Understanding and Facilitating Self-Efficacy (Career Professionals)

Through studies of human behavior, psychologists have learned that one of most powerful predictors of success is self-efficacy.

What is self-efficacy?


Psychologist Albert Bandura defined self-efficacy as a person’s belief in his or her capability to successfully perform a specific task. Self-efficacy perceptions can be developed or strengthened through accomplishment, or through learning and persuasion from others. They can also be positively or negatively affected by emotions such as stress and anxiety.

Bandura’s theory says the three outcomes of high perceptions of self-efficacy are 1) persistence, 2) performance and 3) approach versus avoidance of tasks.

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Job Search and Workplace Success Tips for People with Disabilities

 Job Search and Workplace Success Tips for People with DisabilitiesSoftSkillsBuilder.com is pleased to provide a series of posts covering a wide range of information for people with disabilities. In this one, we have outlined general yet powerful strategies for boosting your value and reputation among hiring managers, supervisors, and co-workers.

Control Your Anger Before It Controls You

 Control Your Anger Before It Controls You

It’s natural to get angry sometimes. But on the job, you need to be very careful to control your behavior when you’re feeling that way. Here are some tips to help you deal with angry feelings.

Get the Most Out of Soft Skills Training by Providing Ongoing Support and Reinforcement

 Get the Most Out of Soft Skills Training by Providing Ongoing Support and Reinforcement
Interpersonal skills, the ability to get along with others, is just one of many categories of soft skills needed in the workplace. When lacking, the impact on an employer is huge. Consider these statistics:

  • 85% of workers report experiencing some level of workplace conflict, and spending an average of 2.8 hours per week dealing with it.[1]
  • 25-40% of a manager’s time is hijacked by the need to handle personality clashes among staff.[2]
  • 60-80% of so-called “performance issues” stem not from a lack of skills or motivation of individual employees, but from strained relationships among co-workers.[3]

Yet the costs of problems among employees are much more far-reaching than this. Engagement, productivity, collaboration, information sharing and idea generation, team trust and morale, and retention are also negatively affected – and can have devastating consequences on the organization’s ability to meet customer needs and business goals. In addition, interpersonal problems can give rise to violence and litigation.

Is Negative Self-Talk Chipping Away at Your Job Search Motivation and Confidence?

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What is Self-Talk?


Many people have conversations in their heads as things happen in their daily lives. This “self-talk” can be either positive or negative. Patterns of negative thinking are common, and can have a harmful effect on a person's mental and physical well-being.

You may have developed a habit of being self-critical or pessimistic without even realizing it. This can adversely affect your mood, self-esteem, and desire to push forward. If your attitudes, words, and behaviors reflect these feelings, your job search momentum and the impression you make on employers will likely suffer.

Networking is Easier Than You Think!

Networking is Easier Than You Think!What Is Networking?


Networking can take many forms, but the most basic way to think about networking is “connecting.” When you connect with people, or help other people connect with each other, you are networking.

There are many articles and websites to help you learn about what works and doesn’t work in networking. If you do a bit of research, you may notice several common themes emerge. Specifically, according to most experts, networking is:

Sample Disclosure Statements for Various Stages of Employment (People with Disabilities)

Sample Disclosure Statements for Various Stages of Employment (People with Disabilities)

An earlier article provided tips for choosing the right time to disclose a disability. Once you’ve made that decision, review the following examples of "how to say it" for advice and inspiration.

Following Up After a Job Interview is Easy and Important

Following Up After a Job Interview is Easy and ImportantMany job seekers take a passive approach after an interview. They simply wait and hope to hear from the employer. This is a mistake.

First and foremost, always send a thank you note to your interviewer.

Following up by phone is another step that shouldn't be skipped. It only takes a quick call to find out where you stand, as well as the type of impression you made on the interviewer. In addition, it shows your professionalism and enthusiasm for the job.

If you know that the employer is expecting to make a decision by a certain date, call a day or two after that. If no timetable was discussed, call between seven and ten days after the interview.

Here is a suggested script:

Entrepreneurial Skills Training Boosts Reentry Success (Justice Involved)

 Entrepreneurial Skills Training Boosts Reentry Success (Justice Involved)
Robert E. Rubin, former Treasury Secretary and co-chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations, said in a June 3, 2016 Op Ed in the New York Times, “…most experts in the field agree that preparing people for life after prison is a critically important public investment that would alleviate poverty and increase worker productivity.” He then listed the essentials needed to help those reentering society from prison become productive tax-paying citizens:
  1. Educational opportunities
  2. Removal of unfair barriers to employment
  3. Secure and stable housing
  4. Health care coverage
  5. Transitional assistance such as skills programs, training and job placement

How to Get a Job When You Don’t Meet All the Requirements

How to Get a Job When You Don’t Meet All the Requirements During your job search, you might come across jobs to which you wish to apply, but you choose not to because the ad asks for more than what you can offer in terms of qualifications or experience. Should you apply to such jobs, or would it prove to be a waste of time? What if your resume or CV gets you shortlisted, and you are called for an interview? How can you maximize your chances of getting to the next step successfully?

To Apply or Not To Apply


It’s not always easy to figure out what to do. First of all, you must stop assuming that companies only select candidates who fulfill 100% of the job requirements. Job descriptions are often crafted in such a way to weed out people who are inappropriate for that position. However, rarely do we find people in and around our professional circle who exactly match, word for word, every criterion that is listed in their job description.
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