Most people jump right to the answer without taking their time to think things through and without having patience to ask questions, step by step in a systematic way to uncover their answers, solutions. Some people don’t take the time to acknowledge their own small victories and analyze the principles and causes behind them. This is because they don’t come from a source of influence. Thus, most people consider that if you write a book or work for a popular company and/or have a set of specific skills that is generally sought, then you have experience.
If you haven’t checked anything from this “popular list” accepted by society (like our blogger), then you have nothing to write about, neither in your biography nor in your resume. This makes the point that most people dismiss their everyday experiences as a source for learning. The irony is that people DO learn something new every day that has nothing to do with jobs or formal education because this is how the human brain works. However, they are not aware of it because they don’t take the time to ask themselves what the causes and principles are behind obvious actions, general happenings.
As a result, people just pick up the clues, what seems to work, the technique, the practice, the tactic and they accept it as a GENERAL valid solution. This means they expect to solve multiple similar problems with the same general valid solution that worked in past situations and experiences.
With this approach, sometimes you get it right, sometimes you don’t. Why? Because, indeed, job experience is an important factor for finding answers to current problems and it is a way to solve them only if the problem has the same pattern as your past problem that helped you get your experience.
The same pattern is when you get the same happenings in the same context, situation with the same factors involved.
We usually work within established systems which are called businesses or companies. This means that there are activities, tasks, responsibilities and processes that require repeated and predictable actions in order to perform. So in this case, you get it right because you know how to implement a specific tactic, practice or technique. And you do it over and over again because the job implies a relatively predictable cycle or pattern. For example, operational jobs, such as cashier: it is always about scanning products and cash in the money.
But when problems don’t have similar patterns, as your past ones, you get stuck. Why? Not necessarily because you don’t have enough experience, but because you didn’t examine the systematic way in which the old and familiar patterns occur and neither how you solve them. So, when a new and unknown problem pattern occurs, your whole experience doesn’t help you when you apply it with instinct (jump to solving them) and you get stuck because you don’t have the EXPERIENCE of analysing patterns. This means having the ability of finding the causes behind problems and the principles behind things that work.
That is why experience perceived as skills is not enough when it comes to getting a job. That is why employers need to “examine” you during interviews. They need to know how you think, who the person is behind the skills and results written in a resume.
If you get the ability of identifying the principles and the causes behind every situation, then you are able to adjust, twist the technique, the tactic that you applied previously in a similar job.