Golf Course Management

MAR 2018

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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32 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 03.18 (career) Carol D. Rau, PHR Twitter: @CareerGolf including the word "teamwork" when you're highlighting your skills is a good step in guid - ing whoever reads your résumé to conclude that you're focused on and work well in a team environment. S wcase facility-wide collaboration. An - other way to underscore teamwork is to go be- yond examples of how you work with just your crew and the maintenance team. Broaden your approach by mentioning projects for which you joined forces with other depart - ments at your golf facility. When I'm working with GCSAA members and ask about team - work, too often their answers only reference maintenance teams and projects, and don't expand to the bigger picture of working with other teams. Working with staff who serve in other departments at the golf facility — such as food and beverage, the pro shop or mem - bership — shows an ability to cooperate with individuals who have different backgrounds and priorities, which elevates your teamwork quotient much more than just working with your maintenance team. We know that hiring managers want su - perintendents, equipment managers and assis- tants to be adept at leading and working on teams. Take steps today to leverage your team - work aptitude so you'll stand out in your next job search. 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. Golf industry hiring managers consis- tently rank teamwork high among the desir- able attributes they're looking for when re- cruiting professionals at all levels. However, unlike qualifications that can be easily veri - fied — such as education and agronomic ex- perience — demonstrating teamwork is a bit more nuanced. If hiring managers want their next superintendent, equipment manager or assistant superintendent to possess teamwork skills, how can you be sure you're conveying these when conducting a job search? In this month's column, we'll take a closer look at the meaning of "teamwork" and ways you can in - corporate it into your career message and doc- uments to set yourself apart from a crowded pool of candidates. Speak to t e common goal. Definitions of teamwork always mention having a common goal, purpose or objective. I believe simply framing your work and accomplishments through the lens of how they've impacted your current golf facility's mission (goals, purpose and objectives) is an effective way to demon - strate teamwork. For example, one superintendent I worked with explained that several times throughout the summer, he and his crew would take the time to set up the golf course with fairway tees and easy hole locations for beginner and ju - nior golf events. He was willing to take these additional steps to support a club-wide goal of targeting young families to grow membership and engagement. The superintendent's extra effort played a key role in helping the club gain new members, so we included this story in his résumé and interview comments. Through this, he was able to communicate not only that he takes care of all levels of golfers, but that he can be flexible and collaborative to help achieve overall club objectives. Don't overlook obvious opportunities. One of the services I provide for GCSAA members is résumé critiques. Although most members instinctively know that teamwork is a critical factor in an employer's selection of a winning job candidate, I often don't see teamwork em - phasized or even listed when I review mem- ber résumés and interview responses. Simply Tell your teamwork stories Broaden your approach by mentioning projects for which you joined forces with other departments at your golf facility.

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