Golf Course Management

JAN 2019

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32 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.19 Would you consider yourself a lifelong learner? Do you value gaining new skills and experiences in our ever-changing world and the golf industry? If you answered yes, then you have a high probability of winning in your next job search. ere is a trend among hiring managers of placing significant value on a candidate's attitude toward learning and continually growing as a person and a professional. I will explore three ways to highlight and leverage these qualities in your career documents and interview answers, so you will be prepared to take the next step on your career path. Top 10? At the annual Golf Industry Show, I have the honor of teaching seminars and sessions alongside leaders in the golf in - dustry. Last year, in preparation for a career development seminar, hiring managers at top-50 golf courses were asked what they look for when hiring a golf course superintendent. One of the top-10 answers was: learner. If hiring committees want to hire learn - ers who cultivate learning for themselves and their team, then we need to incorporate ex - amples into our career documents and mes- sage that demonstrate this sought-after attri- bute. A good starting point would be to use words such as "learner" and "mentor" in your résumé, portfolio and supporting documents. Include instances that convey your ap - proach to challenges — are they an oppor- tunity to learn and grow or merely a problem to solve? To gain insight into a candidate's approach to learning, I like to ask how they responded when a project didn't go well or as expected. Everyone has suffered setbacks. Communicate your story in a way that shows how you learned from these experiences to enhance what you offer to a prospective em - ployer. Read a good book lately? One particular ca - reer session that I facilitated at the Golf In- dustry Show included a question-and-answer period with a leading executive recruiter in the golf industry. A member of the audience asked, "What is your favorite question to ask in interviews?" e presenter said that he al - ways asks each candidate to tell him about the latest book they have read. at question, he claimed, can be one of the most revealing an - swers in the entire interview. e actual book, topic or author is not important. e key is how the candidate dis - cusses their approach to learning, gaining knowledge and advancing as a professional. at is important to hiring managers because it is a strong indicator of job success. Regardless of whether you are asked a question about the latest book, podcast, we - binar or article you remember, take the initia- tive to bring up how much you value learn- ing for both you and your team, along with examples to make your story even more im - pactful. Golf industry involvement? A great way to show that you value learning is by describing your involvement in the golf industry. Listing membership in GCSAA and local chapters is great, and showing you are actively involved can set you apart in a competitive job search. To stand out, list conferences and semi - nars, or describe your leadership and involve- ment in continuing education, certifications, and professional and personal development. In the experience section of your résumé, highlight achievements by you and your team that resulted from being up to date on best practices, and how those accomplishments relate to the bottom-line success of your golf facility. Draw attention to how you develop your team members and encourage them to grow professionally and personally through formal training and work experiences. Also include community leadership and involve - ment to bolster your claim of being a lifelong learner both at work and in your personal life. Ben Hogan reportedly said, "I never played a round when I didn't learn some - thing new about the game." If you share this approach to lifelong learning about both the game of golf and your role as a professional in the golf industry, communicate it and le - verage it in your next job search to stand out and win! Carol D. Rau, PHR, is a career consultant with GCSAA and the owner of Career Advantage, a career consulting firm in Lawrence, Kan., specializing in golf and turf industry careers. GCSAA members receive complimentary résumé critiques from Rau and her team; résumé, cover letter and LinkedIn creation for a reduced member rate; and inter - view preparation and portfolio consultation. Be a lifelong learner to win your next job There is a trend among hiring managers of placing significant value on a candidate's attitude toward learning and continually growing as a person and a professional. (career) Carol D. Rau, PHR carol@careeradvantageresumes.com Twitter: @CareerGolf

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