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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…)

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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.

Who is at Risk For Poor Posture?

Bad posture is one of the major contributing factors to back problems. Slumping or otherwise having improper posture day after day puts undue strain on the back. Over time, this can lead to problems such as back pain, curvature of the spine, tension headaches, fatigue and more. Poor posture is also something that is very preventable, as the way you sit, stand and walk can be changed with effort and, in some cases, having the right tools will improve posture. Certain people are more at risk for bad posture than others.

Computer Workers

In this category we can include anyone who sits behind a desk all day. This includes computer programmers, software engineers, writers, website designers and lots of other office type occupations. Recent health studies have exposed the dangers of sitting all day long. If your posture is poor, this only compounds the problem. It’s easy to get so caught up in your work that you hunch over your computer for long periods of time. The same is true if you’re typing or reading for hours on end.

People Who Drive All Day

This includes truck, bus and taxi drivers, etc. It also applies to anyone with a long commute to work. Many people do not pay attention to their posture when they drive. Furthermore, your vehicle may not be suitable for your height or body type. That’s why it’s common for people who drive for a living to have back pain and poor posture. In some cases, adjusting the seat can help. There are also devices, such as lumbar back braces, that provide support for the back that can help you maintain good posture while driving.

Health Care Jobs

Physicians, nurses, physical therapists, home health care aids and others who work directly with patients are often at risk for poor posture. Many health care jobs involve spending long hours on your feet. If the job involves helping patients, moving them around or performing therapeutic techniques on them, you may be required to spend time in uncomfortable or awkward postures.

Poor Posture Can Affect Anyone

The above are just a few examples of occupations where poor posture is a risk. Anyone, regardless of age or occupation, can get into the habit of poor posture. That’s why it’s so important to be aware how you are moving. It’s hard to have perfect posture all the time, but you can enjoy better health and fewer back problems if you can improve your posture.

Remember these tips:

  • If you sit at a desk, take frequent short breaks for standing, stretching and taking short walks.
  • Be aware of your posture as much as possible. If you catch yourself slumping or in an awkward position, make a change.
  • Take deep, conscious breaths when you think of it. Breathing and posture are closely linked. Poor posture goes with shallow breathing. When you breathe deeply, you will naturally tend to correct your posture as well.
  • If necessary, replace your chair or desk so it’s more comfortable or ergonomic.

 

Difficulties in the Workplace Caused by Appearance

It can be hard enough sometimes for women to find equality in the workplace, but when you add in health and weight issues it can be even more difficult to fit in. Most women in the professional industries may feel that unless they are slim and sexy that they have no shot at advancing. However, the flip side to that is that some feel that men do not take them seriously. Whether a woman has a few extra pounds that she could afford to lose or whether she is slim, fit and healthy – there are bound to be some obstacles that come up every now and then.

The best way to look at it though, is to take whatever is in front of you and to keep moving forward!

Difficulties With Being Overweight

There is absolutely no denying the fact that when you are overweight people will look at you differently than if you are not. When you get into the work environment it can often times become even more pronounced and obvious, not too mention – even more difficult to overcome. In the end though, it’s best to remember that you are valuable no matter what your weight or dress size is. As long as you perform your job diligently and efficiently there really isn’t much to worry about.

If you do find that your weight is getting in the way of you doing your job at a satisfactory level then that is the time to consider dropping a few pounds. The best place to start is with a healthy diet and a good exercise routine. In order for your hard work to payoff and in order to keep the weight off, it’s usually best to follow some type program that boosts your metabolism like Metabolic Aftershock so that you can keep the fat off and your body becomes more efficient at using calories.

Difficulties With Being Too Attractive

This may sound like a problem that most women wouldn’t mind having but if you are too attractive, or dress to provocatively while at work then this can actually have a negative effect on your work as well. Not only can it get hard to perform physical activities if not dressed appropriately, but it can also effect the way your workmates look at you. If you colleague has the opinion of you that you’re all about looks and that’s the most important thing to you then it can be hard to be taken seriously.

Likewise, it can often be a negative in the eyes of your client or customer as well. Many people make judgements based off the first impression they get. In addition to that, there are some certain guidelines one should follow when considering what to wear to work. Whether your wearing a skirt, dress or pants, you should consider being somewhat modest so that you do not put off the wrong message.

So next time your at work and you see your colleague dressed in a little less than she should be, just remember that you do not need to compete with that. Instead, you should focus on doing your job and doing it well.

Tips For Developing a Healthy Workplace

A healthy lifestyle is an important component of a balanced lifestyle. A balanced lifestyle leads  to more centered individuals who do more, and better quality work. This is one of the main reasons why modern companies have realized that they must provide some kind of chance for their employees to play sports.

This is especially important in the modern work environment, where you sit in an office whole day long, in front of the computer, and you are expected to remain in one place for eight hours or more. Spending the days in this way leads to low testosterone levels in males, and doesn’t help the happy hormone levels of female workers. If the workers are unhealthy, they put a bigger burden on the national health budget, so a socially aware company must promote a healthy, active lifestyle.

