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6 Ways To Stand Out And Ace Your Next Interview
Posted by Kendal Drinkwine on 8/15/18 8:24 AM

What To Do After A Candidate Receives A Negative Reference

The process of interviewing and vetting candidates is always challenging. It can be difficult to understand and interpret a resume to get an accurate sense of an individual's employment history and skillset; it can be even harder to get a candidate to transparently discuss his or her ministry path and past experiences.

One of the more frustrating situations organizations encounter during the interviewing process is having a top candidate receive a negative reference from a former employer after checking all of the boxes throughout the interview process.

Here are four things to keep in mind if a candidate receives a negative reference:

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Posted by Ben Homesley on 7/11/18 7:04 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

5 Red Flags During A Background Check

As we seek to find the right people for church staffs around the country, Vanderbloemen Search Group has conducted hundreds of background checks for candidates. In our experience, these are the five most common red flags of candidates that come up during the background check process.

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Posted by Gail Mayes on 3/28/18 7:00 AM

3 Important Reminders For Evaluating A Job Candidate

As we partner with churches and organizations to help them build their best teams, we often hear similar criteria for potential candidates. The inevitable questions that many churches ask are: How big of an environment did this candidate work in previously?  In our search for quality candidates, is it possible that we’re asking the wrong question? Does the size and scope of a previous ministry matter to this hire?

While scope of work is important, it shouldn’t tell the whole story of a candidate. Instead, the question should be: What is his/her leadership capacity? We’ve seen candidates from smaller churches who could easily handle a much larger scope of work, as well as candidates from larger organizations and aren’t equipped for broader responsibility.

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Posted by Danny Watterson on 3/21/18 7:00 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

The 5 Potential Troubles Of Applying Directly To A Church

Every time we launch a new search, we will receive an email or two from our client letting us know that they’ve been approached about the position we are helping fill. This shouldn’t surprise me, but I always wonder why individuals try to skip out on the benefit of using an objective third-party in their job search. I’m sure there are several reasons, the most common being that they know someone on staff or want to have a personal connection with the church.

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Posted by Bob Sutton on 3/7/18 7:00 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

8 Tips For A Successful Phone Interview

As the world becomes increasingly connected, so do methods of communication. While many organizations still conduct face-to-face interviews, many of them use phone interviews to screen out potential candidates before moving them forward to the final round of in-person interviews. There are also some companies that have completely foregone in-person interviews and have hired people after a phone call.

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Posted by Josh Lai on 1/31/18 7:01 AM

Why Ministry Jobs Are So Difficult To Find

It isn’t your imagination; searching for ministry jobs is typically more difficult than searching for other jobs. There are many reasons why this is the case, the biggest being that the mission of a church is entirely different from the secular workplace.

If you’re currently searching for your next role in ministry and feeling discouraged, here are a few things to keep in mind.

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Posted by Bob Sutton on 1/15/18 7:00 AM

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