms about being made minimum wages as this is what every worker irrespective of his gender seems to be getting at the warehouse. However, the problem for women at a warehouse is more of an emotional nature rather than being physical. Yes, there are demanding physical jobs that require standing, holding heavy object and bending to postures that can be awkward for some women. But if you are physically fit and ready to take the rough in your stride, you can easily work as a warehouse employee.

Ability to drive a forklift comes in handy
If you have a valid operators license and know how to drive and operate a forklift, you stand a good chance of being given preferential treatment at a warehouse by the management. This is because this forklift makes work easier for the employees by carrying heavy objects from one place to another and it can also load and unload products. You can escape the work of loading and unloading manually and operate the forklift at times to get a breather in the warehouse.

Understand your options
To be frank, the job at a warehouse is not ideal for women. You have to work like a machine continuously without getting a breather. It can become tiring at times, but you cannot slow down or stop for fear of being reprimanded. Management is not interested in your excuses and there are 10 more people waiting to be given the job if you are seen as inefficient or slow. Be prepared to work at unusual times and also outside in unpleasant weather if you want to become a warehouse employee. If you happen to be on an assembly line, forget about a break in between as it will hamper with production. In truth the job is not ideal for men either. But many women have proven they can do it, but it is difficult.

Why is Diversity in the Workplace Essential?

Human resource is one of the most important segments in any organization. As a professional blogger providing useful tips and information in this field, I believe that there should be diversity in the workplace. Even on a personal level, it excites me when I get the chance to interact and meet people from different backgrounds. In meeting various people from all walks of life, we get to learn many things from them. This is also one of the reasons why I decided to create a blog dealing with topics like these. Working as an HR consultant, I get the chance to provide valuable information in my field of specialization.

Diversity Encourages Qualified Workforce

While I was starting to write an article, I got the chance to interview various people from a writer handling kitchen faucet reviews to a seller trying to help people find the best electric toothbrush. Almost all of the people I asked regarding the importance of diversity in the workplace, mentioned that it encourages qualified workforce and I think the same way too. I can just imagine how it would be like if in my workplace we came from the same university or we have the same likes and dislikes. If there is diversity when it comes to for instance finding new recruits, it is definitely a good thing. Each and everyone of us have our own set of talents and skills. This is also the same concept I apply at work. Whenever I want to hire someone for a particular position, I see to it that the pool of candidates comes from diverse backgrounds. In that way, I can find that person that will perfectly match my criteria.

Diversity Encourages Creativity and Inventiveness

Another reason why diversity in the workplace is essential is the fact that it fosters creativity. I get the chance to conduct a seminar where the attendees came from different background and professions. At first, I was thinking that they would give me a hard time considering that we might be in different fields and have different perceptions and views on things. To my surprise, I was able to get creative views from them. When I asked certain questions, I got really nice answers. In my experience, I think it is beneficial to have diversity not just in the workplace but as well as in other setting or environment. We can have the chance to share different ideas and views on various matters and aspects of life, of anything under the sun.

Diversity Reduces Employee Turnover

With creativity and inventiveness overflowing, employees can definitely experience growth and they not get bored as the workplace is lively. I noticed that in getting people from various backgrounds allow me to have a more dynamic team. When people get along with a vibrant and active group, it makes a person feel at home and more positive thereby reducing employee turnover. Working in a diverse workplace offers many benefits. Although it has its share of downsides too like for instance, it might be a bit difficult to manage diverse people.

Best Jobs for the Diverse Workplace of 2015

Ever since the dotcom boom put impact on the market,finding jobs has been very difficult. People with take-the-job-and-kick-it attitude are taking up low-spirit jobs that are more rewarding. From health care to advertising, sector after sector, the demand for the employees is growing up to boost the employee’s morale to take up new jobs.

Today’s workforce is also becoming more diverse. If you are someone who considers himself/herself a minority, make sure to be looking for jobs where minorities are accepted in large numbers. Below are some of the best jobs that we recommend you look into in 2015:

Fitness trainers and instructors

Job outlook

As per bureau of labor statistics, the fitness trainers and instructors are going to witness 13 percent increase in the job outlook. The number of jobs is going to be 267,000 in the coming year. Currently the job pays approximately $13 per hour. With the number of job requirements, a surge in the pay scale is expected.

