How to be a Successful Recruitment Counselor

Recruitment-counselorSorority recruitment is fun and exciting, but it can be a big project for everyone involved. Whichever side you are on, it’s important to do the best job you can, both for your sisters and the Potential New Members (PNMs) you encounter. Well-run recruitment events help everyone to make the best choices about their future in Greek life.

Your Panhellenic council will interview sorority members to determine the best women for the job.  It might seem like there is a lot to remember but you will be trained through the council to ensure you have the tools necessary to help make the experience for the PNM”s meaningful. Whether it’s your first time as a recruitment counselor or you’ve done it many times before, these tips help:

Be Organized

PNMs are bound to have lots of questions about the recruitment process. There are lots of events, deadlines, and details to take care of that they’ve never heard of before. Make it easy on them – and yourself – by staying organized. Make sure that you have all the information that was given out by your Panhellenic council and keep extras on hand for the PNM’s.

Be Knowledgeable

Of course, not all PNMs will end up joining your sorority. That’s okay! They may have some questions about other sororities or about Greek life in general. The more help you can offer, the more likely it is they’ll end up in the best group for them. Take your training seriously and make sure that you know all the potential questions you may be asked up front.  If for some reason you don’t know the answer, make sure you find out as quickly as possible..

Treat All PNMs Equally

Everyone who considers joining a sorority is looking for someplace to belong. You might not hit it off with some women right away. Others might not be ready to commit or might not be sure about Greek life at all. Whatever the case, the recruitment counselor’s job is to give everyone the help and advice they need. Everyone deserves a fair chance to enjoy sorority membership.

Be Supportive

Recruitment is a blast, but sometimes, tensions can run high. A disagreement can turn into something bigger. Remember, everyone benefits from knowing others care about them – your sisters, PNMs, and others involved in the process. When you have the time and energy, don’t be afraid to offer a listening ear or even a shoulder to cry on. Let others know you believe in them!

Bringing enthusiasm, energy, and a good attitude is half the work when it comes to being a recruitment counselor. With cooperation and teamwork, everything works out – and you’ll have played a big part in another great year for your campus sororities.

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