Three Tips for Creating a Positive Volunteer Recruitment and Onboarding Experience
Posted Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 by Verified Volunteers Staff
We’ve previously offered tips for onboarding volunteers and discussed how onboarding can help create a good relationship between volunteers and an organization, improve volunteer performance and boost retention. By creating a solid process for volunteer recruitment and assimilation, managers can ensure that volunteers feel ready and prepared for service, and organizations benefit from gaining well-trained volunteers who are qualified and committed to service.
We’ve outlined three tips that will help make adding new volunteers into your service program seamless.
Volunteer Recruitment and Onboarding: A Good First Impression
How can you improve the way you bring on new volunteers? Here are our tips for creating an effective, integrated recruiting and onboarding process that will improve the experience for both your organization and the volunteers who serve with you:
- Create a detailed description of what is expected. When recruiting new volunteers, provide the duties and qualifications for the service roles you are trying to fill, along with the rules and expectations set by your organization. Taking these steps demonstrates to potential volunteers that your organization values their time and talents and that you are well-organized. Open communication from the outset also helps to create trust with new volunteers and encourages a smooth transition into the service role. Many organizations ask new recruits to sign a volunteer agreement to show that they understand their responsibilities and are committed to upholding the values of the organization.
- Ask what skills or interests new volunteers have. When volunteers can utilize their skills or spend time doing what they are passionate about, they are more likely to enjoy their service and stay committed to your organization. Pairing volunteers who have similar interests can also foster stronger relationships between those volunteers and with the cause.
- Make screening volunteers a mandatory step for new volunteers. Screening is the first step to verifying that the people you are bringing into your organization are trustworthy. Vetting volunteers is an easy way to make sure your organization and the people you serve are secure and protected.
Getting off on the right foot with new volunteers sets the stage for the entire volunteer experience and plays a huge role in whether they will continue to serve with your organization. A few simple improvements to your volunteer recruitment and onboarding process can make a big difference when it comes to volunteer retention and your organization’s overall impact in the community.
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Tom Klein founded Verified Volunteers and leads their mission to propel service organizations and nonprofits by empowering volunteers. Connect with Tom on LinkedIn or Google+.