- Published: Thursday, August 22, 2013 · 10:37 PM
Welcome back! Students are returning to campus right about now, and they're looking for something to do. How will they know to join your organization?
You're probably dreading having to do all that work to print posters, buy giveaways for the campus involvement fair, and put flyers out in the dining hall. It's a lot of work and it only got a couple of people interested last year.
Well, the first-year students will go to the involvement fair, at least. The sophomores, juniors, and seniors... not so much. Really though, do you remember what groups you visisted at the involvement fair? Probably not, so what's the point? (You could probably find the groups' names on all the free swag hiding in the bottom of that box you packed when you moved out of your first residence hall.)
So what's you're group going to do to attract new members?
Unless you're in a fraternity or sorority, you probably don't have a built in recruitment mechanism on your campus, so you'll need to be smart and get moving. (And if you are a fraternity or sorority, keep reading, because this applies to you anyway.)
The good news: Recruiting is easy.
The bad news: You can't just post up a few flyers and expect people to join. Telling people you're recruiting doesn't work, either. It's tacky.
Here's what does work: