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Katie Bivens

Katie Bivens is a Client Success Associate at Vanderbloemen Search Group.

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How To Set Yourself Up For Success In A Newly Created Position
Posted by Katie Bivens on 9/19/18 7:08 AM

Practical Productivity: How to Effectively Manage Your Tasks

In a day and age where people seem busier and more distracted than ever, it can be difficult to manage your time and to-do list well. Being productive can be even more challenging when you’re on a church staff wearing many different hats as team members in ministry tend to do. However, there are a few practices that can be implemented to help individuals make the most efficient use of their time.

Here are five strategies that will help you be productive and stay on task.

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Posted by Katie Bivens on 7/18/18 7:07 AM

4 Helpful Tips on How to Transition From Friend to Boss

Last year, I had the exciting opportunity to transition into a new role here at Vanderbloemen. I not only switched roles but changed teams altogether, and a friend of mine became one of my supervisors.

If not carefully navigated, having your friend turn into your boss can introduce challenges similar to when best friends become roommates. It can be enjoyable and fun at times, but it can also place strain on your relationship and potentially ruin a friendship if you're not careful. 

This is especially true in ministry, as many pastors and church leaders start a church or ministry with their best friends. It's exciting and can work really well, but if not carefully navigated, it can also become challenging and potentially hurtful.

Here are four things you can do to safeguard your friendship and set yourself up for a successful employer/employee relationship.

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Posted by Katie Bivens on 5/24/18 7:05 AM

3 Questions To Discern If You're Ready For A Fresh Start

At some point in the careers of most church staff members, they come to a crossroads, forcing them to ask one critical question: To stay or to go?

Answering this question can be difficult and will take significant reflection. When determining whether to stay or go in your current role, here are three questions to help you in your discernment process:

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Posted by Katie Bivens on 4/30/18 7:04 AM

4 Strategies To Interview For A Cultural Fit

These days, if you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a dozen times: workplace culture is crucial to retaining happy and healthy employees. It’s one thing to simply enjoy the role you hold in an organization, but that will only go so far. No matter how much your staff members like their particular jobs, employee retention will suffer if your culture is toxic.

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Posted by Katie Bivens on 2/12/18 7:00 AM

5 Benefits That Will Attract Millennials To Your Team

It’s no secret that the Millennial generation has brought about many changes to our culture and our workforce. With a desire to not simply “clock in and clock out” at a 9-5 job, Millennials are constantly looking for ways to impact the world around them. They're passionate and empathetic, longing for a new kind of work environment. For better or for worse, the workplace is changing, and so are the perks and benefits that Millennials are looking for. 

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Posted by Katie Bivens on 12/13/17 7:00 AM

3 Tips For Multigenerational Church Staffs To Work Together Efficiently

There is a lot of value in having team members of many generations on a staff. Multiple generations means multiple perspectives, which ultimately means a broader outlook on how to tackle a problem or get a job done. I came from a setting where I was one of a handful of millennials on a staff of many more Generation X’ers. I now work in an environment where I am one of many millennials on a staff with only a handful of Generation X’ers.

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Posted by Katie Bivens on 10/5/17 7:01 AM

What To Consider Before Saying "Yes" To A Job Offer

There is probably nothing more exciting to a job seeker than getting “the call.” You know the call I’m talking about: the call from the company you've been tirelessly applying to, interviewing for, and obsessing over for the last several weeks, and maybe even months. This is the long-awaited call where you’re offered a job!

It's easy to get caught up in the excitement of a new offer, especially if the job has been in your sights for a while. Before you accept it, ensure this is the right next step for you by doing your research and spending time in reflection. Consider these four things (if you haven’t already).

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Posted by Katie Bivens on 7/31/17 7:00 AM

6 Traits Employers Look For In Church Job Seekers

At Vanderbloemen, we work with churches of many different sizes, denominations, and staff hiring needs. While each church is unique and looking for something specific in their next hire, we do see a handful of common traits that employers are looking for in every candidate that applies. 

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Posted by Katie Bivens on 6/29/17 7:00 AM

4 Simple Ways To Grow Your Student Ministry

Student ministry is one of the most important - and one of the most unique - ministries of any church. Keeping the focus and attention of a slew of 12-18 year olds while also teaching them about the Gospel and building relationships is quite the task. How do you do all of these things while also reaching more and more students for Jesus?

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Posted by Katie Bivens on 4/17/17 7:56 AM

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