Education

It is import for the aspired fitness trainers to get certifications from top notch fitness training schools. An entry level job requires a simple high school diploma as primary education.

Occupational Therapy Aides

Job outlook

The requirements in this sector can grow up to 41 percent in the following year. This job pays approximately $24 per hour. With the requirements gearing up in great speed, the income is quite set high for the coming year. An employment increase of about 15900 is expected in the coming year with a number of requirements of up to 38600.

Education

You have to pass and exam meant for national therapist assistants. Prior to that, you need to have education from Accreditation council for occupational therapist education.

Environmental engineering technicians

Job outlook

As per the studies the job outlook for this sector is going to group up by 18 percent. Number of job requirement can be up to 1900 with a change of 3500 jobs in this career. Average income of a technician is $22 per hour. Growing job requirement in this sector sees a boom in the salary.

Education

This career can be highly lucrative in terms of money if the candidates have an associate degree of two years. Post study experience has great relevance in this job.

Financial Advisers

Job outlook

The jobs in this category have an expected boom of 27 percent that is quite high than the average. Most of corporate are going to hire 223,400 employees in the upcoming years. This job sees an employment change of 60,300 in the coming ten years. An experienced candidate for this job can earn $33 per hour currently. A hike is expected as the demand is more.

Education

A bachelor degree in finance best suits this job. Most fascinating thing about this job is that in this job you constantly need to update yourself to keep yourself update with the recent industry changes.

Physical Therapists

Job Outlook

As per the recent trends, the current outlook of this job is 36 percent. In the coming years the job sees an employment change of 73,500 with whooping job requirements of up to 204,200. A physical therapist can earn $39 per an hour.

Education

You need to have a graduate degree in physical therapy. To practice this job you need to be license holder of physical therapist.

Survey Researchers

Job Outlook

Job outlook sees an expected growth rate of 32 percent or more in the upcoming years. Number of vacancies is expected to grow up to 415,700 with an employment change of 131, 500. You can earn up to $29 per hour as a survey researcher. The recent trends make it certain about the expect hike in the income trends.

Education

You can join entry level jobs with a bachelor degree. Most of the corporate hire master degree holders for technical positions.

Best jobs for 2015 to look out for

Computer software engineer, compliance officers, Educational teachers, veterinarians, dental assistants and hygienists, athletic trainers, biochemists, biophysicists, skin care specialists, scientists in medical field, financial analysts, home care aides, home health aides, communication analysts, and biomedical engineering are the field that are expected offer hot jobs for the year 2015 as per survey of job trends for 2012 to 2022.

Skills are going to take pretty judgmental role in the hiring process of most of the corporate keeping aside the study and professional experience.

Promoting Running Among Your Employees

Working in an office puts a significant burden on your body and your soul. Sitting all day long can lead to the development of diseases such as high blood pressure, obesity, or diabetes. Research shows that lack of exercise can lead to mental illness. Not to mention that playing sports can influence your productivity in a positive way. Exercising releases positive hormones, which makes people happy, more curious and makes them feel better about themselves. All in all if you are an employer who cares about the well being of his or her workers, you are obliged to promote an active lifestyle at the workplace.

One of the most popular sports that corporate employees engage in is running. It doesn’t take much time, it can be done anywhere and it is cheap to do. Many corporations like to encourage running by letting their employees go running during their lunch breaks, or subsidizing the purchase of sports footwear. In this article I plan to share other ideas about how you can make your employees run more.

First of all you should make sure that you rent an office at a green area. If your city has a river running through it the banks of the river are excellent for a quick jog most of the time. It also helps if your office is located near a park or a small forest. Make sure that the area where your office is located is easy on the eyes, and encourages your employees to get outdoors.

If you are not located in a green area, make sure that the office building has a gym. Even if your area is located in a nice part of the city, a gym allows the workers to exercise even if it is raining. Speaking about rainy days, you can give out running jackets on the next corporate event if you are looking to encourage participation in sports during the winter.

