The private club industry provides students with a prestigious environment in which they can grow and develop into committed service professionals. Private clubs provide high levels of training by dedicated service professionals in interesting and fun work environments. They offer many career choices under one roof and the opportunity to work with people on a daily basis with no two days being alike.

Every private club has a group of people working behind the scenes to make the operation successful. These club career options include positions in accounting, administration, human resources, marketing, membership, and public relations.


Career Transition

Change is a constant in society and business. The club industry is no different. Below are some suggestions that will help those who have recently lost their jobs deal with emotions, lifestyle, job hunting, networking, and finances that may be overwhelming.

When transitioning from one job to another, remember these important points:
  • Take care of yourself physically and mentally
  • Spend time researching and implementing job search strategies
  • Network
  • Educate yourself about entitlement, severance pay, and finances

This content was generously provided by the Club Management Association of America (CMAA).

Career Workbook

When applying for a job, some things to keep in mind include:
  • Drafting, revising, and tailoring your resume
  • Writing letters of correspondence
  • Interview styles, dos and don'ts, and common interview questions

This content was generously provided by the Club Management Association of America (CMAA).

Selecting a Club

As with any potential new job, it is best practice to learn as much as you can about the club and the position you are considering.

Here are some tips to consider before selecting a club:
  • Read carefully any information you can get, such as the club ad on the View Positions page, or material the club may send you prior to the interview (i.e. financial statements, job descriptions, bylaws, the annual report, etc.)
  • Network! Contact other managers who may be familiar with the club’s operation or contact the local chapter officers
  • Realistically review the job requirements. You might want to consider salary, fringes, living accommodations, etc. If you have a family, consider the schools, the community, cultural activities, the climate, etc.
  • Assess your management skills and strengths. If you are strong in a particular area, match this skill to a club’s needs. For instance, if you are strong in accounting, try to find a club whose greatest needs are in that area
  • Try to determine the membership needs. Does the job require heavy personal contact, while you prefer the role of administrator? Are you able to cope with any distinctive regional or group needs?

These points are the most basic ones to consider before selecting a club. They may be answered in greater depth in a personal interview, along with other more specific questions regarding club policy.

This content was generously provided by the Club Management Association of America (CMAA).