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Recruiting Volunteers Should Be Difficult

Submitted by James Higginbotham on March 17, 2010 – 4:32 amNo Comment

Do you struggle with getting reliable, skilled help when recruiting your volunteers? Part of the problem may be you aren’t making the recruiting process difficult enough. Or, you may be making it more difficult than it needs to be.

The more difficult the skills involved, the more difficult it will be to recruit new volunteers. If you make the job of recruiting too easy, you’ll likely get a mismatch with the kind of volunteer that will best fit your team. The downside to this is that it takes longer to find new volunteers, so you have to constantly recruit for these kinds of positions.

The opposite of this is also true – the more difficult you make it for someone to be interested in and join your team, the less people you will attract.

The higher the barrier you create through required skills, required time commitment, and other factors, the more difficult it will be to recruit for your team.

How you match your barriers to entry with your volunteer recruiting will determine how many people you are able to attract. Make the activity more complicated and it will take longer to recruit, longer to train, and will likely require longer retention of your volunteers over time. Make the activity simpler and you can attract more people, but they may come and go from your team sooner.

Every position you fill for your team will require you to evaluate the type of person you need, the level of difficulty for the position being filled, and the most likely methods for recruiting volunteers to fill that position. Spend some time strategizing on this, as it will help you prepare for your next recruiting initiative, as well as ensure that you find the right people for your team.

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