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Reflection: Mission Based Hiring

Reflection: Mission Based Hiring

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is entry in the Catholic Charities USA Reflection on Mission series isdesigned to help you explore the concept of mission-based hiring and how youcommunicate and integrate agency mission and values in the hiring process.Reflections on Mission is a series of resources to help you understand missionas a concept and how to integrate the mission of your agency into your work.is series is meant to be practical – to give information that will further yourunderstanding of mission and to provide questions that will encourage you tothink about how you are a living witness of this mission in who you are and what you do at the agency.
is entry in the Catholic Charities USA Reflection on Mission series isdesigned to help you explore the concept of mission-based hiring and how youcommunicate and integrate agency mission and values in the hiring process.Reflections on Mission is a series of resources to help you understand missionas a concept and how to integrate the mission of your agency into your work.is series is meant to be practical – to give information that will further yourunderstanding of mission and to provide questions that will encourage you tothink about how you are a living witness of this mission in who you are and what you do at the agency.

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Reflections on Mission
 Mission-Based Hiring 
Introduction
is entry in the Catholic Charities USA Reflection on Mission series isdesigned to help you explore the concept of mission-based hiring and how youcommunicate and integrate agency mission and values in the hiring process.Reflections on Mission is a series of resources to help you understand missionas a concept and how to integrate the mission of your agency into your work.is series is meant to be practical – to give information that will further yourunderstanding of mission and to provide questions that will encourage you tothink about how you are a living witness of this mission in who you are and what you do at the agency.
R. Joseph Knapp Mission Director Catholic Charities of the Diocese of  Peoria 
 
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s you begin to think about hiring practices in your agency take a momentto reflect on the mission, how it attracts people to your organization, andhow it continues to motivate staff and bring purpose to their work. How welldoes your hiring process reflect the mission and values of the agency? Whatare the best ways to promote mission when recruiting and hiring staff and what qualities point to good “mission fit” in a candidate?
Opening Prayer:
 As we begin our reflection on mission-based hiring, let us pray for God’s wisdom and blessings:Generous God, it is we who have been gifted by this opportunity to serve. We are grateful that we are allowed to represent the community, the larger-church and you in the work which we have done and continue to do.Make us increasingly mindful of all who are in need.May we seek to serve the poor and their needs of both body and spirit, withnatural, humble and holy service.Make us more and more mindful of our own poverty and of our need for you.May this work that we carry out and to which we are committed in the futurebe a true prayer to you.May our service ever give you glory and honor. Amen.
Content
 When you think about the hiring process in your agency, and the approachto filling an open position you are probably most comfortable focusing onspecific requirements – i.e. education, professional expertise, talents and expe-rience. You evaluate the budget, review the job description, post the positionand advertise for qualified candidates. In the initial phase of responding tothe news that you will have an open position and assessing the agency needs,how often do you stop to reflect on your agency mission and values? In what ways did the former employee exemplify the mission and what do you hopea new person might bring to the table? How well do you communicate themission and evaluate potential candidates for “mission fit”? How well is theagency mission integrated into the hiring process?
Reflection
 As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He said to them, “Come after me and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him. (Mt. 4:18-20)
 
 
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 What was Jesus looking for as he walked along the See of Galilee? ese weresimple, hard working fishermen. What did he expect? Why does Jesus chooseto look for his disciples from among this group of fishermen working along the Sea of Galilee? is is not where you would look for people of socialprivilege and influence. ere doesn’t seem to be anything special about theseindividuals. What was Jesus looking for? What did Jesus see in the twelvedisciples he called upon to help him fulfill his mission?
Process
Reflecting on your agency’s mission statement what would you define as thekey principles of the mission?Define two or three key characteristics you might look for in a candidate that would be congruent with the agency mission?e process of filling an open position is most productive when approachedas an opportunity for team building. How might you involve others in theinitial, assessment phase of the hiring process? How is this team approachreflected in the agency mission?
Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior,and my hope is in you all day long.Psalm 25:4-5 
Content
Individuals who come to your agency seeking employment understandthe importance of making a good first impression. In a similar manner itis essential to consider the first impression your agency communicates topotential employees? Do we create an honest first impression in the advertis-ing and recruitment process? How well do we communicate our mission and what we stand for? Communicating what the agency needs and expects in thearea of mission effectiveness prevents the inefficiencies that result from hiring a mission misfit.
Reflection
Today, there is an inescapable duty to make ourselves the neighbor of every individual, without exception, and to take positive steps to help a neighbor whom we encounter, whether that neighbor be an elderly person abandonedby everyone, a foreign worker who suffers the injustice of being despised, a refugee, an illegitimate child wrongly suffering for a sin of which the child isinnocent, or a starving human being who awakens our conscience by calling to mind the words of Christ: “As you did it to one of the least of these my brothers or sisters, you did it to me” (Mt 25:40).
(Gaudium et Spes; Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World [27], Vatican Council II)

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