The easiest thing to do is to install the office in a building complex that has a gym. These gyms are usually more than happy to offer cut prices on passes for the people who work there, the workers represent a great market of potential customers for these gyms. The company should offer a cut price gym membership for their workers. Some innovative solutions have been advocated to make people go to the gym more. One solution would be to offer memberships for an extremely low, nominal price, and make people pay more if they miss training sessions. The other way would be to make them pay the full fee of the gym membership, and refund some money if they have attended enough training sessions.

Having a little kiosk in the office building where workers can buy small sporting items if they have left anything at home can be beneficial as well. However this is not a must, as in the modern world you can order sports equipment from the internet. For example I have bought my running socks after reading reviews on Jog of Your Life, but you can also read reviews of all kinds of running gear like waterproof running jackets on that website.

The company can aid the health of their workers by offering healthy food items from the vending machines, or giving discounts on these dishes. The company should seek a partnership with the canteen in the office building, so that the workers can buy healthy dishes for a lower price. Smoothies for breakfast instead of coffee, fruit salad instead of bakeries, healthy lunches instead of the usual cheap canteen food should be on the menu.

The managers of the company should promote a healthy lifestyle. Everybody will be more inclined to carry themselves in a healthy way is those higher up are leading by example.

You can help the healthy life of employees more if you choose an office that is located in a  beautiful, park area. This would be important because it promotes walking during lunch break, or a jog in the park. The workers are understandably going to be more inclined to go outside if the environment looks friendly and beautiful. Concrete jungle is not the most natural habitat for a human being, the more green there is, the better.

You should also install a bicycle lock in the parking lot to promote using bikes for going to work. You can do a similar deal and seek partnership with a bicycle shop so that your workers can buy bikes for a cut price when they arrive at work.

Conclusion

The placement of your office, the company culture and your ties in the community can help your workers sustain a healthy lifestyle. In the modern days this is not only a necessity, but it is also a great competitive advantage among companies. If you can offer easy, cheap ways for workers to be healthy and have maximum vitality you can attract the best talent as you offer something that your competitors do not.

The Advantages of Having Diversity in the Workplace

Having a diverse workplace is something many employers wish for in the modern working environment. In large cities like London or Liverpool, diversity is the norm, as the cities are made up of a rich culture of many different races, religions and sexes.

Workplaces are forever and continuously changing, with our workforce getting older and there are increasing numbers of women now than ever before, which is always a good thing. Gone are the days when it was just men who brought home the bacon.

Publisher Malcolm Forbes once said: “Diversity is the art of thinking independently together.”

There are clear and maybe some unclear advantages of having a diverse workforce, an organisation obviously makes itself look better to clients and the outside world by having a mixture of all walks of life in their working environment, whether it be an office or a garage, it doesn’t matter!

A diverse environment with employees that are allowed to engage, get to know each other and even become friends encourages staff to stay and enjoy the environment that they work in.

This obviously means that the company will be in a better financial state, as they will have loyal staff members and not need to spend time and money on recruiting new staff members.

Globalization means that language, culture and religion are represented in customers and workers. This is great, if your staff are bilingual, this can come in handy when it comes to customer facing, or business deals.
Similarly, generation gaps (as mentioned earlier people are living longer, and retiring later), means that the generations are expanding and working side by side! Each of these will have their own views, ideas and working mind-sets, meaning the workplace will always be buzzing with a variety of opinions, ideas and the ability to see things from different peoples points of view.

To some-up, here are some of our top reasons why diversity in the workplace is ALWAYS a good thing:

Increased productivity: Diverse talents combined, with the common goal that the workplace has to always be a brilliant and positive thing. This then gets the creative juices flowing and everyone should enjoy their working environment, leading to better problem solving too!

Attract and retain talent: This adds the competitive edge to the company or organisation. As mentioned earlier, every company brings their own way of thinking, operating, problem solving and decision making.

Helps to build teams and enhances all round communication of the workforce: New attitudes and processes will profit a whole team! Applying the proper diversity laws, means that there will be no lawsuits for the company and therefore no massive debts for companies who need to go to court!

Increased market share and diverse customer base: With the ability to relate to people from various backgrounds, the companies status automatically enters the 21st century. As surprising as it may seem, some companies still haven’t got there yet, but we are hoping that they do soon!

Ignoring diversity all together is a bad move. If your business isn’t diverse enough, then try to join the many that are and embrace diversity. To see more information on diversity in the workplace cipd have all the info you will need.

The Importance of Diversity in the Workplace

“Variety is the spice of life”. This is a common saying often used in our society. While this common phrase is used loosely at times, there is in fact some truth it. Diversity has become extremely important, especially in the workplace. Businesses have thrived and continue to do so over the years due to the fact that they embrace diverse backgrounds.

Diversity in the Work Setting

So what exactly is diversity and why is it so important in businesses?

As a generic term, diversity is a distinction or difference among employees in terms of their cultural background, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and so forth.