Another great idea is to establish running clubs. Find those who like running, and encourage them to start a group, go out exercising with those who are not doing it currently. This will force people to develop new relationships at the workplace, as well as make them healthier. One of the most renown running clubs in corporate America is the Newton Running Company.

You should find other companies who have running clubs. They are likely up for a little bit of competition. Try to establish running events, races where the employees can meet. This is likely to make the employees happier, as they can network, or you might be able to get new deals for your company.

However sports is only one part of a healthy lifestyle, good diet is just as important. If your office has a canteen, try to work out some deal with them in order to make them offer at least a few healthy dishes. Salads, white meat like chicken breasts and whole grain pastries are all a must for a person who is looking to have a good diet.

And finally, you should lead by example. Your employees will be a lot more enthusiastic about exercising if their boss is out there sweating, than if exercising is forced upon them. If you run every day, or at least every weekday, you will be happier, you will see increased productivity, and soon you will see your employees join you on the tracks.

The New Normal

So your parents want you to go to school, get a job, work for 40 years and then retire on a fat pension? Forget it. Those days are gone! The rules have changed in the employment game. Having a job today doesn’t mean that you’ll have one tomorrow, and having the promise of a pension in 40 years doesn’t mean that company will even exist to pay you out!

The ‘new normal’ in employment is part time employment. Unfortunately, many people are being forced to look for a second job, or even being ‘promoted’ at their current jobs, being forced to take on twice the workload with little or no pay raise. We live in a time when you cannot depend on a corporation for your future anymore, and frankly, you’d completely stupid to! So, what can you do?

Start putting yourself first.

This sounds like a dead give away, but it’s surprising how many people completely ignore the option of starting some sort of side business to supplement their income. If you are fortunate enough to have a full time job, there are still plenty of hours in your day, and week, where you can start a business which can bring in more money for you and your family. If you are part time employed, you have no excuse to not be launching a self-run business.

Why start a business?

While there are a million and one great reasons to start your own business, let’s just look at a few.

First, it gives you the option to be your own boss. Many small businesses that are slowly nurtured, and start out with relatively few clients, can grow into much larger, sustainable money makers which can eventually replace your full time income. This allows you to set your own schedule, choose where you work, and spend more time doing the things that you want to do. The people you answer to are your customers, who help you build your business into a larger success, instead of your boss and managers, who take your expertise and profit from it.

Second, you become self sufficient. There is no better feeling than knowing that you are able to provide for yourself and your family. Even in times of economic uncertainty, knowing that your “job” is not at stake is one of the best feelings in the world.

Third, entrepreneurs ACTUALLY help the economy. I say ‘actually’ because large corporations tend to make massive amounts of money while paying inexcusably small amounts of taxes. Small business owners are helping the cash flow through different hands on smaller levels in communities around the country, which is a great thing.

So what kind of business could I start?

There are so many different options to choose from these days. It’s important to take the time to figure out what kind of business would best suit your lifestyle, and your strengths.

If you have any special skills, especially qualified ones, it’s worth considering freelancing or consulting, picking up clients on the side and slowly building your side income.

With the internet, you can start a multitude of different online businesses without ever leaving the comfort of your living room. Some examples of this are:

E-commerce - Consider building an online store. You can sell products that you buy wholesale, make yourself, or you can even go the drop shipping route, where you don’t actually hold the merchandise at all, you simple pass orders to a warehouse! Think of Amazon, but your own personal version.

Affiliate Marketing - There are plenty of people who build websites that promote products for other people. With relatively little experience required, you can put together a site that earns commissions by helping online retailers make sales. Sites like this one chug along and produce earnings month after month for their owner without much maintenance.

You can even sell your skills on marketplaces like Fiverr or Elance. Simply set up a profile and start selling practically anything to buyers all across the planet!

You never know what small project might just end up changing your life. It’s definitely worth looking into starting your own supplementary business. Remember that the person who is most concerned, and most responsible, for your future is you.

How to Become a Successful Personal Trainer

Being a personal trainer is no easy process, it involves a lot of hard work, confidence, time and effort. More importantly, you need to have a number of talent and skills to become an effective, nurturing and patient trainer.

What is a personal trainer?

