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Creativity and Problem-Solving

Both the quality of creativity and that of being a problem-solver are important to bring to the table when you are searching for employment or for freelancing gigs.

A rock pile ceases being a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.

– Unknown Author

Employers and those out there looking for freelancers are always looking for the best.  Unfortunately for those of us competing for gigs or for jobs, the best is a subjective matter.  Job seekers and freelancers need to be able to place themselves above other seekers for the same position or gig by possessing some unique quality.

In many cases, the qualities that are being sought are creativity and/or problem-solving.  In almost any position – whether a job/career or a freelance gig – both of these are needed.  In some cases, a creative problem-solving ability, or a hybrid of the two is called for to set one seeker above another.

What is your take on creativity?  Is it solely for an artist?  Do you need it in the corporate world?  In the non-profit world?  In the higher education world?  In the freelance world?  And what about problem-solving?  Is that in your bag of tricks to show a perspective employer?

4 thoughts on “Creativity and Problem-Solving

  1. Great questions!

    I can’t think of any role, or any job, in which creativity isn’t an asset – if not a requirement. It just may not be what most think of as creativity – the originality that goes into the arts.

    Creative problem solving is used in marriages, in parenting, in teaching, in the corporate world (without question), in the sciences, in medicine, in law – even those jobs that may seem mechanical or by rote are more readily accomplished with creativity – though it may be a matter of how to creatively set part of one’s mind elsewhere, to deal with monotony.

    But creativity isn’t enough – even in the fields that utilize “creatives.” Work ethic, connections, follow through – and an ability to deal with politics and relationship are all essential.

    And when you work in isolation, creativity also requires structure, discipline, and the ability to tolerate the isolation without losing the sources that inspire you.

    1. BLW – You are so right on where creative problem solving is used. The problem is selling that skill with those credentials. I see it all the time in non-working parents who are trying to get back into the workforce. You use creative problem solving on a personal level – marriage, parenting – and employers do not want to transfer that knowledge to workplaces.

      You, also, hit the nail on the head when working in isolation. It is hard to keep the creativity flowing all the time.

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