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6 Tips To Being An Effective Reference For A Candidate
Posted by Brian Dunks on 6/22/17 7:04 AM

5 Ways To Be Successful In Your New Job

Beginning a new job brings a variety of emotions: excitement, fear, and everything in between. Not only are you adjusting to the new demands of your job, but you’re also adjusting your personal life to fit those demands. It’s important to expect challenges and be prepared to learn from them as you transition.

Here are five tips to help you succeed when starting a new job.

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Posted by Breanna Canning on 6/19/17 7:00 AM

What To Consider When Using Job Boards

When companies like Monster and Career Builder came onto the scene twenty years ago, hiring managers everywhere rejoiced at the idea of instant access to more candidates, and candidates everywhere rejoiced at the idea of instant access to more jobs. Most of the world thought this innovation would change hiring forever. Fast forward a few decades, and popularity of these job boards is still strong, but hiring hasn’t gotten any easier. Having a larger pool of candidates doesn’t change the fact that you still need to process them thoroughly to make the right hire for your team. 

Job boards aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, so it’s important to understand the pros and cons of using them. Here are 4 things to consider:

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Posted by Sarah Robins on 6/15/17 7:01 AM

6 Ways To Prepare For A Pastoral Transition

It’s inevitable. All pastors will move on at some point. Whether it’s retirement, going to another church, or an unexpected passing away, no one stays at the same place forever. Most pastors love their flock and understand that their calling to shepherd is a weighty responsibility. However, pastors often don’t think the process of pastoral succession is their job.

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Posted by Brian Dunks on 6/14/17 7:00 AM

Why You Haven’t Been Promoted Yet

Yes, I know. You deserve it. You’ve waited your turn. You’ve been patient. Why won’t they just promote you already?

There are likely many reasons why your boss hasn’t decided to move you up the organizational chart yet. Use this list as a barometer. If you want to be promoted, consider the following things before you ask for your raise.

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Posted by Bob Sutton on 6/8/17 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.

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

How To Handle Church Staff Layoffs

No matter how you put it, layoffs are hard. Whether you work for a church or in the corporate world, facing termination is met with difficult conversations, heightened emotions, and an incredible opportunity for grace to triumph. So if your church is in the middle of budget cutting and eliminating positions looks inevitable, how do you handle it?

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Posted by Nicole Cochran on 5/22/17 7:03 AM

What To Do AFTER You've Made A New Hire

So you've made the hire for your church staff or ministry! Now what? That is a great question. Most church leaders and non-profit employers spend so much time and focus on the front end of the hiring process that they often forget about how to be intentional once the new employee has arrived. But the smartest leaders we've seen - those who excel in retaining great staff members - remain intentional in their actions after the hire has been made.

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Posted by Tracey Smith on 5/17/17 7:19 AM

How To Handle An Ineffective Church Staff Member

One of the greatest joys in ministry is working with a great staff. But if there are challenging staff situations, it can also be one of the biggest frustrations in church leadership. Why do church leaders tend to hold on to people who are ineffective or even harmful to the church? What does it do to the team and mission? What should we need to do about it?

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Posted by Brian Dunks on 5/11/17 7:18 AM

4 Ways To Discern If A Pastor's Child Should Be Their Successor

Finding the right person to succeed the founding or the long-term Senior Pastor of your church is always a challenge. When you’ve only known the church with one person at the helm, the thought of entrusting it to someone new can be downright scary.

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Posted by Sarah Newsome on 5/10/17 7:38 AM

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