We are an independent, nonprofit, health and wellness company that delivers health plans 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?
Our recruitment strategy links our interviewing questions to important parts of our culture that allow us to assess and ensure that the prospective employee will be a success. We want to learn about their interests in wellness, community involvement and teamwork, and we check for intellectual curiosity, enthusiasm, a commitment and passion for Vermont and a demonstrated interest in our corporate mission. We look for candidates who demonstrate their interest by having studied our corporate website and ask thoughtful questions. 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?
As a healthy organization, we are deeply committed to our culture of health and wellness, sustainability, diversity, and supporting our communities and members throughout Vermont. We want our employees to share our passions in these areas, and prospective employees can demonstrate that their personal values align with ours by sharing stories of their involvement in their communities, their schools, and their jobs during the interview process. 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. 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. It is key that candidates support this.
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, project managers 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.
What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?
We would urge our candidates to check our corporate website. Here, you can find more information about our community involvement, green initiatives, 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.