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Jeff Gilmer

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

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4 Healthy Expectations To Ensure A Positive Job Search
Posted by Jeff Gilmer on 8/9/18 7:03 AM

5 Creative Ways To Engage First Time Volunteers

Recruiting volunteers is a big part of many ministry leaders' roles. Whether for student ministry, special events, or any other ministry, recruiting volunteers who are engaged and excited to serve is crucial to a ministry's success. Often, making a bulletin post or a mention in the services closing message is not going to cut it in terms of recruiting high capacity and willing volunteers.

With that in mind, here are five ways you can attract and engage with potential volunteers.

Posted by Jeff Gilmer on 7/23/18 7:03 AM

The Importance Of Growing Your Organization Through Feedback

Sometimes we avoid receiving feedback because it can feel like inviting conflict. Conflict is a natural part of any church or organization; if you manage feedback well, then you can leave your organization in a healthier and stronger place. It can be easy for a church staff to become disconnected from the congregation, so it is crucial to always have a finger on the pulse of the church body.

Here are five suggestions on how to manage feedback well in your church.

Posted by Jeff Gilmer on 7/19/18 7:03 AM

3 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Internship Program

Internships are a great way for people to gather experience and dip their toes in the water of vocational ministry. Expectations in ministry and other industries are shifting to emphasize experience in certain roles before pursuing full-time opportunities. A 2017 Forbes article stresses that "Today, employers expect candidates to have the experience before applying. This shift has drastically changed the process of entering the workforce."

Posted by Jeff Gilmer on 6/18/18 7:03 AM

4 Things To Look For In A Candidate When Hiring For A Non-Profit

Finding and building a great staff for your non-profit can be a lengthy and difficult task. You not only have to find candidates with the right qualifications, but also ones who will represent your organizations values and visions in a positive way. Easy, right?

Posted by Jeff Gilmer on 6/13/18 7:03 AM

Applying For A Job? How To Know If You're A Culture Fit

One of the most difficult parts of searching for a new position is determining whether an organization will be a good culture fit for you (and vice versa). Just because an organization is in the same location, size, or denomination as your previous roles, there’s no guarantee that you will instantly feel at home on the staff team.

Starting a new job will always be difficult, but if the existing culture lines up with your values, work ethic, and interests, the transition will be much smoother.  Here are 6 questions to assess if an organization is a good fit for you.

Posted by Jeff Gilmer on 3/19/18 7:00 AM

19 Leadership Hacks To Start The New Year

As a new year is upon us, we all have a unique opportunity to start off strong, feeling both refreshed and renewed for the year ahead. If you want to take advantage of this fresh start but don’t know where to begin, below are some simple ways to get the ball rolling in 2018.

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

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