A personal trainer is an individual qualified to coach or teach other people on how to become physically fit. Their practice generally involves improving the components of fitness amongst the healthy population through exercise instruction and prescription.

What are the qualifications of a personal trainer?

One of the most popular careers nowadays includes that of becoming a personal trainer. If you have what it takes and think that you can motivate, teach and mentor individuals who are determined to become fit and healthy, then you must have certain qualifications.

Initially, you need to become an experienced and talented instructor with recognized certifications from accredited organizations. These certifications include but are not limited to:

• Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym) (Level 2)

• Diploma in Instructing Exercise and Fitness (Level 2)

• Diploma in Health, Fitness and Exercise Instruction (Level 2)

Preferably, you would also need to undergo several trainings that would put you a step further. These trainings include:

• Diploma in Personal Training (Level 3)

• Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training (Level 3)

Being a member to accredited professional organizations such as Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), National Register of Personal Trainers (NRPT) or Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) can greatly enhance your career prospective.

Other certifications from attending cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) training is also needed on becoming a certified and competent personal trainer. You may opt to learn other skills to increase what you can offer to your clients including yoga, aerobics, nutrition and Pilates.

Can I work with people having medical conditions?

The answer is definitely yes! Nonetheless, you need to undergo specialized courses as particular knowledge is needed on working with people having disabilities or medical conditions. Some courses that you could study include:

• Diploma in Exercise Referral (Level 3)

• Certificate in Exercise and Nutritional Interventions for Obesity and Diabetes (Level 4)

• Certificate in Weight Management for Individuals with Obesity, Diabetes Mellitus and/or Metabolic Syndrome (Level 4)

• Certificate in Exercise for the Management of Low Back Pain (Level 4)

What skills do I need to become a successful personal trainer?

As a personal trainer, you are tasked with hefty decisions to make. You will need to create an individualized exercise plan for your clients. You need to motivate them, co-create meal plans, give advice on best muscle gainers foods or protein, amino acids and creatine supplements to build muscles whilst stay strong and fit. Here are some skills that you would need in your journey to become a successful personal trainer:

• Excellent organizational skills
• Willpower and enthusiasm
• Friendly, outgoing and excellent interpersonal skills
• Ability to inspire and motivate other people
• Responsible attitude
• Patience
• Tactfulness, diplomacy and discretion
• Knowledge of the human anatomy and physiology
• Knowledge on healthy diet and nutrition

Becoming a personal trainer is a serious responsibility as it deals with an individual’s health. Hence, before starting your journey to become one, you need to have these specified qualifications and skills.

Orthodontist Career Overview

Orthodontists are responsible of our well-aligned teeth and perfect smile. The job, although highly rewarding on both moral and financial plans, requires thorough preparation and total devotion. If you have thought about becoming an orthodontist, here are the main things you should know about the education, skills, certifications and working conditions.

What is an orthodontist?

The orthodontist is well known as the dental professional who installs braces in order to straighten up badly aligned teeth. This is partially true, as the orthodontist’s job is much more complex than that. They examine patient’s condition, take teeth impressions for molds, take X-rays and teeth photos in order to see the problem in multiple dimensions. Once the problem is established, the orthodontist elaborates a treatment plan and brings it forward to the patient for discussions. Depending on client’s preferences and proposed budget, the best treatment option is chosen and the orthodontist starts working on the dental device needed. Then they install the dental device and monitor teeth’s evolution in order to make the necessary adjustments. The conditions which can be treated by orthodontists include badly aligned teeth, gaps caused by thumb/finger sucking, malocclusion and under-/overbite.

Education requirements for an orthodontic career

The orthodontist’s education starts with a college degree, preferably a BS and it is followed by 4 years of dental school. The first two years of dental school, the student is given theoretical information, while the next two years consist of practical training under the supervising of professional dentists. After graduating the four years, the students are given a Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) or a Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.D.M.) degree. At this point, the students become dentists. In order to become an orthodontist, the graduate must follow a two years residency program in orthodontics, where the theoretical information is blended with hands-on experience.

Personal skills needed

In order to successfully practice the job, the orthodontist must possess a varied range of personal skills. Here are the most important ones:

• Patience – the job requires having interpersonal relationships with numerous persons, each one with their style and personality. Therefore, patience is a “must have” for any orthodontist.

