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Six simple steps for recruitment success

Need some hands-on, full-of-energy, good-at-getting-stuff-done adults to join your team? Follow these six simple steps

Step 1

Work out which tasks need doing – thinking about what your group needs help with, rather than a specific role that needs filling.

Step 2 

Think about what sorts of skills and qualities are needed to do those tasks.

Look for people who’ve got the personal qualities, skills and experience your team needs. For example, if you need help planning and running activities for Beavers, you’ll want to find someone who’s creative, patient and playful who feels comfortable with younger children and has lots of energy. 

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Step 3

Cast the net as far as possible. To find the best person for the task, you’ll need to look at your immediate friends, family and existing volunteers, and beyond.

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Step 4 

Hopefully, you’ll now you have a list of names of potential volunteers. Recruiting long-term works when you get the right people matched with the right roles and tasks, they enjoy it and they’re likely to want to stay.

Start strong by making a good first impression and getting to know potential new volunteers by having a great first conversation

Step 5

Be brave and ask the person you want for the task directly, in person. The worst that can happen is they say no.

Be upfront about the task as well as what’s in it for them and for the group.

If they say no, try to find out why by asking open questions. If someone can’t help weekly, could they help once a month? Being flexible can really help. 

Step 6

Offer your new recruit support from the get-go by linking them up with a buddy or mentor who can show them the ropes and answer any questions they might have. Check in regularly, make time to understand how it's going and pick up on questions or changes needed early on. 

Keep your amazing volunteers


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