I am the Recruitment Officer of my guild. Recruitment is a bear… well, not a bear b/c we’re Full on Feral Druids. It seems that every raiding guild out there is “recruiting serious raiders for Ulduar!”.
My server as of today, as 17 guilds who have completed Sarth3D. 26 who have done 2D. Dalaran Trade/General Chat is overflowing with Guild Recruitment spam, the WOW Forums are bogged down with Posts. (If you have a post on the Guild Recruitment Page, you literally have to bump it every 30 minutes to stay on the front page.)
It also seems that there are new guilds popping up left and right nowadays, some of this I attribute to stale content. People are tired of doing the same stuff over and over again, or wiping on Immortal/Undying runs; I’ve seen some people leave some guilds and start new ones. Which, in turn, leads to more competition for quality raiders.
A lot of the recruitment problems I do attribute to the way Blizzard handled Naxx. It is hard for aspiring raiders to know what guilds they really want to be in, as so many people are all “tied” in progression. Which, in turn, makes it that much harder for guilds to market to the raiders they need.
So what do you do to get the raiders you want and need for Ulduar?
- Differentiate Your Guild
If you have completed Immortal/Undying be sure that is known! Your Forum Posts should proudly show that. If you have completed Glory of the Raider, be sure that information is known. What makes your guild “better” than other guilds? What makes your guild “your guild”?
- Be HONEST
If you have interested applicants who don’t fit your ideal raider profile, be honest. Don’t waste your time or theirs. If you are looking for a raider 5 days a week, and they can only raid 1-2, it might not be a good fit. If you have qualifiers and people don’t meet those, you likely have them for a reason. If you decide to bend those rules, be careful it can be a slippery slope.
- Advertise, Advertise, Advertise
Use the WOW Realm Forum and create a SINGLE post, that you will maintain. It is easier for people to know that Guild X’s thread is updated with current raider needs instead of having 5 different posts up there, which could contain stale or bad information.
Don’t just advertise for the sake of putting some message out there. Be sure that the message is accurate, concise and meaningful. Stating that you are looking for raiders who know how to play their class means very little– no kidding? You mean you don’t want players who just eBayed an account and didn’t know that Hunters can misdirect? Be sure to have your contact info/website out there, a brief summary of your recruitment needs, your raid times, progression, and what makes your guild special.
Recruitment websites like www.lookingforguild.net can be very handy in cross-realm recruitment. Just be sure you have a system in place to appropriately screen and evaluate Realm Xfers.
- Don’t Be Afraid of Confrontation
If you are doing a PUG group with a Pro Shadow Priest, even if they are tagged, don’t be afraid to let them know that if they are ever looking for a new home that you’d love to support an application. Flattery can go far. If they have no intent of swapping guilds, at the worst you only complimented them on their skills.
- Organize Your Application Forum
Make sure that your application is easy to read/understand, your “FAQ” or “Before You Apply” post is updated and clear.
That all being said:
Mental Atrophy is recruiting as we continue to gear up and prep for a big push in 3.1 for Ulduar content.
We clear Naxx-25, Malygos, and 3 Drake Sartharion weekly. We have Heroic: Glory of the Raider.
Being immediately geared to assist us in our goals is a requirement. Raiders should be driven and capable to meet Achievement Goals both in 3.0 and in Ulduar.
- RANGED DPS classes but with specific focus to Hunters, Shadow Priests, and Boomkin
- One DPS Death Knight.
- Healers, Priest, Druids, and Pally.
We are on the US PVE Bloodhoof server. (EST Server). We typically raid Sun-Thursday 8:30-Midnight.
Our application and guild details are available at: http://wow.mental-atrophy.com
When applying please provide WWS or similar.
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