Soft Skill: Problem-Solving

Rube Goldberg

Are you a problem-solver? Do you identify potential roadblocks, whether it's a project that's behind schedule or an issue with the vending machine, and attack them from all angles? What if the vending machine has developed its own consciousness, and is attacking employees with crazed, rabid ferocity? What then, problem-solver? What then?

We run into all kinds of problems at work, and not all of them have easy solutions. Sometimes you have to think outside the box. Sometimes you have to take the box, kick it across the room, and turn it into some kind of crafty seafaring vessel. Whatever the case, being a great employee means being a great problem-solver, and AOL Jobs has rounded up some tips and tricks that'll leave you prepared for anything--even a vending machine with a nasty streak.