We are an independent, nonprofit, health and wellness company that delivers security and stability to Vermont businesses and families. We’re committed to Vermonters’ health, outstanding member experiences and responsible cost management for all the people whose lives we touch.
How to Get Hired
We asked Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.
What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?
When interviewing candidates, our questions are linked to important parts of our culture to assess and ensure that the prospective employee is a good fit. These questions help us to learn about their interests in wellness, community involvement and teamwork and check for intellectual curiosity, enthusiasm, a commitment and passion for Vermont and a demonstrated interest in our corporate mission. We watch for our candidates’ reactions to these questions. Did their eyes light up as we talk about our mission? Were they able to give us examples of their own experiences that connect with our mission and operating philosophy? We also watch them react to our culture when taking them on a tour. How do they react when we show them our fitness rooms, our green initiatives in our cafeteria? It's essential that the prospective employee demonstrates that he or she can contribute meaningfully to our culture and mission.
What can prospective employees do to get your attention?
We expect our employees to take the role of “backyard ambassador” during their interactions with the public, their neighbors, families and friends. We are a high-profile company in a small state, and our employees all have the opportunity to influence the community—both positively and negatively. Prospective employees can demonstrate their vested interest in their communities during the interview. This tells us that they will buy in to our values and represent our company in the best way possible. Further, we want employees to look at the bigger picture and our mission and vision of a transformed health care system in which every Vermonter has health care coverage, and receives timely, effective, affordable care.
Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?
The mix of non-exempt and exempt staff has shifted over the years, with a decrease in non-exempt positions and increase in exempt positions. We expect that we will be hiring more business analysts and information technology positions as our company continues to evolve. Also our outreach to our communities is an important part of our culture, and we focus on recruiting employees who are willing to get out in our communities and make a difference, whether through our Blue Crew program or otherwise.
What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?
I would urge our candidates to check our corporate website. Here, you can find more information about our community involvement, green initiatives, our passion for our members, operating philosophy, vision and mission statements, which are all important to our culture. Candidates can also find a lot of publicity and press coverage on our good works and heavy involvement in transforming Vermont’s health care system by searching the internet. Being in the midst of health care reform, it is important for our candidates to understand the challenging, complex issues relating to the changes in the health care system and what we are doing to deal with these issues. Finally, prospective candidates can browse social media channels, such as YouTube and Facebook for photos and videos highlighting our company’s work.