• Communication – orthodontists do not only perform the treatment, but they also need to explain to their patients the treatment’s necessity as well as the following steps.

• Negotiation – in some cases patients may resist treatment or may come up with different requirements which affect the treatment’s effectiveness. The orthodontist must be capable of negotiating the terms of the treatment so that the results are unaltered and the patient is fully satisfied.

• Manual dexterity – the orthodontic work is done inside the patient’s mouth, which is a narrow, dark and highly sensitive area, so manual dexterity is imperative for a successful career.

• Continuous learning – new technologies and devices are put on the market every year and the orthodontist must be informed about them all so that they can offer the best treatment possible. This is why the appetite for learning should never tone down on orthodontists.

License and certification

In order to be recognized as a specialized dental professional there are two examinations you should take. The first one is at the end of the dental school, when the graduate must take the National Board Dental Examination which consists of a written and a clinical examination. Once this exam is passed, the graduate can register through the State Board of Dentistry as a dentist. At the end of the orthodontic residency program, the orthodontist takes another exam (written and clinical examination) to be certified by the American Board of Orthodontics.

Working condition and chances of promotion

Orthodontists usually work in private practice offices. They work 30 to 40 hours every week in well-lighted and ventilated rooms. The working conditions are pleasant and there are no obligations for the orthodontist to perform night shifts. The chances for promotion are limited, mainly because the orthodontic offices have a small number of orthodontists hired. The income, however, can raise constantly if the orthodontist becomes more popular or increases their fees.

Learning New Languages Help Promote Diversity

When it comes to workplace diversity, mixing up different cultures can be great. However, oftentimes language barriers can be a problem, especially when working with overseas clients. This is why we try to encourage our employees to take general ed classes to learn a second language – mostly Spanish as we do a lot of business with Spanish speaking clients. We give incentives, such as paid classes or time off if they are doing a learn at home program. However, it’s tough. Learning a new language is not easy, but there are a few strategies that can help, and several different ways to learn. We leave it up to the individual to determine what route they want to take as far as learning the new language.

Many people simply shun the idea of learning a new language. Perhaps they tried to learn a second language while in high school or college, and found it to be too difficult. Maybe they bought one a language program and tried to learn a different language on their own and became frustrated. No matter what the personal situation, learning a language can be difficult. However, the advantages of learning a second language are worth the effort. For those serious about learning another language, finding the best learning environment is crucial.

Before attempting to learn any language, it is important to understand why the language is needed. If it is simply to understand the local dialect while on vacation, it is not essential to grasp all the nuances of the language. Simply understanding commonly used words and phrases may be enough to communicate during a vacation. However, if needed for a job or if moving to a country where the language is spoken, it is important to fully grasp the language.

When deciding on a learning approach, understand that not everyone is comfortable with all learning strategies. Some individuals thrive in traditional language classes, with an instructor, lab exercises and written work. Enrolling in college level classes is possible in many areas of the country, and if there is no nearby college, interactive online classes are available.

Utilizing a tutor is also an option worth exploring. Tutors are available throughout the country, and are often native speakers now living in this country. They are generally incredibly fluent, often in multiple dialects of the language. Tutors often work one-on-one, providing valuable lessons tailored to match each person’s comfort level. Many people thrive in this type of learning environment.

The newest learning environment involves the use of computer programs to learn another language. However, language programs are all different, so it important for learners to review the different programs before selecting one. Rocket Languages, Speak From Day 1 and Rosetta Stone are the top language programs, and each has its own unique teaching style. These programs are becoming increasingly popular, as they allow anyone to learn at their own speed and on their own schedule.

While some people learn languages easily, others struggle. Finding the right learning environment will make a tremendous difference in just how hard it is for any individual to learn a second language.

Diversity With A Purpose

diversityAs a business leader and a normal human being, it’s easy in life and in business to surround yourself with others who make you feel comfortable. Our human nature wants us to feel comfortable, not have the boat rocked, and to keep things the way they are (assuming things are good already). The problem with this is that improvement and growth in business or life doesn’t happen while we are comfortable. Getting to the next level requires us to get uncomfortable by trying new things, listening to different perspectives, and pushing ourselves beyond what we are accustomed to.

