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Jeff Gilmer

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

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3 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Internship Program
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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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?

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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. 

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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.

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

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