Sunday, November 24, 2013

Guild leader chores - Recruiting

When Fue was guild leader, we used to do our recruiting through the forums, then direct people to go to our website and fill out an application there.  That was good because I liked reading the answers that people wrote and maybe laugh at their English or how NON seriously they took it.  The funny thing was that we took it seriously because we have to spend x hours a week playing with this person, and also because when we recruited there were certain things we were looking for.

Since I've become guild leader, we have done very little recruiting for raiding - all our new "recruits" have been via friends of people in the guild, or friends of mine via the game/twitter/blogging - Asys came via Nerisella, who came with Disco (I feel bad, I think I broke him because he ain't coming back to WoW), and Neri is one of my blogging friends.  Voros came via blogging.  Exray and Lushen were friends of Aza (during Dath'remar Frostwolves days).  Sars is a friend of Priestietute's.  And so on.

The guild recruiting tab is rather useless.  I have used it ONCE and that didn't go far.  Nobody reads it anyway.

When I read the recruiting forums for Oceanic servers, EVERYONE is looking for people.  They're all looking for heroic raiders.  Even the people advertising there who are looking for guild are heroic raiders. I'm not sure the person I would be looking for would be in there, but I decided to write an advertisement that will hopefully appeal to the kind of person we are looking for.

So what AM I looking for?  

Well, we are not a heroic raiding guild, so I don't need any hardcore people screaming at me in vent.  We are very understanding of not being able to make raids due to family and work commitments, so we really are just looking for backups to our raiding numbers that we can pull to raid if we need.  Come WoD it will be great because all the levels we raid at will be flex anyway so no more sitting out!

But how to angle it so you can attract people.  Why would anyone want to join our guild over all those great progression guilds?

I guess the key points that I am looking for are:
  • Skilled at their class and playing well in a group
  • Not necessarily an experienced raider but willing to learn the ropes quickly
  • Easy to get along with and understanding of raiding/guild needs
But how do you sell that?

I guess there might be someone out there with raiding experience returning to game and needing to get back into it.  Though I am looking for someone more loyal, someone who values the friendliness of our guild, yet is also mature enough to understand the need to sit out for others every now and then.  I think the selling point we have is to aim it to the casual player who wants to raid but like us, has many commitments and sometimes can't raid full time.  Someone who would just raid on Thursdays and Mondays is perfect!  Well, I put my guild recruitement post in.  See if anyone bites.

I have also been using trade channel a lot too when I see people LFGuild.  You can learn a lot about a person chatting with them in game - how polite they are, their level of maturity, their attitudes towards the other people, new people.  I give them "the talk" and so far there are few people that have either been interested or meet my expectations.

Triarch, of Illidari Remnants, was telling me about how he does guild recruitment.  He told me he had gone through a lot of trials and rejected them.  Geez, that's a lot of recruiting!  I don't think we would have that many applicants.  But we'll see.


14 comments:

  1. you could also use wowprogress.com when i look for a guild thats how i find one, thanks for the pets btw! :D

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    1. But we're not very progressed so that wouldn't be that good, right? :P And you're welcome! You gave me a WAY better pet though :) that was awesome!

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  2. If I wasn't already in the guild, I would be talking to you about joining after reading that post! <3

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    1. <3 Luxy! Now all I need are 5 more Luxypie's and our guild will never need any more recruits! :D

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  3. What a great recruiting post! I'm feeling pretty special to have nabbed a place on your Real ID list :)

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    1. LOL Shawndra! And awww, you are special! Of course someone like you would be on my realid /hug

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  4. It's a great recruitment ad Navi. I'm wondering if there's any of my btag friends that are interested, i'll have an ask for you.

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    1. Hey Z, thanks! But I think there are only a certain type of person my post would appeal to, so I hope I can find one of those people...

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  5. I've never used the forums as a way of recruiting as I wasn't really sure what to say but I feel quite inspired now :) Also, I can't help but think that you look more like a dog in a hood than a Tauren in the pic!

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  6. Sign me up!

    But that darn time zone differences! Silly timezones!

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    1. YOu gotta get out of FF14 first Slice /grin

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  7. The thing to remember with forum recruiting is that you'll need to keep bumping the thread to the first page every few days otherwise nobody will see your post! :)

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  8. We use various methods to try and attract people. First and foremost, all of our potential new members are directed to our website to fill in an application form - which is fairly short, but gets a bit of background from them. Anyone contacting us "out of the blue" in-game is directed to the website. We use the in-game LFG thing, but only as an advert and to point people to our website .. I use an addon called Recruitment Enhancement that allows you basic tracking of applicants (you can see if they've tried contacting you multiple times) and lets you send a previously composed email to any who ignore what we've said,and try to apply in-game.

    We also use the Blizzard forums (http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/6877177810) and try to keep it "real and light", and we have had some success with that .. more especially with people who are returning to WoW. I've also put ads on various other websites, including our guild host (Guildlaunch) .. i think i got one applicant via Guildox too.

    But we're always after more people .. we seem to be constantly at the point where we can just about twist enough arms to get a raid together, but never having too many people, and occasionally just not having enough ... we're pinning a lot of hopes on connected realms ...

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