Somewhere along my way, I had the opportunity to learn from one of the very best in our business. While she may not be the best golf course operator, Emmy Moore-Minister is one of the most savvy on how to shine your brightest; how to market and brand yourself; how to “sell” yourself; how to show and increase your value. She also gave me one piece of advice that has served me very well and this is:
The PGA Compensation Survey is known as the industry standard for providing invaluable data on golf professional compensation levels. This year, the participation rate nationally was over 59% and in the NorCal section over 67%. Thanks to all who participated, as it will assist you, your fellow PGA Professionals, and the Employment Services Team.
The PGA of America offers its members a variety of excellent employment tools including resources for new job opportunity awareness like CareerLinks and PGAjobfinder plus access to many other employment information resources on PGA.org. As one of the PGA Employment Consultants, I have the opportunity to advise and assist PGA Professionals as they pursue opportunities to advance their careers. It is important to understand however that there are numerous pieces to the “puzzle” of finding a new and better position.
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.