In the workplace, people of different colors, backgrounds and culture bring their unique qualities and work ethics to provide different perspectives. A business that embraces diversity creates an environment where people respect each other to fully realize everyone’s career potential.

Diversity and Its Importance in Companies

Diversity in businesses is crucial for the following reasons:

Reaching Diverse Target Audience

Businesses may have different target audience in various market segments. With employees of different backgrounds and nationalities, employees will be able to better tailor their products, services, sales or decisions to reach a wider audience.

Language Skills

People from different nationalities bring different languages to the workforce providing a means to communicate to more potential customers. Also, cultures vary from one country to another, so if your business operates in multiple countries, diversity in your workforce is critical.

Diversity in Skills and Innovation

Different countries are known to breed certain skilled employees. For example, India has some of the top technical schools in the world. On the other hand, countries like the United States tend to have a lot of business-minded professionals. By working together, they can accomplish so much more for businesses.

Improved Work Quality

Having a diverse workforce will bring different mindsets together. By cooperating with one another, businesses can ensure that all aspects of their business are high quality.

Learning from Each Other

Employees from different backgrounds will have varying expertise. By working together, you can learn more about each other’s differences and similarities. This way, everyone is constantly making each other better people and employees.

A Sense of Belonging

When employees feel valued and a sense of belonging, they can be much more productive to a business. By not having to worry about potential diversity issues, employees can focus on helping one another achieve business goals.

Whether you’re a business administrator or an accountant, your different skills and background makes you stronger as a team, which will increase your chances of promotions and higher salaries. Together, you can help your company earn higher profits which in turn may lead to bonuses and pay-raises for everyone.

Diversity in the Workplace is a Must

Clearly, the administration and management of a business would benefit greatly from hiring a diverse team of employees.

Including diversity into the business strategy is something that all businesses should highly consider; it’s almost a sure way to improve a company’s productivity and revenues overall. By encouraging diversity in businesses, not only will the employer feel a sense of satisfaction and success, but the entire workforce will feel a sense of belonging and be invested in their jobs.

How the Music Industry Can Teach Us about Diversity

We all live in the same planet, but for some reason we find ways to separate ourselves from each other. We devise borders that separate nations, and we make distinctions about differences in cultures and even skin color. We define ourselves by our religious and political beliefs. Even our genders are used to separate us, and somehow even our sexual preferences set us apart.

But sometimes we can get our act together and we accept and even embrace diversity. One good example of this is the music industry. The music industry can teach us a few things about diversity:

1. Gender doesn’t matter.

Take a look at the most popular musical acts today, and you’ll find that both men and women can be superstars. Women may feel marginalized in the general work sector, but Beyoncé is at the top, along with Taylor Swift and Rihanna. It has always been so, since the time of Aretha and the Supremes. Find any decade since the 1960s, and the women have held their own.

They even invaded musical genres which were supposed to be male dominated. Janis Joplin rocked, and by the time the 1980s rolled in women in rock weren’t all that much of a novelty anymore. There was Joan Jett and Pat Benatar, Chrissie Hynde was the leader of the Pretenders, and the Go-Go’s were an all-girl rock group.

2. Racial Diversity.

The US music industry has never really had a problem with racial matters, compared to what was happening to the rest of the nation. There may have been segregation in many states, but the music transcended such laws. African Americans seem to have led the way in just about every major music genre—the blues, jazz, rock n’ roll, and rap. By the time their Caucasian brethren joined in, it only served to make the music more mainstream to the rest of the nation.

Nowadays, diversity is actually embraced. Black and white people can work together, along with Asians and Latinos. Look at the Black Eyed Peas—different genders and different racial profiles all mixed into one group.

3. Religion and tolerance.

Quite a lot of conservative “Christian” groups back in the 1950s rallied against the devil’s music (most notably Jimmy Swaggart, who was the cousin of Jerry Lee Lewis). Nowadays, there is actually a thing called Christian rock, and there’s even Christian metal. But for the most part, no one really cares.

4. Crossing national boundaries.

Foreign groups don’t usually make it big in the US, but that was before the Beatles led the British Invasion back in the 1960s. The 1980s saw a similar movement with the rise of new wave, and today nobody really makes an issue out of it. If you want to see an example of music crossing boundaries, you only need to remember the viral success of Psy and his music video Gangnam Style. His is clearly Asian, he doesn’t dress or dance like an American, and hardly anyone in the US understood the lyrics. Yet his video is the most watched music video on YouTube in History, as it is the first to get 2 billion views.

The second most viewed video on YouTube is Justin Bieber’s Baby at a mere 1 one billion views. And by the way, Bieber’s Canadian.

So far, we’ve only talked about the stars. We are fascinated with them, so we care about their appearance, their cultural origins, and their political and religious beliefs. And for the most part, we accept that the differences mean little in light of our appreciation for the music.

But what about the backup singers and musicians, the producers and the sound technicians? We know so very little about them, and actually that’s a good thing. We don’t care about whether they’re male or female, if they’re white, black, or brown; if they’re Christian or not, or if they’re American or not. And that’s how it should be. All of that is irrelevant because in the end, only the music matters.