Here is another volunteer recruitment idea for you on:
VOLUNTEERING BARRIERS AND ISSUES ABOUT FORM FILLERS IN RECRUITMENT
The previous volunteer management blog talked about using forms to select volunteers and how you might just be choosing the best form fillers as volunteers.
If you missed this volunteer recruitment idea you can read it by going to the end and click on the previous blog post to find out more.
This week I promised to give a very interesting way to find out whether you are only choosing the best FORM FILLERS as your volunteers or not.
Here’s my bright idea – TEST IT. Yes, TEST IT!
DON’T ASSUME – FIND OUT BY TESTING THIS VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT METHOD
If you use forms as your main selection process, then test whether they are a useful selection tool. For the next six months have half of the volunteer applicants fill out your forms. Then for the other half of volunteer applicants do NOT have them fill out your forms (other than basic demographic information and legal forms).
Then compare how the form fillers and non-form fillers go as volunteers. Which group contributes the most? Which group is retained the longest? As a volunteer manager, you can add more of your own comparison questions for this volunteer recruitment.
WHAT IF THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE?
If you find there is no difference, over time, between the two groups, then why would you continue to use forms as your main selection process?
Next post we will share an idea with you about interviews and volunteer recruitment and selection.
You can get hundreds more ideas on volunteer recruitment, volunteer retention and volunteer recognition in the books right now.
Dr Judy Esmond
An International Expert on Volunteering
P.S. Do let others know that they can also get these quick tips by signing up at the more volunteers website.