Top Ten Tips for recruiting volunteers

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Some quick and easy ideas for recruiting volunteers.

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<ul><li><p>Top Ten Tips </p></li><li><p> 2 </p><p>Identify the Role </p><p>Before advertising a position, be sure to have a job description </p><p>available so you can let your potential volunteers know exactly what they </p><p>are being asked to do and approximately how much of their time it will </p><p>take. </p><p>A task is more likely to be completed successfully when your volunteers </p><p>know that their contribution is important and that others are counting on </p><p>them. Let them know the importance of what they are doing and how the </p><p>job fits into the organisations goals, and also let them know that they were </p><p>selected because they were the best person for the job. </p></li><li><p> 3 </p><p>Make Contact </p><p>Ask people to volunteer their services. You will get better results with a one-on-one contact. </p><p>Try to reach out to as many sources of potential volunteers as possible and </p><p>dont limit yourself to friends and current volunteers. </p><p>Encourage existing volunteers to ask their friends, family members or co-</p><p>workers to get involved. Offer family challenges or workplace challenges so groups of people who know each other can get involved. </p><p>Schools, training colleges, career advisors, service groups, kindergartens, </p><p>clubs, etc tell them about the types of volunteers youre looking for or offer to be a guest speaker at their events. </p></li><li><p> 4 </p><p>Use community media </p><p>Contact your local community newspaper about profiling existing </p><p>volunteers and make sure the volunteer talks about the benefits of </p><p>volunteering with your organisation. </p><p>Advertise for volunteers on the free community notices on the radio and television. </p><p>Promote your organisations services and advertise for volunteers in special </p><p>newspaper features. You can often get suppliers and other businesses to </p><p>take ads on the page to cover the cost, or you could band together with </p><p>other voluntary organisations and have a page focused on volunteering. </p><p>Ring radio announcers and talkback shows to speak about the work of your </p><p>organisation and your need for volunteers. </p></li><li><p> 5 </p><p>Identify the target group </p><p>Research your own locality; understanding your potential audience will help you decide what to emphasise about your volunteering </p><p>opportunity. </p><p>Identify a specific group you would like to target; it will help you pitch your </p><p>message to the right audience: </p><p> People with a particular skill set </p><p> People who can make long term commitment </p><p> People who would like to learn a specific skill </p><p>This will also allow you to match interests with roles such as: </p><p> short term or flexible roles for students or corporate volunteers </p><p> longer term or ongoing roles for retirees, or </p><p> seasonal opportunities for baby boomers </p></li><li><p> 6 </p><p>Reasons for volunteering </p><p>Promote your volunteering opportunities to match with peoples </p><p>motivation for volunteering: </p><p> Make a difference or bring about change </p><p> Use their skills </p><p> Develop new skills </p><p> Test out other careers </p><p> Build up their experience </p><p> Have access to training, and </p><p> Make friends and socialise </p></li><li><p> 7 </p><p>Be ready for action </p><p>Make sure you are ready to receive enquiries; this includes informing and </p><p>preparing any relevant staff. </p><p>Be ready to respond to enquiries from a variety of sources, phone, email, or web. </p><p>Prepare a brief information kit that provides general information about: </p><p> The organisation and program </p><p> The volunteer role and expectations (position description) </p><p> The benefits of volunteering with you</p><p> Application form</p><p> Information on any police checks or screening requirements</p></li><li><p> 8 </p><p>Documentation </p><p>Make sure your documentation is up-to-date. </p><p>Some of the documentation that supports an effective recruitment process </p><p>include: </p><p> Recruitment pathway flow chart or check list </p><p> Position description </p><p> Information pack </p><p> Interview questions proforma </p><p> Selection criteria </p><p> Reference check proforma </p></li><li><p> 9 </p><p> Be adventurous </p><p>Dont be afraid to include new and untried approaches in your volunteer recruitment efforts. Just because it hasnt been done before doesnt mean it cant work. </p><p>Be creative, innovative and energetic. </p><p>Take some risks it adds to the excitement of any volunteer recruitment plan! </p></li><li><p> 10 </p><p>Go online... Use online databases to find volunteers: </p><p>Volunteer Connect http://www.volunteeringtas.org.au </p><p>Go Volunteer - http://www.govolunteer.com.au </p><p>Seek Volunteer - http://www.volunteer.com.au </p><p>Use bulletin boards on the internet to post enticing situation vacant messages. </p><p>Use the internet and social networking tools such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Bebo, Youtube and blogs to promote the work of your organisation, your events and volunteering positions available. </p></li><li><p> 11 </p><p>Evaluate </p><p>Even the best planned volunteer recruitment campaign may not </p><p>immediately result in volunteers racing to your door. </p><p>Be realistic about what you can achieve. </p><p>Increasing your number of volunteers and raising your organisational </p><p>profile can take time, but it is always time well-spent. </p><p>Track your results, determine what worked and what didnt and start </p><p>planning now for the next recruitment drive. </p></li><li><p> 12 </p></li></ul>