There is a wonderful story of a young boy who was sitting on a wharf who was fascinated by steadfastly watching an old man fish at the end of the pier. He began to notice that the old man was throwing away the larger fish and keeping only the smaller ones. The little boy was confused because he thought the whole idea of fishing was to catch the largest fish possible. When he couldn’t stand it anymore, he asked the old man why he was tossing back the big ones and only keeping the little ones. The old man looked puzzled and said, “Son, my frying pan is only seven inches wide.”
Sadly, so many of us are unable to look beyond our current circumstance to seize what could be ours. Some of us don’t look beyond the present or create a vision of what could be. To succeed, we need to take off the blinders to break out of this, understand the opportunities that your current position offers and master the tasks assigned to you.
The PGA of America works to provide resources and programs that help grow the game and elevate our members and apprentices from others in the industry. We are truly the experts in the game and business of golf, and would like to recognize the following professionals and facilities for their commitment to these programs, and for their dedication to supporting the development of juniors in our Section through golf.
Over this series, I have discussed the importance of going back to old school, meeting your customers face-to-face and talking to them—not just relying on social media, print marketing and a nice website to grow your business. Growing your business is about building relationships—getting to know your customers, their goals, desires—and helping them to achieve those goals. I suggested offering on-course game assessments to separate yourself from other golf instructors. On-course game assessments will give you a better understanding of your players’ current games and goals and create a clear plan for their improvement by understanding what they are really doing when they’re playing golf. From there, we talked about the importance of going beyond player improvement. Create an environment your players want to go to in which improvement is a by-product of playing golf with you and having fun.
An employment interview can be the most important, and at times, the most challenging step in your job search. The key is in your preparation. Take the time to prepare answers to common questions, an opening and closing statement, and questions to ask the employer.
Before the interview, find out as much as you can about the facility, employer, job, and who will be in the interview room in addition to yourself. Sometimes, tough questions can catch you off-guard. To prepare, check out the set of practice questions on PGA.org and rehearse your answers.
The following are several questions you may encounter: