» posted on Sunday, May 19th, 2013 at 3:52 am by admin
3 good fraternity recruitment tips
1. Recruit within your social network – Some fraternities go on an all-out blitz when trying to recruit pledges by going from dorm to dorm and meting strangers. This can be quite energy-intensive, as well as inefficient. Think about it – if a total stranger who has no idea who you are or what you’re like tries to recruit you, what would his basis be for assuming that you’d be a good fit for his fraternity? If on the other hand, you recruit people you already know, you know what they’re like, and vice-versa. If you have a lot of friends from high school who are younger than you, they can be great recruits if they become freshmen at your school. Having an established relationship means that there will be trust among you, making recruitment easier as well as fun.
Don’t stop at your circle of friends, however. The people you know may know people who would be good recruits as well. Ask your friends if they know anyone who might be interested – they may supply you with more than one person. And there’s a saying that birds of the same feather flock together – so there is a chance that if you get along with someone, you’ll get along with his friends too. Having four recruits at once makes it a lot easier to give them special attention during fraternity rush. This makes it a lot more efficient than approaching individual strangers.
2. Plan Recruitment Events to get quality over quantity – If you hold an alcohol-fueled party and use pretty girls as a means of recruitment, you will probably attract a good number of pledges. However, they may be joining for the wrong reasons, expecting this lifestyle from the fraternity without having to put any work in. You want quality people for brothers. Make sure that they are the type who will attend events even if they aren’t parties, who will happily volunteer for events to benefit the chapter, who will keep up the chapter GPA or even raise it. You want brothers who know that a fraternity is so much more than a social outlet, so keep this in mind when organizing your recruitment event.
3. Know your fraternity’s story inside and out – A freshman might be exposed to so many different fraternities during fraternity rush, so it’s important to let him know what sets your fraternity apart from all the others. Let him know about the things your fraternity has accomplished in the past, making sure to cite specific examples. You also want to let him know what he has to look forward to if he becomes a brother, as well as let him know how close the brotherhood of your fraternity is. More than just talking about these things, however, you have to show it to him. If you’re trying to let him know that being a member of your fraternity is fun, make sure that he has a good time during fraternity rush. And if you want him to know how close your brotherhood is, make sure that your camaraderie is visibly felt.
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