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When you need to recruit someone new to help with a local activity, what’s your strategy?
Guilt: “I’ve called six people and they’ve all said ‘no’. I’m desperate.”
No enthusiasm: “You wouldn’t be interested in this, would you?”
Martyrdom: “I’ll do it myself.”
Tradition: “But you’ve volunteered for the past 20 years!”
While these approaches may occasionally work, are they best in the long run? If you were hiring someone for the same position, would you approach the task differently?
Consider writing a job description. It helps you identify the skills necessary for the role and present it in an attractive way. Please include: a short description/responsibilities of the job, why the role is important, the specific time commitment involved and skills needed for the position. Your “help wanted” ad, identifies and elevates the importance of the task and makes it a positive opportunity.
Example: “Are you a people person? Do you have a knack for making others feel welcome? We are looking for a team of friendly, outgoing individuals to serve as Welcome Greeters for your Regional Cabinet Meeting from 5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. and 8:55 p.m. – 9:10 p.m. Responsibilities include welcoming guests at the door and thanking them for their attendance when they depart. The Welcome Greeter provides an “instant” connect for guests and speakers within the first 90 seconds, ensuring that they have a positive experience and feel appreciated and connected. For more information, please contact ____.”
Think about promoting your “help wanted” approach in personal contact and in your county newsletter and Web site and make sure that those who are recruiting can explain it clearly and concisely.