Career Planning and Development

PGA Employment Assistance
The MAPGA has numerous people that can help with employment. They are, Greg Stenzel, PGA Employment Consultant, Jon Guhl, Executive Director, and the Employment and Club Relations Committee.  All of these individuals have great knowledge and resources to help you achieve your employment goals.  Feel free to reach out to them regarding these topics or any employment question:

• resume/cover letters
• needs analysis
• compensation statistics
• hiring process assistance
• hiring tools
• employment referral service
Click here for compensation statistics

Greg Stenzel, PGA
gstenzel@pgahq.com 
561-379-7724

Jon Guhl
jguhl@pgahq.com
540-784-1921

Career Exercises

Career Fitness Exercise #3 – Goal Setting:

Before we can move forward with identifying the Skills and Requirements necessary for the Career Path you choose, we need to identify your GOALS!  What do you want to do or accomplish in the next 1 – 3, 5 – 10 and 10 years and beyond.  Do you want to become a Director of Golf, a General Manager or a Director of Instruction?  What type of facility do you want to work at – Public, Private, Resort or Off-Course.  Write down your Goals on the Goal Setting Worksheet and place it somewhere close so you can review it and determine if you are reaching your goals or if they might be changing.

Career Fitness Exercise #2 – Create Your Professional Summary Statement:

The Professional Summary Statement is a brief look into who you are and what you believe.  It consists of a combination of your values, skills, characteristics and experience.  The statement can be used at the beginning of your Resume in place of the Objective and can target an Employer’s job requirements.

Select 5 values, skills and characteristics along with your experience and develop your Professional Summary Statement.  (Example Below)

“Director of Golf with 20+ years of experience at high-end private country clubs.  Adept at fiscal management, increasing revenue through strategic planning, implementing competitive programming and creating growth through player development programs and initiatives. Resolute in setting high standards for exceeding member and guest expectations.  Experienced mentor and coach dedicated to empowering and promoting staff into high-level, PGA Professional positions.”

Career Fitness Exercise #3 – Goal Setting:

Before we can move forward with identifying the Skills and Requirements necessary for the Career Path you choose, we need to identify your GOALS!  What do you want to do or accomplish in the next 1 – 3, 5 – 10 and 10 years and beyond.  Do you want to become a Director of Golf, a General Manager or a Director of Instruction?  What type of facility do you want to work at – Public, Private, Resort or Off-Course.  Write down your Goals on the Goal Setting Worksheet and place it somewhere close so you can review it and determine if you are reaching your goals or if they might be changing.

Career Fitness Exercise #4:

Identifying your Skills Gaps

When choosing your future career path and job, you should ask yourself – What is the job I want and what are the skills necessary to secure the position?

  • Think about the types of skills/ traits/experiences employers list on similar CareerLinks job notices or on the Job Board postings. You can also search third party job boards and refer to the requirements listed by the employer.

Example – Head Professional

Required Golf Skills – Merchandising, Tournament Operations, Teaching and Player Development, Junior Golf, Rules of Golf

Required Management Skills – Staff Training and Coaching, Team Player and Collaboration, Problem Solving, Conflict Resolution

Required Financial Skills – Revenue Generation, Budgeting and Finance, Membership Growth and Retention

Other Required Skills – Interpersonal Skills, Public Speaking, Social Media and Marketing

Use the Skills Gap Analysis Form as a tool for setting your plan to reduce your Skills Gap.