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10-22-2007 @ 12:35PM
How we managed our recruiting was a lot of work but all of that hard work is now out of the way and applicants roll in every day.First is to teach your current members the recruiting process. Make sure its the same each and every time. That way people who are new to the guild can pick up on how they were recruited and pass it along. Have a standard format for an application. Make sure it covers what you are really looking for and make each and every applicant fill it out. Have the same approval process as well. Also as Scott said, run those pugs. Fill it with as many guildies as you can and then take pick ups. Don't openly recruit them from another guild. That makes you sound desperate. But one thing you may want to do is sell the guild experience to those pugs. No one is going to brag on your guild so you should do it. I know it sounds bad but you can do it discreetly. Drop comments like "I hate Illhoof, such a crappy fight" or "Gruul is a push over". That lets those pug's know you are raiding and what content you are working on without openly saying "we need more raiders for gruul". I have found that posting a recruitment thread in the realm forums typically yields 1 person at the most. But it gets the name out there. Be professional and to the point. Don't brag or exaggerate. Just get your name out there.Also, never allow guild members to recruit in general/trade chat either. That just brings out a lot of negative attention.Your site looks like it's done very well. Make sure you pay it as much attention as you do your guild in the game. Lead as best you can on both fronts.The most important thing is to remain strong. You are going to get a lot of poo flung at you. You are going to get sick of peoples shit. Just try to stay calm. Find people you trust that can help with the workload and stick it out. Don't work for immediate progression. Work for stability and longevity. All of those other fly by night guilds will disband and come knocking on the door. When they do, make them all go through the application process like everyone else. Let them know there is no such thing as a merger. Either they are in to follow or they are out. Never recruit new people and give them power in the guild. The buck will always stop at your desk and never accept anything less.
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