An easy example of this would be to look at getting into better physical shape. Are you going to improve your fitness level by surrounding yourself with friends that don’t workout, go to McDonald’s every day, and generally don’t care nor are supportive of your new lifestyle choice? Probably not. If you want to be successful, you will surround yourself with people who are invested in you achieving your goals. You may hire a personal trainer that will help you to get your workouts in, improve your lifestyle choices, and be a fan in your corner. They may even give you inside tips, like sharing with you the leading testosterone booster and help you select some terrific crossfit shoes, helping you reach your goals even quicker.

The same logic should then apply in the workplace when we, the ones who are in charge of leading the company, are trying to lead our teams to higher goals. You may want to change the way things work in the day-to-day operations to improve efficiency, but there may be many people who don’t want things to change and will resist these changes. That’s why it’s important to bring in new blood from time to time, people who perhaps don’t have the same perspective on business and who generally will diversify your workplace to help improve it.

Diversifying the workplace should not be done just for the sake of being diverse. That is doing no one any good. The main goals of business is to create more profit and continue growing the company, so therefore the goal of diversity in the workplace should work to accomplish the same thing. Being diverse can mean a lot of things – it could be race, ideologies, experience, and other things that different people may bring to the table. All these things should be put together to build a diverse, unique, and great team of people that all share the ultimate goal of building your company to greater heights.

As a leader, it’s up to you to keep the objective of the company on point and you need to be careful not to diversify just for the sake of doing so in the hopes of appeasing some imaginary “diversity police.” If you want to be the best, then you surround yourself with the best and the people that you bring in with unique and diverse perspectives should have the same ultimate goal as you do, which is to grow and build the business to become even greater.

 

How To Be Respected In The Workplace

In the workplace you get respect according to two factors. One, of course, is your rank. As a manager, you are accorded respect simply because of your job title. The second factor is all about competence—the fact that you know your job can really help you gain respect even from those who don’t really like you.

But there’s such a thing as commanding “instant” respect. The trick is the same—you act as if you know what you are doing and that you are confident in performing your duties and responsibilities. By doing so, you can gain more respect for yourself from your subordinates and colleagues.

So, if you want to be respected in the workplace, follow these tips:

1. Take good care of your appearance.

This means that your hairstyle must be appropriate, your clothes should be neat, clean and fit you properly. People may respect you eventually because you are good at your job, but if you are not taking care of your appearance then they will respect you in spite of your disheveled appearance, and not because of it.

2. Speak clearly and calmly.

The timid don’t really command respect, and speaking like a hesitant, mumbling fool won’t do you any good. Speak clearly and pronounce your words properly. Don’t mumble. And don’t use words like um, ah, and y’know all the time.

At the same time, there’s no reason for you to speak loudly all the time. That’s just plain rude, and it won’t get you the respect you want. Screaming at people doesn’t really work. You might scare them but you won’t make them respect you.

There are plenty of great resources that will teach you how to improve speaking skills quickly. Many of them are free to boot..so avail yourself of them!

3. Maintain good posture.

Don’t slouch, because it will seem like you’re someone who’s afraid of being noticed and who likes to keep their head down. Instead, stand tall and keep your shoulders back. Stand on both feet instead of putting your weight on just one leg. Your hands should be at your side or behind your back. Keeping your hands in your pockets tend to make others think you have something to hide.

4. Maintain eye contact with the person you’re talking to.

This shows respect for that person, and respect can then be reciprocated. When you’re speaking to a group of people, hold eye contact with each one for a few seconds.

The lack of eye contact is very disturbing. It gives the impression that you are not interested in the other person and you don’t care. When you don’t maintain eye contact when you speak, it may even lead others to think that you are lying, insincere or unsure about what you’re saying.

Earning other people’s respect requires you to not be timid but at the same time you should also not be overbearing. Your shyness causes others to lose respect for you, but so will arrogance. Your overbearing nature may cause the timid to follow you, but they do so out of fear and not respect. And others may simply obey you out of deference to your position, but your arrogance will only cause them to feel contempt and resentment towards you.