It is hard to find a blue-collar, administrative, managerial, or professional position that doesn't require problem-solving skills of some kind.Considered a soft skill (a personal strength, as opposed to a hard skill that is learned through education or training), an aptitude for creative and effective problem-solving is nonetheless one of the most valued attributes employers seek in their job candidates.
Examples: Diagnosing Illnesses, Identifying the Causes for Social Problems, Interpreting Data to Determine the Scope of Problems, Pinpointing Behaviors Contributing to Marital Distress, Recognizing Invalid Research Models Once you’ve determined what is causing a problem, it’s time to come up with possible alternative solutions.
Sometimes this involves teamwork, since two (or more) minds are often better than one.
Some people seem to have more problems than others, some problems are bigger than others or more troublesome than others, but life is definitely full of problems waiting to be solved.
The career exploration and job-seeking process is rife with problems: what jobs match your career interests, where are the jobs you'd like to do, how do you convince an employer that you're the best candidate for a job, how to please your boss once you are hired, and so forth.
A store manager might be trying to reduce theft of merchandise.
A computer specialist might be looking for a way to speed up a slow program.
You may also want to read our article: problem solving questions, which raises five challenging and provocative questions, based on this 7 step problem solving process: 1 Find the Right Problems to Solve.
Too often our approach to problem solving is reactive, we wait for the problems to arise.
Combining problems that are valuable to solve, with defining exactly what you are trying to solve, can dramatically improve the effectiveness of the problem solving process.
The secret to defining the problem, is really about attitude. 3 Analyse the Problem Analysis is a process of discovery of the facts, finding out what you know about the situation.