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Gail Mayes

Gail Mayes is a Search Specialist at Vanderbloemen Search Group.

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4 Steps To An Even Better Reference List
Posted by Gail Mayes on 10/22/18 7:01 AM

5 Mistakes To Avoid When Conducting Reference Checks

Background and reference checks are a vital part of any interview or hiring process. Yet many organizations get reference checks wrong, placing their entire process at risk. As a part of our search process here at Vanderbloemen, we help our clients conduct thorough reference and background checks on potential hires. Thus, we have seen some common mistakes that organizations make related to the reference checks process. Here are five common mistakes to avoid when conducting reference checks:

Posted by Gail Mayes on 5/14/18 7:09 AM

5 Red Flags During A Background Check

As we seek to find the right people for church staffs around the country, Vanderbloemen Search Group has conducted hundreds of background checks for candidates. In our experience, these are the five most common red flags of candidates that come up during the background check process.

Posted by Gail Mayes on 3/28/18 7:00 AM

How To Pick The Best References For Your Job Search

In our work finding key staff members for our clients, we ask job candidates to provide references in three categories: an individual they reported to, a colleague or peer, and at least one individual that reported to the candidate. Even within these three categories, candidates often ask, “who should I list as a reference?”

Posted by Gail Mayes on 2/7/18 7:00 AM

What To Do When A Candidate Has Bad Credit

One of the offerings that Vanderbloemen Search Group provides for churches is a comprehensive background, social media and credit check. By providing these services, we are behind hundreds of candidate credit checks per year, good and bad. 

While most candidates have great credit, and some don’t even have a credit card, other candidates have less than perfect credit. This isn't a dealbreaker in the hiring process necessarily, but certainly something worth noting. So what should an organization do when one of its candidates has bad credit?

Here are 5 things to consider. 

Posted by Gail Mayes on 10/2/17 7:00 AM

7 Self-Care Habits You Can Start Today

Beginning the journey to self-care can be daunting. But as is the case in most everything, the journey begins with small steps. This is especially important for church staff members, as ministry is a 24/7 job.

These six steps take as little as ten minutes to accomplish and can make a huge impact on both your work and personal life. 

Posted by Gail Mayes on 5/31/17 7:01 AM

5 People You Shouldn't List As References

Here at Vanderbloemen Search Group, we ask candidates to provide 3-5 references, regardless of the position they’re seeking. We also ask that these references fall into one of these three categories: supervisor, colleague or subordinate.

Posted by Gail Mayes on 5/25/17 7:01 AM

5 Inexpensive Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Volunteers

'Tis the season to think about end-of-the-year thank you cards and Christmas gifts for the volunteers in your ministry. Christmas time comes as ministry budgets are running on empty fumes and staffs have hectic schedules. Below are five easy and inexpensive holiday gift ideas for the volunteers at your church.

Posted by Gail Mayes on 11/21/16 7:28 AM

10 Ways Church Staffs Can Increase Productivity

We all wish we could be more productive with our day, but very few of us actually use all the time in our day well. If you work on a busy church staff, chances are you are looking for ways to improve your productivity. You may not waste huge chunks of time, but you'd be surprised how often those smaller, 15 minute segments of time fall through the cracks.

Posted by Gail Mayes on 9/19/16 7:06 AM

4 Crucial Steps Of Church Staffing Due Diligence

An extremely important part of the church staffing and hiring process is conducting due diligence on candidates. The information uncovered in the due diligence process is very valuable in that it may give specific insight into whether the candidate is a good fit for your church and, if so, the best way to lead the candidate.

Posted by Gail Mayes on 6/29/16 6:55 AM

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