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Jeff Gilmer

Jeff Gilmer is a Candidate Support Specialist at Vanderbloemen Search Group.

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19 Leadership Hacks To Start The New Year
Posted by Jeff Gilmer on 1/8/18 7:00 AM

5 Reasons To Take A Church Internship

Internships and residencies are becoming very commonplace in ministry, and just like in the corporate world, they offer many lasting benefits. Some internships are unpaid and others only offer a small stipend, but they all offer valuable experience that could aid in your job search.

Posted by Jeff Gilmer on 10/25/17 7:01 AM

6 Signs It's Time To Quit Your Job

Chances are, you’ve had a season (or hopefully, many!) where you’ve felt extremely fulfilled in the work that you’re doing. You are encouraged to work hard regardless of the task at hand, knowing and feeling the purpose in your current position. Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?

Posted by Jeff Gilmer on 8/10/17 7:00 AM

4 Ways To Create Great Staff Culture For Both Introverts And Extroverts

Having a well-balanced and diverse staff is very important, especially when it comes to personality types. Introverts and extroverts each bring unique qualities that can work beautifully together in a workplace. However, each thrive in different physical spaces, communicate differently, and will have different preferences for how meetings are run.

Posted by Jeff Gilmer on 6/26/17 7:04 AM

3 Qualities Of Great Candidates You Can't See On A Resume

There are many different variables you need to take into account when assessing if a ministry candidate is a good fit for your church staff. There are the obvious things like experience in similar context, demonstrated growth in the ministries they have been a part of, the desired education level, etc. But what qualities or characteristics should you be looking for beyond that? What are some qualities that separate the excellent candidates from the good ones in a group that is highly qualified?

Posted by Jeff Gilmer on 4/19/17 7:25 AM

Leaving The Corporate World? How To Find The Best Ministry Role For You

Making a transition from a career in the corporate world to ministry can be difficult, but it isn’t completely out of the ordinary. People feel called to ministry at different stages in their lives and careers. Once you feel that call, if you aren’t already volunteering your time to a local church or ministry, you need to start. It’s helpful to include your volunteer or bi-vocational ministry experience on your resume alongside your secular experience. 

Posted by Jeff Gilmer on 3/29/17 7:44 AM

5 Questions For Effective Self-Assessment In Ministry

One of the best ways to start off a new year is to self-assess your progress over the past year. It can seem like a big or abstract task, but if you break it up into a few practical questions you can answer, it can be a great way to get a pulse on how you progressed over the year and what things you might want to focus on in the year ahead.

Posted by Jeff Gilmer on 1/12/17 7:40 AM

5 Ways To Get Your Ministry Resume Noticed

Waiting on and searching for the right ministry position can be a very difficult process. It's normal to send your resume for a church job and think, "Did anyone even see my resume?"  (Sidenote: did you know that our team looks through every single resume submitted to us? It's true!) There are, however, a few relatively simple things you can do to help your resume stick out from the masses.

Posted by Jeff Gilmer on 12/5/16 7:05 AM

6 Creative Christmas Outreach Ideas For Your Church

Christmas is an ideal time of year for churches to do big outreach events. It is an opportunity to bless the less fortunate in your community and also present the gospel and the true story of the meaning of the season. Here are several ideas of holiday outreach events your church could do. Several of them are very low cost to organize. All you need is some time and a solid group of volunteers to take on most of these.

Posted by Jeff Gilmer on 11/30/16 7:09 AM

6 Strategies For Telling Your Church Staff “No”

Being in a position of leadership and authority means you are going to have to tell your church staff "no" on occasion. It simply goes with the territory. However, this does not need to cause a conflict or divide between you and your team.

Posted by Jeff Gilmer on 10/6/16 7:37 AM

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